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Visiting Assistant Professor of Music — Choral Direction and Musicology (Two-Year Position)

November 30, 2017


Earlham College invites applicants for a full-time, two-year position in choral directing and musicology at the visiting assistant professor level, to begin August 2018. A subsequent tenure-track line may become available. The Earlham College Music Department is seeking a dynamic choral director with a dedication to general education, and with strengths in historical musicology, popular music studies or ethnomusicology. Background in music education is a plus. 

The Department has for decades prided itself on a vibrant choral program, which currently comprises a concert choir, a women’s chorus, a highly selective chamber choir, and a men’s vocal ensemble. These choirs (or some subset of them) have typically gone on tour 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 10-or-so instrumental ensembles represent traditions spanning five continents. All the ensembles value inclusivity while striving for musical excellence, such that a large proportion of Earlham's student body — which hails from 47 states and 54 countries — is involved in the College's ensembles in any given semester.

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

Primary Duties & Responsibilities

Duties include directing the choral program with the support of a part-time choral assistant, and teaching two courses in musicology every semester.

Experience & Qualifications

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

Application Instructions

Application materials include:

  • A letter of interest;
  • Your 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 (cf. Diversity Aspiration Vision Statement); and
  • Three letters of recommendation from people who can speak to the candidate’s teaching and directing abilities.

Please send written documents along with a link to your securely uploaded video files (e.g., using Vimeo or Youtube) electronically to:

Jennifer Isaacs
Administrative Assistant
Visual and Performing Arts
Earlham College

If you prefer, Jennifer Isaacs can invite you to join a secure Earlham site that can accept large digital files.

Review of applications will begin on January 8, 2018, and will continue until the position is filled.

Questions about the position may be addressed to:

Marc Benamou
Professor of Music
Music Department Convener
Earlham College

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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