Director of Orchestral Studies, Asst./Assoc. Professor

  • University of Iowa, Division of Performing Arts
  • The University of Iowa School of Music - Voxman Building, East Burlington Street, Iowa City, IA, USA
  • Oct 16, 2019
Full time Music Deans & Directors

Job Description

The School of Music in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences at the University of Iowa invites applicants for a tenure-track faculty position as Director of Orchestral Studies at the rank of Assistant or Associate Professor.

 The School of Music seeks a motivated and collaborative individual who promotes equity, diversity, and inclusion through engagement with prospective students, current students, faculty, and the broader community.

The successful candidate will have an innovative vision and approach for leading a major collegiate orchestral program in the 21st century. The individual will have a distinguished record as a conductor. Primary responsibilities include conducting the University of Iowa Symphony Orchestra; overseeing and administering the entire Orchestra Program; teaching graduate courses in orchestral conducting and orchestral literature; advising and mentoring DMA and MA students in orchestral conducting; supervising teaching assistants. Additional responsibilities may include conducting or overseeing a chamber orchestra and pit orchestras for stage productions, as well as planning outreach programs to engage with area high school students and their conductors.

Preferred and Required Qualifications

Required Qualifications:

  • Doctorate in Music
  • Demonstrated excellence in conducting and teaching conducting at the college/university level for at least 3 years
  • Demonstrated record of creative programming

Desirable Qualifications:    

  • Demonstrated record of innovation in leading an orchestra program
  • Community engagement and experience working with youth and/or community orchestras

Application Details

Required Documents

  • Complete vitae
  • Letter of interest
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • Links to unedited videos comprising at least 20 minutes of conducting a performance AND at least 20 minutes of leading a rehearsal
  • Samples of a few recent concert programs

Appointment: Begins August 19, 2020

Rank: Assistant/Associate Professor

Salary: Commensurate with experience and qualifications, 9-month appointment/contract.

Submission: To apply for this position, go to and refer to requisition 73789. A complete application will include a complete vita, a letter of interest, three letters of recommendation (contact information will be entered in online application), links to unedited videos and samples of concert programs that will be uploaded to the online application. Review of applications will begin November 1, 2019 and continue until filled.  

The School of Music and the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences are strongly committed to diversity; the strategic plans of the University and College reflect this commitment. All qualified applicants are encouraged to apply and will receive consideration for employment free from discrimination on the basis of race, creed, color, national origin, age, sex, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetic information, religion, associational preference, status as a qualified individual with a disability, or status as a protected veteran. The University of Iowa is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.