Part-Time Lecturer (Choral Music)

Job description

General Summary

The EMU School of Music & Dance in the College of Arts and Sciences is actively accepting applications for a Part-Time Lecturer of Choral Music. The successful candidate will be the de facto Associate Director of Choral Activities. This is a renewable contract based on review and is an excellent position for a choral artist building a portfolio appropriate to tenure track university teaching. Mentorship of graduate students who serve in the assistant conductor positions is a portion of the responsibilities.

Principal Duties and Responsibilities

Teach courses in the choral area as available, such as;

Conduct EMU Vision

Formerly known as Women’s Choir

40-50 member SSA Choral ensemble focused on using music to promote equity and justice.

Fall and Winter Semesters

Rehearsals MWF 4-5 PM

Master’s in Conducting or Music Education minimum qualification to teach this course

Conduct EMU Voices

New SSA auditioned chamber ensemble focused on the highest choral standard possible

16-24 voices are required for this section to be available.

Fall & Winter Semester

Rehearsals MWF 1-3 PM

Master’s in Conducting or Music Education minimum qualification to teach this course

Teach Undergraduate Choral Conducting

Conducting MM required qualification

Fall Semester only

Class meeting time: MW 10:00

Master’s in Conducting minimum qualification to teach this course

Teach Undergraduate Choral Methods

2-4 years secondary experience required qualification

Winter Semester only

Class meeting time: MW(T)F 9-11

Master’s in Conducting or Music Education and 3-years public school teaching minimum qualification to teach this course


Earned doctorate in conducting is preferred; a master’s degree in conducting or music education is required. Choral teaching at the secondary level for a minimum of 3 years is required.

The successful candidate will demonstrate:

A positive, enthusiastic passion for the choral arts.

A refined communicative conducting gesture.

Excellent leadership, interpersonal, and communication skills.

A commitment to employing music to build empathy and equity across race, gender, varying abilities, nationality, sexual orientation, gender identity, class, or religious perspectives

The successful candidate will maintain professional visibility as a conductor, artist, scholar, and participant with American Choral Directors Association & Michigan School Vocal Music Association. It is desired that the successful candidate will actively seek close relationships with music educators throughout the state and actively participate in recruitment and mentoring of students and program-building initiatives.

Supplemental Information

Applicants will include:

A letter of application describing how you meet the position responsibilities

Curriculum vitae

URL web links to videos—recent recordings, conductor facing the camera. Videos should provide a frontal view of the candidate’s gestures, roughly 20 minutes of conducting, including some rehearsal footage and some performance quality.

The names and contact information from three references.

Transcripts (unofficial acceptable)

*Additional materials may be required at a later date.

The review of applications will begin immediately and continue through May 17. To apply, complete the online application and upload all required documents: letter of application, curriculum vitae, three recent letters of reference, and a list of three additional references that include email address and phone contact information.

For inquiries and questions, please contact:

Dr. Brandon Johnson, Search Committee Chair

[email protected]


Eastern Michigan University is situated in Ypsilanti, a culturally diverse college town with a hip arts scene and location convenient to all that southeastern Michigan has to offer, including Ann Arbor and Detroit. Founded in 1849 as a small teacher's college, EMU is a major learning and research institution (Carnegie R-2) for over 17,000 students with a distinct mix of comprehensive academic resources and strong community initiatives. The School of Music & Dance is home to over 60 faculty and lecturers who are dedicated to helping our nearly 300 student majors combine their passion for the arts with the skills, experiences, and mentorship they need to reach their professional goals. Known nationally for its programs in music education and music therapy, the School also offers graduate degrees in performance, composition, conducting, and piano pedagogy. EMU has been an accredited institutional member of the National Association of Schools of Music for over 50 years. Find out more at

The School of Music & Dance at Eastern Michigan University values diversity and inclusion. We wish to build a culturally diverse workforce and strongly encourage applications from women and people of color.

Eastern Michigan University does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, ethnic or national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, age, ancestry, disability, military status, veteran status or other non-merit reasons, in employment, and complies with all applicable federal and state laws regarding nondiscrimination and affirmative action.




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Posted: 4/24/2021
Application Due: 6/23/2021
Work Type: Part Time