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24-72 Tenure Track Faculty of Music/Director of Choral Activities
West Chester University of Pennsylvania
Location: West Chester, Pennsylvania
Higher Education Institution
Internal Number: 24-72
Join a vibrant equity-minded campus community of educators whose excellence is reflected in its diversity and student success. The Department of Ensembles & Conducting invites applicants for the position of Director of Choral Activities. This is a Full-Time, Tenure-Track position. Faculty rank will be determined based on the successful candidate’s experience, expertise, and training. The position begins in August 2024.
West Chester University, a member of the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education, is a public, comprehensive institution committed to offering high-quality undergraduate education, selected post-baccalaureate and graduate programs, and a variety of educational and cultural resources for its students, alumni, and citizens of southeastern Pennsylvania. The University offers more than 100 graduate and undergraduate programs in the sciences and mathematics, business and public management, arts and humanities, health sciences, education and social work, music, and interdisciplinary studies. We are a community of educators dedicated to developing graduates who succeed personally and professionally and contribute to the common good.
The mission of the Department of Ensembles & Conducting, part of the Wells School of Music, is to provide an inclusive, world-class education by engaging students in diverse and evolving degree programs that further artistic excellence and help students become valuable contributors to a greater society. The Wells School of Music serves approximately 450 students with 60 faculty, enjoys full NASM membership, and offers fully accredited degrees in Music Education, Theory, Composition & Studio Composition, Music History, Music Therapy, and Music Performance.
The ideal candidate will demonstrate a strong ability to program for, manage, rehearse, and recruit for a highly active undergraduate and graduate choral program in a thriving university school of music. Their experience, substantive specialization, and pedagogical training will serve to strengthen the department's mission and vision. The person will use innovative teaching skills and demonstrate attention to the learning and teaching needs of the department’s students. The incumbent will collaborate with other department faculty and staff to ensure student success.
Conduct the Concert Choir and other choral ensembles
Oversee choral activities and facilitate growth of the program in coordination with the Associate Director of Choral Activities and regular consultation with vocal faculty
Supervise and develop the graduate program in choral conducting
Organize off-campus choral tours and performances
Teach conducting, choral literature, and related courses at the undergraduate and graduate levels. Classes will be offered in-person. Additional teaching assignments/courses within area of specialization may be assigned depending on department needs.
Engage in scholarly activities such as performance, research, publications, recording, presentations, etc
Collaborate in performance with the WCU ensembles and faculty
Recruit and retain undergraduate and graduate students
Participate as an active member of the Wells School of Music faculty, serving on committees and advising students
Maintain a profile as a guest conductor and clinician
Other duties as assigned
A Doctor of Musical Arts in Choral Conducting or other closely related discipline. (ABD may be considered - must be completed no later than July, 30th 2024)
Current record of conducting choirs
Record of programming and conducting a diverse range of choral repertoire including works featuring orchestral or large instrumental ensembles
Demonstrated ability and experience engaging and working with students at a secondary-school level in a musical setting
Teaching experience at a college level or higher education setting (or commensurate professional experience)
Experience advising and mentoring graduate choral students
Record of scholarly activities including performances, guest conducting, recordings, publications, commissioning, and presentations
Review of application will begin in December 2023 and continue until the position is filled.
Applicants must successfully complete the application and interview process, teaching demonstration, and research presentation to be considered as a finalist.
Required Documents for Consideration
To be considered as an applicant for this position, please submit the following:
List of three references with contact information (Include position title, phone number, and email address). Letters of Recommendation will be automatically requested from these references.
Diversity statement (See below)
Commitment to Diversity Equity and Inclusion:
West Chester University has joined EAB’s Moon Shot initiative for Equity in Higher education. This initiative is designed to support faculty, students, and staff who are typically excluded and therefore are underrepresented. As part of your application for a tenure-track faculty position, we request a Diversity Statement. This request highlights our department's commitment to promote diversity and inclusiveness and to cultivate a campus environment that welcomes all. This commitment reflects the Diversity Theme of West Chester University's Strategic Plan and supports initiatives of our Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (WCU Diversity Equity Inclusion). We expect that each applicant's statement will be unique as informed by their own experiences and goals. Some topics you might address in a 1-2-page statement include the following: (1) How have you supported diversity and inclusion in your interactions with others in classroom, therapy setting, or research environment(s)? (2) What have you done to help students from diverse communities (such as underrepresented minorities, non-traditional, LGBTQ, veteran, rural, and/or first generation) succeed, including any programs for these students that you have participated in? (3) Describe your commitment to working toward achieving equity and enhancing diversity at WCU. How might you contribute to our current diversity initiatives, and do you have any other ideas to help promote equity on our campus?
All offers of employment are subject to and contingent upon satisfactory completion of all pre-employment background checks.
Developing and sustaining a diverse faculty and staff advances WCU’s educational mission and strategic Plan for Excellence. West Chester University is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer. Women, minorities, veterans, and persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply.
West Chester University (WCU) of Pennsylvania is among the top regional comprehensive public universities in the nation, serving more than 17,500 students at the undergraduate and graduate levels with a national reputation for excellence, value, and student success. Founded in 1871 as an institute for teacher preparation, West Chester offers more than 118 undergraduate and 103 graduate programs in more than 50 fields of study. In addition to the main campus in West Chester, the University offers programs through its graduate center, the Philadelphia campus, and online. Five colleges and two schools comprise the University: Colleges of Arts and Humanities, Business and Public Management, Education and Social Work, Health Sciences, and the Sciences and Mathematics, as well as the School of Music, and the School of Interdisciplinary and Graduate Studies. Located in Chester County (25 miles from downtown Philadelphia) the area combines the best of enjoyable daily living with easy access to the full spectrum of country and city attractions. We are a community of educators dedicated to developing graduates who succeed personally and professionally and contribute to the common good.