Orchestral Conducting

Organization: Valdosta State University/Valdosta Symphony Orchestra

Position: Assistant Conductor/Graduate Assistant/Master of Music Performanceviolas

Duties and responsibilities: While earning a Master of Music Performance in Orchestral Conducting, students will serve as Assistant Conductor of the Valdosta Symphony Orchestra (VSO) and the Valdosta Symphony Youth Orchestra (VSYO). Students will have weekly podium time with the Valdosta State University (VSU) String Ensemble and the VSYO and study with Dr. Howard Hsu, Music Director of the VSO and Director of Orchestra Activities at VSU. Other conducting opportunities may include performing on VSO Concerts and VSYO Concerts. Students will also assist the Music Director in VSO rehearsals and in the creation of Youth Concert programming and pre-concert talks, assist with the production of televised concerts, work with VSO librarian(s), assist the Music Director, Executive Director and Education Director in administrative duties, and attend Board and Guild meetings. By shadowing the Music Director, students will gain experience in the various aspects of a conductor’s job.

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

Benefits Offered: Pending funding, VSU offers competitive graduate assistantships including full tuition and stipends up to $10,000 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: 2/15/2013

Application Procedure:

1) Apply online at Graduate Admissions

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

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

  • 20-30 minute video (DVD or videotape) 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

2 finalists will be chosen for a live audition, interview and test in March 2013 at Valdosta State University.