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Director of Bands

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign School of Music
Illinois, United States
Salary Commensurate with experience
Posted Date
Nov 8, 2021

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Position Type
Faculty Positions, Arts, Music, Education, Other Education
Employment Level
Tenured/Tenured Track
Employment Type
Full Time
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Wind Band Conducting
Open Rank
University of Illinois
College of Fine and Applied Arts
School of Music

The University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign School of Music invites applications for tenure-eligible, open rank full-time appointment as Director of Bands. This appointment will begin August 16, 2022. Salary is commensurate with experience.

The University of Illinois is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action employer that recruits and hires qualified candidates without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, national origin, disability or veteran status. For more information, visit

Located on the campus of one of the world's leading research universities, the University of Illinois School of Music is a center for creativity and collaboration through performance, research, and education. Historically rich in tradition, the School of Music is a resource for music research of all kinds, and offers bachelors, masters and doctoral degrees to its nearly 700 students. Hosting a diverse population of faculty, students, and staff, the School of Music embraces cutting-edge innovation and discovery while providing an array of musical and engagement opportunities within the artistic and educational communities of Urbana and Champaign.

With its rich history of more than 150 years, the storied Illinois Bands program continues to stand as a national and international leader among university and collegiate bands. Several concert bands and athletic bands offer opportunities for hundreds of student musicians every year. The Bands faculty represent the University of Illinois at the highest levels throughout the state, nation, and world, and remain committed to forging new pathways while sustaining the best of the program’s traditions. Please see for information regarding the University of Illinois School of Music.

Required qualifications: Emerging or established national reputation as a wind band conductor and pedagogue. Master of Music degree or equivalent professional experience.

Preferred qualifications: Earned doctoral degree and current rank of Associate or Full Professor. Significant record of accomplishment in wind band conducting at the collegiate and/or professional level. Significant record of experience in teaching wind band conducting and literature. Significant administrative experience that includes financial literacy and program budgeting. Commitment to innovative programming that places new music in dialogue with repertoire of the past and embraces underrepresented composers. Demonstrated ability to collaborate with the faculty and the community.

Serve as Director of Bands, providing artistic, academic, and administrative leadership of the University of Illinois Band program; conduct School of Music wind bands; direct the graduate program in wind band conducting and advise master and doctoral theses; teach courses including advanced wind band rehearsal techniques and literature; serve on School, College, and University committees as requested; collaborate with School of Music faculty and staff in recruitment; and sustain a program of public engagement with multiple and diverse constituencies.

Employees of the School of Music are also expected to embrace the following core ideals:

  • Demonstrate a commitment to student success and well-being through both teaching excellence and broader mentorship.
  • Support the University of Illinois’ dedication to being a community of care.
  • Demonstrate a commitment to building and sustaining a diverse and inclusive environment, one that reflects the entire State of Illinois.
  • Seek out opportunities for collaboration with colleagues both on and off campus, and both within and across disciplines.
  • View recruiting and retention as fundamental to the position and to the School’s success.
  • Work as a cooperative member of the School’s community and serve as a model of integrity and collegiality.
  • Exhibit passion for your work, the School, and the role of music in our society.

Application Procedures:
Interested candidates should submit an online application at Application materials should include:

  • Letter of application that addresses the applicant’s vision for a twenty-first-century wind band and band program within a school of music at a state flagship, land-grant research university; and experience with student recruitment and public engagement.
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Diversity and inclusion statement, including relevant experience in building and sustaining a diverse and inclusive environment.
  • Name and contact information for a minimum of three professional references familiar with your qualifications and experience.

For full consideration apply by November 29, 2021. Additional materials may be requested at a later date, including recent, unedited video from the ensemble’s perspective of both live performance and rehearsal (15 minutes of each); recent programs representative of your spectrum of repertoire; as well as syllabi and representative course materials. Direct any questions to Gina Moton, Human Resource Coordinator at Candidates from underrepresented groups are especially encouraged to apply.

The University of Illinois conducts criminal background checks on all job candidates upon acceptance of a contingent offer. Convictions are not a bar to employment. As a qualifying federal contractor, the University of Illinois System uses E-Verify to verify employment eligibility. The University of Illinois System requires candidates selected for hire to disclose any documented finding of sexual misconduct or sexual harassment and to authorize inquiries to current and former employers regarding findings of sexual misconduct or sexual harassment. For more information, visit Policy on Consideration of Sexual Misconduct in Prior Employment.

University of Illinois faculty, staff and students are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19. If you are not able to receive the vaccine for medical or religious reasons, you may seek approval for an exemption in accordance with applicable University processes.

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