The Department of Music at the University of Chicago seeks an experienced wind ensemble conductor to fill the part-time Lecturer position as Director of the University of Chicago Wind Ensemble. Primary responsibilities include planning and conducting weekly rehearsals and quarterly performances for an ensemble of approximately 50-60 student and community musicians that performs standard wind ensemble repertoire, orchestral transcriptions, and contemporary compositions (including world premieres). The ensemble rehearses on Tuesday evenings for seven or eight weeks each quarter in the academic year, October through May, and presents three concerts per season in the Logan Center for the Arts Performance Hall. Traditionally, the winter quarter concert involves a side-by-side collaboration with the University of Chicago Laboratory School Bands. Collaborations with other Department of Music performance ensembles and area professionals are encouraged as well.
The University Wind Ensemble is part of a large, co-curricular performance program at the University of Chicago, which involves over 700 talented young musicians (most of whom are not music majors) in seventeen different performance ensembles. The Wind Ensemble Director works closely with the Director of Performance Programs and other members of the Department's performance faculty and staff in planning repertoire and soloists, generating publicity, and developing special projects for the Wind Ensemble, and in enhancing the overall quality and profile of the performance program on campus.
The position is not eligible for benefits. Because the rehearsal schedule is inflexible, preference will be given to applicants who reside within easy commuting distance from the University campus.
Bachelors degree required, masters preferred; demonstrated professional training in wind ensemble conducting required; experience working with students to improve their technical abilities, ensemble skills, and overall musicianship required. Accomplished wind player with teaching experience at the middle school, high school, or college level strongly preferred. Familiarity and experience wind ensemble literature required. Excellent verbal and written communication skills required.
Candidates are required to submit a letter of application, current curriculum vitae, list of repertoire conducted in performance, and list of references through the University's Academic Career Opportunities site: https://academiccareers.uchicago.edu. Submit materials to posting 04094.
Required application documents:
List of Repertoire Conducted in Performance
List of References (3 minimum)
The deadline for completing application is April 15, 2019. Review of applications will begin immediately after the deadline and continue until the position is filled. Conducting videos will be requested of shortlisted candidates, after initial review of applications. On-campus interview(s) and audition(s) to be scheduled in May, 2019.
The University of Chicago is an Affirmative Action/ Equal Opportunity/ Disabled/ Veterans Employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national or ethnic origin, age, status as an individual with a disability, protected veteran status, genetic information, or other protected classes under the law. For additional information please see the University's Notice of Nondiscrimination at http://www.uchicago.edu/about/non_discrimination_statement/ . Job seekers in need of a reasonable accommodation to complete the application process should call 773-702-0287 or email ACOppAdministrator@uchicago.eduwith their request.
Internal Number: 04094
About The University of Chicago Department of Music
Positioned at the heart of a world-renowned academic institution, the Department of Music offers graduate degrees in Composition, Ethnomusicology, and Music History and Theory. The Department also offers an undergraduate Bachelor of Arts degree in Music. Complementing them is a lively performance program that involves undergraduate, graduate, and post-doctoral students.
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