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Visiting Professor of Music - Interim Director of Choral Activities

This is a one-year appointment with the possibility of continuation.  Position begins in the Fall of 2019.  Salary is commensurate with experience.


Teaching duties will include:  direction of two choral ensembles, teaching conducting, Elementary Music Education Methods, Choral Techniques.  Additional duties might include applied voice instruction or other areas based upon the candidate's strengths.

Minimum qualifications:

M.M. in Music required for appointment (must be awarded by August, 2019); 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 level; experience teaching music education; experience teaching conducting; knowledge of vocal pedagogy;  active participation in national and regional professional choral and music education organizations;  demonstrated ability to recruit vocal students.

The Institution
Simpson College is an independent, selective, and comprehensive liberal-arts college 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: www.simpson.edu

Review of applications will begin immediately 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.  The position will begin in August of 2019.
Please submit one document (PDF preferred) to the email listed below that includes your application letter, curriculum vita, graduate transcripts, statement of teaching philosophy, reference contact information, and video links. Please have references send letters to the same email with CHORAL SEARCH: APPLICANT NAME in the subject line.

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 at: http://simpson.edu/employment-opportunities/. 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.