The Rudi E. Scheidt School of Music at the University of Memphis seeks an experienced and innovative music leader with a national record of achievement for a tenure-track faculty appointment as Director of Choral Activities, to begin August 2022. The School of Music’s Conducting Area is a highly collaborative, multidimensional area of the Performance Studies Division offering the M.M., A.D. and DMA degree programs. The accomplishments of candidates for this position must reflect their commitment to working with an inclusive student population, and their ability to contribute in meaningful ways to the diversity and intercultural academic goals of the university.
-Responsible for the artistic, administrative, and visionary leadership of the School of Music choral program
-Conduct the School of Music’s University Singers and/or other choral ensembles.
-Teach undergraduate and graduate conducting courses, choral literature, or other courses as assigned.
-Assume leadership role in the individual and collaborative recruitment of vocal students through building and maintaining productive relationships with public school choral programs, recruitment trips, ensemble tours, conference attendance/performance, and School of Music events.
-Interacting with the arts community and supporting music educators in the region.
-The successful candidate will be expected to contribute to the discipline through engagement in significant professional research/creative activities including maintaining regional, national and international visibility in performance, external masterclasses, conference presentations, services to the school/college/university/community, and mentoring students.
The Rudi E. Scheidt School of Music enjoys a proud 75-year history of producing successful and accomplished music professionals. Anchored in the culturally diverse and musically rich, cosmopolitan city of Memphis, the School’s inclusive program is purposely designed to inspire, train, and launch sustainable careers for musicians, scholars, and industry professionals of tomorrow. Instructing over 450 students in 26 degree areas, the School’s 70 full and part-time faculty are focused on student success in and outside the classroom. The Rudi E. Scheidt School of Music also distinguishes itself as the only doctoral granting institution in the state of Tennessee. The Choral area directs five ensembles: University Singers, Chamber Choir, Soprano/Alto Choir, Tenor/ Bass Choir, and the Voices of Inspiration Choir. Ensembles enjoy multiple performance opportunities that range from local to international opportunities. Faculty are actively involved in local, national, and international performance careers, providing students real-time, real-world perspective as they begin to navigate their own professional music careers. The School’s immersive and forward-thinking curriculum along with broad community partnerships create unrivaled local and global opportunities for students and faculty. With the opening of the new Scheidt Family Music Center in 2022, the School will solidify its place as the most comprehensive school of music in the region. The 82,000 square foot Music Center boasts state-of-the-art facilities, including a 900+ seat concert hall and a dedicated choral rehearsal room. The Rudi E. Scheidt School of Music is fully accredited by the National Association of Schools of Music, and is housed in the College of Communication and Fine Arts. www.memphis.edu/music
Founded in 1912, the University of Memphis welcomes more than 22,000 students to campus every year. Diversity is one of the University’s strengths. Students and faculty come from all over the world to be a part of the UofM experience. As an internationally recognized, urban public research university, UofM provides the highest quality education in one of the world’s most musically active communities.
-Master’s degree with significant professional experience required. ABD or doctorate preferred.
-Demonstrate, through performance and/or publications, the ability to prepare students for 21st century careers via high professional standards, superb pedagogical skills, and diverse/innovative programming.
-Demonstrated success in leading a university choral program. 3 years college teaching experience, graduate level and/or professional level experience, and a proven record of student successes preferred.
-Successful candidates must provide evidence of effective and measurable recruitment efforts as they relate to choral programs and graduate conducting students, e.g. professional relationships with music educators, multiple invitations to serve as clinician/guest conductor of honor choir festivals, hosting high school festivals and workshops, and invitations to serve as an adjudicator of high school performances.
-Scholarly and practical facility with conducting pedagogy and effective rehearsal technique preferred.
-Evidence of an established national and international trajectory for significant creative activity and leadership roles in the field of choral conducting, preferred.
-A strong interest in and experience with community engagement, music entrepreneurship, music leadership, and/or other nontraditional career models preferred.
-The accomplishments of candidates for this position must reflect their commitment to working with an inclusive student population, and their ability to contribute in meaningful ways to the diversity and collective mission, vision and operating standards of the School of Music.