Cornell University, Music Department

Position ID:Cornell-Music-ORCHESTRA [#22610, WDR-00033273]
Position Title: Director of Orchestras and Assistant/Associate Professor of Music
Position Type:Tenured/Tenure-track faculty
Position Location:Ithaca, New York 14853, United States [map] sort by distance
Subject Area: Music / Orchestras
Appl Deadline:2022/10/17 11:59PMhelp popup* filled (posted 2022/09/02)
Position Description:    

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New hires are required to provide documentation showing full vaccination status (that is, completion of two shots of the Moderna or Pfizer vaccine or one shot of the Janssen/Johnson & Johnson) before their first day of work. If a new hire's vaccination is not complete or information is not received by their start date, the first day of work will be delayed. It is possible in some cases that an offer of employment may be withdrawn.

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The Department of Music at Cornell University invites applications for the position of Director of Orchestras and Assistant or Associate Professor (full-time, tenure-track or tenured). The appointment will commence on July 1, 2023.

Applicants should hold a doctoral degree in music or equivalent professional credentials. The successful candidate will be expected to pursue an artistic and scholarly agenda compatible with the goals of a major research university while demonstrating the requisite artistic vision and administrative skills to guide the Symphony Orchestra and the Chamber Orchestra and occasionally to lead additional instrumental ensembles. The successful candidate is expected to exhibit the potential for a distinguished career as a performing artist, pedagogue, and scholar at the national and international level as manifested by performances, recordings, and research activity. In addition to possessing outstanding qualifications as an orchestral conductor, the successful candidate should be committed to fostering performance in a liberal arts environment and to university-wide engagement in orchestral music.

The successful candidate will play an active role in the musical and intellectual life of the Department by working closely and collaboratively with colleagues. Main duties will include directing the Symphony Orchestra and the Chamber Orchestra; advising students; and engaging in service to the Department, College, and University. Other opportunities might include teaching conducting and coaching chamber music. We particularly welcome applications from candidates who can expand the corpus of large-ensemble music to which Cornell students are exposed while framing it in historical and cultural contexts.

Desirable attributes include (but are not limited to) a record of innovative programming and commissioning, positive classroom teaching experience, excellent student management, and the ability to work in an interdisciplinary liberal arts community. Since the large instrumental ensembles provide a “lab” for students of composition as well as performance, the successful candidate will provide graduate and advanced undergraduate students with essential resources in topics such as conducting, musicianship, composing music for large forces, and instrumentation and arrangement.

Applicants are requested to apply online at with a letter of application, curriculum vitae, Statement of Contribution to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (on which see, unedited video excerpts of orchestral rehearsal and performance (camera facing conductor, maximum 10 minutes each), and three current letters of recommendation. Please do not send any additional materials until requested to do so. Any letters of recommendation that must be sent in hard copy may be sent to:

Prof. Xak Bjerken, Chair, Director of Orchestras Search Committee, Department of Music, 101 Lincoln Hall, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY 14853

Applications will begin to be reviewed on October 1, 2022. The receipt deadline for applications and all related materials is October 8, 2022.

Inquiries may be directed to the chair of the search committee at the address given above, or by email at:

Information about the orchestras and the Department may be found at:

Diversity and Inclusion are a part of Cornell University's heritage. We are a recognized employer and educator valuing AA/EEO, Protected Veterans, and Individuals with Disabilities. We also recognize a lawful preference in employment practices for Native Americans living on or near Indian reservations.

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Further Info:
Department of Music
101 Lincoln Hall
Cornell University
Ithaca, NY 14853