Wind Band Conducting
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
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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
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
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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
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
- 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.
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
- Name and contact information for a minimum of three
professional references familiar with your qualifications and
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 email@example.com. Candidates from
underrepresented groups are especially encouraged to apply.
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