Cornell University, Music Department

Position ID:Cornell-Music-CHORALMUSICDIR [#19471, WDR-00027919]
Position Title: Director of Choral Music and Assistant Professor of Music
Position Type:Tenured/Tenure-track faculty
Position Location:Ithaca, New York 14853, United States [map]
Subject Area: Music / Choral Directorship
Appl Deadline:2021/10/15 11:59PMhelp popup* filled (posted 2021/09/08, listed until 2022/03/08)
Position Description:    

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Director of Choral Music and Assistant Professor of Music

The Department of Music at Cornell University invites applications for the position of Director of Choral Music and Assistant Professor (full-time, tenure track). The appointment will commence on July 1, 2022.

Applicants should hold a doctoral degree in music or equivalent professional credentials. The successful candidate will be expected to pursue an artistic and scholarly agenda compatible with the goals of a major research university while demonstrating the requisite artistic vision and administrative skills to guide the Chorus, the Glee Club, and the other ensembles that belong to Cornell’s extensive choral program. The successful candidate is expected to exhibit the potential for a distinguished career as a pedagogue-scholar and performing artist at the national and international level as manifested by performances, recordings, and publications. In addition to possessing outstanding qualifications as a choral conductor, the successful candidate should know how to foster performance in a liberal arts environment and be committed to university-wide engagement in vocal music. Establishing additional non-traditional and/or non-Western choral ensembles is possible, depending on the successful candidate’s interests and available resources.

The successful candidate will play an active role in the musical and intellectual life of the Department by working closely and collaboratively with colleagues. Duties will include directing the Chorus and the Glee Club; coordinating and supervising the choral program; teaching choral conducting and musicianship as necessary; advising students; engaging in service to the Department, College, and University; and participating in other activities according to need and availability. We particularly welcome applications from candidates who can expand the corpus of choral music to which Cornell students are exposed while framing it in pedagogical, historical, and cultural contexts.

Desirable attributes include (but are not limited to) a record of innovative programming, commissioning, and arranging, positive classroom teaching experience, excellent student management, and the ability to work in an interdisciplinary liberal arts community. Since the choral ensembles provide a “lab” for students of composition as well as performance, the successful candidate will provide graduate and advanced undergraduate students with essential resources in topics such as choral conducting, musicianship, composing music for voices, and approaches to vocality.

Applicants are requested to apply via Academic Jobs Online with a letter of application, curriculum vitae, Statement of Contribution to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (on which see, unedited video excerpts of choral rehearsal and performance (camera facing conductor, maximum 10 minutes each), and three current letters of recommendation. Please do not send any additional materials until requested to do so. Any letters of recommendation that must be sent in hard copy may be sent to:

Prof. Roger Moseley Chair, Choral Music Director Search Committee Department of Music 101 Lincoln Hall Cornell University Ithaca, NY 14853

Applications will begin to be reviewed on October 9. The receipt deadline for applications and all related materials is October 15, 2021.

Inquiries may be directed to the chair of the search committee at the address given above, or by email at:

Information about the choral ensembles and the department may be found at:

Effective immediately, all new Cornell hires, regardless of work location, must be fully vaccinated with an FDA- or WHO- authorized or approved COVID-19 vaccine or have obtained a university-approved disability/medical or religious exemption by December 8, 2021, or before their start date if after December 8. Cornell University is an equal opportunity, affirmative action educator and employer. Women and minority candidates are strongly encouraged to apply.

Diversity and Inclusion are a part of Cornell University's heritage. We are a recognized employer and educator valuing AA/EEO, Protected Veterans, and Individuals with Disabilities. We also recognize a lawful preference in employment practices for Native Americans living on or near Indian reservations.

Application Materials Required:
Submit the following items online at this website to complete your application:
And anything else requested in the position description.

Further Info:
101 Lincoln Hall
Ithaca, NY 14853