Tenure Track Orchestra Conductor 2022-23

St. Olaf College
Minnesota, United States
Competitive Salary
Closing date
Sep 26, 2021

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Position Type
Faculty Positions, Arts, Music, Performing Arts
Employment Level
Tenured/Tenured Track
Employment Type
Full Time

Job Details

The St. Olaf College Department of Music invites applications for a full-time, tenure track position as Conductor of the St. Olaf Orchestra at the Assistant or Associate Professor level to begin August 2022. Other duties, described below, will be assigned depending on the qualifications of the successful candidate. 

The department seeks a dynamic, engaging individual with the following qualifications:

  • Doctorate in orchestral conducting [ABDs or Masters with equivalent professional experience will be considered]
  • Proven experience in directing, or potential to successfully direct, an undergraduate orchestra program
  • Evidence of, or demonstrated potential to engage in, successful teaching, mentoring, and training of undergraduate music students in a liberal arts context
  • Record of excellence as a conductor
  • Ability to teach instrumental conducting to future music educators
  • Strong commitment to undergraduate teaching, and to the missions of the department and college

The department is particularly interested in applicants who can and will advance the College’s goals for diversity, equity and inclusion. We request that in the letter of application, candidates address their potential to contribute to the St. Olaf community that maintains a diversity of people and perspectives as one of its core values. We strongly encourage applications from Black, Indigenous, and people of color and members of other underrepresented groups in accordance with our equity goals.

The St. Olaf Orchestra is a 90-member full orchestra which serves both music majors and advanced non-music majors and routinely performs major works from the symphonic repertory. The St. Olaf Orchestra is one of three “ambassador” ensembles at the College (along with the St. Olaf Choir and St. Olaf Band,) with domestic tours every year and an international tour approximately every four years. The Orchestra also plays a prominent part in the annual St. Olaf Christmas Festival. In addition to concerts and rehearsals, the conductor will be responsible for coordinating and supervising auditions, and lead any sectional rehearsals deemed appropriate for the ensemble. In addition to the orchestral responsibilities, the teaching load could include courses in the conducting sequence: Music 251 (Basic Conducting), Music 253 (Instrumental Conducting), and Music 354 (Advanced Conducting). Other possibilities for classroom teaching include courses in the musicianship sequence, courses for non-music majors, and, if applicable, Performance Studies or chamber music coaching. Opportunities to teach interdisciplinary courses outside of the music department may arise, and the successful candidate would welcome the opportunity to work collaboratively with colleagues in other Fine Arts departments in developing innovative cross-disciplinary initiatives. Duties also involve ongoing professional development, service on department and college committees, and actively participating in student recruitment.

Applicants must submit materials online at https://stolaf.hiretouch.com/faculty-postings. A complete application includes:

  • Cover letter
  • Curriculum vitae
  • Graduate transcripts (official or unofficial)
  • Short (one page) statement of your approach to undergraduate teaching 
  • The URL for 20-30 minutes of video recordings of representative orchestral performances and rehearsal sessions; these should include video from the orchestra members' visual perspective (camera facing the conductor)
  • The contact information for three professional references who can speak to your abilities in teaching and conducting (St. Olaf solicits letters directly after an initial round of screening.)

Review of applications will begin on November 1, 2021, and will continue until the position is filled. Finalist interviews are expected in February 2022. Questions about the position, department, or college may be directed to Dr. Kathryn Ananda-Owens, Search Committee Chair, at tt2022orch@stolaf.edu. Applicants who need assistance with the online application process should call 507-786-3356.

Founded in 1874, St. Olaf College is a residential, coeducational liberal arts college with approximately 3,000 students and 800 faculty and staff employees. It is located in Northfield, Minnesota, about 45 minutes from Minneapolis and St. Paul with their rich and diverse cultural resources. The College offers an academically rigorous, nationally ranked liberal arts education that fosters the development of the whole person in mind, body, and spirit and emphasizes learning in an inclusive and globally engaged community.

St. Olaf College is proud to be:

  • Included in multiple editions of Colleges that Change Lives: 40 Schools That Will Change the Way You Think About College
  • An institutional member of the National Center for Faculty Development and Diversity
  • Ranked #1 among baccalaureate colleges in the number of students who study abroad
  • One of the top producers of Fulbright U.S. students among liberal arts colleges
  • Ranked #20 for best undergraduate teaching by U.S. News & World Report, 2018
  • One of only three small liberal arts colleges that offer fully-accredited majors in art, dance, music and theater

To provide a safe and secure educational environment, St. Olaf College verifies the accuracy of all credentials presented by applicants and conducts a criminal background check on every new hire.

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