Director of Orchestral Activities, Asst./Assoc./Full Professor of Music - Furman University

locationUnited States
PublishedPublished: 12/8/2023
Full Time

Welcome to Furman University's Career Site!

  • IMPORTANT:​ Load all documents in the My Experience area under Resume/CV. This may include your resume/C.V., cover letter, unofficial transcript, teaching philosophy, etc. Please wait for all documents to finish uploading before clicking Next.
  • If the process times out you will lose your progress, so please ensure you have all necessary documents available before starting.
  • The drop-down lists only display so many options: please type into a drop-down list to search for your option. For example: in Field of Study, you may need to enter your field name. If you have no field, type "None."
  • If you have previously applied, make sure your information is current as you can transfer it to another application.
  • Prior to submitting your application, verify all information for accuracy and ensure you have uploaded all appropriate documents.  Once submitted, you will not be able to edit your application other than to change your contact information.

If you have any questions or need additional assistance, please contact the Office of Human Resources via email at recruitment@furman.edu or by calling 864-294-3103.

Job Title:

Director of Orchestral Activities, Asst./Assoc./Full Professor of Music - Furman University

Job Family:

Furman Faculty


Full time

Compensation Grade:


Pay Type:




Job Summary:

The Department of Music at Furman University seeks applicants for a Director of Orchestral Activities to begin August 2024. This is a full-time, Assistant/Associate/Full Professor, tenure-track faculty position.

Job Description:

Furman University enjoys a reputation as a prominent undergraduate institution; the Department of Music is considered among its peers to be one of the premier undergraduate music departments. Furman has been accredited by the National Association of Schools of Music (NASM) since 1937. The Department of Music’s faculty – comprised of 19 full-time and 21 part-time performing artists and scholars – and its staff are committed to providing a stimulating and creative educational environment for its approximately 150 music majors and 100 non-major participants.

The Furman Symphony Orchestra (FSO) is one of the university’s flagship ensembles. It is made up of more than 60 undergraduate students, a mixture of music majors and students majoring in other disciplines. The ensemble rehearses twice a week and typically performs several concerts each year, including orchestral programs, performances with Furman’s choirs, in support of the Sarah Reese Lyric Theatre, and with student, faculty, and guest-artist soloists. 

Furman University is committed to advancing diversity, equity, and inclusion in all facets of university life, and strives to create a community that fosters a sense of belonging through excellence in teaching, mentorship, and programming. Numerous initiatives and programs are underway or planned to promote these ideals, including: historic projects, dialogue initiatives, the Center for Inclusive Communities, and a recently approved major in Africana Studies. The Department of Music has a Council on Equity and Inclusion in Music, consisting of faculty and students, which advises and guides Department of Music leadership on all matters related to diversity, equity, and access within the department’s curriculum, policies, and operations. The Director of Orchestral Activities will contribute to promoting these ideals of inclusive excellence in the Department of Music.

The successful candidate will: 

  • Be a skilled conductor and teacher with overall responsibility for maintaining and building upon a significant program of orchestral activities
  • Lead Furman's orchestra program
  • Conduct the FSO and other ensembles as needed by the department
  • Administer the department’s biennial concerto competition
  • Demonstrate an ongoing commitment to creative activity as a conductor and/or scholar 
  • Be active in student recruitment, including diversifying and expanding our applicant pool
  • Contribute (through teaching, scholarship, advising, and service) to our department's commitment to increasing diversity, promoting inclusivity, and advancing equity
  • Fulfill additional teaching responsibilities – based on qualifications, experience, and departmental need, these duties may include teaching conducting, applied music, music education, and/or other courses within the music department.

Qualifications / Required Skills

  • Earned doctorate in music by August 15, 2024
  • The ability to work with historically underrepresented students, including students of color and those who identify as LGBTQIA+, and a commitment to assisting the university in its continuing efforts to become a model of inclusive excellence
  • Evidence of high-quality, sustained creative activity in music performance
  • Evidence of excellence in undergraduate teaching, success in student recruiting, and a record of significant professional activity are strongly preferred

Additional Information

To apply, please visit jobs.furman.edu, create an account, and submit the following in a single PDF document:

  • Letter of application
  • Curriculum vitae
  • A statement of teaching philosophy (one to two pages)
  • A statement explaining how the candidate might contribute to a liberal arts college community that is committed to core values of diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging (one to two pages)
  • Links to video recordings of recent performances and rehearsals representing a variety of styles and genres, not exceeding 20 minutes in length (selected candidates will later be asked to submit links to longer videos) 
  • Unofficial undergraduate and graduate transcripts (official transcripts will be required of final candidates)
  • Contact information, including email address and phone number, for at least three references (References may be contacted at a later stage of the search and only with the candidate's approval.)

Selected candidates may later be asked to submit additional materials, including links to video recordings of recent teaching.

Review of applications will begin October 20, 2023. Applications will be accepted and reviewed until the position is filled. 

Contact Information

Questions and requests for additional information should be addressed to Prof. Christopher Hutton, at christopher.hutton@furman.edu

Education Requirements:

Certification Requirements:

Job Posting End Date (if date is blank, posting is open ended):