The Greenville University Band Program
The band program at Greenville University is a critical part of the campus community. The beloved Marching Panther Regiment provides school spirit at athletic events and is a highlight for the community in the parade and in performances on the town square. Participating students call the band “family.” We seek a person who will continue to cultivate this passion for music among our students and compel more students to be a part of the GU band family.
The Greenville University Music Department
In addition to a long tradition of Marching Panthers and excellence in instrumental music, the Greenville University music department's rich history includes a nearly century-long choral program. GU also offered the very first CCM (Contemporary Christian Music) degree in the nation in the late 1980s and continues to take pride in our innovative music programming. In 2012 we launched our Worship Arts degree program, which continues to train worship leaders to serve the church and maintains an extremely high job placement. Our Audio Engineering degree program is also highly innovative, training students in studio recording, audio post-production /game audio design, live sound/lighting, commercial performance, and songwriting. The Commercial Music Performance degree program offers students the skills needed to hone their craft and succeed in working as an artist. GU offers numerous ensembles, including Marching and Pep Bands, Jazz Band, Fusion (commercial music), Lab Bands (original rock groups), Pursuit worship bands, Gospel Choir, and GU Choir. Greenville University has launched several renowned bands, artists, and audio/recording engineers. Alumni support for our ensembles remains strong.
Greenville University is seeking a dynamic full-time Director of Bands. This position reports to the Music Department Chair and Director of Admissions.
We seek a potential colleague who:
- Is committed to serve as a role model for students within an academic community with a distinctively Christian mission.
- Holds a minimum of a master’s degree in instrumental music or related degree (extensive professional experience will be considered as well);
- Demonstrates a working knowledge of traditional and contemporary band repertoire – marching, concert, and jazz; plus field show design and implementation.
- Exhibits knowledge of conducting/directing skills for bands.
- Has directing/teaching/professional experience in marching and pep bands.
- Has skills/experience related to directing a jazz band
- Has experience and a successful history of recruiting students to build their band program.
- Demonstrates a cooperative, collegial spirit.
- Is dedicated to working with students of all types and ethnic backgrounds to help prepare them for professional work upon graduation or to simply engage them in the joy of making music;
- Is prepared to work for this on-site position in our safe and family-friendly community of Greenville, IL.
- Pursue program recruitment goals under the leadership of the Director of admissions.
- Ensemble responsibilities include leading the marching and pep bands, and jazz band. A potential concert band could be revisited.
- The Marching Panther Regiment is the musical ambassador for the athletic program, primarily football and basketball. During the fall, the MPR performs at all home football games and other related events, including local parades. In the spring, the pep band performs at all home men’s and women’s varsity basketball games.
- The Jazz Band is an instrumental music ensemble featuring vocal guests. The ensemble performs two concerts each semester and a variety of repertoire that includes modern jazz/fusion and classic standards. Community musicians may participate in this ensemble.
- Manage a Band Graduate Assistant who will assist in recruiting and band management.
- Teach applied music lessons related to the band programs and the candidate’s skills.
- Teach some music education courses for music ed majors and minors (program relaunching Fall 2023)
- The director of bands will manage ensemble and applied lessons coursework in D2L, our learning management system.
- Provide social connections and spiritual leadership to the ensembles.
- A master’s or doctorate in instrumental music or a closely related field
- Administrative skills to manage the marching band schedule, budgets, and a band student worker. Additionally, communicate regularly with the music department chair and the music department administrative personnel.
- Familiarity with recruitment software and management tools
- Familiarity with learning management systems (web-based course management, such as D2L or Blackboard);
- Experience working with faculty/teams in a collaborative manner
- Ability to coach and teach students on public performance skills
- Training and experience in online coursework
- Innovative technology skills and experience relevant to directing and teaching
- Familiar with music notation software (Finale, Sebelius or the like)
- Music ministry or service-oriented experience
How to Apply:
Application materials should include a
1) letter of application,
2) curriculum vitae,
3) statement of philosophy of Christian higher education, 4) statement of personal faith journey and commitment,
5) names of three references, and
6) copies of academic transcripts (unofficial copies acceptable for initial application).
Electronic copies of all these documents are welcome.
Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position has been filled. Address applications to:
315 East College Avenue
Greenville, IL 62246
Office Phone: (618) 664-6845
Medical, Dental, and Vision Insurance Options
403B and Roth Retirement Plan Options
Flex Spending and HSA Accounts
Tuition Waiver (employees, their spouses, and their dependent children are eligible)
Campus Store Discounts
Free Access to Athletic & Entertainment Events
24/7 Prayer Chapel
Free Access to Fitness Training Center
Greenville University has a dynamic commitment to experiential learning, faith integration, and practical skill development tailored around job placement. The University has approximately 700 residential students and is located 50 miles east of St. Louis in an attractive residential community of approximately 7,000 people. Greenville University was founded in 1892 and is affiliated with the Free Methodist Church yet draws students from 40+ denominations.
Greenville University is a community in the Wesleyan Holiness tradition, affiliated with the Free Methodist denomination, where individuals join to further their academic achievement, personal development, and spiritual growth.
Together we seek to honor Christ by integrating faith and learning while our hearts and lives reflect mature Christian practice. Our Lifestyle Statement explains the principles and the expectations that help us live together and meet institutional objectives. We acknowledge that it is impossible to create expectations that fully satisfy every member. Nevertheless, certain expectations bring order to community life.
When individuals join Greenville University, they freely and willingly choose to take upon themselves the responsibilities outlined in our Lifestyle Statement.
You can find the complete Lifestyle Statement on our website: https://www.greenville.edu/life-at-gu/about-us/lifestyle-statement.html
It is the policy of Greenville University not to discriminate on the basis of age, color, ethnic or national origin, disability, race, gender, or prior military service in its educational programs, admissions, or employment policies. Greenville University is committed to an environment of cultural and ethnic diversity; women and minorities are encouraged to apply.
All offers of employment are contingent upon a background check that includes a review of conviction history. However, a conviction does not automatically preclude University employment. Instead, the University considers conviction information on a case-by-case basis. It assesses the nature of the offense, the circumstances surrounding it, the proximity in time of the conviction, and its relevance to the position.
This job description in no way states or implies that these are the only duties you will be required to perform. You will be required to follow any other instructions and assignments requested by your supervisor. Greenville University has the right to revise this job description at any time. This job description is not an employment contract, and you or Greenville University may terminate employment at any time.
For additional information, please visit our website: www.greenville.edu.