The College of Arts and Architecture


Director, School of Music - Job #67287

The College of Arts and Architecture at The Pennsylvania State University invites nominations and applications for the position of Director of the School of Music. The College seeks a collaborative and strategic leader who will exemplify transparency, energy and intellectual rigor. The Director of the School of Music will work with faculty, staff, students and the community to build on the School’s many strengths while seeking new strategic opportunities.

Penn State School of Music

The School of Music, a unit of the College of Arts and Architecture, takes pride in its student-centered philosophy and the quality of the individualized instruction provided by its fifty full-time faculty, guest artists and scholars. Enrolling approximately 325 students, the school grants undergraduate and graduate degrees in a wide range of programs that help students develop as performers, teachers, and scholars. Among undergraduates, the majority are music education majors. The School also serves an additional 1,000 students annually who enroll in high-quality academic courses designed to fulfill general education requirements.

In addition to an extremely active events calendar, the School of Music each June presents Music at Penn’s Woods, a professional orchestra and chamber music festival that is supported by a Community Advisory Board, local donors and patrons.

School of Music facilities encompass two connected buildings in the University Park Campus arts district and a purpose-built facility for the renowned Blue Band. The 2,500 seat Eisenhower Auditorium is used for large ensemble, opera and special event performances.

Groundbreaking for a new 400-seat recital hall is expected in summer 2017. The recital hall is designed by William Rawn Associates, the firm that built Ozawa Hall at Tanglewood and the Music Center at Strathmore outside Washington, DC. The project includes renovations to create a new large ensemble rehearsal hall and improved patron, faculty, staff and student facilities.

The commitment to a new recital hall, the annual President’s Concert in prestigious venues such as the Kennedy Center and Carnegie Hall, and support for recent major collaborative productions such as Bernstein’s Mass and Puccini’s La Bohème, all reflect Penn State’s pride in the high quality of the School of Music’s faculty and students. This support also is emblematic of the University’s commitment to advance the arts and humanities.

Penn State College of Arts and Architecture

The College of Arts and Architecture at Penn State is a comprehensive arts community including academic programs in music, theatre, dance, visual arts, art history, architecture and landscape architecture along with the Palmer Museum of Art and Center for the Performing Arts. The College is committed to artistic and scholarly creativity, research, and the preparation of specialized practitioners in all of the arts and design disciplines, along with community engagement in its programs. Barbara O. Korner has served as Dean since 2007.

Penn State University

Founded in 1855, The Pennsylvania State University is the Commonwealth's only land-grant public institution, a research-intensive university with campuses and facilities throughout Pennsylvania. Penn State educates students from around the world, and supports individuals and communities through integrated programs of teaching, research, and service.

Penn State’s instructional mission includes undergraduate, graduate, professional, continuing, and extension education, offered through both resident instruction and distance learning. Educational programs are enriched by the talent, knowledge, diversity, creativity, teaching and research acumen of faculty, students, and staff. 

Situated within the beauty of the central Pennsylvania foothills, the University Park campus offers outstanding programs in a wide range of disciplines. There are approximately 46,000 students on the University Park campus.

“Advancing the Arts and Humanities” is one of five thematic priorities in the University’s 2016-2020 Strategic Plan.  The full plan can be viewed at:

School of Music Director

The Director of the School of Music reports to the Dean of the College of Arts and Architecture and is a member of the leadership team of the College. S/he guides strategic direction for the School and oversees its operations.

The College seeks a passionate, visionary and inspirational leader to advance the School of Music, preserving its traditional strengths while also supporting and seeking out new leadership directions in innovative curricula, outreach, and musicianship. The new Director will build on the School’s rich accomplishments to identify, with all stakeholders, new and sustaining possibilities for music’s role in 21st-century arts, education, scholarship, and social engagement.

