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Asst. Professor U of M - Director of Orchestral Studies

Employer
University of Massachusetts Amherst
Location
UMass Amherst

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Position Type
Tenured & Tenure-Track
Employment Type
Full Time
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

Job Details

Job no: 521263
Work type: Faculty Full Time
Location: UMass Amherst
Department: Music & Dance
Union: MSP
Categories: College of Humanities & Fine Arts

About UMass Amherst

UMass Amherst, the Commonwealth's flagship campus, is a nationally ranked public research university offering a full range of undergraduate, graduate, and professional degrees. The University sits on nearly 1,450-acres in the scenic Pioneer Valley of Western Massachusetts and offers a rich cultural environment in a bucolic setting close to major urban centers. In addition, the University is part of the Five Colleges (including Amherst College, Hampshire College, Mount Holyoke College, and Smith College), which adds to the intellectual community of the region.

Job Description

The Department of Music and Dance at the University of Massachusetts Amherst invites applications for a Tenure-Track Assistant Professor of Music and Director of Orchestra Studies. This is a full-time nine-month position at the rank of Assistant Professor and will begin on September 1, 2024. Responsibilities include conducting the UMass Symphony Orchestra, and the All-University Orchestra, teaching undergraduate and graduate conducting, advising undergraduate and graduate students, assisting with applied area instrumental recruiting efforts, and departmental service. Recruiting activities may include visiting secondary schools, offering workshops, masterclasses, and adjudicating.

Qualifications

  • A minimum of a Bachelor’s Degree in Music required. A Master’s or Doctorate Degree is preferred.
  • Candidates with extensive professional experience (a minimum of five years) that have found success in the professional music world (ie. conducting orchestras, opera etc.) in lieu if pursuing graduate degrees will be considered
  • Potential for or an already established national reputation as a conductor in orchestral music.
  • Experience as a conductor of opera preferred.
  • Evidence of excellence in teaching as well as a demonstrated ability or commitment to, recruiting at the university level.
  • Ability to work effectively within the context of a music department.

Additional Information

Salary is commensurate with qualifications and experience, and the University offers an attractive benefits package. The Department of Music and Dance values a socially equitable, inclusive, and collaborative environment to support students, faculty, and staff.

Application Instructions

To apply, please submit (1) a cover letter, (2) a curriculum vitae, (3) links, preferably through YouTube and listed in a separate document, to three high-quality video recordings of conducting performance and ensemble rehearsal, totaling no more than 30 minutes in length, (4) a personal statement that describes your contributions to diversity, equity, and inclusion, identifying past experiences and future goals. These contributions may result from lived experiences, scholarship, and/or mentoring, teaching and outreach activities, and (5) a list of three current references with full contact information including valid email addresses who can provide letters of reference upon request.

Review of applications will begin on January 1, 2024, and will continue until the position is filled. Additional supporting materials may be requested from finalists. Application materials will not be returned.

The University is committed to active recruitment of a diverse faculty and student body. The University of Massachusetts Amherst is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer of women, minorities, protected veterans, and individuals with disabilities and encourages applications from these and other protected group members. Because broad diversity is essential to an inclusive climate and critical to the University’s goals of achieving excellence in all areas, we will holistically assess the many qualifications of each applicant and favorably consider an individual’s record working with students and colleagues with broadly diverse perspectives, experiences, and backgrounds in educational, research or other work activities. We will also favorably consider experience overcoming or helping others overcome barriers to an academic career and degree.

Advertised: Nov 9 2023 Eastern Standard Time
Applications close:

Organization

The University of Massachusetts Amherst is one of the preeminent public research universities in America. Nestled in idyllic Amherst, Massachusetts—often called “The top college town in North America”—the campus is consistently ranked among the top public research universities in the nation, and offers a rich cultural environment in a rural setting close to major urban centers. 

As one of the nation's top public research universities – as measured by national and international rankings, academic citations, and research funding – the campus spends more than $180 million on research each year, demonstrating its contribution to the nation’s position as a technological and economic leader. The university works in conjunction with academic, government, and private partners to translate new knowledge and scientific discoveries into technical innovations and scholarly works that create opportunities for students, faculty and the public. 

Eight schools and colleges offer more than 85 undergraduate majors, 68 master’s and 48 doctoral degree programs, many counted among the top programs in the nation and world. UMass Amherst is also home to New England's premier honors college.

The 1,159 full-time faculty members are dedicated teachers and world-renowned researchers and the campus has regularly been listed among the top performers in terms of faculty awards. With over 24,000 students from all 50 states and over 70 countries, the student body is the most academically successful in the history of the campus. Students participate in 240 organizations, 21 NCAA Division I athletic teams, extensive intramurals, living-learning residence halls, community service, and internships. With one of the largest residential life systems in the nation, UMass Amherst houses approximately 12,000 students on campus. The university is enjoying a facilities renaissance, including new buildings in the sciences, the arts, and recreation. UMass Amherst is part of the Five College consortium with Smith, Mount Holyoke, Hampshire and Amherst colleges.

As an employer, the University of Massachusetts Amherst is a national leader in developing family-friendly policies, benefits and amenities designed to help faculty members develop both productive careers and satisfying personal lives. The university offers one of the nation’s most generous parental leave policies. The university is also part of the Academic Career Network, a regional consortium formed to serve dual-career couples and encourage greater diversity in the academy.

 

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