Visiting Assistant Professor – Director of Orchestral Activities



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Job description





A full-time, nine-month, non-tenure track visiting appointment with the potential for renewal. The primary assignment is conducting and managing the WVU Symphony Orchestra (an ensemble of approximately 70 performers) and delivering a comprehensive orchestra curriculum. Opportunities to conduct other ensembles may be available. Teaching assignments include the instruction of courses in undergraduate and graduate conducting and orchestra literature. Participation in recruitment activities, including leadership of the annual honors orchestra weekend, is expected. Additional responsibilities will be assigned according to the needs of the School of Music and abilities of the candidate. The candidate will be required to maintain a professional profile through performances, recordings, publications, presentations, scholarship, and/or research/creative activity. Active participation in professional communities in the field is expected.

QualificationsOutstanding conductor/educator who has a consistent record of excellence as an orchestral conductor and ensemble program manager. Additionally, experience with student recruitment activities at both the secondary and university levels is desired. The ideal candidate also is an experienced conductor and music educator who maintains an active creative, research, and service agenda at the local, state/regional, and national levels. The successful candidate must demonstrate a strong commitment to building and promoting a university symphony orchestra combined with a desire to mentor young artists and work collaboratively with others. Master of Music degree required. Doctorate preferred. A minimum of 2 years teaching experience at the collegiate level or equivalent experience is preferred. The School of Music seeks a candidate who will demonstrate exemplary communication skills, collegiality, and the ability to contribute to the intellectual and cultural life of the University.

THE SCHOOL OF MUSIC ( brings together musicians and scholars from across the nation and the world in a vibrant musical community that is dedicated to fostering excellence, creativity, and innovation in the arts and humanities. It is the flagship music institution in the state, located about an hour’s drive from Pittsburgh and about three hours by car from Baltimore or Washington, D.C. Of the roughly 800 majors in the College of Creative Arts, 275 are in the School of Music. Housed in the multi-million-dollar Canady Creative Arts Center, the School of Music comprises 40 full-time and 23 part-time faculty and is the only fully accredited music unit in the state of West Virginia that offers BA, BM, MM, MA, and DMA degree programs in music. Music faculty members can benefit from an active program of professional development and travel grants sponsored by WVU and by the College of Creative Arts. The School of Music is accredited by the National Association of Schools of Music, and the music education program is accredited by the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation and the West Virginia Department of Education.

THE COLLEGE OF CREATIVE ARTS ( is one of 15 colleges within the University, includes the Schools of Music, Theatre & Dance, and Art & Design, and offers the state’s premier training in the visual and performing arts. Each of these units has a national profile of excellence and all programs are nationally accredited (NASM, NAST, and NASAD). The College of Creative Arts is housed in WVU’s Canady Creative Arts Center and has more than 80 full-time faculty and 34 professional staff whose mission is to educate succeeding generations of artists, teachers, and scholars through an experiential student-centered approach to learning. Creating an inclusive, engaged, and dynamic learning environment is core to WVU’s academic mission. We welcome candidates who can contribute a range of ideas, approaches and experiences. Exemplifying excellence and innovation in performance, exhibition, scholarship, and creative research, the College offers artistic and cultural opportunities for the citizens of West Virginia and the regional community.

WEST VIRGINIA UNIVERSITY ( is classified as an R1 or Highest Research Activity institution, and is the state’s only comprehensive doctoral-granting, land grant institution. WVU has a current enrollment of approximately 28,000 undergraduate and 5,500 graduate students enrolled in more than 184 graduate and undergraduate programs. The University community is committed to student-centered priorities, academic excellence, research, creative activity, and service to the state.

The city of Morgantown has 55,000 residents and has been ranked as the “#1 Small City in America,” the “Best Small City in the East,” and the “3rd Best Small Town” in the nation. Boasting a strong economy and an unemployment rate well below the national average, the area also offers a wide variety of cultural and recreational activities.

West Virginia University has created a dual career program to help faculty partners or spouses find employment in and around the University (

At West Virginia University, we leverage our talents and resources to create a better future for our state and the world. As West Virginia’s land-grant university, WVU has three campuses that touch each corner of the state. The WVU System includes 518 buildings on 15,880 acres, Extension Service offices in all 55 counties, ten experimental farms and four forests.

From the groundbreaking R1 research of our flagship campus in Morgantown to the career-oriented programs of WVU Potomac State in Keyser to the technology-intensive programs at WVU Tech in Beckley – the contributions of WVU employees directly impact the 1.8 million people of West Virginia every day, no matter their role or position.

Service, curiosity, respect, accountability, and appreciation are the core values that unite Mountaineers, inspiring one another to work tirelessly and support others as they seek to reach new heights. After all, when you’re a Mountaineer, impossible is just another mountain to climb.

Creating an inclusive, engaged, and dynamic learning environment is core to WVU’s academic mission. We welcome candidates who can contribute a range of ideas, approaches and experiences.

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West Virginia University is proud to be an Equal Opportunity employer and is the recipient of an NSF ADVANCE award for gender equity. The University values diversity among its faculty, staff, and students, and invites applications from all qualified applicants regardless of race, ethnicity, color, religion, gender identity, sexual orientation, age, nationality, genetics, disability, or Veteran status.

How to apply

Applicants must submit the following items:

  • A letter of application describing qualifications and experience.
  • A current curriculum vita.
  • A list of three to five current references who may be contacted (include names, mailing addresses, telephone numbers, email addresses, and relationship to applicant).
  • Links to videos of at least 10 minutes of recent live (conducting) performances, as well as 10 minutes of rehearsal footage (varying styles of works preferred).

Additional materials may be requested later.

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