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Visiting Associate or Full Professor of Choral Conducting

Arizona State University

Arizona State University

Tempe, AZ, USA
Posted on Wednesday, June 5, 2024

Arizona State University: Office of the University Provost Tempe: Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts: School of Music, Dance and Theatre


Tempe campus

Open Date

Apr 22, 2024


Visiting Associate or Full Professor of Choral Conducting
School of Music, Dance and Theatre


The School of Music, Dance and Theatre in the Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts at Arizona State University seeks a dynamic leader to serve as visiting associate or full professor of choral conducting. This is a full-time, one-year appointment as visiting associate or full professor, depending on experience, beginning fall 2024. This position will be located on the ASU Tempe campus.

About ASU

Arizona State University is a new model for American higher education, an unprecedented combination of academic excellence, entrepreneurial energy and broad access. This New American University is a single, unified institution comprising four differentiated campuses positively impacting the economic, social, cultural and environmental health of the communities it serves. Its research is inspired by real world application blurring the boundaries that traditionally separate academic disciplines. ASU serves more than 80,000 students in metropolitan Phoenix, Arizona, the nation's fifth largest city. In 2022, ASU was named a Hispanic-Serving Institution and in 2023, ASU joined the prestigious Association of American Universities. ASU is deeply committed to advancing in innovative ways while sustaining a welcoming, supportive, and empowering environment for all members of our community.

About the Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts

The Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts, the largest comprehensive design and arts school in the country, is located within a dynamic research university focused on transformative change. Built on a unique combination of disciplines, the Herberger Institute comprises the Schools of Art; Arts, Media and Engineering; Music, Dance and Theatre; and ASU FIDM; The Design School; The Sidney Poitier New American Film School, and the ASU Art Museum. The Herberger Institute is committed to developing and scaling ideas that strengthen the role of designers and artists across all areas of society and culture, and increasing the capacity of artists and designers to make a difference in their communities. For more information on the Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts, visit herbergerinstitute.asu.edu.

About the ASU School of Music, Dance and Theatre
The School of Music, Dance and Theatre in the Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts at Arizona State University is widely recognized for preparing artists, scholars, visionaries and entrepreneurs to become creative leaders who transform society through their art. Our internationally recognized faculty artists, scholars and guest artists are motivating and compassionate mentors who work with students to cultivate excellence and personal growth. Our nationally recognized programs feature a comprehensive range of degrees plus minors and certificates and more than 600 concerts, events, performances, productions and recitals each year. Located in the culturally rich Southwest in one of the most vibrant, expanding urban centers, our programs afford students access to a diverse environment and engagement in Phoenix’s flourishing arts community. Above all, we value the creativity, personal experience and voice each student brings to the school.

The successful candidate for the position will demonstrate excellence in teaching at both the undergraduate and graduate levels and will provide leadership for the ASU choral program that will help to increase the national and international reputation of the ASU School of Music, Dance and Theatre. Leadership for the program includes collaborative development of initiatives and working with students to reexamine and reimagine the role of choral music in the 21st century. The successful candidate will:

  • conduct on-campus rehearsals and concerts for the choral program;
  • connect in meaningful ways with public school educators and ensembles;
  • serve as a teacher and mentor for aspiring conductors at the upper-division undergraduate and graduate levels;
  • co-manage the choral program budget and administrative responsibilities;
  • work collaboratively with conducting faculty on purposeful event scheduling.

Further responsibilities will include assisting in recruiting undergraduate and graduate students regionally and nationally; teaching graduate conducting seminars in conjunction with the instrumental conducting faculty, advanced choral literature and rehearsal techniques courses, and other courses depending upon the candidate’s interests and experience; and mentoring and assisting students as they pursue their professional goals. The successful candidate will also work effectively with the administration in service of the mission of the ASU School of Music, Dance and Theatre.


Required Qualifications:

  • Doctoral degree in choral conducting or related field.
  • National and/or international conducting experience.
  • Evidence of successful choral music teaching at the collegiate level or in other educational contexts.
  • Experience administering (budget, schedule, etc.) and directing a choral program at the collegiate, professional or festival level.
  • Commitment to advancing the ASU Charter and Design Aspirations.

Desired Qualifications:
Candidates should provide evidence of demonstrated ability in one or more of these areas:

  • Teaching undergraduate- and graduate-level university students in choral ensembles and advanced conducting coursework.
  • Exemplary pedagogical skills and knowledge.
  • Demonstrated ability to provide pedagogical and musical leadership in music beyond the Western European tradition (e.g. community-based music, improvisation, new and emerging ensembles, popular/contemporary music, Gospel, Hip Hop, Jazz, or Latin-American genres) and in gender inclusivity.
  • Interdisciplinary collaborative and creative activity across disciplines within and outside of the arts and in the community.
  • Multidisciplinary performances and creative programming.
  • Developing curriculum and pedagogy in choral repertoire and conducting.
  • Teaching or interacting with secondary school music programs.

Application Instructions

Please submit the following materials as separate items:

  1. Letter of interest addressing how the candidate uniquely meets the qualifications for the position, in particular: work experience, collaboration and innovative teaching, and the principles of inclusive excellence consistent with the ASU Charter and the mission of the School of Music, Dance and Theatre.
  2. Curriculum vitae.
  3. A one-page teaching philosophy statement.
  4. At least two recent (no more than 5 years old) unedited rehearsal and performance video segments, encompassing contrasting musical styles, and totaling 15-20 minutes.
  5. Names and contact information for three references.

Application Deadline:

The application deadline is May 21, 2024. Applications will continue to be accepted on a rolling basis for a reserve pool. Applications in the reserve pool may then be reviewed in the order in which they were received until the position is filled.

We acknowledge the 22 tribes who are native to Arizona, and more specifically the Akimel O’odham (Pima) and Piipaash or Pee Posh (Maricopa) tribes on whose ancestral homelands ASU’s Tempe campus resides.