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Gordon College seeks a full-time, tenure-track Assistant or Associate Professor of Music who has expertise in the areas of orchestral and band conducting. Additionally, candidates must display a broad range of skills that will allow them to contribute to the Department of Music across a variety of course offerings, in support of both the College’s liberal arts curriculum and its well-respected music program.
The Gordon College Department of Music is comprised of 6 full-time faculty members and over 25 adjunct and part-time faculty members – many of whom are outstanding educators and renowned performers. The Department offers four music degrees that are accredited by NASM: Bachelor of Music in Music Education, Bachelor of Music in Performance, Bachelor of Arts in Music, Master of Music in Music Education; concentrations in Composition and Music in Worship; and a Music Minor. Additionally, hundreds of non-music majors participate in the music program through choral and instrumental ensembles and Core music classes. The Department of Music is housed in the state-of-the-art Phillips Music Center.
The music program at Gordon College is one that emphasizes whole musicianship, rigorous musical and academic training, and provides a nurturing environment in which our students can fully realize their God-given potential. Graduates of the Gordon College Department of Music serve in the public, charter and private schools as music teachers, attend reputable graduate schools and conservatories for performance and music education, perform in professional orchestras, teach in private music studios, and work in the fields of music administration, music therapy and church worship. The Music Education program at Gordon has had a 100% teacher placement rate for all graduates seeking positions for more than 15 years.
Responsibilities for the successful candidate will include:
1. Teaching the following possible courses (to be determined based on qualifications, experience and Departmental need):
Gordon Symphony Orchestra
Gordon Symphonic Band (a combined student/community ensemble)
Core Curriculum music classes such as “Arts in Concert”
Music Education methods classes
Applied lessons and/or chamber music coaching
2. Recruiting and retention of music majors. This will include interaction with prospective students, guest workshops at schools and festivals, serving as a clinician at conferences, maintaining a professional profile as a conductor.
3. Community engagement and audience development especially as it pertains to the Orchestra and Symphonic Band.
4. Department service: faculty meetings, adjudicating juries and oversight of juries for woodwinds/brass/percussion area, adjudication of music auditions for prospective students, student advising, and off-campus opportunities for students.
Interested applicants must submit:
CV that includes the names and contact information for 3 references
Letter of application that addresses fit with the Christian mission of Gordon College and with the specific position
A document containing an online link to video or mp4 files (video) of the candidate conducting 2 contrasting pieces
Please apply through Interfolio. Our review of applicants will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled.
The ideal candidate will have:
Completed (or ABD) DMA in orchestral conducting
Successful experience teaching at the collegiate level
Significant professional and artistic profile as an orchestral/band conductor
Successful experience with community/youth music programming
Ability to build relationships with music educators in the field
A passion for teaching and mentoring of undergraduates
A strong commitment to the Christian mission of the college
Strong collaborative and communication skills that cross departmental and disciplinary boundaries
About Gordon College
Founded in 1889 as a missionary training institute in Boston, Gordon College has emerged as one of the country’s top Christian liberal arts colleges and the only nationally ranked Christian college in New England. One of the nation’s premier Christian colleges, Gordon College better prepares students for a greater purpose by combining exceptional education and innovative opportunities with an informed Christian faith. Gordon College strives to graduate men and women distinguished by intellectual maturity and Christian character, committed to lives of service, and prepared for leadership worldwide.
Gordon is strategically located along what has been termed the “I-95 power corridor” as it is only a few hours away from the financial and political capitals of the Western world (New York and Washington, D.C.). Just north of Boston, with its renowned universities and vibrant industries in finance, technology, and health care, Gordon is well positioned to expose students to world-class learning and professional opportunities. Faculty members have ready access to vibrant intellectual and research communities, providing connections that energize their scholarship, teaching, and mentoring.... This facilitates a commitment to lifelong learning among students, and a majority of Gordon graduates earn advance degrees.
Gordon’s magnificent campus of 450 wooded acres – just three miles from the Atlantic Ocean – retains a quintessential New England charm. The College’s proximity to the beautiful, historic areas of the North Shore, the woods and beaches of Cape Ann, and the mountains of Vermont and New Hampshire creates rich opportunities for recreation and personal growth. This is a great place to live and work.