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Job TitleINSTRUCTOR OR ASSISTANT PROFESSOR IN MUSICAL THEATRE: MUSICAL DIRECTION AND PERFORMANCEDepartmentTheatre ArtsSchool/Parent OrganizationSchool of Humanities and SciencesDivisionProvost and Educational Affairs DivisionEmployment CategoryFulltime-RegularAcademic Year2020-2021Academic SemesterFall 2020 and Spring 2021Anticipated start date08/16/2020If temporary, expected end dateFaculty StatusNon-Tenure Eligible, Notice (NTEN)Position/Job Summary

The Department of Theatre Arts at Ithaca College (located in Ithaca, NY) seeks candidates for a three-year non-tenure-eligible position at the rank of Instructor or Assistant Professor in Musical Theatre: Musical Direction and Performance. Our B.F.A. in Acting and B.F.A. in Musical Theatre degrees offer the rigorous, highly-individualized training of a conservatory within the enriching foundation of a liberal arts education, designed to develop and strengthen the skills, hone the instincts, and foster the passion necessary for a professional career as a theatre artist. Ithaca College develops theatre artists who not only practice theatre but also use theatre to reflect and shape the society in which we live. Ithaca College and the Department of Theatre Arts seeks greater diversity in our faculty to broaden our academic experience. We value input from multiple viewpoints and perspectives across the college; our goal is to create an academic artistic community that is rich with cultural, social, and intellectual diversity.

We seek a dynamic teacher and pianist with excellent musicianship and professional experience as a coach and conductor responsible for at least one musical theatre production each year. Teaching responsibilities may include courses at the beginning, intermediate, and advanced levels such as:
•Musical Theatre Workshop: Repertory & Style
•Musical Theatre Workshop: Auditions and Advanced Techniques
•Fundamentals of Musical Theatre Song Performance
•Senior Ensemble (Industry Showcase)
•Introduction to Musical Theatre Performance (for non-B.F.A. Musical Theatre majors)
•American Musical Theatre History
•Musicianship for the Theatre
Other position responsibilities include coaching and accompanying musical theatre majors in preparation for showcase, vocal juries, and singing reviews, recommending appropriate repertoire, tutoring in theory/music theory/musicianship, and providing conducting and orchestra leadership for production by collaborating with directors, designers, stage managers, and artists in a robust production program. This position participates in the life of the department by pre-screening and auditioning/accompanying prospective students, advising majors, assisting with Showcase material preparation for seniors, accompanying at general auditions, and serving on appropriate committees in the practice of shared governance.

Position/Job Qualifications

Terminal degree in appropriate discipline (such as an M.M. or M.F.A.) is required, although candidates without the degree, who possess significant professional experience in musical direction, may be considered. The ideal candidate will possess a foundation of training and expertise as a musician/pianist; significant professional musical theatre performance experience, a strong interest in teaching and mentoring undergraduate students and graduate students in the M.M. program in Opera and Musical Theatre Conducting, comprehensive knowledge of the musical theatre canon, skills as a coach using sound vocal technique as established by the voice faculty of the School of Music, collegiate-level teaching experience or the professional equivalent, excellent musicianship and sight-reading skills, and comprehensive knowledge of the musical theatre repertoire; experience as a coach/conductor for musical theater productions. Must demonstrate an ability to work effectively with individuals from diverse communities and cultures, and have strong organizational and time management skills.

EEO Statement

Ithaca College is committed to building a diverse academic community and encourages members of underrepresented groups to apply. Experience that contributes to the diversity of the college is appreciated.

Instructions for submitting your application:

Qualified individuals should apply online at and attach a cover letter (see detailed instructions below), CV and theatrical resume, links to additional online materials (if available), and the names and contact information of five professional and/or academic references.

The cover letter (two-page limit) should include:
•what you consider the knowledge base and skill sets a graduating musical theatre performance student should possess
•your approach to teaching the 21st century student in a cohort with different levels of abilities and from different or diverse backgrounds

Questions about the online application may be directed to the Office of Human Resources at (607) 274-8000. Review of applications will begin immediately. To ensure full consideration, complete applications should be received by October 21, 2019.

Work authorization (select one):Visa sponsorship will be considered for this position Department description

Ithaca College’s Department of Theatre Arts has approximately 320 majors and offers degrees in five programs and two minors. We are consistently ranked among the top programs offering a B.F.A. in Musical Theatre, and ranked the #2 theatre program overall by The Princeton Review. With over 40 faculty and staff, all of whom are professionals in their individual fields of study, we embrace professional standards in the studio, classroom, and production laboratory, and we hold NAST accreditation. With over 1500 applicants per year, we are committed to attracting a diverse body of students to our rigorous, highly individualized programs. Please view our department website at:

College description

At Ithaca College, a comprehensive residential campus community of 6,500 students, we strive to be at the forefront of the higher education landscape. We offer a distinct integrative learning experience that makes students ready for the personal, professional, and global challenges of our age.

We seek candidates who embrace integrative learning and want to be a part of this exciting time in Ithaca College history. We encourage creative collaboration and innovation in our faculty and staff, providing support and resources for them to grow in their fields and lead students to their own innovative ideas and achievements.

We welcome different ways of thinking and look for candidates with unique points of view and life experiences. We are inclusive of individuals with a wide range of cultural, personal, and professional backgrounds, talents, and skills. Our campus is a vibrant and rewarding community where diverse minds can learn, succeed, and excel.

When reviewing candidates, we are looking for indicators of a number of core competencies. Prospective candidates must be adaptable, collaborative, inclusive, respectful, responsive, results driven, and sustainable. They must communicate effectively, demonstrate leadership, exhibit professional integrity and ethics, take initiative, value personal and professional development, and show that they will engage in the college.

Nestled in the heart of New York State’s scenic Finger Lakes region, Ithaca College sits atop South Hill overlooking picturesque Cayuga Lake and is just minutes away from the city center. Combining small town warmth and charm with the vibrancy of a college community, the thriving and culturally diverse city of Ithaca has been rated by Kiplinger’s as one of the top 10 places to live in the United States.

To learn more about Ithaca College, visit us at

FLSA StatusExemptIs this position eligible for benefits?YesIs this position covered by the SEIU?NoVacancy IDF2182Quick Link Needed to ApplyRequired Documents
  1. Cover Letter
  2. Curriculum Vitae
  3. Resume
  4. Reference List
Optional Documents
  1. Links to additional online materials
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    Posted: 9/24/2019
    Application Due: 10/26/2019
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