Orchestral Conducting

Organization: Valdosta State University/Valdosta Symphony Orchestra

Position: Assistant Conductor/Graduate Assistant/Master of Music Performance beginning Fall 2018

Valdosta State University’s unique orchestral conducting program gives students training as the Assistant Conductor of a professional orchestra while working towards a master’s degree in conducting. Students will gain not only considerable podium time as the program’s only orchestral conducting student, but also experience in the various aspects of a conductor’s job, including programming, designing and conducting educational concerts, public speaking, and donor/patron cultivation. Graduates of our program have gone on to work with the Charleston Symphony, Charlotte Symphony, New World Symphony, Chicago Sinfonietta, Eastern Music Festival, and the Salt Lake City Symphony.

• Serve as Assistant Conductor of the Valdosta Symphony Orchestra (VSO) and the Valdosta Symphony Youth Orchestra (VSYO).
• Earn a Master of Music Performance in Orchestral Conducting
• Have weekly podium time with the Valdosta State University (VSU) String Ensemble, Orchestra Class, and the VSYO
• Conduct the VSO, String Ensemble, and VSYO in concert
• Get frequent feedback from the professional musicians who serve as the Principals of the VSO
• Assist the Music Director in VSO rehearsals and in the creation of Youth Concert programming and pre-concert chats
• Assist with the production of televised concerts
• Attend Board and Guild meetings


Requirements: Undergraduate degree in music required, excellent musicianship, ability to work well with faculty, other professionals and college students, public speaking skills.

Benefits Offered: VSU offers competitive graduate assistantships including full tuition and stipends up to $8,000 for qualified students.

Organization Description: 

Created in 1990, the Valdosta Symphony Orchestra serves both the cultural life of Valdosta and the regional academic mission of Valdosta State University. As the professional orchestra-in-residence at VSU, the VSO achieves a high standard of performance that enables it to attract guest soloists of national and international renown to the Valdosta community. The orchestra's membership is a unique blend of resident artist-faculty, students studying professional music disciplines, talented community performers, and carefully selected professionals from a five-state region. Supported by an Advisory Board of Directors, the Valdosta Symphony Guild, Valdosta State University, corporate sponsors, and hundreds of individual patrons, the orchestra has become an important part of the cultural life of the entire region.

The Valdosta State University Department of Music is a fully accredited member of the National Association of Schools of Music, with a faculty of 27 artist teachers and over 150 music majors. The Department of Music presents over 200 musical performances for the public each year. In addition, several of the major performing ensembles of the department travel throughout Georgia, the Southeast, and abroad; performing for schools, civic groups, and as part of community concert series. The faculty of the Department of Music are active performers, scholars, conductors, clinicians, and adjudicators throughout the region. The department offers a full range of instrumental and vocal performing ensembles, including the Valdosta Symphony Orchestra. Membership in ensembles is open to all VSU students.

Location: Valdosta, GA

Application Deadline: Open until filled - position begins Fall 2018

Application Procedure:

1) Apply online.

2) In addition, send the following to Dr. Howard Hsu

Valdosta State University
Department of Music
1500 N Patterson St 
Valdosta, GA 31698-0115

Or by e-mail to hphsu@valdosta.edu

• 20-30 minute video (DVD, videotape or youtube links) consisting of rehearsal and/or performance with an ensemble.
• Resume
• Copies of 2 letters of reference from music educators and/or professionals
• Copy of transcripts from each university attended