Assistant Professor in Orchestra (Music Director/Conductor)

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Work type: Tenure-Track Faculty
Location: Main Campus (Gainesville, FL)
Categories: Arts/Museum
Department:13030100 - COTA-MUSIC-DIRECTOR

Classification Title:

Assistant Professor

Job Description:

Assistant Professor, University Orchestra Music Director/Conductor 
Position: Full-time, 9 month, tenure accruing faculty 
Date of Expected Hire: August 16, 2022 

The University of Florida School of Music seeks an Orchestra Director/Conductor for the University’s Symphony Orchestra, who will also teach conducting and related classes at undergraduate and graduate levels, including DMA. We seek a dynamic leader able to maintain and raise the quality of a top-level college orchestra comprised of students at various stages of their careers.  The successful candidate will be well versed in existing orchestral traditions, demonstrate an interest in creative programming, and show awareness of current trends and developments in the industry and profession, including stylistically and culturally diverse repertoire. The ideal candidate will also demonstrate experience in Choral Works, Opera and Ballet.  

Duties include programming, rehearsing and performing a full series of concerts annually, coordinating orchestra personnel with performance-area faculty, teaching orchestral conducting, score-reading, analysis and other related classes, recruiting, collaborating with other departments and actively participating in the cultural life at the University of Florida and the surrounding community, in addition to serving on committees as appropriate. 

The University of Florida College of the Arts intends to be a transformative community, responding to and generating paradigmatic shifts in the arts and beyond. As artists and scholars, we embrace the complexity of our evolving human experience and seek to empower our students and faculty to shape that experience fearlessly through critical study, creative practice, and provocation. We seek a colleague who identifies as a change-maker. We seek a colleague who will prepare students to access and unsettle centers of power in a radically changing world. We seek a colleague who will position emerging artists and researchers as catalysts for equity on local and global levels. 

The University of Florida is an equal opportunity institution dedicated to building a broadly diverse and inclusive faculty, and is committed to non-discrimination with respect to race, creed, color, religion, age, disability, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, marital status, national origin, political opinions or affiliations, genetic information and veteran status. 


· Serve as musical director and conductor of the University Orchestra 

· Serve in teaching related coursework, including conducting and score reading 

· Maintain active national and international creative research profile in areas of specialization, consistent with expectation of tenure and promotion 

· Active participation in our learning community, finding innovative ways to connect the arts to critical discourses in other disciplines 

· Participate in shared governance through service to the School, College and University 

SCHOOL OF MUSIC: Organized within the College of the Arts, the School of Music plays an important role in the academic and cultural life of the University, the College’s Creative Campus initiative and the community. The School has 40 full-time and nine adjunct faculty, serving some 180 graduate and 230 undergraduate music majors.  Program emphases include performance, music education, theory, composition, music history and literature, ethnomusicology, conducting, and sacred music. The School of Music is also home to the UF Bands program, which includes “The Pride of the Sunshine” Gator Marching Band. School of Music facilities include the School of Music Building and Steinbrenner Band Hall, among others. The University of Florida is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges and is an accredited institutional member of the National Association of Schools of Music. For more information, visit

THE COLLEGE OF THE ARTS: The mission of the College of the Arts is to be a transformative community, responding to and generating paradigmatic shifts in the arts and beyond.  We achieve the university’s mission by training professionals and educating students as artists and scholars, while developing their capacities for critical study, creative practice, and provocation.  The College offers baccalaureate, masters, and doctoral degrees. Approximately 1,700 students are pursuing majors in degrees offered by the College of the Arts under the direction of 130 faculty members in its three accredited schools— the School of Art + Art History, the School of Music, and the School of Theatre + Dance, and in the Center for Arts in Medicine, the Digital Worlds Institute, and the Center for Arts, Migration, and Entrepreneurship. In addition, the college comprises the University Galleries, and the University level of the New World School of the Arts in Miami.    

THE UNIVERSITY OF FLORIDA: The University of Florida is a comprehensive learning institution built on a land grant foundation, ranked one of the top five best public universities in the nation in U.S. News & World Report. We are The Gator Nation, a diverse community dedicated to excellence in education and research and shaping a better future for Florida, the nation and the world. Our mission is to enable our students to lead and influence the next generation and beyond for economic, cultural and societal benefit. UF is a graduate research institution with more than 50,000 students and membership in the prestigious Association of American Universities. Gainesville, which is consistently ranked as one of the nation’s most livable cities, is located midway between the Gulf of Mexico and the Atlantic Ocean. Together, the University and the community comprise the educational, medical and cultural center of North Central Florida, with outstanding resources such as the University of Florida Performing Arts (Phillips Center for the Performing Arts, the Squitieri Studio Theatre, the Baughman Center, University Auditorium), the Harn Museum of Art, the Florida Museum of Natural History and in the community, the Hippodrome State Theatre and Dance Alive National Ballet.  

Expected Salary:

Competitive and commensurate with qualifications, attractive benefits package 

Minimum Requirements:

Terminal degree in Music or Master’s degree with commensurate record of professional and academic achievement.  

Distinguished record of achievement in the field at a national or international level 

Evidence of success in promoting an environment that advances access, equity, and inclusion 

Evidence of a commitment to innovative and cross-disciplinary curricula 

Well versed in existing orchestral traditions, demonstrate a commitment to creative programming, and show awareness of current trends 

Preferred Qualifications:

The successful candidate will bring to the position: 

Teaching experience of 3-5 years beyond graduate assistantship at the university level  

Demonstrated aptitude for working toward structural and strategic change, particularly in relationship to access, equity and inclusion.

Demonstrated capacity for effective engagement in recruitment 

Strong organizational, management and communication skills 

Evidence of success in negotiation and collaboration toward creative and administrative goals 

Special Instructions to Applicants:

Application Deadline: Review of applications has begun and will continue until an applicant pool is established.  It is at the discretion of the committee to review applications received after January 7, 2021.

This position was originally posted in Interfolio (requisition number 86785). If you already applied, there is no need to apply again.

Application Process: Applications must be submitted via the University of Florida’s online application system. Online applications must include the following: (1) a detailed letter of application that explains how you match the particular qualifications of this position and how your work and perspective will contribute to and enhance our transformative community; (2) a curriculum vitae; (3) links to 30 minutes of uninterrupted, unedited rehearsal video footage and 20-30 minutes of live performance video footage featuring contrasting works; (4) sample programs for a 5-concert season; and (5) names and contact information of three professional references. The Search Committee may request additional materials at a later time, including letters of reference. 

Inquiries may be sent to: 
Dr. Steven Thomas 
Chair, University Orchestra Music Director/Conductor Search 

Final candidate will be required to provide official transcript to the hiring department upon hire.  A transcript will not be considered “official” if a designation of “Issued to Student” is visible.  Degrees earned from an education institution outside of the United States are required to be evaluated by a professional credentialing service provider approved by National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES), which can be found at

The University of Florida is an equal opportunity institution dedicated to building a broadly diverse and inclusive faculty and staff.

The University of Florida is An Equal Employment Opportunity Institution. If an accommodation due to a disability is needed to apply for this position, please call 352/392-2477 or the Florida Relay System at 800/955-8771 (TDD). Hiring is contingent upon eligibility to work in the US. Searches are conducted in accordance with Florida's Sunshine Law.

Health Assessment Required: No


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