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Boston Conservatory at Berklee invites applications for a full-time faculty position as conductor, teacher, and Head of Choral Studies in the Music Division. The ideal candidate for this position will be a motivated, innovative professional who is committed to excellence in teaching, has a demonstrated record of national or international musical engagement as a conductor and teacher, and enjoys working in a campus climate that promotes cultural diversity and multicultural understanding. This is a 9-month full-time faculty position with renewable contract; initial appointment to begin September 1, 2020 . Compensation and rank are commensurate with professional experience.
Choral Studies at Boston Conservatory: Boston Conservatory's Choral Studies Program comprises three ensembles for undergraduate and graduate singers: chorale (mixed voices); choir (treble voices); and Conductors' Choir - a training choir overseen by the Head and conducted by the MM Choral Conducting students. The Choral Studies area constitutes a range of courses including two Score Study classes, Choral Repertoire I-IV, and two Score Study Practicum courses. The choirs offer 6 full concerts each season, at least one with orchestra or large instrumental ensemble. Other projects vary and include an annual partnership with the composition department for student composers and an invited guest composer-in residence. The ensembles also participate in a range of festivals and choral gatherings throughout the year, as well as outreach and special events.
Primary Duties & Responsibilities: Primary duties for this position include conducting one of the Conservatory's large ensembles; teaching choral studies classes; overseeing and advising the MM Choral Conducting students; teaching private lessons to choral conducting students; guiding the work of the Conductors' Choir; overseeing all aspects of the choral program including, with the chair and the Dean, marketing and programming, interacting with the large ensembles office, and working with the Admissions Office toward recruitment for both the Choral Conducting MM and the BM Voice populations. The successful candidate will have experience building and maintaining partnerships with local arts organizations to benefit the masters students in conducting as well as undergraduate voice students interested in further experience in ensemble performance. Other duties and responsibilities will be based on candidate's individual experience, along with areas of the candidate's specialization. Service to the Conservatory includes academic advising, faculty meetings, advancing the work of the Department, and other duties as assigned. Service to the field is also expected and will include active involvement in national professional choral/vocal organizations, presentations at conferences, guest conducting, and/or professional performing.
High level conducting skills with choral and instrumental ensembles
Advanced training in conducting pedagogy
Advanced understanding of classical vocal training
Advanced academic training in music history and music theory, and the ability to teach Choral Repertoire or Score Study courses
Mastery of French, German, Italian and English lyric diction
Mastery of additional language(s) a plus
Doctorate of Musical Arts preferred
Minimum 3 years teaching in accredited Higher Education Institution
An openness to diverse musical styles and ways of learning/teaching
Excellent interpersonal and communication skills
Experience and willingness to work within a diverse faculty and student body
Electronic Applications Only . Please submit the following application materials in PDF or Word format at bostonconservatory.berklee.edu/jobs . All materials can be uploaded to the Resume/Cover letter application section.
One-page teaching philosophy
Phone and email contact information for three (3) professional references
1-2 videos of the candidate in rehearsal and performance, at least one with chorus and orchestra. The video(s) must be submitted via website link(s).
APPLICATION REVIEW and DEADLINE 1) For full consideration, applications and supporting materials must be received by January 1, 2020. 2) Incomplete applications will not be considered. 3) The position will remain open for applications until filled.
Boston Conservatory at Berklee is committed to increasing the diversity of the college community and the curriculum. Candidates who can contribute to that goal are encouraged to apply and to identify their strengths in this area.
Applicants who are both interested and qualified should submit the following materials: * Cover letter that addresses the applicant's capabilities and experiences. * A resume or CV.
Currently enrolled Berklee students may not apply for staff or faculty positions.
The above information on this position description has been designed to indicate the general nature and level of work performed by individuals within this classification. It is not designed to contain or be interpreted as a comprehensive inventory of all duties, responsibilities, and qualifications required of employees assigned to this job. Requirements are subject to possible modification to reasonably accommodate qualified individuals with disabilities. This document does not create an employment contract, implied or otherwise, other than an "at will" employment relationship.
External and internal applicants, as well as position incumbents who become disabled as defined under the Americans With Disabilities Act, must be able to perform the essential job functions (as listed) either unaided or with the assistance of a reasonable accommodation to be determined by management on a case-by-case basis.
Incomplete applications will not be considered. The position will remain open for applications until filled.
Berklee is committed to increasing the diversity of the college community and the curriculum. Candidates who can contribute to that goal are encouraged to apply and to identify their strengths in this area.
Employee Type: Faculty
Internal Number: R0002653
About Berklee College of Music
The mission of Berklee College of Music is to educate, train, and develop students to excel in music as a career. Developing the musicianship of all our students is the foundation of our curriculum. We believe that the lessons and qualities derived from that work?the self-discipline needed for excellence, the empathy required of music making and the openness and inquisitiveness essential to creativity?are critical to achievement in any pursuit, musical or otherwise; and that music is a powerful catalyst for personal growth, which is central to any collegiate experience. Founded on jazz and popular music rooted in the African cultural diaspora, our comprehensive curriculum is distinctly contemporary in its content and approach, and embraces the principal musical movements of our time. Through a course of scholarly and practical learning experiences integrating performance and writing, our curriculum covers the variety of influential styles, relevant technologies, and career opportunities open to today's music professional.