Applied/Collaborative Piano

Saint Cloud, Minnesota
Dec 20, 2018
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

Position title:
Applied/Collaborative Piano

Commensurate with qualifications and experience.

Date of appointment:
August 18, 2019

The Department of Music at St. Cloud State University seeks an imaginative and creative colleague to provide high-quality instruction in Applied Piano, Functional Piano and Collaborative Piano. We are seeking an excellent musician with a demonstrated record of excellence and innovation in teaching, assessment of learning, educational and music technology integration, student-centered and high impact pedagogies, and a diversity of solo and collaborative performance experiences.

The successful candidate will join a department dedicated to student success and will share St. Cloud State's commitment to our mission and values, especially our commitment to educating our racially and socio-economically diverse student population. We have the highest expectations of our students and faculty, and are committed to the growth and development of all. Our programs are founded in artistry and scholarship, and prepare students for the future. These values ensure that music will be performed, created, studied, and taught with excellence.


  • Teach and assess undergraduate applied piano, class piano for all music majors, and functional piano courses for music education majors.
  • Coordinate accompanying in the department.
  • Provide leadership in departmental piano curriculum.
  • Coach piano students participating in student chamber ensembles.
  • Actively collaborate with faculty as a chamber musician.
  • Establish active connections with community piano instructors and regional community college instructors.
  • Participate in the recruitment/retention of outstanding students to the music program.
  • Other teaching assignments as needed by the department, based on applicant qualifications.

In order to be considered for tenure, the successful candidate will demonstrate a consistent record of achievement and the ability to: 1) teach and/or perform assignment effectively; 2) conduct scholarly achievement or research; 3) continue preparation and study in discipline; 4) contribute to student growth and development; and 5) provide service to the university and community. (IFO Article 22, Section B)

*Employment for this position is covered by the collective bargaining agreement for the Inter Faculty Organization (IFO), which can be found at: IFO Contract_Final.pdf

Qualifications and experience:

  • Completed doctorate in piano performance, piano pedagogy, or collaborative piano;
  • Evidence of a diverse solo and collaborative performance career;
  • Documented teaching experience at the college/university level;
  • Demonstrated record of teaching excellence;
  • Evidence of demonstrated ability to teach and work with persons from culturally diverse backgrounds.


  • Evidence of the successful integration of instructional technologies, including experience with online instruction.

Application Procedures:
Application Review begins January 21st, 2019; position is open until filled. Only complete applications will be considered. A complete application will include the following:

Qualified candidates should complete and submit online the following materials:

  • Cover letter addressing the responsibilities and candidate qualifications for the position;
  • Current vitae;
  • Statement of teaching philosophy, including how the candidate’s teaching, scholarship, mentoring and/or service contribute to a liberal arts experience that includes a commitment to diversity as one of its core values;
  • Evidence of teaching effectiveness (e.g., teaching evaluations, assessment outcomes or peer evaluations);
  • Contact information for three (3) current, professional references
  • Copies of Transcript(s) (undergraduate/graduate/PhD); if advanced to finalist, official transcripts will be required.

Do not send recordings at this time. Applicants should be prepared to provide online links to recordings and teaching upon request.

Contact Information:
Dr. Terry Vermillion, Search Committee Chair
Professor of Percussion Studies
Phone: 320-308-5237
E-mail: [email protected]

Why Work For Us
GREAT BENEFITS PACKAGE! The State of Minnesota offers a comprehensive benefits package including low cost medical and dental insurance, employer paid life insurance, short and long term disability, pre-tax flexible spending accounts, retirement plan, tax-deferred compensation, generous vacation and sick leave, and 11 paid holidays each year.

St. Cloud State University is committed to excellence and actively supports cultural diversity. To promote this endeavor, we invite individuals who contribute to such diversity to apply, including minorities, women, LGBTQ, persons with disabilities and veterans. The university is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, sex, color, creed, religion, age, national origin, disability, marital status, status with regards to public assistance, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, or status as a U.S. veteran. The Title IX coordinator at St. Cloud State is Dr. Ellyn Bartges. For additional information, contact the Office for Institutional Equity & Access, (320) 308-5123, Admin. Services Bldg. Rm 102.