Assistant Professor of Music/Strings and Orchestra


Department: Music 

Job Status: Full time, Tenure Track

FLSA Status: Exempt 

Reports To: Department Chair/Academic Dean

Grade/Level: N/A

Amount of Travel Required: N/A

Work Schedule: Varies

Positions Supervised: None


The Benedictine College Department of Music is currently accepting applications for a full-time tenure-track string educator starting in the 2024-2025 academic year. The successful candidate will lead our string program, direct the college orchestra, teach applied string lessons, string methods, and other courses based upon department needs and candidate’s background. These courses may include other education courses, music history, theory, aural skills, and general education courses.

The Department of Music offers the following programs: Bachelor of Music Education, Bachelor of Arts in Music, Bachelor of Arts in Music with specialization in Composition, and Bachelor of Arts in Music with specialization in Liturgical Music. The department consists of four full-time tenure-track faculty and 15 adjuncts. It has been a member of National Association of Schools of Music since 1946, and has been designated an All-Steinway School. The department serves approximately 30 music majors and 450 non-majors in our ensembles and general education courses.  Points of pride for the department are recent choral performances at the Vatican and invitation for our Wind Ensemble to be featured at the 2024 KMEA annual convention.

The Benedictine orchestra program currently consists of a College/Community Orchestra that meets one evening per week. Within this ensemble are approximately 30 college students, the majority of which are non-major string players, plus community wind/brass/percussion members. The department would like to see this group transformed into a more student-focused ensemble, whose excellence can attract a more advanced string player as majors and non-majors. 

Benedictine College, which has a full-time undergraduate enrollment of approximately 2100 students, is a mission-centered academic community. Its mission as a Catholic, Benedictine, liberal arts, residential college is the education of men and women within a community of faith and scholarship. Benedictine College provides a liberal arts education by means of academic programs based on a core of studies in the arts and sciences. In addition, the college provides education for careers through both professional courses of study and major programs in the liberal arts and sciences. As an essential element of its mission, Benedictine College fosters scholarship, independent research and performance in its students and faculty as a means of participating in and contributing to the broader world of learning. Additional information about Benedictine College is found on the college web page:



Essential Functions:

· Direct the College/Community Orchestra. 

· Teach from the following: Music Education methods (string, elementary, and/or secondary), Music History, Theory, Aural Skills, General Education (Music Appreciation or pilot course).

· Teach applied string lessons. Lower strings preferred.

· Additional responsibilities include engagement in and service to the department, college, and community. Such engagement or service to the college would typically include full participation in faculty events and engagement in faculty responsibilities.



· Candidates must have a record of successful teaching at the college level.

· A completed doctorate in music by start date is preferred. 

· Experience teaching strings in the PK-12 classroom is preferred.

This position is expected to start on August 1, 2024. Review of applications will begin on February 5th and continue until the position is filled. Interested qualified applicants should submit the following using the link below:

· A cover letter that includes: 1) a statement of how you will contribute to the college’s mission to educate men and women within a community of faith and scholarship; 2) your vision for building musical excellence in the department’s string and orchestra program.

· A Curriculum Vitae

· A video of an orchestra rehearsal

· A video of a public orchestra performance

· A video of a string private lesson

· Contact information for three references



Physical Abilities 

Stand F   

Walk F   

Sit F   

Handling / Fingering O   

Reach Outward O  

Reach Above Shoulder O 

Climb N 

Crawl N 

Squat or Kneel O

Bend O 

Push / Pull

12 lbs or less F 

13-25 lbs O 

26-40 lbs N 

41-100 lbs N

Lift /Carry

10 lbs or less F

11-20 lbs O

21-50 lbs N

51-100 lbs N

Over 100 lbs N