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Assistant Professor of Music and Director of Orchestral and Instrumental Studies

Binghamton University, State University of New York
Binghamton, NY

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Arts & Humanities, Fine & Performing Arts
Position Type
Tenured & Tenure-Track
Employment Type
Full Time
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

Job Details

Category:: Faculty
Department:: Music
Locations:: Binghamton, NY
Posted:: Nov 15, 2023
Closes:: Open Until Filled
Type:: Full-time
Ref. No.:: 3451
Position ID:: 169931

About Binghamton University:

Binghamton University is a world-class institution that unites more than 130 broadly interdisciplinary educational programs with some of the most vibrant research in the nation. Our unique character - shaped by outstanding academics, facilities and community life - promotes extraordinary student success.

Binghamton merges rigorous academics, distinguished faculty and state-of-the-art facilities to engage and challenge its 18,000 students. The high-achieving Binghamton student body also represents a great diversity of life experiences, from first-generation college-goers to international students. Beyond their talent, these classmates share a desire to shape the future through technology, insight, intellectual exploration and community service.

Job Description:

The Binghamton University (State University of New York) Department of Music invites applications for an Assistant Professor of Music and Director of Orchestral and Instrumental Studies position. This tenure-track position is part of a multi-year cluster hire within Harpur College of Arts and Sciences, "Arts Practice, Performance, and Research in the 21st Century." This program aims to establish a network of artists and scholars who see their mission as foundational to an intellectually rigorous liberal arts education and who take an expansive approach to their creative activities, research programs, and pedagogy. It forms part of an initiative to establish a school of the arts within Harpur College. For further information, see:

The Department of Music, a constituent member of the newly founded School of the Arts, boasts vibrant training programs in opera, composition, conducting, instrumental performance, and jazz. Our diverse faculty shares commitments to inclusive programming and antiracism. Binghamton University is an Equal Opportunity / Affirmative Action Employer.

The Department offers the Bachelor of Music degree in performance, the Bachelor of Arts (in performance, composition, or musicology), and the Master of Music degree with concentrations in conducting, opera/voice, composition, instrumental performance, music history and literature, and collaborative piano.

Essential Duties, Tasks, and Responsibilities

  • Serve as conductor of the University Orchestra
  • Oversee the continuing development of the instrumental program within the Department of Music
    • Facilitate chamber music ensemble experiences
    • Facilitate individual studio and area (i.e., string, woodwind, brass) events
    • Oversee the instrument inventory
  • Collaborate with other areas within the Department of Music and the School of the Arts
  • Maintain an active profile in conducting (e.g., creative activities, research) that engages the discipline at national and international levels
  • Teach and advise graduate students in conducting, and supervise graduate students in instrumental performance
  • Teach the introductory conducting course for music majors
  • Engage actively in on-campus and off-campus recruiting
  • Build and maintain relationships with regional public school music programs
  • Additional areas of teaching may be determined depending on departmental needs and the candidate's specific interests, expertise, and qualifications.


Required Qualifications:

  • Masters or Doctoral degree in Instrumental/Orchestral Conducting
  • Experience conducting orchestras at the university level
  • Performance record of a broad repertoire (full orchestra, new music, opera, chamber ensembles, solo concerti and arias, musical theater, works for choir and orchestra) from a range of musical eras
  • A demonstrated commitment to performing work outside the standard repertoire, including new music and music by underrepresented composers

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Doctoral degree in Instrumental/Orchestral Conducting
  • Experience teaching academic music courses (e.g., orchestration) as instructor of record
  • Experience supervising graduate students in Orchestral Conducting
  • Experience in building and maintaining an orchestral program in a high-performing liberal arts university setting
  • Entrepreneurial experience in ensemble and audience development
  • Experience in interdisciplinary collaboration across the arts and humanities

Additional Information:

The State University of New York is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. It is the policy of Binghamton University to provide for and promote equal opportunity employment, compensation, and other terms and conditions of employment without discrimination on the basis of age, race, color, religion, disability, national origin, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, veteran or military service member status, marital status, domestic violence victim status, genetic predisposition or carrier status, or arrest and/or criminal conviction record unless based upon a bona fide occupational qualification or other exception.

As required by title IX and its implementing regulations, Binghamton University does not discriminate on the basis of sex in the educational programs and activities which it operates. This requirement extends to employment and admission. Inquiries about sex discrimination may be directed to the University Title IX Coordinator or directly to the Office of Civil Rights (OCR). Contact information for the Title IX Coordinator and OCR, as well as the University's complete Non-Discrimination Notice may be found here.

Pursuant to Executive Order 161, no State entity, as defined by the Executive Order, is permitted to ask, or mandate, in any form, that an applicant for employment provide his or her current compensation, or any prior compensation history, until such time as the applicant is extended a conditional offer of employment with compensation. If such information has been requested from you before such time, please contact the Governor's Office of Employee Relations at (518) 474-6988 or via email at

Binghamton University is a tobacco-free campus effective August 1, 2017.

Application Instructions:

Send letter of application, curriculum vitae, names and contact information for three references, and video links for a rehearsal of at least 15 minutes and a final performance of at least 10 minutes to Interview Exchange

Application review will begin on January 1, 2024, but the position will remain open until filled.

Binghamton University and the State University of New York are equal opportunity employers. All qualified applicants are encouraged to apply.


Working at Binghamton University

Message on working at Binghamton University from President Harvey Stenger    


Binghamton University opened its doors as Triple Cities College in 1946, to serve the needs of local veterans returning from service in World War II. Originally located in Endicott, N.Y., five miles west of the present campus, the fledgling school was a branch of Syracuse University.

Four years later, the college was incorporated into the State University of New York (SUNY) and renamed Harpur College in honor of Robert Harpur, a Colonial teacher, patriot and pioneer who helped settle the area west of Binghamton.

In 1961, the campus moved across the Susquehanna River to Vestal. Growing enrollment and a reputation for excellence soon led to the selection of Harpur College as one of four doctorate-granting University Centers in the SUNY system.

In 1965, the campus was formally designated the State University of New York at Binghamton, and in 1992, Binghamton University was adopted as our informal name.

Mission Statement

Binghamton University is a premier public university dedicated to enriching the lives of people in the region, state, nation and world through discovery and education and to being enriched by partnerships with those communities.

Vision Statement

Binghamton as an institution is dedicated to higher education, one that combines an international reputation for graduate education, research, scholarship and creative endeavor with the best undergraduate programs available at any public university.

We are an academically selective community that shares ideas across departments, disciplines and borders. We encourage faculty, students and staff to ask unexpected questions, foster open dialog and develop innovative solutions to important problems.

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