Job ID: 220015

Assistant or Associate Professor of Music, Director of Orchestra

The University of South Dakota

  • Aug. 21, 2023
  • Assistant or Associate Professor of Music, Director of Orchestra
  • Department of Music
  • The University of South Dakota
    Vermillion, SD
  • Review of Applications begins October 2nd, 2023 and will continue until the position is filled.
  • Aug. 12, 2024
  • Assistant Professor
    Associate Professor
  • Music - Song Performance
    Music - Orchestra/Symphony
    Music - Conducting
    Music - General

Assistant or Associate Professor of Music

Director of Orchestra

Tenure Track Position

University of South Dakota Department of Music

Position:  Full-time, nine-month, tenure track Assistant or Associate Professor. Seeking a dynamic professional whose primary responsibilities are to direct the University Symphony Orchestra and collaborate with colleagues to manage the operation of the string area (including scholarship management, recruitment, program growth and development, etc). Secondary responsibilities may include but are not limited to: teach courses in conducting, string methods, music technology, and/or applied studio lessons, and teach courses within the music education curriculum. Other duties may include but are not limited to: conduct the opera orchestra, coordinating string recruitment events, serve as Director or Assistant Director of the USD Summer Music Camp, and other responsibilities as appropriate to appointee’s qualifications and departmental needs. As part of a normal workload you may be asked to teach online courses. Excellence in teaching and recruiting is expected -- both in the classroom, on the campus, and in the greater community. Appointment begins August 22, 2024.

Qualifications:    Doctorate in performance, instrumental conducting, or music education required, ABD considered. Candidates must clearly demonstrate a successful track record in leading an orchestra. Previous teaching experience and leadership of a orchestra program is preferred. Experience with music education programs desirable.

Rank and  Salary:  Assistant or Associate Professor, salary based on qualifications with a starting salary of $50,000.  US Sponsorship is not available for this position.        

Application Procedure:  Applications will only be accepted on-line at https://yourfuture.sdbor.edu Include on the website:  application letter, vita, names and phone numbers of three current references, an unofficial copy of your graduate transcript, and provide links to recent orchestral conducting of rehearsals and performances via YouTube or other links.

Application Deadline:  Review of applications will begin October 2, 2023. The search will continue until the position is filled.


Questions should be addressed to:

Danielle Heeren

Office of the Dean, College of Fine Arts

The University of South Dakota

414 E. Clark Street, Vermillion, SD 57069

Department  of Music:

The Department of Music offers Bachelor of Music degrees in Music Education, Music Performance, and Musical Arts. Master of Music degrees are offered in Music Education, Music Performance, Music History, Conducting, Collaborative Piano, and the History of Musical Instruments. The National Music Museum, is associated with the Department of Music at the University of South Dakota. Located on the campus, it is one of the great institutions of its kind in the world. The Department of Music is fully accredited by NASM. For more information consult the department website at

The University of South Dakota is located in southeast South Dakota. USD is the flagship institution in the state (enrollment 9,971) and is comprised of the College of Fine Arts, College of Arts and Sciences, the Schools of Business, Education, Law, Medicine, as well as the Graduate School.

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Contact Information

  • Danielle Heeren, Office of the Dean
    College of Fine Arts
    The University of South Dakota
    414 East Clark St
    Vermillion, SD 57069

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