Director of Bands

The Northwestern University Henry and Leigh Bienen School of Music invites applications for a tenured appointment as Director of Bands at the rank of Associate or Full Professor, beginning September 1, 2024.

The Bienen School of Music offers conservatory-level training within a top-ranked university and features a dedicated faculty, unparalleled facilities, and proximity to the vibrant music community of Chicago. 


The Director of Bands will provide forward-looking artistic and curricular leadership for Northwestern’s comprehensive band and wind programs; teach and recruit graduate conducting students; supervise doctoral committees; maintain connections to an active alumni community; and actively participate in the activities of a School of Music in a research university.


Required: Candidates must possess an established national and international reputation as a wind conductor, a commitment to and proven record of successful recruitment and teaching, and a Master of Music degree or equivalent professional experience.

Preferred: Ideal candidates will possess a proven record of successful teaching in a School or Conservatory of Music within a university, a commitment to collaborative collegial engagement, and a doctoral degree.


Screening begins Friday, December 1, 2023, and continues until position is filled. Candidates must submit: 1) a letter of application; 2) a curriculum vitae; 3) links to video recordings of recent rehearsals and performances (approx. 20 minutes for each); 4) a statement of teaching and artistic philosophies, as well as perspectives on inclusion, equity, and preparing students for success; and 5) names and contact information of three references.

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Questions should be directed to Professor Taimur Sullivan, Search Committee Chair, at

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