About UMass Amherst
UMass Amherst, the Commonwealth's flagship campus, is a nationally ranked public research university offering a full range of undergraduate, graduate and professional degrees. The University sits on nearly 1,450-acres in the scenic Pioneer Valley of Western Massachusetts, and offers a rich cultural environment in a bucolic setting close to major urban centers. In addition, the University is part of the Five Colleges (including Amherst College, Hampshire College, Mount Holyoke College, and Smith College), which adds to the intellectual energy of the region.
The Department of Music and Dance at the University of Massachusetts Amherst invites applications for a Tenure-Track Assistant Professor of Music and Director of Choral Studies. This is a full-time, nine-month position at the rank of Assistant Professor and will begin on September 1, 2023. Responsibilities include: conducting university vocal ensembles, including Chamber Choir, the department’s premiere choral ensemble, teaching undergraduate and graduate conducting, advising undergraduate and graduate students, assisting with Voice Area recruiting efforts, and departmental service. Recruiting activities may include visiting secondary schools, offering workshops, masterclasses, and adjudicating. The candidate must be willing and available to fulfill these responsibilities during the regular work week and on weekends, as needed.
The successful candidate will have earned a DMA or PhD in choral conducting by time of appointment. The candidate will be expected to maintain national and regional visibility in creative and scholarly activity as a conductor/pedagogue, possess artistic insight and discerning musicianship, and demonstrate a commitment to creating an inclusive learning environment. Special consideration will be given to candidates who demonstrate a proven record of collegiate teaching excellence and effective recruiting. The candidate will be expected to collaborate with faculty to promote the fine reputation of the UMass choral program throughout the region and nation.
Salary is commensurate with qualifications and experience, and the University offers an attractive benefits package. The Department of Music and Dance values a socially equitable, inclusive, and collaborative environment to support students, faculty, and staff.
Along with the application, please submit (1) a cover letter, (2) a curriculum vitae, (3) links, preferably through YouTube and listed in a separate document, to three high-quality video recordings of conducting performance and ensemble rehearsal, totaling no more than 30 minutes in length, (4) a personal statement that describes your contributions to diversity, equity, and inclusion in research, teaching and service, and (5) contact information for three (3) professional references who can provide letters of reference upon request.
Review of applications will begin on December 16, 2022 and will continue until the position is filled. Additional supporting materials may be requested from finalists. Application materials will not be returned.
The University is committed to active recruitment of a diverse faculty and student body. The University of Massachusetts Amherst is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer of women, minorities, protected veterans, and individuals with disabilities and encourages applications from these and other protected group members. Because broad diversity is essential to an inclusive climate and critical to the University’s goals of achieving excellence in all areas, we will holistically assess the many qualifications of each applicant and favorably consider an individual’s record working with students and colleagues with broadly diverse perspectives, experiences, and backgrounds in educational, research or other work activities. We will also favorably consider experience overcoming or helping others overcome barriers to an academic career and degree.