Director of Bands (Open Rank, Tenure Track)


Website Ouachita Baptist University

The School of Performing Arts at Ouachita Baptist University invites applications for a tenure-track position for Director of Bands to begin August 2024.

The successful candidate will display evidence of the ability to lead and administrate a comprehensive band program in a collaborative environment, demonstrated excellence in wind band conducting and successful classroom teaching; an authentic Christian faith lived out through personal discipleship and active involvement in a local church; support for the university’s vision, mission, and values; and a commitment to our Christian liberal arts tradition.

Primary responsibilities will include conducting the university wind ensemble and symphonic band, directing the marching band, teaching conducting and other courses in instrumental music education, and implementing a successful recruiting strategy. Additional courses based on the candidate’s qualifications and the needs of the university may be assigned. Other responsibilities will include supporting students through academic advising, building relationships with music educators throughout the region, and actively participating in campus life. Rank and salary are dependent on qualifications and experience. Preferred qualifications include a doctorate in music or equivalent professional experience, public school teaching experience, and the ability to teach trumpet and/or horn.

To apply: Submit a letter of interest, the Faculty Application for Employment, curriculum vitae, transcripts, and contact information for three references. Applicants should also include links to video recordings of a recent band rehearsal and performance.

Submit all materials as one PDF to Dr. Ryan Lewis by clicking the button below. Priority review of completed applications will begin on January 20, 2024, and will continue until the position is filled.


Consistent with our mission as a Christ-centered learning community, Ouachita Baptist University seeks to develop a diverse faculty for the benefit of our students and stakeholders. Ouachita is a Christian liberal arts university founded in 1886. Of its approximately 1,800 students, more than 1,500 undergraduates attend the university’s highly residential campus; the university also offers graduate and fully online degrees to serve students with a variety of educational programs. Ouachita’s beautiful 200-acre campus is situated on the Ouachita River, is minutes from DeGray Lake Resort State Park, and is in the foothills of the Ouachita National Forest. To learn more about the university, see the opportunity profile and visit

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