Director of Orchestras

The Northwestern University Henry and Leigh Bienen School of Music invites applications for a tenure-eligible appointment as Director of Orchestras at the rank of Professor. This position will begin September 1, 2022.


Required: Established national and international reputation as orchestra director and artist/teacher. Master of Music degree or equivalent professional experience. 

Preferred: Proven record of successful teaching in school or conservatory of music within a university; doctoral degree.


Provide overall curricular and administrative leadership of orchestra program; direct orchestra ensemble(s); teach and recruit graduate students; supervise doctoral committees; participate in the activities of a School of Music in a research university.

Application Information:

Screening begins October 15, 2021, and continues until position is filled. Applicants should submit: 

  1. Letter of application, including a section that provides hyperlinks or URLs for online video files of recent live performances
  2. Curriculum vitae
  3. Names and contact information of three persons qualified to serve as references

Please direct questions to Professor Donald Nally, Search Committee Chair, at

Northwestern University is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action Employer of all protected classes, including veterans and individuals with disabilities. Women, racial and ethnic minorities, individuals with disabilities and veterans are encouraged to apply. Hiring is contingent upon eligibility to work in the United States.

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