Cedar Rapids Community Orchestra Music Director (Part-time)

Kirkwood Community College


To advance the college’s mission, vision, principles, values and strategic initiatives through continuous improvement decisions.

  • Kirkwood Community College- 3 credit hours per semester  at $1,284 per credit hour
  • Cedar Rapids Community Orchestra- $3,500 Stipend 
  • Total Compensation: $11,204
  • Appointment is 10 months- August-May 
The Cedar Rapids Community Orchestra (CRCO) is currently in alliance with Kirkwood Community College; both organizations share resources and support all college and community musicians.   The candidate will have the opportunity to engage collaboratively with CRCO members, faculty, and students in performance preparation. The ideal candidate will have the ability to teach effectively and show evidence of successful teaching, preferable at the post-secondary level. 
The CRCO rehearsals are held during the fall and spring semesters at Kirkwood Community College on Monday evenings from 7:00-9:00pm, with a 15 min. break. Rehearsals meet according to the Kirkwood Academic Calendar (Download PDF reader). Concerts are typically held in the Ballantyne Auditorium on the Kirkwood Community College campus with mostly standard orchestra repertoire. During the summer months, and also during the regular season, chamber groups from CRCO have organized to perform outreach programs at local libraries, care centers, retail stores, and community events. We have an outreach coordinator who assists with scheduling these informal events.
Candidates can read more about the position the CRCO by clicking here: https://www.crcorchestra.org/ 


  • Advocate for Continual Improvement- empowering each other to identify opportunities for excellence. 
  • Collaborate with Mutual Accountability- working together with a willingness to take ownership and accountability for our actions.  
  • Champion Service- anticipating needs and creating a welcoming, diverse, and inclusive environment.  
  • Perseverance- commitment to excellence even in the face of adversity or delay in achieving success.  
  • Lead- regardless of title, through positive influence.  


  • Plan, prepare, rehearse and coordinate performances. This includes:
    • Working with the CRCO Board to set weekly rehearsals & concert dates
    • Choosing repertoire appropriate for our players, locating the sheet music and preparing parts as needed, to be available at least two weeks before the first rehearsal
    • Posting weekly rehearsal agendas 48 hours in advance
  • Take responsibility for the musical growth, improvement, and enjoyment of the players
  • Monitor the participation of enrolled college students
  • Communicate regularly with section leaders and be open to suggestions.
  • Maintain current course syllabi and provide it to all students taught.
  • Utilize Kirkwood Learning Management System for communication regarding grades, assignments, and attendance for all registered Kirkwood students.
  • Make recommendations concerning curriculum revision and development.
  • Prepare, in collaboration with the CRCO board and Kirkwood Operations Coordinator concert program information (repertoire, program notes, performer information), and promotional materials in accordance with Kirkwood marketing guidance.
  • Demonstrate excellence of technique and professionalism as a musician.
  • Communicate clearly expectations for collaboration with other applied music instructors, and students.
  • Be able and willing to represent the college in the most positive manner with prospective, former and current students, clients, suppliers and the community we serve.
  • Represent the CRCO in public appearances as needed, may include promotional events and community outreach
  • Attend CRCO Board Meetings regularly, and report on the status of the group
  • Willingness for feedback from orchestra members and board. The Director will be subject to an annual review by the Board Members and yearly observation by Kirkwood discipline dean.
  • Be able to organize and present music concepts to a wide range of orchestra students with varying backgrounds and abilities, and adjust teaching techniques accordingly.
  • Assume responsibility, deal effectively with problems, and exercise independent judgment when making decisions.
  • Welcome, value, and nurture people of all backgrounds, perspectives, and experiences, as well as support and promote an environment that accepts differences.   

The statements contained herein reflect general details as necessary to describe the essential job duties/responsibilities and performance expectations of the job, which should not be considered an all-inclusive listing of work requirements.  Individuals may perform other duties as assigned.



The position involves working in an office setting. Occasional (10-33%) standing, pushing, pulling and grasping. Frequent (34-66%) reaching and viewing a computer and other types of close visual work.  Constant (67-100%) sitting, walking, repetitive motion, talking and hearing. 



  • Master’s Degree in Music (M.M. or M.A.)
  • Concentration in Conducting or related discipline
  • Experience with Community Teaching
  • Higher Education Teaching Experience
Kirkwood Community College shall not engage in nor allow unlawful discrimination against any employee or applicant for employment. This includes all employment practices, hiring practices, and unwelcome harassment of applicants or employees based on race, color, national origin, creed, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, disability, genetic information or actual or potential parental, family, marital status or veteran status. If you have questions or complaints related to compliance with the policy please contact the Vice President of Human Resources at Kirkwood Community College, 313 Kirkwood Hall, 6301 Kirkwood Blvd., SW, Cedar Rapids, IA 52404, Telephone: 319-398-5572,  Email: equity@Kirkwood.edu or the director of the Office for Civil Rights U.S. Department of Education, John C. Kluczynski Federal Building, 230 S. Dearborn Street, 37th Floor, Chicago, IL 60604-7204, Telephone: (312) 730-1560 Facsimile: (312) 730-1576, TDD (800) 877-8339 Email: OCR.Chicago@ed.gov.  

Job Benefits:

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Job ID: 93796

Posted 9 days ago

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