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Fine & Applied Arts: Open Rank Prof, Conducting - School of Music (153956)

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Job Location:
Urbana, Illinois

Orchestral 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 Orchestras. 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 in many different fields of study. 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. Please see for information regarding the University of Illinois School of Music.


Required qualifications: Emerging or established national reputation as orchestra director and artist/teacher. Master of Music degree or equivalent professional experience.

Preferred qualifications: Doctoral degree. Evidence of successful teaching in a university school of music or conservatory. Proven record as a successful recruiter of both orchestra members and graduate conducting students. Innovative programming that places new music in dialogue with repertoire of the past and embraces underrepresented composers. Ability to collaborate with others and build bridges between various areas of the school. Interest in exploring public engagement opportunities.


Guide all administrative, curricular, and artistic aspects of the orchestra program; conduct orchestral ensemble(s); teach the graduate conducting seminar; teach private lessons to graduate conducting students, serve as an effective recruiter for the School of Music; supervise doctoral projects; contribute to the activities of a School of Music in a Research I university.

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, including a section that provides hyperlinks or URLs for online video files of recent live performances and rehearsals. The letter should also address their vision of the 21 st century symphony orchestra within a university school of music, diversity as it relates to programming and collaboration, and their experience and ideas about recruitment.
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Names and contact information for three references.

Screening of candidate applications will begin October 11, 2021 through November 8, 2021. Direct any questions to Gina Moton, Human Resource Coordinator at Candidates from underrepresented groups are especially encouraged to apply.

University of Illinois conducts criminal background checks on all job candidates upon acceptance of a contingent offer. Convictions are not a bar to employment. 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 . As a qualifying federal contractor, the University of Illinois System uses E-Verify to verify employment eligibility .

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