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The Department of Music in the College of Arts and Sciences at the University of La Verne is seeking a Director of Choral Activities with demonstrated excellence in teaching and conducting choral music at the college level, experience in arranging music for choral ensembles, knowledge of vocal pedagogy, and an area of specialization open but interest in the choral literature of Latin America is desired. This position is integral to the coordination of voice and choral activities in the department. This is a full-time, tenure track position at the assistant professor level, begins Fall 2015.
The Department seeks someone who will maintain an active performance schedule, coordinate voice and choral activities, conduct ensembles, demonstrate refined rehearsal/conducting skills, teach courses in conducting, rehearsal techniques, choral development, score analysis, and choral literature, actively recruit choral students and participate in auditions, plan and prepare choral programs of high quality, develop performance program that is artistic and educational. Student advising and committee work is required, as well as maintaining a record of professional/creative/scholarly activities to assure the enhanced reputation and visibility of the department and university.
The College of Arts and Sciences seeks candidates whose teaching, research/performance activity and service complement the university’s commitment to diversity and inclusivity and who understand the barriers faced by underrepresented minorities and first-generation college students.
The College of Arts and Sciences is engaged in developing The La Verne Experience, a University-wide initiative that integrates curricular and co-curricular activities with community engagement. As a holistic educational approach, The La Verne Experience focuses on Learning Communities, Theory-to-Practice, Experiential Learning, and Integrated Learning. Candidates will be expected to collaborate in departmental efforts with The La Verne Experience, including interdisciplinary approaches to education and innovative pedagogies.
The University of La Verne is a 120 year old, independent, comprehensive, doctoral granting institution in southern California with a strong emphasis on teaching excellence, community engagement, and an increasing commitment to research and publication. Classified by Carnegie as a Community-Engaged University, La Verne offers high quality, liberal arts and professional degree programs at the undergraduate to doctoral levels to traditional-age and adult learners. The main campus is located in La Verne, 35 miles from downtown Los Angeles, along the foothills of the San Gabriel Mountains.
The University is designated as a Hispanic Serving Institution with 40% of the student population identifying itself as “Hispanic/Latino,” 55% students of color, 10% international students, and a large proportion first-generation. All programs have high retention and graduation rates for underrepresented minorities.
The University of La Verne has a strong commitment to diversity and places a high priority on creating an environment that supports the growth and success of underrepresented and underserved populations. The university is an equal opportunity employer and seeks candidates with diverse backgrounds. Benefits of employment include a comprehensive health and welfare plan, tuition remission program for employee, spouse, and dependent children, and a generous 10% contribution to the University’s 403B retirement plan. For more information regarding the University of La Verne, visit our website at http://www.laverne.edu.
Interested candidates should submit a current curriculum vitae, cover letter, a link to a video recording of a recent choral ensemble rehearsal and performance at the collegiate level representing a variety of musical styles, copies of printed programs of previously performed concerts (preferably of university ensembles) under category of “published research”, and contact information for at least three professional references in Word or PDF format preferred to firstname.lastname@example.org. Review of applications will begin immediately, and will continue until the position is filled. To apply, please see the instructions above.
Coordinating voice and choral activities, conduct ensembles, demonstrate refined rehearsal/conducting skills, teach courses in conducting, rehearsal techniques, choral development, score analysis, and choral literature, actively recruit choral students and participate in auditions, plan and prepare choral programs of high quality, develop performance program that is artistic and educational, provide choral music for special events, student advising and committee work, maintain professional/creative/scholarly activities to assure department and university visibility.
Terminal degree in Choral Music, demonstrated excellence in teaching and conducting choral music at college level, experience in arranging music for choral ensembles, knowledge of vocal pedagogy, list of performed repertoire, excellent teaching evaluations, excellent communication skills.
Provide link to video recording of recent choral ensemble rehearsal and performance at the collegiate level representing a variety of musical styles.
Provide copies of printed programs of previously performed concerts (preferably of university ensembles) under category of “published research”.
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