I have recently resigned from a position as Director of the Chequamegon Symphony Orchestra (CSO) at Northland College in beautiful Ashland, WI. It’s a wonderful little community orchestra and includes a few students. The area has many skilled local musicians to draw from a few who current members who come from a radius of about 1-1.5 hours away. The college no longer offers a music major or minor. This is an adjunct position, and I am attaching the job posting at the end. This is a great starter position with opportunity for growth and rebuilding what once was a very reputable music program, or possibly a great retirement gig, if you really want to keep working but without lots of pressure, and – you love the beautiful North Woods of Wisconsin and Lake Superior and enjoy multiple outdoor activities. I spent 5 years as the conductor of this orchestra, and loved every minute! The position was a dream come true for me. However, I am finding myself to be stretched too thin at this time. (I also teach at a K-12 School as band director and elementary music teacher.) I hope someone out there is interested. Best of luck to any and all who might apply.
Chequamegon Symphony Orchestra Conductor
Hurley K-12 Music Educator
Job Posting Follows:
Position Title: Chequamegon Symphony Orchestra Director
Application Due Date: March 31, 2022
Starting Date: September 2022, with service through April 2022 and annual renewal an option.
Salary: $8,000 for service between September and April.
Northland College is seeking applications from individuals interested in serving as director of the Chequamegon Symphony Orchestra, a college-community partnership.
Founded in 1965, the Chequamegon Symphony Orchestra (CSO) performs three concerts a year for residents of northern Wisconsin. The orchestra practices between September and April and is comprised of Northland College students and community members, ranging in age from twelve to seventy.
The ideal candidate will possess exceptional musicianship with full orchestra instrumentation experience, significant conducting skills, experience working with musicians of various levels, and knowledge of a broad range of symphonic repertoire. Success will be achieved through strong interpersonal leadership and communication skills, vision, passion, and the ability to make symphonic music relevant and engaging for audiences. The director should appreciate the unique makeup of the orchestra personnel as well as the orchestra’s emphasis on college and community partnership. Previous or current music directorship or comparable experience preferred.
The successful candidate will (a) serve as a mentor to the musicians and inspire them to perform at a high level; (b) choose diverse concert programs that engage both the CSO musicians and audience; (c) conduct collaborative, efficient, and productive rehearsals, resulting in concerts of a high caliber; (d) support accessibility and diversity through auditions and programming. The successful candidate must have a demonstrated ability to help musicians, including students, at varied levels of experience understand and appreciate the far-reaching influences of music. The CSO Director establishes and maintains a positive, mutually respectful relationship with the orchestra musicians and CSO Board. As the orchestra’s artistic leader, the CSO Director builds and sustains the orchestra’s visibility and engagement with the community.
How to Apply
Interested candidates must use the online application on the Northland College website to submit a cover letter and resume with contract information, description of previous directing experiences, evidence of teaching excellence, and three professional references.
Please complete the online application and submit by March 31, 2022.
The College provides equal opportunity for all qualified persons regardless of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability, sexual orientation, or veteran status. People of color, women, and others who would provide diverse perspectives to our College are encouraged to apply for this position.