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Visiting Assistant Professor of Music — Choral Direction and Classroom Teaching

December 17, 2019


Earlham College invites applications for a full-time, one-year renewable position in choral directing and classroom teaching in the Department of Music at the visiting assistant professor level, to begin August 2020.

The Department of Music at Earlham has for decades prided itself on a vibrant choral program, which currently comprises a concert choir, a high-voice choir, and a more highly selective chamber choir. These choirs (or some subset of them) have typically toured the Midwest or the Northeastern U.S. every other year, and in alternate years have performed a major choral work with community choir members and the Earlham orchestra. (In addition to the choirs under the leadership of the choral director, there are two student-run a cappella groups and a large gospel choir.) The College's varied instrumental ensembles represent traditions spanning five continents. All of Earlham's ensembles value inclusivity while striving for musical excellence. The College's 1,000 students hail from more than 50 countries, and its programming has long reflected this diversity.

The music curriculum fosters respect for all musics: students majoring in music study Western musicology, ethnomusicology, and popular music, in addition to music technologies. The curriculum is also designed to spark connections across disciplines, both within and outside the arts. The music department is housed in a recent, superbly designed visual and performing arts facility. Earlham’s foundational Principles and Practices, which stem from Quaker practice, inform the Department’s philosophy and its close working relationship with each student.

Primary Duties & Responsibilities

Earlham is seeking a dynamic choral director who also excels in teaching courses in ethnomusicology, popular music studies, Western music history, music theory, or interdisciplinary courses in musicology. The College is particularly eager to find someone with expertise in at least one non-canonic tradition, who can contribute to Earlham's new global music track within the major. An understanding of and a commitment to the liberal arts are a must.

Duties include directing the choral program and teaching one three-credit course each semester (one of which may be conducting, in alternate years). Active recruiting, both among prospective and current students, also forms an important part of the job.

Experience & Qualifications

A completed doctorate is strongly preferred; previous teaching and directing experience is essential.

Application Instructions

Applicants should send the following documents electronically:

  • letter of interest
  • curriculum vitae
  • video recordings of both choral rehearsal and performance under the candidate’s direction
  • a 300- to 500-word statement of how your teaching might contribute to Earlham’s goal of exemplifying a diverse and inclusive institution
  • three letters of recommendation from people who can speak to the candidate’s teaching and directing abilities.
  • post-secondary transcripts (or the equivalent)

These materials along with a link to your securely uploaded video files (e.g., using Vimeo or YouTube) should be sent to Jeff Templeton, Administrative Assistant, Visual and Performing Arts at (If you prefer, Jeff Templeton can invite you to join a secure Earlham site that can accept large digital files.)

Review of applications will begin on February 1, 2020, and will continue until the position is filled.

Questions about the position may be addressed to the Forrest Tobey, Music Department Convener at:

Earlham College is an Equal Opportunity Employer that seeks applications from candidates who contribute to diversity in terms of race, ethnicity, age, religious affiliation, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, and veteran status, among other distinctions and contributions. As a College with a Quaker identity, Earlham also is eager to solicit applications from members of the Religious Society of Friends (Quakers).

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