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Assistant or Associate Professor of Conducting

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Work type: Faculty - Tenure Track
Location: Eugene, OR
Categories: Instruction, Music/Dance

Department: School of Music and Dance
Rank: Assistant Professor
Annual Basis: 9 Month

Application Deadline
November 5, 2018; position open until filled

Required Application Materials
To ensure consideration, interested and qualified candidates should submit a complete application which must include the following:

•  A letter of application describing your background, professional and teaching interests, and qualifications for the position. Specifically address:

(a) your conducting and/or clinic accomplishments and future plans,
(b) your teaching experience and approach, and
(c) your personal contributions to foster an environment of equity and inclusion for faculty, staff, and students from diverse backgrounds (see equity and inclusion statement below).

•  Current résumé/curriculum vitae

•  Names and current contact information for three professional references (mailing address, phone(s), and email address) and indicate your professional and/or academic relationship to each.

•  A PDF with links to on-line videos of three unedited recordings of recent ensemble rehearsals and performances.

The University of Oregon is an equal opportunity, affirmative action institution dedicated to building a culturally diverse faculty committed to teaching and working in a multicultural environment. We encourage applications from historically marginalized and currently underrepresented communities including but not limited to ethnic and racial minorities, women, members of the LGBTQ community, veterans, and the alternatively abled. Applicants are requested to include an explanation in their letter of application of how they will further the university's and the School of Music and Dance's commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion, perhaps in terms of how previous teaching, research or service has engaged diverse communities.

Position Announcement
The School of Music and Dance is seeking highly qualified applicants for an Assistant or Associate Professor of Conducting / Director of Bands position to begin September 16, 2019.

Responsibilities for this full-time, tenure-track position will be to serve as music director and conductor of the University of Oregon Wind Ensemble as well as handle administrative responsibility for all UO bands (e.g., Wind Ensemble, Wind Symphony, Campus Band, Athletic Bands), the summer conducting symposium, and summer band/orchestra campus; additional duties will include teaching of graduate and undergraduate conducting and leading the master’s-level wind conducting program; establishing and maintaining active working relationships with state and regional instrumental teachers and high school band directors. Additional duties will depend on qualifications and interests of the applicant and the needs of the school. The person in this position will need to maintain a program of appropriate research/creative activity, serve on committees, and perform other appropriate university service.

Department or Program Summary
The music program has an enrollment of nearly 500 undergraduate and graduate music majors and a faculty and staff of 93, plus 70 graduate assistants. A wide variety of undergraduate and graduate degree programs are offered from the baccalaureate through the doctoral level, including programs in performance, accompanying, music education, composition, theory, history, jazz studies, piano and string pedagogy, conducting, music technology, and music with a liberal arts emphasis. The school is the largest and most comprehensive music and dance program in the Pacific Northwest and is associated with the internationally recognized Oregon Bach Festival. Our 540-seat Beall Concert Hall is acclaimed for its beauty and world-class acoustics and hosts the school’s annual ChamberMusic@Beall series, which brings in international performing groups such as the Imani Winds, St Martin in the Fields, the Turtle Island String Quartet, Chanticleer, and pianist Simone Dinnerstein.

Minimum Requirements
•  Doctorate in music required; however, extensive experience conducting collegiate wind bands plus a Master’s degree may substitute for a doctorate in music in some circumstances.

•  Demonstrated record of ongoing activity in professional organizations

•  A record of commitment to university, school, and community collaborations

•  Demonstrated knowledge of current trends and issues in music education

In addition, we seek candidates with the following Professional Competencies:

•  Ability to organize, manage, and communicate effectively with a diverse faculty and student body

•  Effective interpersonal skills

•  Desire and high potential for recruiting, building, and maintaining an outstanding program

•  Demonstrated potential to contribute effectively to a faculty team dedicated to creating a positive, dynamic, and inclusive learning environment for an increasingly diverse student population

Preferred Qualifications
•  Evidence of excellence in teaching and conducting at the college and/or secondary school level is preferred

About the University
The Eugene-Springfield metropolitan area—with a population of approximately 235,000—is large enough to have a full range of business and entertainment opportunities and small enough to retain a friendly, open atmosphere and a healthy environment. The community features resident symphony and chamber orchestras, as well as ballet, modern dance, and opera companies, community theatre groups, art galleries, museums, and craft associations. Eugene’s award-winning Hult Center for the Performing Arts has attracted many guest performers, ranging from Itzhak Perlman, Dawn Upshaw and Marilyn Horne, to Ravi Shankar, Bobby McFerrin, the Tibetan Monks, and the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater.

The university is an AAU research institution and a member of the Pac-12 conference. Eugene is known as TrackTown USA and has played host of several US Olympic Track and Field Trials and the annual Prefontaine Classic. The 2021 IAAF World Championships will be in Eugene, the first time this event will be held in the United States.

We are located less than a two-hour drive south of Portland in the southern end of the Willamette Valley. The Pacific coast is an hour to the west and the Cascade Mountains with fishing, camping, hiking, biking, kayaking, and skiing or snowboarding little more than an hour to the east.

The University of Oregon is proud to offer a robust benefits package to eligible employees, including health insurance, retirement plans and paid time off. For more information about benefits, visit

The University of Oregon is an equal opportunity, affirmative action institution committed to cultural diversity and compliance with the ADA. The University encourages all qualified individuals to apply, and does not discriminate on the basis of any protected status, including veteran and disability status. The University is committed to providing reasonable accommodations to applicants and employees with disabilities. To request an accommodation in connection with the application process, please contact us at or 541-346-5112.

UO prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, sex, national or ethnic origin, age, religion, marital status, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, and gender expression in all programs, activities and employment practices as required by Title IX, other applicable laws, and policies. Retaliation is prohibited by UO policy. Questions may be referred to the Title IX Coordinator, Office of Civil Rights Compliance, or to the Office for Civil Rights. Contact information, related policies, and complaint procedures are listed on the statement of non-discrimination.

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