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Director of Choral Activities, Tenure-Track Faculty, Assistant Professor - University of St. Thomas

This is a Permanent, Full-time position.

Category: College/University
State/Province: St. Paul, MN
Position: Director of Choral Activities, Tenure-Track Faculty, Assistant Professor
Deadline: October 1, 2019
Posted: August 19, 2019

Job Description / Duties

The Department of Music at the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, Minnesota invites applications for a full-time, tenure-track faculty position at the rank of Assistant Professor to act as the Director of Choral Activities. The anticipated date of appointment is September 1, 2020.

The University of St. Thomas embraces diversity, inclusion, and equal opportunity for all. Our convictions of dignity, diversity and personal attention call us to embody and champion a diverse, equitable and inclusive environment.  We welcome applicants of diverse races, ethnicities, geographic origins, gender identities, ages, socioeconomic backgrounds, sexual orientations, religions, work experience, physical and intellectual abilities and financial means. We are committed to building a team that represents a variety of backgrounds, perspectives, and skills. This commitment is consistent with our university mission: Inspired by Catholic intellectual tradition the University of St. Thomas educates students to be morally responsible leaders who think critically, act wisely and work skillfully to advance the common good. A successful candidate will possess a commitment to the ideals of this mission.

The successful candidate will be responsible for the artistic leadership and administration of all aspects of the University of St. Thomas choral program, which encompasses five choirs averaging a total enrollment of over 200 students per semester from across the University. Responsibilities will include conducting Chamber Singers (a mixed vocal ensemble of roughly 40 members) and Concert Choir (a mixed vocal ensemble of roughly 70 members) and providing support and leadership for the directors of Liturgical Choir (in collaboration with Campus Ministry), Donna Unite, and Jazz Singers, as well as for the accompanists and student staff. In addition to Fall and Spring choral concerts, the Director of Choral Activities will work closely with faculty, staff and the artistic director in preparing for and performing the Christmas Concert, and will be responsible for planning and conducting the triennial international choir tour. Other teaching at the undergraduate and graduate levels that fit the candidate’s talents and experience and the department’s needs will complete the teaching responsibilities. Active and sustained engagement in professional activities beyond St. Thomas is also expected, as is advising, committee participation, and departmental service (including auditions, juries, budget administration, recruiting and other duties).

The Department of Music at the University of St. Thomas is dedicated to providing outstanding music instruction through our progressive curriculum in music classes, studios and ensembles, enabling students to realize their full potentials in the development of their musical, artistic and career goals. The Department offers the Bachelor of Music in Music Education or Performance, and the Bachelor of Arts in Music or Music Business as well as the Master of Arts in Music Education. For more information, please visit

Qualifications / Required Skills

Doctorate in music (DMA or PhD) is required; alternatively ABD will be considered. The successful candidate will possess evidence of the highest levels of choral teaching, artistic excellence, robust rehearsal and conducting techniques, current knowledge of diverse choral repertoire and administrative skills.


Established in 1885, the University of St. Thomas is Minnesota’s largest private university with an enrollment of 10,000 students studying in a wide range of liberal arts, professional and graduate programs.  The University of St. Thomas is located in the major metropolitan area of Minneapolis and St. Paul.  It is within this context of Catholic intellectual tradition and the rich resources of the Twin Cities that St. Thomas seeks to accomplish our mission of developing individuals who combine career competency with cultural awareness and intellectual curiosity.

The Department of Music welcomes applicants who are committed to joining our continued efforts to create a diverse community and broaden our academic offerings. Candidates will be requested to include a statement addressing their potential to contribute to an inclusive environment that promotes dignity, diversity, and equity. 

The University of St. Thomas, Minnesota Human Resources Department advertises the official job listing on its website at

Additional Information


To ensure full consideration for the position, all application materials should be received by October 1, 2019; however, the position will remain open until filled.

In order to be considered for this position, all applications must be submitted online ( providing additional documents required as listed below. Candidates will be asked to copy/paste a position-specific cover letter into the application. 

Evidence of Teaching Effectiveness
Philosophy of Scholarship and Teaching
Statement on Commitment to Diversity
Representative List of Works Conducted
Scholarly/Professional Writing Sample
Graduate Transcripts
Sample Course Syllabus
References: Candidates should complete the reference section of the application. No references will be contacted without first getting the permission of the candidate. 
Letters of Recommendation: Arrange for three letters of recommendation to be sent electronically to Do not upload recommendation letters as part of the online application process.
Questions about the position, department, or college may be directed to Dr. Matthew George, Search Committee Chair, at Applicants who need assistance with the online application process should call 651-962-5875.

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