Orchestra Conductor/Faculty

Decatur, IL
Nov 26, 2019
Employment Type
Full Time
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

MILLIKIN UNIVERSITY invites applications for a full-time, tenure-track, Assistant or Associate Professor of Music–Orchestra Conductor. Position begins August 2020. Rank to be determined based on the candidate’s qualifications and experience. Completed doctorate required.

As Music Director, the successful candidate will provide leadership to all aspects of the Millikin-Decatur Symphony Orchestra (a hybrid orchestra comprised of Millikin faculty, students, and per-service musicians) and teach and direct the Millikin Chamber Orchestra (student string players). Evidence of recruitment through both personal and university ensemble performances and interaction with high school music programs is expected. The successful candidate will demonstrate a collegial attitude and the ability to communicate effectively. Additional expectations include student advising & mentoring, university service in the form of faculty governance, and involvement with the campus community through attendance of recitals, concerts, workshops, and festivals.

Primary responsibilities include teaching, conducting, and programming for MDSO subscription concerts, pops concerts, community outreach, and recruitment events. A secondary teaching area is desirable. Annual collaboration with Opera Theater and the School of Theater & Dance productions may comprise a portion of the MDSO and MCO seasons. The candidate will work closely with the Symphony Orchestra Guild of Decatur and local media to support and promote the orchestra and the Millikin School of Music. Additional teaching responsibilities will be assigned according to the candidate’s areas of expertise and needs of the School of Music.

To receive full consideration, please submit: 1) letter of application; 2) curriculum vitae; 3) teaching philosophy addressing both ensemble and classroom/studio teaching; 4) vision statement about collaboration, innovation, marketing, and programming for symphony orchestras that include both faculty and students; 5) names and contact information of at least three professional references; and 6) unrestricted links to video recordings of recent orchestra rehearsals & performances (please use online platforms such as YouTube, Vimeo, or similar; videos should be directly accessible, without download, from a link embedded in a Word document--not PDF). All materials must be submitted electronically. Candidates should be prepared to submit additional materials upon request.

Review of applications will begin September 27, 2019 and continue until the position is filled. Finalists will be invited to guest conduct one of the MDSO cycles, and must be available for a residency at Millikin University during January 29 – February 1, 2020 and/or February 26–29, 2020.

Employment and first day of work is contingent upon successful completion of a background check. Millikin University is an equal opportunity employer. Candidates from traditionally underrepresented groups in this field are encouraged to apply. Beyond meeting fully its legal obligations for non-discrimination, Millikin University is committed to building a diverse and inclusive community where members from all backgrounds can live, learn, and thrive. Millikin offers a competitive salary and full benefit package. Desired start date is August 1, 2020.

Millikin University School of Music has been NASM accredited since 1934, with a vibrant community of 50 faculty and 214 students, offering Bachelor of Music degrees in Performance, Music Education, Commercial Music, and Music Business, as well as a Bachelor of Arts degree in Music. The School of Music’s curriculum embraces the interdisciplinarity of diverse musical and academic experiences. The School of Music is designated as an “All Steinway School.” A Millikin education is characterized by Performance Learning — a unique approach to learning that challenges students to engage with third party stakeholders in the performance of their academic discipline. Students apply their learning to professional experiences both in Decatur and around the world. Millikin University’s mission is to deliver on the promise of education, preparing students for professional success, democratic citizenship in a global environment, and a personal life of meaning and value.


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