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Director of Orchestras

School of Music, Theatre, and Dance
Fort Collins, Colorado
$70,000 - $82,000. Salary is commensurate with experience, qualifications, and starting rank.
Posted Date
Oct 20, 2022

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Position Type
Faculty Positions, Arts, Music
Employment Level
Tenured/Tenured Track
Employment Type
Full Time
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Director of Orchestras

The School of Music, Theatre, and Dance at Colorado State University seeks applicants for the full-time, nine-month position of Director of Orchestras with an anticipated start date of August 16, 2023. The successful candidate will be appointed at the rank of Assistant or Associate Professor (tenure-track), depending on the candidate’s evidence of a successful research agenda commensurate with a Research 1 university, and other experience and qualifications. For the full position announcement and to apply, please visit the following link:

Primary responsibilities will include: Conducting the CSU University Symphony Orchestra program; conducting the CSU Opera Orchestra; teaching conducting courses at the undergraduate and graduate level; collaborating in the teaching and administration of a comprehensive instrumental ensemble program; actively recruiting music students, especially orchestral strings, from the state of Colorado and beyond via outreach and recruitment events, including interaction with pre-collegiate students and music programs; establishment of a strong regional, national, and international reputation as an artist, conductor, and teacher.

Further responsibilities will include serving on departmental, collegiate, and professional committees, as well as planning and leading outreach programs with the purpose of sustained engagement with pre-collegiate students and teachers. Additional duties may be assigned in accordance with areas of expertise and in consultation with the Director of the School of Music, Theatre, and Dance and the Music Department Chair.

The successful candidate will demonstrate an interest in the growth of all students within a departmental and university setting, including recognition of the impact of diversity, equity, and inclusion. In addition, the candidate will understand how to further the mission of a land grant institution, work effectively with faculty colleagues, and enhance the offerings of a dynamic School of Music, Theatre, and Dance. The ideal candidate will have a distinguished record as a conductor, an innovative vision and approach for a collegiate orchestral program in the 21st century, and a proven track record of successful artistic engagement with the broader community including pre-collegiate youth.

Required Job Qualifications

  • Master’s degree in orchestral conducting or equivalent master’s degree in music
  • Professional and/or collegiate orchestral conducting experience
  • Evidence of sustained work with pre-collegiate youth in orchestral/string settings (2 years minimum)

Preferred Job Qualifications

  • Graduate degree specifically in orchestral conducting
  • Opera conducting experience
  • Evidence of commitment to and achievement of a strong and collaborative artistic vision
  • Evidence of and/or commitment to strong outreach and recruitment
  • Strong commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion
  • Strong track record of orchestral teaching, mentoring, and advising at the university level

Special Instructions Summary

For full consideration, please submit: 1) cover letter; 2) curriculum vitae; 3) personal statement of commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion; 4) names and contact information of at least three professional references. References will not be contacted without prior notification of candidates.

If selected for the semi-finalist round, candidates should be prepared to submit: 1) program examples; 2) video recordings of recent (past five years) orchestral rehearsals & performances from the front/face perspective of the conductor; 3) statement of philosophy addressing both the teaching of ensembles and conducting; 4) vision statement for building/maintaining a comprehensive university orchestral program, including collaboration, programming, recruiting, and pedagogy.

To ensure full consideration, applications must be received by 11:50pm (MT) on 12/04/2022. For the full position announcement and to apply, please visit the following link:

CSU is an EO/EA/AA employer and conducts background checks on all final candidates.

Description of Work Unit

The School of Music, Theatre and Dance (SMTD) has 36 tenured and tenure-track faculty as well as 40 adjunct faculty. There are currently over 550 students in SMTD, with 311 undergraduate and graduate students enrolled in music degree programs. The University Center for the Arts is a nationally recognized state-of the art 350,000 square foot facility, that includes a 550-seat concert hall, a 275-seat organ and chamber music recital hall, a 320-seat thrust theatre, a 100-seat black box theatre, a 200-seat dance theatre, dedicated rehearsal, production, and research spaces, along with classrooms, labs, and practice rooms. Colorado State University (CSU) is a land grant institution with a student enrollment of approximately 30,000 students in over 150 programs, and a faculty numbering 1,700. The College of Liberal Arts, within which the school is located, is the largest college in the University. CSU is located in Fort Collins, Colorado, a beautiful city of approximately 175,000 located in the foothills of the Rocky Mountains, 65 miles north of Denver. MarketWatch has listed Fort Collins as the “No. 1 Best Place to Live in America in 2020,” and was also ranked No. 1 for the “2020 Top 100 Places to Live in America” by Additionally, Fort Collins is in America’s top ten for best performing city, safest for driving and cycling, best place to raise a family, and No. 1 in the country for reducing harmful emissions by using alternative fuels and transportation. CSU was recently ranked first among Colorado-based educational employers and fifth among all in-state employers in Forbes magazine’s “America’s Best Employers by State!” Colorado State University is an accredited institutional member of the National Association of Schools of Music.

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