Resident Music Director

Binghamton University, State University of New York
Binghamton, NY

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Job Details

Category:: Faculty
Department:: Theater
Locations:: Binghamton, NY
Posted:: Mar 1, 2022
Closes:: Open Until Filled
Type:: Full-time
Ref. No.:: 1211
Position ID:: 143419

About Binghamton University:

Binghamton University is a world-class institution that unites more than 130 broadly interdisciplinary educational programs with some of the most vibrant research in the nation. Our unique character - shaped by outstanding academics, facilities and community life - promotes extraordinary student success.

Binghamton merges rigorous academics, distinguished faculty and state-of-the-art facilities to engage and challenge its 18,000 students. The high-achieving Binghamton student body also represents a great diversity of life experiences, from first-generation college-goers to international students. Beyond their talent, these classmates share a desire to shape the future through technology, insight, intellectual exploration and community service.

Job Description:

The Binghamton University Theatre Department seeks a Resident Music Director for a 3-year academic year appointment (college year) to begin Fall 2022 when the Theatre Department will begin offering a BFA in Musical Theatre. This position is designed to support the new degree program by music directing 1-2 productions per year and teaching musical theatre courses to majors and other students interested in musical theatre performance throughout the university. A typical semester will include duties taken from the list of abilities below.

Candidate Abilities:

Music direct Theatre Department productions. Including:

  • Collaborating with the creative team to establish the look, feel, and sound of the production and its characters
  • Teaching music to singers
  • Running music rehearsals with cast and/or orchestra
  • Providing piano accompaniment for rehearsals
  • Conducting and/or accompanying performances
  • Recruiting instrumentalists for pit orchestra and adjusting orchestration as needed
  • Administering to all other aspects of the production's musical integrity

Co-teach and accompany musical theatre performance courses

Coach singers in a diverse array of musical theatre styles (legit, pop, belt, rock, etc.)

Run vocal warmups in classes and rehearsals

Teach foundational music skills to young/pre-professional singers in music classes (including basic music theory, sight-singing, ear training, etc.)

Advise and train student music directors

Offer expertise in student juries and other assessment

Help prepare students for a professional career in musical theatre

Participate in departmental recruitment efforts

Actively support a diverse, inclusive, and collaborative creative environment reflecting the University's diverse student population

The department is committed to equity and inclusion and is actively working to increase diversity amongst its faculty. Members of groups historically underrepresented in the field and those from non-traditional backgrounds are strongly encouraged to apply. Additionally, evidence of a commitment to advancing equity and inclusion will be valued.


  • A terminal degree, or a bachelor's degree with substantial experience in the professional musical theatre world
  • Exceptional musicianship and strong accompaniment skills
  • Ability to coach a variety of singing styles relevant to the musical theatre performer
  • A thorough understanding of musical theatre, including new musicals and emerging trends
  • Passion for mentoring young artists
  • Commitment to contributing to an inclusive learning environment
  • Visa sponsorship is not available for this position

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Undergraduate teaching experience
  • Broadway, national tour, and/or major regional theatre credits
  • The ability to teach vocal technique in a classroom and/or studio setting is also desirable.

Additional Information:

The State University of New York is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. It is the policy of Binghamton University to provide for and promote equal opportunity employment, compensation, and other terms and conditions of employment without discrimination on the basis of age, race, color, religion, disability, national origin, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, veteran or military service member status, marital status, domestic violence victim status, genetic predisposition or carrier status, or arrest and/or criminal conviction record unless based upon a bona fide occupational qualification or other exception.

As required by title IX and its implementing regulations, Binghamton University does not discriminate on the basis of sex in the educational programs and activities which it operates. This requirement extends to employment and admission. Inquiries about sex discrimination may be directed to the University Title IX Coordinator or directly to the Office of Civil Rights (OCR). Contact information for the Title IX Coordinator and OCR, as well as the University's complete Non-Discrimination Notice may be found here.

Pursuant to Executive Order 161, no State entity, as defined by the Executive Order, is permitted to ask, or mandate, in any form, that an applicant for employment provide his or her current compensation, or any prior compensation history, until such time as the applicant is extended a conditional offer of employment with compensation. If such information has been requested from you before such time, please contact the Governor's Office of Employee Relations at (518) 474-6988 or via email at [email protected].

Binghamton University is a tobacco-free campus effective August 1, 2017.

Application Instructions:

Applicants should submit a letter of application, a Curriculum Vitae/resume, and, if available, links to website and/or portfolio materials. Applicants should explain how their teaching will serve to create and sustain an inclusive learning environment. Please also include the names and contact information for three references who are able to speak to the candidate's teaching technique and/or artistry. This information may be used to solicit reference letters. Review of applicants will begin on April 1st, 2022. The position will remain open until filled.


Working at Binghamton University

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Binghamton University opened its doors as Triple Cities College in 1946, to serve the needs of local veterans returning from service in World War II. Originally located in Endicott, N.Y., five miles west of the present campus, the fledgling school was a branch of Syracuse University.

Four years later, the college was incorporated into the State University of New York (SUNY) and renamed Harpur College in honor of Robert Harpur, a Colonial teacher, patriot and pioneer who helped settle the area west of Binghamton.

In 1961, the campus moved across the Susquehanna River to Vestal. Growing enrollment and a reputation for excellence soon led to the selection of Harpur College as one of four doctorate-granting University Centers in the SUNY system.

In 1965, the campus was formally designated the State University of New York at Binghamton, and in 1992, Binghamton University was adopted as our informal name.

Mission Statement

Binghamton University is a premier public university dedicated to enriching the lives of people in the region, state, nation and world through discovery and education and to being enriched by partnerships with those communities.

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Binghamton as an institution is dedicated to higher education, one that combines an international reputation for graduate education, research, scholarship and creative endeavor with the best undergraduate programs available at any public university.

We are an academically selective community that shares ideas across departments, disciplines and borders. We encourage faculty, students and staff to ask unexpected questions, foster open dialog and develop innovative solutions to important problems.

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