Assistants work closely with the Director of Orchestras, as well as the Artistic Director of Music Theatre and Opera, and gain a breadth of experience in both orchestral and opera conducting. Assistants have frequent and significant podium time in performance and rehearsal with the ASU Orchestras and opera and musical theatre program, as well as twice-weekly classes with the ASU Studio Orchestra (string quartet, wind quintet and two pianos). Assistants enjoy rehearsal observation opportunities with The Phoenix Symphony and each year one conductor is chosen to be the Assistant Conductor of the Phoenix Youth Symphony.
Applicants must complete all requirements for admission by December 1, 2019, including a prescreening video. Finalists will be invited to ASU for an in-person audition on March 2 or 4, 2020. The audition will include an interview, written tests, aural examinations, and conducting. International applicants from non-English speaking countries must have acceptable TOEFL scores as required for admission to ASU.
Assistants receive: tuition remission covering the non–resident portion of tuition, 50% reduction in the resident portion of tuition, and $4000 stipend per fall and spring semester, distributed throughout the course of the semester.
About Arizona State University
The ASU Orchestras are a part of the Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts, the largest comprehensive design and arts school in the nation, located within a dynamic 21st-century research university. One of the top orchestral programs in the United States, the ASU Orchestras explore the vast creative range of today’s contemporary orchestra and bring their audiences an engaging variety of masterworks, new music, groundbreaking guest artists, multi-media collaborations and award-winning programing. The ASU Orchestras are creating a new model for professional and pre-professional arts organizations that value the diverse potential of human creativity.