Assistant Professor, Director of Bands - Dana School of Music (Tenure-Track)

Ohio, United States
Salary Not specified
Apr 01, 2021
Position Type
Faculty Positions, Arts, Music
Employment Level
Tenured/Tenured Track
Employment Type
Full Time

Assistant Professor, Director of Bands - Dana School of Music (Tenure-Track)

Summary of Position:
The Dana School of Music seeks a Director of Bands for a full-time, tenure-track position. The successful candidate will conduct the YSU Wind Ensemble and other instrumental ensembles based upon the candidate’s experience and qualifications; direct the graduate instrumental conducting program; and develop and maintain a national reputation in the field.

Direct the Youngstown State University Wind Ensemble; additional teaching responsibilities may include directing the Dana Symphony Orchestra and/or the Youngstown State University Youth Orchestra, and classroom/studio courses consistent with candidate’s area(s) of expertise (e.g., applied conducting and instrumental studies). Foster collaboration and build relationships—regionally and nationally—with music organizations and programs (secondary and collegiate) through touring, adjudicating and conducting honors ensembles, presenting clinics/master classes, offering workshops, and hosting ensembles on campus. Establish a national reputation as a conductor/scholar through creative works, recordings, and/or publications. Participate in faculty committees and governance. Plans, organizes, teaches, and provides feedback to promote and direct student success. Responds to students in a timely manner. Communicates with students, departments and university officials via university provided tools and resources.

Founded over 150 years ago, the Dana School of Music is one of the oldest institutions of its kind in the United States. The Dana School of Music is accredited by the National Association of Schools of Music and offers a comprehensive listing of undergraduate Bachelor of Music degree programs as well as Bachelor of Arts options that provide additional breadth of study. Graduate students may earn a Master of Music degree in performance, music education, jazz, history and literature, and theory and composition.

The Cliffe College of Creative Arts (CCCA) is a dynamic component of the Youngstown State University campus and is a major regional arts resource. Our vibrant and inclusive community of artists, educators, and scholars is engaged in nationally accredited programs of instruction, innovative and immersive experiences, and professional performances and exhibitions. Extraordinary facilities include state-of-the-art technology, theaters, rehearsal spaces, art studios, concert halls, the McDonough Museum of Art, and numerous regional performance and exhibition spaces. We are dedicated to creating deep educational experiences that provide inspiration, empower innovation, and develop leadership, thus preparing students to pursue and further artistic excellence throughout their lives and careers.

As a student-centered university, Youngstown State University’s mission is to provide innovative lifelong learning opportunities that will inspire individuals, enhance futures and enrich lives. YSU inspires individuals by cultivating a curiosity for life-long learning; enhances the futures of our students by empowering them to discover, disseminate and apply their knowledge; and enriches the region by fostering collaboration and the advancement of civic, scientific, and technological development. YSU’s culture of enrichment flourishes in our diverse, accessible, and quality education.

Youngstown State University—an urban research university—emphasizes a creative, integrated approach to education, scholarship, and service. The University places students at its center; leads in the discovery, dissemination, and application of knowledge; advances civic, scientific, and technological development; and fosters collaboration to enrich the region and the world.

The University: Creates diverse educational experiences that develop ethical, intellectually curious students who are invested in their communities; Provides access to a broad range of undergraduate programs; Offers graduate programs in selected areas of excellence, including those that meet the needs of the region; Supports economic development through applied learning and research; Integrates teaching and learning, scholarship, and civic engagement; Fosters understanding of diversity, sustainability, and global perspectives; and Advances the intellectual and cultural life of the city, region, and world.

Minimum Qualifications
An earned doctoral degree in music by the time of appointment. Artist-level conductor and proven success in directing a wind ensemble and/or concert band.

Preferred Qualifications
Demonstrated expertise in directing an orchestra.

Special Instructions to Applicants
Please apply online at

Please use Other Document 1 to upload a pdf or Word document of a contact list for two references that the Search Committee can call to obtain references. The three references that are inputted into the Reference Letter section of the application, will be electronically contacted by email.

Please use Other Document 2 to upload links to videos of:
1. Conducting at least two (2) stylistically contrasting wind ensemble/concert band pieces in performance.
2. At least one unedited video (minimum 15 minutes) of teaching/rehearsing a wind ensemble/concert band.
3. Additional video evidence of teaching and/or performance. Examples may include conducting an orchestral rehearsal or performance, teaching in an applied area or classroom, or a solo performance.

At the time of hire, all candidates must provide official transcripts. Official transcripts must be provided in an unopened, sealed envelope that bears the embossed or raised college seal, date and Registrar’s signature.

Youngstown State University is an EOE.