Position Summary The Conservatory of Music at Biola University seeks a strategic, visionary, innovative and highly collaborative Chairperson. Reporting to the Dean for the School of Fine Arts and Communication the Chairperson will set the strategic vision for the Conservatory and will provide leadership to the department to further the mission to integrate sound, biblical teaching with expert musical instruction, preparing students in both mind and spirit to impact the world for Jesus Christ.
The successful candidate will preferably have a terminal degree in orchestral/strings music from an accredited institution; a demonstrated track record in scholarship and performance activity that qualifies for an appointment with the rank of associate or full professor. The individual must have experience in academic administration as a department chair; proven track record of faculty support; advocating for and leading capital improvements; experience in budgeting and resource allocation and a proven commitment to enhancing diversity, equity and inclusion.
The position carries 50% administrative responsibilities as chair and 50% teaching in the area of orchestral studies. The successful candidate will be responsible for directing the Biola Symphony Orchestra; the Conservatory’s premier orchestral ensemble.
*Candidates who wish to only apply for the Professor of Orchestral Studies are encouraged to indicate that in their cover letter. Additional teaching duties will be assigned based on candidate qualifications and area of interest. Areas of emphasis will include: Basic/Advanced Conducting, Applied lessons, Theory, Ear Training, Music History. Evidence of experience, enthusiasm and potential for collaboration with the instrumental and vocal areas (concertos, soloists, etc.) and with the composition area as demonstrated through the performance of original student compositions is essential.
About Biola University
Biola University is a leading Christ-centered university in Southern California that offers a premier, nationally ranked education and has been named one of the nation's “up and coming” universities by U.S. News & World Report four times in five years. Founded in 1908, Biola is committed to the mission of biblically centered education, scholarship and service — equipping men and women in mind and character to impact the world for the Lord Jesus Christ. With more than 6,300 students at its Los Angeles-area campus and around the world, the faculty and staff and students are professing Christians.
Biola University's Doctrinal Statement remains the foundational document regarding the theological position of the University. Biola's position from its inception has been and remains Christian, Protestant and theologically conservative.
The mission of Biola University is biblically centered education, scholarship and service — equipping men and women in mind and character to impact the world for the Lord Jesus Christ.