Associate Director of Bands/Director of Athletic Bands


NOTICE OF FACULTY VACANCY IN BAND:   Beginning July 1, 2018  

POSITION:   Associate Director of Bands/Director of Athletic Bands

RANK AND SALARY:  Clinical Assistant or Associate Professor, 12-month, full-time non-tenure-track appointment, salary highly competitive and commensurate with training and experience.

RESPONSILBILITIES: Directing the 300-member Mighty Sound of Maryland marching band and other athletic bands; conducting a concert ensemble in the School of Music; and other teaching and conducting duties depending on the applicant’s interest and experience.  Related administrative duties include working collaboratively with the Director of Bands, the School of Music administration, the Athletic Department, and other campus entities in support of athletic bands; coordinating faculty, staff, and graduate assistants for all athletic band performances and functions, including band camps; assisting in the recruitment of qualified student musicians; overseeing and coordinating marching show design; and engaging in promotional and community work with alumni, media, and local music teachers.   

QUALIFICATIONS: Master’s degree or professional equivalent required, doctorate preferred.  Excellent musicianship and communication skills are required, along with experience working with large ensembles, including ensemble preparation, rehearsal scheduling, recruitment, and travel planning.  The ideal candidate will demonstrate success working with collegiate-level athletic bands and show evidence of creative and effective marching drill design as well as a strong commitment to fostering a nurturing and inclusive learning environment for all students.

Because broad diversity is essential to an inclusive climate and critical to the University and School of Music’s goals of achieving excellence in all areas, we will holistically assess the many qualifications of each applicant and favorably consider an individual's record working with students and colleagues with broadly diverse perspectives, experiences, and backgrounds in educational, research or other work activities. Candidates with experience working with women and underrepresented groups through teaching, mentoring, research, or administration are encouraged to identify their experience in these areas.

APPLICATION PROCEDURE: For best consideration, please apply by October 15, 2017. Review of submissions will begin immediately and will continue until a successful candidate is named.

ALL APPLICATIONS MUST BE SUBMITTED ONLINE, at; click on FACULTY and look for position # 104254. Applications should include a cover letter addressing the above qualifications, a curriculum vitae, at least three names of references with contact information, including mailing address, telephone(s), and email address, and recent video documentation (or electronic links) of marching band performances designed or arranged by the applicant.  Questions can be addressed to Michael Votta, Director of Bands, at

SCHOOL OF MUSIC: The School of Music is a comprehensive arts institution housed in the Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center, a state-of-the-art complex with six performance venues, classrooms, and the Michelle Smith Performing Arts Library.  It houses two orchestras, three wind ensembles, a large, dynamic and varied chamber music program, the National Orchestral Institute, and other ensembles.  The School of Music offers B.A., B.M., M.M. and D.M.A. degrees.  Located 30 minutes from the center of the nation’s capital, the University is linked by mass transit to the homes of two major orchestras (National Symphony Orchestra and Baltimore Symphony) and numerous celebrated performance venues including the Kennedy Center, the Smithsonian Museums, the National Gallery, and the Corcoran and Kreeger Museums. World-class research facilities near the campus include the Library of Congress, the Smithsonian Institution (which also houses Smithsonian Folkways Records), the Folger Shakespeare Library, and the National Archives and National Archives II. 

The University of Maryland, College Park, actively subscribes to a policy of equal employment opportunity, and will not discriminate against any employee or applicant because of race, age, sex, color, sexual orientation, physical or mental disability, religion, ancestry or national origin, marital status, genetic information, political affiliation, and gender identity or expression. Minorities and women are encouraged to apply.  Final appointment is contingent on the availability of funds.