University of Utah — Director of Bands


RANK/SALARY: Assistant/Associate Professor, tenure-track appointment. Salary commensurate with qualifications and experience.

DUTIES: (1) Conduct the University of Utah Wind Ensemble; (2) Develop and maintain a national/international reputation as a wind ensemble conductor; (3) Administrate the School of Music Band Program, including overseeing graduate teaching assistant conductors; (4) Teach undergraduate and graduate conducting courses, and serve as graduate advisor for graduate conducting students; (5) Lead curriculum development efforts in Wind Conducting studies, including the review of MM and DMA conducting and literature courses; (6) Collaborate with faculty in Wind, Brass, and Percussion areas to oversee and distribute resources in these areas; (7) Provide leadership and coordination for undergraduate and graduate student recruitment efforts in the Wind, Brass, and Percussion areas; (8) Perform administrative duties and serve on committees as assigned.

QUALIFICATIONS: An earned doctorate in music is required; clear potential for a distinguished career as a conductor at national and international levels; demonstrated achievement as a wind conductor at the university level; experience performing repertory that is diverse and inclusive, and that stretches the cultural, artistic, and aesthetic range of performance experiences to which students are exposed; experience in teaching conducting courses at the university level; demonstrated ability to work closely in collaboration with applied faculty; experience working with or teaching in public school band programs is preferred.

PROCEDURE: The letter of application, curriculum vitae (including the names, telephone numbers, and email addresses of 3 to 5 persons who can provide a reference), 3 confidential letters of recommendation (uploaded directly by recommenders), succinct teaching/conducting philosophy statement, (unofficial) copies of undergraduate and graduate transcripts, and a link to a rehearsal video AND a performance video (university level) demonstrating a variety of musical styles must be submitted electronically via: The review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position has been filled. Candidates should complete their on-line application prior to November 15, 2022 to ensure full consideration. Candidates who proceed to the final level will be required to participate in a routine FBI background check. For more information, or to suggest nominations for this position, contact Dr. Mark Ely at

APPOINTMENT: July 1, 2023
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The University of Utah was established in 1850 and is the state’s oldest and largest institution of higher education. Salt Lake City is the home of the University and is consistently rated among the best places to live by Cities Rated and Places Rated Almanac. The University is a major research institution and offers the BA, BM, MA, MM, DMA, and PhD music degrees with programs in composition, conducting, jazz studies, music education, music theory, musicology, and performance. The School of Music is one of six academic units in the College of Fine Arts. Its excellent facilities accommodate over 375 majors and 90 faculty members. Additional information about the School of Music and the University can be found at