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School of Orchestral Studies

Now Hiring: Wind and Percussion Director

Friday, November 1, 2019

The NYSSSA School of Orchestral Studies is seeking a Wind and Percussion Director! For details about the position, see the below information.

The New York State Summer School of the Arts, School of Orchestral Studies (SOS) is seeking candidates for the position of Wind and Percussion Director. One of seven four-week summer residential programs administered by the New York State Education Department, SOS offers pre-professional orchestral training for approximately 95 high school students from across New York State. This 50 year old program was begun by Eugene Ormandy as a partnership between the Philadelphia Orchestra, Saratoga Performing Arts Center (SPAC), New York State Education Department, and Skidmore College, a partnership continuing to this day in which students work in small groups with members of the Philadelphia Orchestra, rehearse at Skidmore’s state of the art Zankel Music Center, attend Philadelphia Orchestra concerts, and perform a final concert on the SPAC stage. The SOS Wind Ensemble supplements the Symphonic Orchestra and consists of approximately 30 high school students of All State caliber, comprised of the woodwind, brass, and percussion sections of the full Symphonic Orchestra. 

The position is for summer 2020 (July 24-August 22) with reevaluation and option to renew annually. More information about NYSSSA is available at


Position Overview

Working with Artistic Director Dr. Bruce Kiesling and the String Director, the Wind and Percussion Director will work to achieve the mission of the NYSSSA School of Orchestral Studies. The Wind and Percussion Director will select skill-appropriate wind band repertoire and conduct a single 20-30 minute program, adjudicate and place wind and percussion students in chamber ensembles and part rotations for the full Symphonic Orchestra, select skill-appropriate chamber music and manage SOS staff in respective chamber coaching settings, and conduct wind and percussion sectionals for the full Symphonic Orchestra repertoire as needed.


Primary Responsibilities:

  • Select wind band and wind and percussion chamber repertoire (in cooperation and with approval from the Artistic Director).
  • Conduct 3-4 SOS Wind Ensemble rehearsals each week, as well as one public concert. Rehearsals are approximately 2 hours long.
  • Coordinate coaching assignments and public performance schedule of all wind and percussion chamber ensembles.
  • Assist the Artistic Director with seating auditions and student part assignments.
  • Serve as Sectional Conductor/Rehearsal Assistant to the Artistic Director as needed.



NYSSSA is seeking candidates with vision, passion and commitment to working with talented teen artists. Experience conducting youth wind bands or other student ensembles is required. The ideal candidate should be a woodwind or brass player or percussionist with experience conducting a wind band on the student, collegiate, and/or professional level.



    The Wind and Percussion Director is provided with faculty housing and a summer dining hall plan at Skidmore College and a stipend of $4,000.


Application Process

    Qualified applicants must submit a video of a band or chamber rehearsal, cover letter, resume, and list of at least three references. 


All candidates for employment will be subject to pre-employment background screening for this position, which will include a search in the New York State Sex Offender Registry and National Sex Offender Registry.


People of color are strongly encouraged to apply.


    Please send materials to:



Cultural Education Center Room 10D79

222 Madison Avenue

Albany, NY 12230


Or via email to:  

(Please call (518) 474-8773 to confirm receipt of emailed materials.)