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Director of Choral Activities-Tenure Track Assistant Professor - University of Minnesota Duluth

This is a Permanent, Full-time position.

Category: College/University
State/Province: Duluth, MN
Position: Director of Choral Activities-Tenure Track Assistant Professor
Deadline: December 21, 2016
Posted: October 19, 2016

Job Description / Duties

The University of Minnesota Duluth Department of Music seeks an experienced Choral Director to serve as the Director of Choral Activities and oversee the UMD choral program. This is a full-time, tenure-track Assistant Professor position that will begin August 21, 2017.

Duties of this position will be to conduct the University Singers, the Chamber Singers, teach choral conducting/methods classes, advanced choral literature classes and other courses to a diverse group of undergraduate and graduate students as assigned by the Department Head in their area of expertise. As Director of Choral Activities, responsibilities also include providing vision and direction for the choirs at UMD, and working with the Head of the Department of Music in establishing a national reputation for excellence in performance. Additionally, this individual will coordinate outreach, recruiting and honor choir events.

Qualifications / Required Skills

To qualify for this position, the candidate must have completed a Doctorate in Music (DMA, DA, PhD, EdD) from a nationally accredited institution completed no later than January 1, 2017.

Requirements include: A minimum of three years full-time secondary or post-secondary teaching experience as a director of choral ensembles; teaching in the areas of choral and vocal pedagogy; Demonstrate excellence in written communications skills; and Demonstrate the ability to support the University’s commitment to equity and diversity.

The preferred candidate will have a Doctoral Degree in Choral Conducting from a nationally accredited institution. Three or more years full-time secondary or post-secondary teaching experience with two or more years of full-time college teaching experience as a director of choral ensembles. A record of success in the areas directing choral ensembles and related music education classes; keyboard/choral accompanying skills; proven ability to work cooperatively and collaboratively with music colleagues; a record of success recruiting students into the program and show evidence of scholarly, creative activities in choral performance and/or publications as evidenced through nationally recognized peer-reviewed scholarly publications.

Additional Information

Applications must be submitted online. To apply, go to and search for job opening 313715.
Complete applications must include:
1) Letter of application
2) Current Curriculum Vitae/resume
3) Contact information for three professional references
4) Statement of Teaching Philosophy
5) Statement of Equity and Diversity
6) Unofficial transcript(s) (official transcripts will be required at time of interview)
The cover letter and CV/resume will be attached during the application process. First submit the application and then return to the “My Activities” page to attach the additional documents. A high quality video file of recent ensemble conducting may be required at a later date.
Completed online applications will be considered beginning November 21, 2016. This position will remain open until filled.

If you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process, please contact the University of Minnesota Disability Specialist at 612-624-3316.

The University of Minnesota is an equal opportunity educator and employer.
Individuals from underrepresented groups and US military veterans are encouraged to apply.

If you have started receiving retirement annuity payments from the Minnesota State Retirement System (MSRS) or Public Employees Retirement Association (PERA) your eligibility for this position may be impacted. Please contact MSRS or PERA for any eligibility limitations.

Smoking, chewing tobacco and the use of electronic cigarettes prohibited on all UMD property, including indoor facilities, campus grounds and University vehicles.

Any offer of employment is contingent upon the successful completion of a background check. Our presumption is that prospective employees are eligible to work here. Criminal convictions do not automatically disqualify finalists from employment.

Contact Information

Please send any inquiries to:
Mark Whitlock
1201 Ordean Ct.
226 Humanities
Duluth, MN 55812
Ph: 218-726-6124

Employer Profile

The University of Minnesota Duluth is a comprehensive university that consistently places in the top national rankings of Midwestern regional universities. Located on the beautiful north shore of Lake Superior, the university attracts students from across the United States and international locations.
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The School of Fine Arts is composed of the departments of music, art and design, and theatre, the Tweed Museum of Art, Glensheen Historic Estate, the Fine Arts Academy, the Marshall Performing Arts Center, and Weber Music Hall. The school serves as a cultural, artistic, and educational center for the arts on campus and in Northern Minnesota and provides a comprehensive education for students in the performing and visual arts, including majors in art and music education, as well as complementary opportunities for students in other disciplines.

The UMD Department of Music, comprised of 130 undergraduate and graduate majors, offers the Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Music Degrees in Performance, Music Education, Theory/Composition, and Jazz Studies. The Master of Music degree with emphases in Music Education, Performance, Conducting and Collaborative Piano is also awarded. Music students and faculty play a leading role in offering cultural and artistic enrichment to the campus, community, and upper Midwest area through outreach and scholarly/creative activities. Ensembles include Orchestra, Chamber Orchestra, Wind Ensemble, Concert Band, Marching Band, Pep Band, Jazz Ensembles, University Singers, Chamber Singers, Concert Chorale and Vocal Jazz. UMD Music programs are fully accredited by the National Association of Schools of Music.