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Director of Choral Music -- Assistant Professor of Music - Willamette University

This is a Permanent, Full-time position.

Category: College/University
State/Province: Salem, OR
Position: Director of Choral Music -- Assistant Professor of Music
Deadline: May 14, 2022
Posted: December 14, 2021

Job Description / Duties

Director of Choral Music -- Assistant Professor of Music

Posting Number: R0004051

Location: Salem Campus

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Position Summary:
Willamette University invites applications for a full-time, tenure-track Director of Choral Music beginning in August 2022. Primary responsibilities will include conducting the premier choral ensemble and administering the entire choral program. Additional responsibilities will include teaching core and general education courses based on the candidate's specialization and program needs. Core courses may include Musicianship, Aural Skills, and Music History. The successful candidate will collaborate with other faculty in the leadership of a Music department dedicated to artistic and academic excellence; a holistic and inclusive student experience; and innovation for the 21st century. Because of the importance of musical education as part of the college experience, active participation in student recruitment and community outreach events will be essential.

Reasonable Accommodations Statement
To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable qualified individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
The ideal candidate will have demonstrated prior experience in developing and directing a collegiate choral music program. Candidates should offer demonstration of a commitment to excellence in teaching, and to making choral music a welcoming space for students of all backgrounds. Ability to teach and perform in a variety of musical traditions would be preferable, as would prior experience in recruiting. Candidates should expect to have a doctoral degree in hand by August 2022.

Willamette is a small, highly selective private university of 2500 students, 1300 of them enrolled in our undergraduate College of Arts and Sciences; other schools include the Atkinson Graduate School of Management, the College of Law, and the Pacific Northwest College of Art, which enrolls both undergraduate and graduate students. All professors at Willamette are expected to teach non-majors as well as majors and to contribute to the College's General Education curriculum. Willamette has a teacher-scholar model for its faculty: tenure-track faculty typically teach five undergraduate courses per year, advise students, publish or perform in their field, and engage in customary service to department, college, and university.

Willamette believes that a diverse, inclusive community is essential to achieving academic excellence; accordingly, we seek candidates who not only have the potential to become outstanding teachers, artists, and scholars, but whose work also furthers equity and inclusion, and who will bring to campus varied experiences, perspectives, and backgrounds. The College of Arts & Sciences enrolls a substantial number of low-income, first-generation, and underrepresented students of color. Over the past four years, 24% of our students were first-generation; 24% were Pell-eligible; and 33% identified as African American, Hispanic/LatinX, Native American/Alaska Native, Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander, or multiracial.

Review of applications will begin on 10 January, 2022 and will continue until the position is filled.

All University positions require that candidates submit to a criminal conviction record check prior to hire. Conviction does not automatically preclude candidates from being hired. Nature of conviction will be considered relative to the duties of the position.

You will need to upload the following two documents as part of your application materials in the "My Experience" section labeled Resume:

• Letter of application describing your interest in and qualifications for the position

• Curriculum vitae

• A statement of your teaching philosophy and goals for a vibrant choral program in a university such as ours

• A statement (500 words maximum) describing ways you can contribute to the university's mission of promoting an equitable, diverse, and inclusive campus

• Undergraduate and Graduate transcripts (unofficial transcripts are acceptable)

Believing that diversity contributes to academic excellence and to rich and rewarding communities, WU is committed to recruiting and retaining a diverse faculty, staff and student body. We seek candidates, particularly those from historically under-represented groups, whose work furthers diversity and who bring to campus varied experiences, perspectives and backgrounds.


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Candidates chosen to move to the next stage of the process will be asked to send a document containing links to videos of at least one full performance and one rehearsal, a set of programs from the preceding year, and a list of references. In each of the videos, the conducting must be clearly visible. If you have any questions about the position, please contact search committee Chair Mike Nord at

Incomplete applications will not be considered.

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