Davidson College invites applications for a Visiting Artist Associate who will serve as Visiting Director of Choral Activities for the 2020-2021 year, to begin August 1, 2020. This is a full-time, non-tenure track appointment with benefits. We currently plan to welcome students back to campus in August 2020, and we seek a conductor who will provide leadership for the student choral ensembles during a period of uncertainty and with the likelihood that live rehearsing and performing in the same physical space may not be possible. Applications are sought that can articulate a vision of how a choral ensemble may continue to thrive and develop under the various limitations of social distancing.
We seek a conductor who will coordinate all aspects of the choral program, including performances, rehearsals, auditions, the choral library, internal and external recruitment, and the choral budget. Normally the Director of Choral Activities oversees two ensembles (one an auditioned 45-55 member student group, the other a 60-100 member community group) and a winter tour. We expect there to be no tour and few if any public performing opportunities during the current pandemic situation. During the pandemic, we intend to offer two opportunities for students interested in choral music: an auditioned student ensemble open to those with experience and skills, and a second student ensemble open to those with less experience and skills. Chief duties will include directing these two student ensembles and advising two student ensembles: the Collegium Musicum Early Music Group, and After Hours Vocal Jazz. We are also open to additional student groups who might concentrate on traditions such as gospel or shape note hymnody; such activities could be within the existing student groups or as additional ensembles. Our goal is to sustain current student enthusiasm for and engagement in choral singing, even if rehearsals and performances as existed in pre-pandemic situations are not possible.
Qualifications: Master’s degree in choral conducting or closely related field required; doctoral degree in choral conducting or closely related field preferred. Review of applications begins July 20, 2020; open until filled.
Application: Because of the pandemic situation, video recordings must replace live campus visits, and so applications should include video footage, ideally with the camera facing the conductor, in which the applicant includes at least 20 minutes of rehearsal footage, 20 minutes of performance footage, and at least two contrasting styles of repertoire. Send a cover letter that describes your choral conducting experience, a statement on teaching and programming philosophy in the time of COVID-19, a statement explaining the candidate’s understanding of how their work with the choirs might contribute to Davidson’s institutional commitment to diversity and inclusion, a C.V., video recordings, and contact information for 2 references to: https://employment.davidson.edu. The system will automate an email to your references to upload a confidential letter of recommendation. Queries may be directed to Neil Lerner, Chair, Department of Music, firstname.lastname@example.org.
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