Visiting Assistant Professor of Music

College of Saint Benedict and Saint John's University
Saint Joseph, Minnesota
Type of Position: 
Application Deadline: 
Tuesday, December 1, 2020

The College of Saint Benedict and Saint John's University invite applications for a full-time, three-year term appointment, with potential for conversion to tenure-track, as Visiting Assistant Professor of Music. The appointment begins August 2021.

Accredited by the National Association of Schools of Music (NASM), the Music Department includes 13 full-time faculty and 20 part-time faculty, offers major concentrations in music education (instrumental and vocal), performance, composition, liturgical music, and music studies, with over 500 students campus-wide participating in music.

The responsibilities of this position include overseeing and leading the choral program (consisting of both majors and non-majors), conducting the Chamber Choir (SATB) and Men's Choir (TTBB), planning and executing choir tours, preparing choirs for other departmental collaborations, establishing a strong and creative recruitment plan for both the department and the colleges, contributing to strengthening programbuilding efforts, managing the budget for choirs, maintaining the choral library and participating in scholarship auditions. The successful candidate will serve as lead of the artistic team for annual Christmas concerts - a combination of choirs and instrumental ensembles - with performances on campus and in Minneapolis. Expected course work includes choral techniques and choral literature. Additional teaching responsibilities may include topics based on the candidate's expertise and the needs of the department. The candidate will demonstrate understanding of current issues relevant to choral music and maintain an active presence and profile with state, regional, national, and international professional organizations, including ACDA, NAfME, MMTA, MMEA.

The required qualifications include: a Doctorate in choral conducting (ABD considered), teaching experience, demonstrated excellence in choral pedagogy and instruction, strong commitment to recruiting, touring experience, excellent organizational skills, strong communication and interpersonal relations skills, ability to build collaborative work relationships with colleagues and within the music community, ability to make contributions to departmental and general education course offerings, and understanding of current issues relevant to choral music.

Additional preferred qualifications include: demonstrated keyboard proficiency, demonstrated budgeting responsibility, and ability to advise majors.

The College of Saint Benedict and Saint John's University are Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employers.

Compensation and Benefits: 

The College of Saint Benedict and Saint John's University offer competitive salaries and a comprehensive benefits program.

Application Procedure: 

To view the posting and apply online, visit our employment opportunities site at Candidates are asked to submit the following application materials:

  1. Letter of Application
  2. Statement of your teaching philosophy, including how you will support inclusion for all students in the classroom.
  3. Evidence of teaching effectiveness, such as course evaluations, examples of learning outcomes, peer or student testimonials, or other materials.
  4. Curriculum vitae
  5. Names and contact information for three professional references
  6. Unofficial copy of graduate school transcript(s); official copy required upon hire

Additional supporting materials (i.e. videos of rehearsals and performances, sample programs, sample syllabi) may be requested from applicants. Application materials will not be returned.

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