Associate Director of Choral Activities - Assistant Professor – Renewable Contract - 520828
University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa
Location: Tuscaloosa, Alabama
Internal Number: 520828
Department/Organization 204241 - Music
Rank Assistant Professor
Position Summary The University of Alabama School of Music invites applications for Associate Director of Choral Activities at the renewable contract assistant professor rank.
Detailed Position Information The University of Alabama seeks an innovative and dynamic choral artist with a proven national record of achievement as a choral conductor-educator. The ideal candidate has expertise in teaching, mentoring, and inspiring current and future choral singers and educators. A demonstrated commitment to the role of highly trained conductor-educators and vocalists in the 21st century should be an active part of the candidate’s background and experience. Candidates should show ability and desire to empower, advocate for, and value a broad range of students of diverse identities and experiences as shown through pedagogy, mentoring, and related activities. Applicants with experience in K-12 choral education are particularly encouraged to apply.
This is a Renewable Contract Assistant Professor position. A terminal degree in choral studies (DMA or PhD) is required. ABD will be considered with degree conferral in hand by August 2024. There will be a preliminary Zoom screening of selected applicants, after which top candidates will be informed about in-person interviews.
The successful candidate will:
Conduct the UA Tenor Bass Chorus
Facilitate University Chorus (graduate student-led SATB choral ensemble)
Teach assigned graduate-level conducting and/or choral literature courses
Work closely with the Director of Choral Activities and graduate choral conducting students to foster a positive, inclusive, and innovative choral program in the areas of repertoire, curriculum, personnel, and community engagement
Assist the Director of Choral Activities in developing holistic choral conducting graduate degrees
Other areas of conducting and teaching may include:
Foundations of Conducting
Auxiliary choral ensembles
Other duties consistent with the candidate’s interests and expertise
Actively recruit for the choral ensembles, the choral conducting undergraduate and graduate degree programs, and assist in recruiting for the comprehensive voice area
Continue the development of a national and international reputation as a consummate choral conductor and pedagogue, consistent with the expectations of a comprehensive School of Music at a major research institution
Support the University of Alabama’s commitment to cultivating a community which is dedicated to the promotion and support of inclusivity, diversity, equity, and access through educational strategies and advocacy
Start Date: August 2024
The choral program at the University of Alabama School of Music is known for promoting choral excellence and community through building individual and ensemble musicianship skills. The comprehensive choral area is positive, education-centered, and progressive in all areas of the choral arts, including pedagogy, programming, and curriculum.
The mission of The University of Alabama School of Music is to preserve and enhance the best traditions in our rich and varied musical heritage by providing a comprehensive music program that serves the educational and artistic needs of the community, state, region, and beyond through teaching, performing, scholarship, and service.
Our School of Music is a vibrant place driven by an energized group of students and sustained by a highly committed community of faculty. This highly effective symbiotic relationship generates outstanding results, bringing expanded growth, increased exposure, and the broad opportunity to offer ourselves as a resource to those that we serve.
Minimum Qualifications A terminal degree in choral studies (DMA or PhD) is required. ABD will be considered with degree conferral in hand by August 2024.
Instructions and Required Materials for Application
Statement on Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, and Access in the Arts Philosophy of Teaching
Contact Information for 4 References
Required Supporting Materials:
20-minute Choral Rehearsal Video, please put links into a single PDF and upload
20-minute Choral Performance Video, please combine into a single PDF and upload
Four Concert Programs, two dating pre-March 2020 and two dating post-March 2020
About the Division/College/School The College of Arts and Sciences at The University of Alabama offers an exciting and dynamic environment for faculty seeking to make an impact in their field and in the lives of the innovators and changemakers of tomorrow.
As the largest college at The University, we house over 8000 students and 1000 faculty and staff across our 25 departments.
With nationally recognized programs and award-winning faculty, our College has positioned itself as a leader in higher education. Our facilities and resources include state-of-the-art laboratories, research centers, and performance venues, providing students with hands-on learning experiences and opportunities for research and creative expression.
The College is committed to the liberal arts philosophy that fosters creative and critical thinking and a lifetime of learning.
About the University The University of Alabama, part of The University of Alabama System, is the state’s flagship university. UA shapes a better world through its teaching, research and service. With a global reputation for excellence, UA provides an inclusive, forward-thinking environment and nearly 200 degree programs on a beautiful, student-centered campus.
A leader in cutting-edge research, UA advances discovery, creative inquiry and knowledge through more than 30 research centers. The University of Alabama has R1: Doctoral Universities – Very High Research Activity status by the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education and is among the top doctoral research universities in the United States.
As the state’s largest higher education institution, UA drives economic growth in Alabama and beyond.
About Tuscaloosa Tuscaloosa is so much more than a college town.
It's a vibrant community that’s filled with legendary history. Located along the Black Warrior River, the city features a walkable downtown that’s complete with live music, locally owned shops, outdoor spaces to explore and local restaurants to meet every palate. With a geography ranging from suburban to rural, the area offers a variety of housing options along with excellent public and private schools and a wealth of recreational and entertainment options.
With a metro area population of 235,000, the Druid City lies about an hour southwest of Birmingham, in west-central Alabama. It’s within a few hours’ drive of Gulf Coast beaches and major cities like Nashville, New Orleans and Atlanta, making it a great base for growing better acquainted with the South’s finest offerings.
Background Investigation and EEO Statement Prior to hiring, the final candidate(s) must successfully pass a pre-employment background investigation and information obtained from social media and other internet sources. A prior conviction reported as a result of the background investigation DOES NOT automatically disqualify a candidate from consideration for this position. A candidate with a prior conviction or negative behavioral red flags will receive an individualized review of the prior conviction or negative behavioral red flags before a hiring decision is made.
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