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Carthage College invites applications for a tenure-track position as Director of the Orchestral Activities and Conductor of Carthage Orchestra.

The ideal candidate will have experience building and conducting orchestras at the collegiate level. The Music Department currently has a chamber orchestra and seeks to expand the program to offer both chamber and symphony orchestra ensembles. Applicants should be open to collaborations with directors of choral music, jazz, opera, music theatre, and wind ensembles. In addition to conducting the chamber orchestra, the candidate will teach studio lessons on a stringed instrument (violin, viola, or cello), recruit, and teach other courses based on needs of the department and candidates area(s) of expertise (e.g., conducting, music theory, or music education courses).

A DMA is preferred, MM required for consideration. Experience as a secondary school orchestra teacher is highly desirable. Salary and benefits are competitive and commensurate with education and experience. The appointment will be at the rank of Associate or Assistant Professor.

Founded in 1847, Carthage is situated on the shore of Lake Michigan, midway between Milwaukee and Chicago, offering quick urban access from the relaxed environment of a small city. The College is strongly committed to the liberal arts tradition and interdisciplinary work with a curriculum designed to promote critical thinking while challenging students to express themselves effectively through a variety of media. The Music Department has held accreditation with the National Association of Schools of Music since 1979. Our choral and instrumental ensembles regularly perform at state and regional conferences, and tour regionally, nationally, and internationally. The Department has 10 full time faculty and 25 adjunct faculty. Our studio faculty are active and established performers in some of the finest ensembles in the Milwaukee-Chicago corridor. More information about the Fine Arts Division and the Department of Music may be found at http://www.carthage.edu/academics/finearts/, and a complete position description is available at http://www.carthage.edu/music/.

Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled. For best consideration, applications should be received by January 4, 2012. Application materials should include a cover letter, statement of teaching philosophy and scholarly/performance agenda, curriculum vitae, and three references (name, title, address, phone number, and email address). Materials should be sent as an email attachment (pdf only) to Dr. Leonard Schulze, Chair of the Fine Arts Division at: orchestrasearch@carthage.edu. Please do not send video or audio recordings at this time. Short-list candidates will be asked to send a video sample of candidate conducting an orchestra (camera angle facing the conductor), and an audio recording of a solo performance on principal string instrument.