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Assistant or Associate Professor of Music, Director of Symphonic Bands
The University of South Dakota

Date Posted Aug. 23, 2022
Title Assistant or Associate Professor of Music, Director of Symphonic Bands
University The University of South Dakota More About This Institution...
Vermillion, SD, United States
Department Department of Music More About This Department...
Application Deadline Open until filled
Position Start Date July 2023
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University of South Dakota

Assistant or Associate Professor of Music

Director of Symphonic Bands

Tenure Track Position

Department of Music


Special Notice:  The Department of Music is dedicated to building the best instrumental leadership team possible and is searching for an outstanding candidate to join an already accomplished and versatile colleague.  We are running two simultaneous searches, one for Director of Athletic Bands, and one for Director of Symphonic Bands.  These searches will result in a single hire, either as Director of Athletic Bands or as Director of Symphonic Bands.  The existing member of our instrumental leadership team will then take on the other role.  Applicants should submit a single application, specifying the position they are most qualified for and passionate about.  If you have any questions about this process, please email the Dean of the College of Fine Arts,


Position:  Full-time, ten-month, tenure track Assistant or Associate Professor. Seeking a dynamic professional whose primary responsibilities are to direct the University Symphonic Band and collaborate with colleagues to manage the operation of the band area, including scholarship management, recruitment, program growth and development, etc. Secondary responsibilities may include: directing the Concert Band, teaching courses in conducting, assisting with the Athletic Bands, teaching applied studio lessons, teaching courses within the music education curriculum, assisting with the USD Band Directors Institute, coordinating the annual Quad State Honor Band, serving as Director or Assistant Director of the USD Summer Music Camp, and other responsibilities as appropriate to appointee’s qualifications and departmental needs.  As part of a normal workload you may be asked to teach online courses.  Excellence in teaching and recruiting is expected -- both in the classroom, on the campus, and in the greater community.  Appointment begins July 22, 2023.


Qualifications:  Doctorate in performance, instrumental conducting, or music education required, ABD considered. Candidates must clearly demonstrate a history of success leading symphonic/concert bands. Previous teaching experience and leadership of a band program is preferred. Experience with music education programs desirable. Sponsorship is not available for this position.


Rank & Salary:  Assistant or Associate Professor, salary based on qualifications.


Application Procedure:  Applications will only be accepted on-line at  Include on the website: application letter, vita, names and phone numbers of three current references, an unofficial copy of your graduate transcript, and provide links to recent concert band conducting rehearsals and performances via YouTube or other links. Questions should be addressed to:

Danielle Heeren, Office of the Dean

Director of Bands Screening Committee

College of Fine Arts

The University of South Dakota

414 E. Clark Street, Vermillion, SD 57069


Application Deadline:  Review of applications will begin October 17, 2022. The search will continue until the position is filled.


Department  of Music:        

The Department of Music offers Bachelor of Music degrees in Music Education, Music Performance, and Musical Arts. Master of Music degrees are offered in Music Education, Music Performance, Music History, Conducting, Collaborative Piano, and the History of Musical Instruments. The National Music Museum shares a special relationship with the Department of Music at the University of South Dakota. Located on the campus, it is one of the great institutions of its kind in the world. The Department of Music is fully accredited by NASM. For more information consult the department website at


The University of South Dakota is located in southeast South Dakota. USD is the flagship institution in the state with an enrollment just under 10,000.  It is comprised of the College of Fine Arts, College of Arts and Sciences, the Schools of Business, Education, Law, Medicine, as well as the Graduate School.

  • USD is committed to fostering a dynamic and welcoming working and learning environment for all. USD provides equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to ideological, political, or sectarian opinions or perspectives; or race, color, creed, religion, sex, ancestry, disability, national origin or any other factor protected by applicable federal, state, or local laws. USD is committed to the principles of free expression and encourages the timely and rational discussion of topics in an environment that is intellectually and ideologically diverse.

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Contact Information

  • Danielle Heeren, Office of the Dean
    College of Fine Arts
    The University of South Dakota
    414 East Clark St
    Vermillion, SD 57069
  • 605-658-3445


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