Northern State University
Job Area: Strings
Job Title: Graduate Research Assistantship in Strings
Rank: Graduate Research Assistant
Graduate Research Assistantship in Strings for the 2011-2012 and 2012-2013 academic years. This program will provide an exciting opportunity for a string player to pursue a graduate degree in education while doing research and teaching in the area of strings at NSU, a university renowned for its education and music programs.
Assistantship: The assistantship provides 2/3 tuition remission plus minimum $5,558/year stipend for up to two years. Information about the Aberdeen University/Civic Symphony may be found at:
The ideal candidate will be a string player (upper or lower strings), have a B.M.E. and will be seeking a Master’s in Educational Studies or Administration. A candidate may also have a B.A. in Music and be seeking Teacher Certification. This GA program begins August 2011 and can be completed in 18-24 months. The assistantship requires 20 hours/week work in the Department of Music. Duties will include leading rehearsals/sectionals and assisting in the running of the Aberdeen University/Civic Symphony. Duties may also include assistance in the string studio, string methods course, and teaching a beginning strings class, and may include working with the jazz ensemble program and in chamber music, depending on the applicant’s interests and skills. Upper or lower string players will be considered for the position.
Start Date: August 2011
Application deadline: or until filled
How to apply: The assistantship will be awarded based on a completed application, music audition (by DVD or live), and an interview (in person or by phone). Other important information: : This is an open application process. Employment in music is available in the area. Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until position is filled. For more information regarding this position, and to apply, visit:
Click on Northern State University in the Quick Search section. The system will guide you through the electronic application form.
In addition to completing the online application form, a complete application includes: a Graduate Study Application – GA Application – $35 application fee – Three letters of reference – Transcript showing a completed undergraduate degree (not needed from graduates of schools in the South Dakota Regental System) – GPA 2.75 cumulative, or 3.00 for the last 64 credit hours, or 3.25 in major, or a successfully completed Graduate Record Exam – TOEFL: for international students, a paper-based score of 550, computer-based score of 213, or an internet score of 79-80. For further information and/or for submitting materials which are not submitted online, contact:
Dr. Robert Vodnoy
Director of Orchestral Activities/
Associate Professor of Strings
Northern State University
1200 South Jay Street
Aberdeen, SD 57401