Serving as an Assistant or Associate Professor (non tenure-track) with Missouri Western State University, the primary responsibilities for the university include recruiting string students, teaching applied lessons, conducting the orchestra and coaching chamber music, and performing in the faculty piano trio. The successful candidate will be a collaborative educator who develops an active schedule of recruitment and interaction with the string music education community while establishing a regional reputation as an effective teacher and conductor. The Music Director and Conductor of the Saint Joseph Symphony is responsible for the artistic vision and development of the orchestra. In addition to conducting the concert season (four full orchestra concerts and three children’s concerts), the Music Director will facilitate programming for the winter and summer chamber music series (three concerts each). The conductor also collaborates with university faculty in organizing the Instrumental Infusion, a two day event introducing children to instruments of the orchestra. The successful candidate will promote the Symphony as an asset to the cultural life of the region, developing a strong network with music educators in the community. Duties associated with this position: determine programming and number of rehearsals, oversee the audition/ hiring/ dismissal of musicians, select principal players and guest artists, plan the concert season (including, but not limited to, concerts for subscription, pops, education, and special themes/ events), and develop/ sustain the performance quality of the orchestra. https://saintjosephsymphony.org/
Masters in music with significant professional experience in conducting. Experience leading a university-level orchestra program. Main performance instrument should be violin, viola or cello with expertise in teaching upper or lower strings. Demonstrated ability to sustain and grow a university orchestra program, including evidence of successful recruitment. Strong communication and leadership skills.
Additional Salary Information: 2/3 salary from Missouri Western State University, 1/3 salary from Saint Joseph Symphony
About Missouri Western State University / Saint Joseph Symphony
The Saint Joseph Symphony Society began in 1908 when conductor Karl Winkler and a group of enthusiastic musicians came together to present their first concert in the Tootle Theatre. The Society continued in 1912-1914 under conductor Frederick Rowley in various theaters in St. Joseph such as The Tootle, The Lyceum and The Pantages. Conductor Hugh McNutt continued the Society for two seasons.
The Saint Joseph Symphony celebrated its birth as a community orchestra on November 30, 1959 with its debut performance at St. Joseph’s fabulous Electric Theater. The orchestra, which now performs in the historic Missouri Theater, evolved into a professional orchestra in the mid 1980s and hosts musicians from St. Joseph, Maryville, Atchison, Kansas City, Lawrence and Leavenworth.
For many years the symphony was led by conductors affiliated with Park College and Benedictine College; however, in 1982 a partnership was developed between the Saint Joseph Symphony and Missouri Western State College, now Missouri Western State University. Our conductor, Rico McNeela, continues this relationship with MWSU, serving as the Saint Joseph Symphony’s ninth Music Director and Conductor as well as Professor with the university.
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