Director of Wind Ensembles – School of Music
Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts at Arizona State University
The School of Music in the Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts at Arizona State University seeks a dynamic leader of outstanding national/international reputation to serve as Director of Wind Ensembles. The type and rank of this full-time appointment will be based on experience. The position begins fall 2019.
Arizona State University is a new model for American higher education, an unprecedented combination of academic excellence, entrepreneurial energy and broad access. This New American University is a single, unified institution comprising four differentiated campuses positively impacting the economic, social, cultural and environmental health of the communities it serves. Its research is inspired by real world application blurring the boundaries that traditionally separate academic disciplines. ASU serves more than 80,000 students in metropolitan Phoenix, Arizona, the nation's fifth largest city. ASU champions intellectual and cultural diversity, and welcomes students from all fifty states and more than one hundred nations across the globe.
About the Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts
ASU’s Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts, the largest comprehensive design and arts school in the nation, is a vibrant example of the of the New American University philosophy. With nearly 5,000 students, more than 400 faculty and faculty associates, 135 degree options and a tradition of top-ranked programs, the Herberger Institute is built on a combination of disciplines unlike any other program in the nation. The institute includes the School of Art, School of Arts, Media and Engineering, The Design School, School of Film, Dance and Theatre, School of Music, and the ASU Art Museum. Through recognizing that design and the arts are critical resources for transforming society and solving complex problems, ASU’s Herberger Institute is committed to positioning artists, scholars, designers, and educators at the center of public life. For more information on the Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts, visit herbergerinstitute.asu.edu.
About the School of Music
Located in one of the most expansive metropolitan centers in the United States and situated in the Sonoran desert, the ASU School of Music supports a broad range of inquiry. Programs within the School of Music lead to the degrees of Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Music with an optional concentration in Music and Culture; Bachelor of Music (BM) in Music with concentrations in music performance, jazz studies, music theatre, music education, music theory and composition, music therapy as well as two minors in music studies and music performance; Master of Arts (MA) in Music with concentrations in ethnomusicology or music history and literature; and Master of Music (MM) in composition, conducting, music education, music performance, performance pedagogy and music therapy. In addition, the school offers a Doctor of Musical Arts (DMA) in composition, conducting and performance and the Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) with a concentration in music education or musicology, as well as a graduate certificate in theory pedagogy. With one of the largest comprehensive music programs in a public research university in the United States, the ASU School of Music plays a prominent role within the Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts and is located on the ASU Tempe campus. For more information on the school of Music please visit music.asu.edu/.
The Director of Wind Ensembles will strengthen the broader vision of the School of Music: to create an environment that enriches and enlivens the role of music in our society. The successful candidate will provide leadership for the ASU Wind Ensemble program that will shape the future direction of the program and increase the already national and international reputation of the ASU School of Music. This will include collaborative development of new initiatives within and beyond the School of Music and the ability to work with students to reexamine and reimagine the role of the wind ensemble in the 21st century. Additionally, the successful candidate will: conduct on- and off-campus rehearsals and concerts; serve as a teacher and mentor for aspiring conductors at the graduate level; oversee the wind ensemble budget; initiate meaningful collaborations with faculty colleagues, the larger university community and regional professional arts organizations; and pursue creative activity and/or research that meets the highest levels of achievement.
Further responsibilities will include recruiting high-quality students regionally, nationally and internationally; teaching graduate conducting seminars in conjunction with the instrumental conducting faculty, and other courses depending upon the candidate’s interests and experience; mentoring and assisting students as they pursue their professional goals; serving on graduate student committees; and working effectively with the administration in service of the mission of the ASU School of Music.
- National and/or international conducting career;
- Demonstrated excellence in wind ensemble conducting and teaching;
- Demonstrated excellence teaching undergraduate- and graduate-level students;
- Vision to guide a 21st century wind ensemble program;
- Experience with and commitment to diverse students and audiences; and
- Doctoral degree in music or commensurate professional experience.
Desired Qualifications: Candidates should provide evidence of demonstrated ability in one or more of these areas:
- Directing a wind ensemble program;
- Interdisciplinary creative activity within and outside of the arts;
- Multidisciplinary performances and creative programming;
- Developing curriculum and pedagogy in wind ensemble repertoire and conducting;
- Attracting resources, including research funding grants or other sources of support;
- Program administration and budgeting;
- Teaching or interacting with secondary school music programs; and/or
- Recruitment and retention of exceptional students.
A complete application should include:
- Cover letter
- Curriculum vitae
- Names and contact information of three to five references.
- A one-page statement articulating a vision for the role of the wind ensemble in the coming decades, including examples of how such aims are realized through programming and education.
- Video samples of the applicant conducting a variety of musical styles. Please submit a document with live hyperlinks to rehearsal and performance videos. For detailed instructions on how to create a document with live hyperlinks, please click here.
Additional materials may be requested as the search proceeds.
All applications must be submitted electronically via http://apply.interfolio.com/55035
Application Deadline: The application deadline is December 1, 2018; if not filled, every two weeks thereafter until search is closed.
ASU conducts pre-employment screening for all positions which includes a criminal background check, verification of work history, academic credentials, licenses and certifications.
Arizona State University is a VEVRAA Federal Contractor and an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will be considered without regard to race, color, sex, religion, national origin, disability, protected veteran status, or any other basis protected by law. See ASU's complete non-discrimination statement at https://asu.edu/aad/manuals/acd/acd401.html. See ASU’s Title IX policy at https://www.asu.edu/titleIX/.
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