Visiting Assistant Professor of Strings and Orchestra Director

  • Friends University
  • Wichita, KS
  • Jul 18, 2022
Full time Music

Job Description

Friends University invites applications for a full-time faculty member to serve as visiting Assistant Professor of Strings and Orchestra Director for the 2022-23 academic year. This position is an interim nine-month faculty appointment and reports to the Chair of the Division of Fine Arts. The ideal candidate will hold at a minimum, a Master's degree in a string area or conducting and have orchestra directing experience. The successful applicant will direct the Friends University Community Orchestra and Chamber Orchestra, teach music theory, string methods, and private lessons, and work with the Chair of Fine Arts in providing leadership to the string program.


Friends University offers a complement of traditional undergraduate majors, non-traditional adult degree-completion programs, and professional graduate programs. Founded in 1898, the University is situated on a beautiful park-like campus in the heart of Wichita, Kansas. Wichita is a vibrant urban city with all the charms of a small town. Our great community offers something for everyone and is rich in arts, education, leisure, and commercial resources.

Friends University seeks to hire faculty who will embrace our mission and celebrate our commitment to equipping students to honor God in their personal, professional, and spiritual lives by adhering to the University's RISE Core Values (Respect, Inclusion, Service and Excellence). The mission of the University is:

Friends University, a Christian University of Quaker heritage, equips students to honor God and serve others by integrating their intellectual, spiritual and professional lives.


The successful candidate will teach/direct:

  • Friends University Community Orchestra
  • Chamber Orchestra
  • Music Theory & Aural Skills 3 &4
  • String Methods
  • Applied Instrumental Lessons

Additional duties include:

  • Recruiting students and managing scholarships for the string program
  • Overseeing the budget of the string program
  • Other possible duties, depending on the interests of the new faculty member, include teaching:
  • Composition and/or Arranging
  • Chamber Music


The successful candidate will hold at a minimum, a Master's degree in a string area or conducting, will have experience directing orchestras, and will have significant academic and/or professional experience.


The university prefers to hire a candidate who is a string player and holds a terminal degree in a string area and/or orchestral conducting, or is currently in the dissertation process with a clear plan for completion

Rank and salary are commensurate with education and experience.

Applications should include a cover letter, curriculum vitae, and contact information for three professional references.

Please visit our employment site at to apply. Only applications submitted through this Friends University website application process will be accepted.

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