Visiting Director of Orchestral Activities (One Year, Nontenure)

North Carolina, United States
Salary Not Specified
May 05, 2021
Employment Type
Full Time

Position Title Visiting Director of Orchestral Activities (One Year, Nontenure) Tenure Status Non-Tenure Track Position Number 064481 Department School Of Music - 270000 Minimum Qualifications

Masters Degree Required.

Successful candidates will hold a graduate degree in music as well as have pre-college or college-level conducting experience.

Rank dependent upon degree status and relevant experience.

Areas of Interest (No Minimum Level Required) License/Certification Required Description of the Department or Unit

HAYES SCHOOL OF MUSIC : The Hayes School of Music consists of 410 music students and 50 full-time faculty and offers undergraduate degrees in music education, music therapy, music industry studies and music performance with concentrations in instrumental or vocal performance, music theory/composition and sacred music. Graduate degrees are offered in music therapy and music performance with concentrations in instrumental or vocal performance, music theory/composition and conducting.

The Hayes School of Music prepares young musicians for professional lives as performers, composers, music educators, music therapists, conductors, scholars, and music industry professionals, ensuring the next generation of musical leadership for the state, region, and nation.

The Hayes School of Music is generously supported by the Hayes Endowment for Musical Excellence. Appalachian State University is an accredited member of the National Association of Schools of Music. Additional information is located at
Hayes School of Music .

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

Teaching load to include: Appalachian Symphony Orchestra, Opera Orchestra, Orchestral Conducting, conducting lessons with graduate students, courses related to orchestral students in the music education degree program including String Orchestral Techniques and Literature, and supervision of student teachers and practicum students.

Administrative duties include: Coordination of orchestral activities with applied music faculty, coordination of orchestral activities with the instrumental and choral ensembles, oversight and management of orchestral area budget and resources, including instrumental inventory and ensemble library, and representing the Orchestral Studies Area on the Dean’s Advisory Council.

Additional Activities: Participation in Hayes School of Music entrance auditions, recruiting to support the Orchestral Studies Area, serving as a source of support and information for public school string programs. Teaching duties may vary and will be specified in the written contract at hiring.

The orchestral performance area at the Hayes School of Music is a vital resource to both the School and the community. We seek a dynamic conductor who values the programming of diverse repertoire, including that of historically underrepresented composers.

The Hayes School of Music maintains a closely-knit community of engaged learners (faculty, staff, and students), who seek to provide a mutually supportive environment to nurture musicians pursuing professions in music education, performance, music therapy, and music industry studies at the undergraduate and master’s level.

As a part of the COVID -19 response, Appalachian State University is employing flexible teaching formats to address academic needs and to comply with local, state and federal public health regulations or orders. Your deans retain the discretion to assign or reassign you to teach in either online or in-person formats during or after the COVID -19 pandemic, as necessary.

Physical Demands of Position

Typical physical demands of a professional position at the university.

Description of University

Appalachian State University, in North Carolina’s Blue Ridge Mountains, prepares students to lead purposeful lives as global citizens who understand and engage their responsibilities in creating a sustainable future for all. The transformational Appalachian experience promotes a spirit of inclusion that brings people together in inspiring ways to acquire and create knowledge, to grow holistically, to act with passion and determination, and embrace diversity and difference. As one of 17 campuses in the University of North Carolina system, Appalachian enrolls about 20,000 students, has a low student-to-faculty ratio and offers more than 150 undergraduate and graduate majors.

Suggested Salary Range Salary is competitive and commensurate with qualifications and experience. Special Instructions to Applicants

Applicants should submit in PDF format:

  • a curriculum vitae, a letter of interest addressing the essential duties and responsibilities outlined in the job description;
  • a diversity statement addressing the candidates’ demonstrated commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion;
  • and five (5) references with contact information (email and phone) at this time.

Upon selection as a semifinalist: Applicants will be asked to send a PDF with links to video recordings of both orchestral performances and rehearsal sessions. These should include video from the orchestra members’ visual perspective (camera facing the conductor), should total approximately 15 to 30 minutes each, and must have taken place within the past three years. Please do not submit this information until requested.

Please note this position is based on enrollment and subject to available funding.

AA/EEO Statement

Appalachian State University is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer. The University does not discriminate in access to its educational programs and activities, or with respect to hiring or the terms and conditions of employment, on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, gender identity and expression, political affiliation, age, disability, veteran status, genetic information or sexual orientation.

Diversity and Inclusion at Appalachian

We at Appalachian State University are committed to diversity, equity, and inclusive excellence both locally and globally.

We understand that the successful implementation of diversity, equity, and inclusive excellence is the responsibility of the entire university community, including alumni and official university governing bodies. A diverse campus community supports an influx of broad and distinct ideas that increase learning opportunities and strengthen the impact of our community as we work collectively to achieve a just experience for all.

We actively encourage, support, and promote a global mindset and an equitable environment where all will know that they belong and are safe to express their culture, identity, values, ideas, opinions, and creativity. We are committed to creating a culture of equity opportunity for all, one that has an expectation of fairness, justice, and equity-minded practice at all levels of the university community.

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