Assistant Professor in Choral Conducting

Boston University School of Music
Location: 
Boston,MA
Type of Position: 
Artistic
Application Deadline: 
Saturday, October 15, 2022

Boston University’s College of Fine Arts School of Music invites applications for the position of Assistant Professor of Choral Conducting (non-tenure-track) with an anticipated start date of July 1, 2023. The successful candidate will teach in the School’s MM and DMA Conducting Programs while assuming direction of choral ensembles and contributing to the needs of the orchestral conducting program. Applicants should possess a strong background in choral conducting, a knowledge of the choral canon, a passion for developing new ways of presenting the choral arts, and a commitment to presenting emergent styles, techniques, and repertoire. The candidate should also possess a collaborative spirit and a proven ability to teach beginning and advanced conducting courses. Qualifications include significant professional experience in conducting, presenting, and teaching. Preferred qualifications include knowledge of repertoire and styles of choral music traditions (including classical, contemporary, and symphonic); knowledge of classical vocal chamber repertoire; and conducting skills.

 

We seek candidates with strong skills in collaboration and communication, as well as professional networks to help bridge classroom experience and the profession. Prior teaching experience is desirable. As an equal opportunity institution dedicated to building a broadly diverse and inclusive faculty of all races, ethnicities, genders, backgrounds, experiences, and perspectives, we are especially interested in candidates who can demonstrate successful and ethical leadership and a passion for working within a community of diverse student, faculty, staff, and professional populations.

 

Located on Commonwealth Avenue in Boston, the BU College of Fine Arts School of Music celebrates its 150th anniversary this year as America’s first music degree-granting institution. BU alumni are members of nearly every major symphony orchestra in the United States and are recognizable leaders throughout the world of music. Our alumni include composer Missy Mazzoli, opera singer Morris Robinson, music critic Anthony Tommasini, conductor Lina González-Granados, and music director Lan Shui. Today, the School of Music trains musicians, educators, composers, and scholars in both undergraduate and graduate programs. Each year the School produces hundreds of major public concerts, recitals, operas, and performances.

 

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Candidates will possess a willingness to work with a collaborative spirit within a team of faculty with varied approaches and proven professional abilities to conduct both choral and orchestra ensembles.
  • Significant experience in teaching conducting at both graduate and undergraduate levels.
  • Advanced understanding of classic voice production and fluency in French, German, Italian, and/or English diction.
  • Successful candidates must have a comprehensive knowledge of repertoire and styles of a variety of global choral traditions and demonstrate proficiency in piano and choral conducting. Additional competencies include a commitment to contributing to orchestral conducting needs.
  • Applicants must hold a terminal degree and commit to teaching in the Choral Conducting MM, and DMA programs.
  • Duties to include:

Conducting SoM choral ensembles; teaching choral studies classes as needed; overseeing and advising choral and orchestral conducting students; overseeing all aspects of the choral program, interacting with the large ensembles staff, and as recruiting and advisory head, working with the Admissions Office toward recruitment for the Conducting programs.

  • We look for candidates with strong skills in collaboration and communication, as well as professional networks to help bridge classroom experiences and the profession.
  • A record of national/international professional accomplishments that merit a professorial rank appointment at Boston University.
  • Evidence of teaching and mentoring emerging artists in the classroom, on the podium, and in the field.
  • Evidence of successful promotion of an environment advancing diversity, equity, and inclusion.
  • A commitment to shared governance through service in the School of Music and College of Fine Arts. The successful candidate will chair the small conducting department that oversees graduate conducting students.

 

Compensation and Benefits: 

Annual salary plus benefits

Application Procedure: 

DO NOT APPLY THROUGH THE BOSTON UNIVERSITY HR WEBSITE. Applications will be accepted until positions are filled, but for full consideration this fall, application materials should be submitted by October 15, 2022. Anticipated date of appointment: July 1, 2023. Please submit directly to the search committee at [email protected] (Subject: Assistant Professor, Choral Conducting) and include:

  • Cover letter
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • A link to personal website with audio/video samples that speak to professional success (i.e., artistic, teaching/mentoring, and diversity, equity, and inclusion initiatives).
  • Three letters of recommendation sent directly from recommenders

 

Boston University is an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law. We are a VEVRAA Federal Contractor.

 

As an equal opportunity institution dedicated to building a broadly diverse and inclusive faculty of all races, ethnicities, genders, backgrounds, experiences, and perspectives, we are especially interested in candidates who can demonstrate successful and ethical leadership and a passion for working within a community of diverse student, faculty, staff, and professional populations.

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