The successful candidate will:

  • Demonstrate success in leading a multi-faceted music institution;
  • Be a strong manager with a proven record of administrative accomplishments, including fiscal acumen, experience managing complex budgets and personnel;
  • Be an astute budgetary executive who can find creative solutions to fiscal challenges, and have a proven record of balancing resources with clear priorities;
  • Be able to direct and balance faculty and staff roles, demonstrating effective delegation with appropriate oversight;
  • Be a successful fundraiser with a strong record in all aspects of development, including prospect engagement, donor cultivation, and stewardship;
  • Be a strategic thinker with proven success in developing, advancing and tracking short- and long-term plans;
  • Be a leader who understands how diversity benefits all members of the university community, and can effectively articulate those benefits;
  • Have excellent communication and interpersonal skills, and be able to build consensus among School of Music faculty, staff, students and stakeholders regarding future directions and opportunities;
  • Serve as a staunch advocate, representing the School’s interests to university leaders, patrons, potential donors, and prospective students;
  • Have a track record of working effectively in concert with others in such areas as recruitment, public relations, advocacy, and outreach.

Required is an appropriate advanced degree and professional experience/accomplishments commensurate with the rank of full professor with tenure in one of the disciplines in music.

The salary for this full-time tenured academic position is competitive and commensurate with qualifications. The start date is negotiable with the preferred start date of July 1, 2017.

Full University benefits apply.  For general information, see the Penn State HR website:

To submit an online application, including a letter of intent, complete curriculum vitae, and a minimum of three references with contact information go to:

Nominations can be sent to George Trudeau, Search Chair, at

Application review will commence on December 1, 2016 and the position will remain open until filled.

Penn State is committed to affirmative action, equal opportunity and the diversity of its workforce.

Assistant/Associate Professor of Music (Double Bass) - Job 66690

The School of Music at The Pennsylvania State University is seeking a dynamic, collaborative double bass instructor to be part of a vibrant string/orchestral program. This is a tenure track, 36-week academic appointment at the rank of Assistant or Associate Professor of Music, with a start date of August 15, 2017. Full University benefits apply. Primary responsibilities include teaching and recruiting double bass students, and teaching related courses such as string pedagogy, literature, orchestral excerpts, and chamber music. Interests that cross disciplinary boundaries are particularly welcome, as are additional fields of musical expertise such as (but not limited to) jazz, composition, and/or historical performance practice. A graduate degree in music is preferred, however, candidates with prominent professional performance experience may be considered. Candidates must have successful teaching experience, preferably at the university level. Applicants must have an outstanding record of performance and demonstrated success working in a team situation. The candidate will be expected to develop and maintain connections with area music educators and prospective students, and have a commitment to community engagement. To apply, please upload a letter of interest to include a narrative about the applicant’s qualifications relative to this position, CV, representative recordings (video preferred), and contact information for at least three references (name, address, e-mail, and telephone number) through Penn State’s online Electronic Jobs Management System (EJMS). Finalists should be prepared to submit on short notice other materials to support teaching and performing effectiveness, and any interdisciplinary or secondary interest(s). Review of applications will begin on October 15 and will continue until the position is filled. The School of Music offers a full range of undergraduate and graduate programs. Visit more information about our programs.

Student Concert Support Assistant - Job 66509

Duties will include support for concerts involving multimedia technology. Will require familiarity with presentation technologies such as audio signal flow, mixing board operation, and projector configuration. Student will also perform periodic checks on equipment in the Recital Hall to ensure that it is stored properly, easily and quickly accessed, and ready for use. Student is responsible to report any problems to appropriate faculty and staff. Hours will vary, based on need and availability. Salary: $10/hour.

Esber Recital Hall Stagehands - Job 66384

For this part-time position, preference will be given to Music Performance or Music Education majors within the College of Arts and Architecture. Responsibilities include setting up, stage managing and striking student, faculty and guest recitals at Esber Recital Hall in Music Building I according to written instructions provided by School of Music faculty and staff. Job duties involve some physical labor and occasional lifting. The ability to work with minimal supervision is essential. Esber stagehand positions are casual employment; due to the nature of this type of work, regularly scheduled hours or shifts are not available. Scheduling for work is dependent on employee availability and event needs. Completion of a Penn State employment application is required. Applications will be received on an ongoing basis and reviewed as need arises.