Director of Vocal Ensembles

MIT, Music and Theater Arts, Director of Vocal Ensembles
77 Massachusetts Ave. Cambridge, MA 02139
Type of Position: 
Application Deadline: 
Tuesday, November 1, 2022


The MIT Music and Theater Arts Section is seeking a full-time Director to lead our

vocal ensembles. The rank of Director/Lecturer I holds an initial appointment of three

years with potential for a five-year reappointment to Director/Lecturer II, and further

renewals at that rank.


The qualified candidate has at least two years of conducting experience at the university

level, or equivalent professional experience. DMA or PhD required (ABD considered, but

degree must be conferred by June 30, 2023).


The position of Director is focused on teaching and performance. In addition, we seek

musicians whose records embraces empathy and imagination, and who will contribute to

our program’s goals of inclusivity, diversity, and equity within a context of artistic




The primary responsibility is to direct two co-circular ensembles each semester, currently

including the MIT Concert Choir and MIT Chamber Chorus. In addition, the Director of

Vocal Ensembles will also teach one academic subject each year based on departmental

need and/or personal expertise. Administrative duties associated with leading ensembles

is expected. With the successful promotion to Director/Lecturer II some minimal service

to the section is required. The position demands dynamic and innovative teaching, a

willingness to collaborate within the section and the Institute, and substantial engagement

with students during MIT’s nine-month (September-May) academic year.


Starting Date: July 1, 2023


Required Materials:

Cover letter, CV (including teaching experience), conducting repertoire list with 3

samples of recently conducted programs (list of titles and composers only), three names

of references, (with contact information) and links to two video samples (one of a

performance and one of a rehearsal, both showing the candidate from the ensemble’s

point of view) of varied repertoire conducted by the applicant (both samples unedited and

intact). Other evidence of excellence in the field may be referenced in the application

(e.g., via link). Additional materials, including further recordings, a teaching statement,

or examples of work in any sub-specialties, may be requested at a later date. Complete

applications should be submitted by November 1, 2022.

Compensation and Benefits: 

Salary commensurate with experience. Full benefits

Application Procedure: 

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