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Assistant Professor of Music — Director of Choral Studies, Music Education

Simpson College seeks well-qualified candidates for a tenure-track appointment in choral studies and music education.  The position entails leading two SATB ensembles (Chamber Singers, College Choir) as well as providing oversight for the entire choral program.  

Candidates must possess the ability to recruit talented major and non-major vocalists to an increasingly diverse music program.  The position also entails offering instruction and mentorship to future music educators as well as developing relationships with music educators throughout the region.  The teaching load is equivalent to six courses per year.  The position begins in the Fall of 2020.  Salary is commensurate with experience.

Teaching duties will include the direction of two choral ensembles, oversight of the choral program, and the teaching of conducting, music education methods, and choral techniques classes.  Additional duties will include recruiting, advising, and participation in faculty governance.  Instruction in other areas, such as applied voice instruction, may be possible depending upon the candidate’s interests and strengths.

Minimum qualifications: 
M.M. in music required for appointment (must be awarded by August 2020); D.M.A. or Ph.D. in music preferred; demonstrated experience leading choral ensembles; qualifications to teach music education coursework.
Preferred qualifications: 
D.M.A. or Ph.D. in music; demonstrated experience leading choral ensembles at both the collegiate and elementary/secondary levels; ability to teach diverse repertoire, including classical and vernacular music representing both Western and non-Western choral traditions; demonstrated experience teaching music education coursework, including elementary music education; demonstrated experience teaching conducting; knowledge of vocal pedagogy;  active participation in national and regional professional choral and music education organizations;  demonstrated ability to recruit and teach both major and non-major choral singers from diverse backgrounds.

The Institution
Simpson College is a four-year private college of the liberal arts and sciences affiliated with the United Methodist Church.  The College encourages innovative teaching and seeks colleagues who will help its students of all ages develop critical intellectual skills and nurture values that foster personal worth and individuality for the purpose of living fulfilled lives within a creative, diverse and just community.

Simpson’s main campus is located in Indianola, Iowa, a part of the Des Moines metropolitan area. The Des Moines area has a population of over 600,000 and economic growth has outpaced the U.S. as a whole. In addition, the cost of living is well below the national average. To learn more about Simpson College, please visit: simpson.edu.  For more information on the Simpson Department of Music, please visit: simpson.edu/internal/department-music.

Review of applications will begin January 6, 2020 and continue until the position is filled. A complete application will include a cover letter addressing your interest in the position, curriculum vita, graduate transcripts, contact information for references, and a statement of teaching philosophy, and links to video recordings of conducting (rehearsals and performances) taken from the perspective of the ensemble.  Please submit all these items in a single document (PDF preferred) to the email address listed below.

Attention: Dr. John Benoit, Chair
Department of Music

Simpson College does not unlawfully discriminate and aims to employ persons of various backgrounds and experiences to help constitute a diverse community. We are particularly interested in receiving applications from members of underrepresented groups. You will find the entire EOE statement here.

Successful applicants will demonstrate a commitment to cultural diversity and the ability to work with individuals from diverse backgrounds. Employment will require a criminal background check, which may include, but is not limited to- criminal history, national sex offender search, and motor vehicle history.