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Assistant or Associate Professor, Church Music

Sewanee: The University of the South
Sewanee, TN, TN

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Arts & Humanities, Fine & Performing Arts
Position Type
Tenured & Tenure-Track
Employment Type
Full Time
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

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Position Overview

The School of Theology of the University of the South, a seminary of the Episcopal Church, invites applications for a tenure-track position in Church Music, beginning July 2024. The successful candidate will be a gifted organist and choirmaster, with the skills to plan and carry out daily worship for the School of Theology and to teach seminarians with a range of musical abilities. They will plan music for the Daily Office, serving a combination of services a week: morning prayer, evening prayer, and the Eucharist, including the seminary’s Wednesday community Eucharist, where the seminary choir customarily sings. They will also direct the Schola Cantorum, a chamber choir responsible for weekly choral evensong in the Anglican tradition. They will generally teach one three-credit class a term. Under the leadership of the successful candidate, through the combination of coursework and chapel life, students will be given a basic working knowledge of liturgical music and hymnody. Ideally, they will also acquire a sympathy for the task of the church musicians they will serve alongside.Position Description

The mission of the School of Theology is to form clergy and lay leaders for service in the Episcopal Church. In addition to their teaching duties, faculty support the institution’s mission through advising students in their academic and vocational formation, engaging in scholarly research and publication, participating in chapel life, and working collaboratively with the School’s various constituencies. The Assistant/Associate Professor of Church Music will interact regularly with the clergy and musicians on staff at All Saints’ Chapel and the music department at the College. The assistant organist at All Saints’ Chapel may also assist the assistant/associate professor in the School of Theology. In the case of the position in music, the original composition will be considered as a publication and as part of the criteria for tenure.

Attributes of a Successful Candidate

The strongest candidates will hold a terminal degree in Music or a relevant field. Advanced doctoral students and experienced practitioners with a Master’s degree will be considered. Advanced training in the organ and organ performance is expected, as well as the ability to lead a choir and coach basic musicianship. The candidate does not need to be Episcopalian, but experience of liturgy and music in the Episcopal tradition, such as the Hymnal 1982, and affinity with the mission and ministry of the Episcopal Church is required. Knowledge of the Anglican tradition of choral music is strongly preferred. Salary and rank will be determined based on credentials.

Complete applications will include a:

  • Cover letter
  • C.V.
  • Any original compositions
  • Performance history or recordings, if applicable
  • Professional memberships, such as the American Guild of Organists or the
  • Association of Anglican Musicians
  • Names and contact information of three professional references.

  • Review of applications will commence on February 15th and will continue until the position is filled.
    Supplemental Information

    The School of Theology is an Episcopal seminary historically affiliated with the undergraduate College of Arts and Sciences at The University of the South at Sewanee. Nestled in the beautiful mountains of middle Tennessee, we are within driving distance of Chattanooga to the east and Nashville to the west. Our students at the School of Theology come from across the United States and from the wider Anglican Communion, and the broader community of faculty, staff, alumni, and students at Sewanee is a warm and welcoming one.

    The University of the South, commonly known as Sewanee, comprises a nationally ranked residential College of Arts and Sciences and a School of Theology. The University is strongly committed to the values of intellectual inquiry, diversity, equity, and inclusion, and living and serving in community. Situated on 13,000 acres atop Tennessee’s Cumberland Plateau, Sewanee is known for its stunning natural beauty while providing easy access to Chattanooga, Nashville, and Huntsville. The University is affiliated with the Episcopal Church and seeks to help employees of all backgrounds and identities flourish.

    DEI Institutional Statement:

    At the University of the South, our commitment to inclusion and belonging is grounded in our core values of community, courage, flourishing, and inquiry. We seek to build a community enriched by our diversity and centered on equity, justice, mutual respect, and shared responsibility.

    Equal Employment Opportunity:

    The University of the South is an equal-opportunity educational institution that is committed to creating and maintaining a diverse and inclusive campus environment.


    Working at Sewanee: The University of the South

    Known familiarly as “Sewanee” by its students, faculty, staff and friends, The University of the South offers an unmatched educational experience. The university remains purposefully small and dedicated to building a sense of community. All classes are taught by professors, not graduate teaching assistants, and close faculty-student interaction ensures that each student enjoys a rich and personal educational experience. It is not unusual for students and faculty members to work shoulder to shoulder on research projects and journal articles, to meet for coffee at a local eatery, or to serve together as members of the university orchestra, volunteer fire department, and other civic groups.

    The result of such individualized education is clear in the academic success of Sewanee students and alumni. The university has had 26 Rhodes Scholars—a number that puts Sewanee in the top four nationally among American liberal arts colleges—as well as 27 NCAA Postgraduate Fellows, 43 Watson Fellows, and dozens of Fulbright Scholars, and has an acceptance rate to graduate and professional schools that far outpaces its peers. The School of Theology has added to its alumni ranks countless bishops, including three of the last four presiding bishops of the Episcopal Church.

    Sewanee offers 36 majors, 32 minors, and 15 special programs, along with pre-medicine, pre-nursing, pre-law, and pre-business. More than 40 percent of students participate in study-abroad programs, and a comprehensive endowed program that provides financial support for summer internships has greatly strengthened career development for undergraduates. See more about Sewanee in the "Sewanee Snapshot" here.

    In an era of specialization, Sewanee upholds the broad-based ideals of liberal education as a surer means to success. At the University of the South, the adherence to outstanding liberal arts education and enduring traditions of honor, community, and respect have transformed many generations of students, and have earned the abiding loyalty and support of alumni who are enjoying lives of integrity, leadership, and service.

    The University is located atop the Cumberland Plateau between Nashville and Chattanooga, Tennessee. Sewanee’s physical environment, which includes the 13,000–acre Domain (as the campus and surrounding area is known), provides a remarkable academic and recreational resource, and an unparalleled place in which to study and reflect. It invites students to engage in both a multitude of outdoor activities and careful study of the natural environment.

    As the University celebrated the 150th anniversary of its founding in 2007–2008, it looked back on a rich history and forward to new opportunities for the next generations. “The essence of Sewanee is consistent from generation to generation,” said Vice Chancellor emeritus Joel Cunningham. “We are a university dedicated to liberal education, to time-honored traditions, and to our commitment to serve our students and this nation. We have been successful in advancing our mission, and I believe we have the resources and the will to ensure that Sewanee’s best years are still to come.”

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