Director of Orchestra Activities/Assistant Professor

University of Kansas
Kansas, United States
Salary Not Specified
Posted Date
Oct 25, 2022
Job Title

Director of Orchestra Activities/Assistant Professor



Primary Campus

University of Kansas Lawrence Campus

Job Description

Teaching- 40% -
  • Responsible for the artistic, administrative, and visionary leadership of the University orchestra program;
  • Conduct the KU Symphony Orchestra, including opera productions;
  • Teach conducting, including graduate students;
  • Supervise/mentor orchestra teaching assistants and student workers.
Research/Creative Work - 40% -
  • Produce a record of creative work that indicates continuing growth, and national/international visibility;
  • Participate actively in the cultural and intellectual life of the School and the University.
Service – 20% -
  • Work cooperatively in support of the School of Music and the University, including service on graduate and faculty committees;
  • Work individually and collaboratively in student recruitment, including building and maintaining productive relationships with public school and area youth orchestra programs;
  • Participate actively in the cultural and intellectual life of the School and the University.
Req ID(Ex: 10567BR)



The University of Kansas prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, ethnicity, religion, sex, national origin, age, ancestry, disability status as a veteran, sexual orientation, marital status, parental status, gender identity, gender expression, and genetic information in the university's programs and activities. Retaliation is also prohibited by university policy. The following persons have been designated to handle inquiries regarding the nondiscrimination policies and are the Title IX coordinators for their respective campuses: Associate Vice Chancellor for the Office of Civil Rights & Title IX,, Room 1082, Dole Human Development Center, 1000 Sunnyside Avenue, Lawrence, KS 66045, 785-864-6414, 711 TTY (for the Lawrence, Edwards, Parsons, Yoder, and Topeka campuses); Director, Equal Opportunity Office, Mail Stop 7004, 4330 Shawnee Mission Parkway, Fairway, KS 66205, 913-588-8011, 711 TTY (for the Wichita, Salina, and Kansas City, Kansas medical center campuses).

Contact Information to Applicants

Jacob Dakon, Search Chair

Position Number


Required Qualifications
  • Doctoral Degree in Music OR Master's degree and significant conducting experience.
  • Demonstrated success leading an orchestral program/organization.
  • Demonstrated record of productive teaching experience at the collegiate or equivalent level.
  • Previous experience recruiting students.
Employee Class


Advertised Salary Range

commensurate with experience/qualifications



Position Overview

The University of Kansas School of Music seeks to a fill a full-time, academic year (nine month), Director of Orchestra Activities/Assistant Professor (tenure-track) beginning on August 18, 2023. The successful candidate will be surrounded by colleagues who share a passion for artistic expression, educating students, creating professional opportunities in the field, and eager for collaborations and engagement in identifying new ways of learning, research and service. The successful candidate will have artistic, administrative, and visionary leadership of the University orchestra program including conducting the KU Symphony Orchestra and opera productions.

The University of Kansas School of Music is a comprehensive university music school offering professional training in a wide array of specializations through baccalaureate, masters, and doctoral degree programs. A charter member of the National Association of Schools of Music (1928), KU is the only institution authorized by the Kansas Board of Regents to grant doctoral degrees in music.

The University of Kansas is a Carnegie Research-Extensive Institution with a student body of over 28,000 students representing every state and more than 113 foreign countries. The University is located in Lawrence, a city with a population exceeding 95,000. The community is known for its support of the arts and education and regularly appears in various “best town” listings.

The University of Kansas is especially interested in hiring faculty members who can contribute to the climate of diversity in the School of Music including a diversity of scholarly artistic approaches. In a continuing effort to enrich its academic environment and provide equal educational and employment opportunities, the university actively encourages applications from member of underrepresented groups in higher education.

The successful candidate must be eligible to work in the U.S. by the effective date of the appointment.



Application Review Begins


Anticipated Start Date


Additional Candidate Instruction

For additional information and to apply, go to . Please complete the online application and submit the following items: (1) a letter of interest; (2) a curriculum vitae, (3) a 1-2 page statement discussing personal teaching philosophy within a comprehensive university school of music, including objectives and means of achieving those objectives; (4) the contact information (e-mail and telephone) for 3 reference who can be contacted for recommendation; and (5) internet links to video recordings of both rehearsals and recent live performances demonstrating the conducting capabilities of the applicant. In addition, because learning about each candidate's engagement in areas of diversity is an important part of KU's mission, applicants will be presented the following question at the time of application:
  • Describe your experiences working with people from diverse backgrounds and explain how those experiences reflect your commitments to diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI).
Applicants may be asked to submit other items during the interview process.
Application review will begin December 15, 2022 and will continue until the position has been filled.

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