Stevenson University Orchestra Conductor


Position Description

Posting Number 201200553P
Position Title Orchestra Conductor
Department School of Design: Music
Position Description New position description attached
Position Summary The Orchestra Conductor provides leadership and planning necessary to effectively conduct, manage, deliver, and assess the Greenspring Valley Orchestra (GVO) programming including activities, events, rehearsals, and performances in accordance with School of Design and University strategies, policies, and procedures. Responsibilities include, but are not limited to planning, preparing for and managing rehearsals and performances; overseeing, recruiting, training, and mentoring an all-volunteer community orchestra. The Orchestra director also holds an adjunct faculty appointment, teaching one course per semester.
Education/Experience Master’s degree in Music or in a related field, plus 5 years combined professional experience or college-level instructor. Doctorate or M.F.A. preferred
Knowledge/Skills/Ability Thorough knowledge of wide-ranging orchestral repertoire and styles, orchestral concert music, and standard chamber orchestra repertoire as well as orchestral professional practices.

Awareness of the current field of solo artists, contemporary music trends, audience preferences and presentation practices.

Ability to conceive and create a yearly orchestral music program.

Ability to innovate and grow the GVO, collaborating with community partners to build audiences, reputation, and visibility.

Ability to direct musicians in a variety of settings and through varied types of performances.

Leadership skills that encourage members of the orchestra to play at the highest level.

Demonstrated interpersonal/communication skills to interact effectively with orchestra members, students, colleagues, professionals, administrators, and community partners.

Demonstrate proper teaching and playing techniques on a variety of instruments.

Ability to work with and advocate for concerns of students and colleagues of diverse backgrounds.

Ability to support fundraising and/or grant-writing activities on behalf of the Orchestra.

Excellent oral and written communication skills.

Proven collaboration, communication, and interpersonal skills needed to build relationships with faculty, department chairs, deans, and other internal and external stakeholders.

Ability to work collegially and collaboratively with diverse teams of faculty, staff, and other program directors sharing time, ideas, equipment, resources, and space.

Ability to develop and maintain a professional network including actively cultivating relationships by participating in professional organizations and community outreach.

Supervisory skills: effective interpersonal and organizational skills.

Commitment to scholarly activity and professional development pertaining to music to maintain currency in the field.

Experience working with underrepresented students and students from at-risk backgrounds.

Ability to travel as needed.

Ability to work evenings and weekends.

Dynamic leader who is comfortable with the demands of student recruitment

Demonstrated record of successful student recruitment and retention.

Physical Requirements Medium work: exerting up to 50 pounds of force occasionally and/or a negligible amount of force constantly to move objects. Fingering, standing and/or sitting, walking, lifting, climbing, stooping, kneeling, crouching, crawling, reaching, talking and hearing. Position requires sitting and standing for long periods of time; requires the ability to speak clearly and effectively for an extended period of time; and requires additional hours for meeting and events, including evening and weekends. Subject to both environmental conditions; activities occur inside and outside.
Essential Functions Oversee all aspects of the Greenspring Valley Community Orchestra.

Conceive and create yearly music programs, working in partnership with orchestra members to generate excitement, build the reputation of the Orchestra, and grow audiences.

Collaborate and expand community partnerships to build audiences, reputation, and visibility

Direct orchestra musicians.

Communicate effectively with orchestra members, students, colleagues, professionals, administrators, and community partners.

Demonstrate proper teaching and playing techniques on a variety of instruments.

Conduct all rehearsals and concerts.

Conduct music ensembles at commencement ceremonies.

Collaborating with the Director of Music, recruit musicians for the music ensembles, as needed.

Conduct the Greenspring Valley orchestra performances.

Advocate for Orchestra needs.

Advocate for concerns of students and colleagues of diverse backgrounds.

Teach one undergraduate Orchestra course per semester, as needed.

Collaborate with the Director of Music with scheduling performances and PR for performances.

Collaborate with Director of Music to effectively manage resources, equipment, volunteers anticipating and predicting needs and advocating for those needs.

Support fundraising and/or grant writing activities on behalf of the Orchestra.

Oversee and manage orchestra library

Prepare scores and parts for dissemination amongst orchestra members.

Work with orchestra librarian to ensure there are enough parts; provide parts and scores sufficiently in advance to appropriate staff, faculty, and participants, and coordinate rentals or loans as needed. Assist with photocopying of music throughout program, when needed.

Acquire, prepare and distribute materials and consult conductors and faculty for edition and bowing preferences. Ensure that bowings, rehearsal letters/numbers, and measure numbers are compatible between the conductor’s score and players’ parts.

Assemble and arrange music in orchestra folders and provide electronic copies for distribution as directed.

Select highly effective, engaging and grade appropriate musical repertoire.

Ensures current season music is selected and purchased.

Reports To Director, Music
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Posting Information

Number of Available Positions 1
Work Location Greenspring (00)
Position Category Staff
Position Type Part-Time On-Call (0 – 999 hours, 501100)
Months/Year 10
Hrs/Week 15
Hrs/Year 600
If scheduled to work less than 12 months, beginning date 08/01/2017
Ending Date
FLSA Non-Exempt
Payroll Biweekly
Recruitment Instructions Open to All Applicants
Posting Date 04/11/2017
Closing Date/Application Deadline 05/15/2017
Open Until Filled No
EEO Statement EOE/AA Employer of Minorities/Females/Veterans/Disability

Supplemental Questions

Required fields are indicated with an asterisk (*).

  1. What is your highest level of education?
    • Bachelor’s Degree
    • Master’s Degree
    • Doctoral Degree
    • Currently Pursing a Doctoral Degree
    • None
  2. How many years of experience do you have in this type of position?
    • 0-1
    • 2-3
    • 4-5
    • 6-7
    • 7+
  3. Please briefly describe your professional experience as it relates to this position.(Open Ended Question)
  4. Do you have college level teaching experience?
    • No Response
    • 1 – 3 years
    • 4 – 6 years
    • Greater than 6 years
    • Graduate Assistant teaching experience
    • None
  5. Please list any courses you have taught at the college level.(Open Ended Question)
  6. Please describe any experience you have writing grants.(Open Ended Question)

Documents Needed to Apply

Required Documents

  1. Resume
  2. Cover Letter/Letter of Application

Optional Documents

  1. Teaching Philosophy
  2. Writing Sample
  3. Other Document
  4. Letters of Recommendation 1
  5. Letters of Recommendation 2
  6. Letters of Recommendation 3
  7. Sample of Work
  8. Media Portfolio

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