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Assistant Professor of Music - Choral Director (Tenure-track) - DePauw University

This is a Permanent, Full-time position.

Category: College/University
State/Province (or you can select Remote): Greencastle, IN
Position: Assistant Professor of Music - Choral Director (Tenure-track)
Deadline: October 28, 2022
Posted: October 6, 2022

Job Description / Duties

The School of Music at DePauw University invites applications for a tenure-track position in choral studies beginning August 2023 at the rank of Assistant Professor. A commitment to undergraduate choral teaching within a liberal arts environment, inclusive pedagogy, and contributing to a forward-thinking and innovative culture are essential.

The School specifically seeks candidates to teach undergraduate music majors and non-majors in choral ensembles and elective music courses. Primary responsibilities include building and maintaining a strong choral program (e.g., recruiting); providing excellent choral instruction of a wide variety of musical styles and traditions; and, emphasizing vocal health and the International Phonetic Alphabet (IPA). Responsibilities also include teaching music electives, depending on the candidate’s qualifications and the needs of the School of Music, as well as directing and coordinating the Putnam County Festival Choir, which is open to all members of the campus and local community. Funding is available for professional development and research with undergraduate students.

School of Music faculty seek a colleague who is dedicated to:

● Excellence in college teaching and working with students to improve their musicianship;
● Active engagement in the recruitment of a diverse student body of choral musicians;
● Being an outstanding and versatile director, musician, and pedagogue;
● Ideals of equity and diversity, employing inclusive pedagogy and valuing diversity of student identities, scholarship, learning and creative performance;
● A student-centered, small campus environment and appreciative of the value of a liberal arts education; and,
● Working collaboratively with others and building community.

In 2015, the DePauw University School of Music launched the 21st-Century Musician (21CM) Initiative. This involved a complete reimagining of the skills, tools, and experiences necessary to create musicians of the future—flexible, entrepreneurial professionals who explore diverse traditional/non-traditional performance spaces, cultivate new audiences, and utilize their art innovatively to impact and strengthen communities. DePauw is one of few programs nationally to require a multi-course entrepreneurial music curriculum. Within the next two years, the School of Music will become a part of a larger school incorporating disciplines in the creative and performing arts. In addition to developing artistic excellence in their discipline, music students will encounter frameworks for interdisciplinary exploration, collaboration, and innovation. All faculty members have an opportunity to help shape this vision.

Qualifications / Required Skills

Required Qualifications:

  • Doctorate in music (ABD acceptable) or commensurate experience
  • Evidence of excellent college-level choral direction

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Record of success in recruitment
  • A secondary area of expertise/interest including, but not limited to:
  • Performance/teaching/directing multiple genres (classical, new music, jazz, global musics, etc.)
  • Improvisation
  • Interdisciplinary collaboration
  • Expertise in creativity/design thinking/innovation
  • Community-based projects
  • Skills in another art form

Additional Information

Application Instructions
Candidates should submit through Interfolio a letter of application summarizing qualifications; a teaching statement describing pedagogical approach with specific examples; CV; web links to video recordings of an unedited, recently directed rehearsal and concert conducted by the candidate (with conductor facing camera); and, up to 5 concert programs that highlight versatility with a range of musical styles. Candidates should be able to demonstrate, in application materials, a commitment to fostering an engagement with a diversity of ideas and experiences, which promote an inclusive environment in the classroom and at the University. Review of applications begins October 28 and will continue until the position is filled. Applications received by this date will be assured of full consideration. Please contact Caroline Jetton, Associate Dean of the School of Music, at with any questions.

Application Process
This institution is using Interfolio's Faculty Search to conduct this search. Applicants to this position receive a free Dossier account and can send all application materials, including confidential letters of recommendation, free of charge.

Link to apply:

Equal Employment Opportunity Statement
DePauw University, in affirmation of its commitment to excellence, endeavors to provide equal opportunity for all individuals in its hiring, promotion, compensation and admission procedures. Institutional decisions regarding hiring, promotion, compensation and admission will be based upon a person’s qualifications and/or performance without regard to race, color, creed, religion, national origin, sexual orientation, disability, age, gender, gender identity or gender expression, except where religion, gender, or national origin is a bona fide occupational qualification.

DePauw University’s goals and commitments are best served if the institution reflects the diversity of our society; hence, DePauw seeks diversity in all areas and levels of employment and abides by all local, state and federal regulations concerning equal employment opportunities. The University admits, hires and promotes individuals upon their qualities and merits.

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Contact Information

Please contact Caroline Jetton, Associate Dean of the School of Music, at with any questions.

Employer Profile

DePauw University is a leading, nationally-recognized liberal arts university dedicated to educating just over 1,700 highly talented, motivated, and diverse students from across the country and around the globe. For 185 years, DePauw has created an atmosphere of intellectual challenge and social engagement that prepares students for lifelong success. DePauw’s Gold and Bold 2027 Strategic Plan includes launching a new School of Business and Leadership and a new school that focuses on Creative practice. To help us launch these schools, we seek a cohort of faculty with experience at a range of institutions, including international institutions, HBCUs and HSIs. Located in Greencastle, Indiana, about a 45-minute drive west of Indianapolis, DePauw is a member of the Great Lakes Colleges Association. DePauw has an ongoing commitment to diversity and seeks to strengthen our institution through equitable and inclusive practices. Please see this profile ( for more information about DePauw University.