The Gonzaga University Music Department in Spokane, Wa, invites invites applications for a full-time, fixed-term faculty position/Interim Director of Choirs and Vocal Studies. This non tenure-track position is at the rank of Lecturer for one term, Fall semester 2021.
Gonzaga seeks an inspiring choral conductor and educator to lead and administer our choral and vocal studies program for the Fall 2021 semester. The successful candidate will demonstrate creativity in diverse programming, excellence in choral pedagogy, and a commitment to inclusive teaching of music majors and non-major liberal arts students. Teaching responsibilities include three choral ensembles: Concert Choir, Chamber Singers, and the Gonzaga Glee Club. Musical leadership includes Fall Family Weekend and Candlelight Christmas Concerts, coordinated with choral and instrumental faculty, as well as a staged musical production, presented in partnership with the Department of Theatre and Dance. Gonzaga's choral-vocal program is a collaborative and supportive community of faculty and students, and the successful candidate will contribute to this by collaborating with adjunct vocal faculty and by mentoring students who serve as Choir Council leaders, Choral Ambassadors, and ACDA Student Chapter members.
The Interim Director of Choirs and Vocal Studies will organize and lead educational outreach initiatives, including the annual Choral Leadership Academy and High School Choral Invitational. Administrative responsibilities include managing choral budgets; event scheduling; coordinating with support staff; logistics; publicity for concerts, recitals, rehearsals, and events; purchasing music scores; and supervising staff pianist. Vocal administration includes managing voice area recitals, degrees recitals, juries, and studio assignment of new students. The successful candidate will plan and lead the annual choir retreat with student leaders and the fall choral reunion with University Advancement. Recruitment and advising responsibilities include internal recruitment among student body for robust ensemble membership and administering choral placement for incoming students. Responsibilities of recruiting prospective students to Gonzaga for the 2022-2023 year include communication with high school teachers, professional associations, and Admissions; meeting with prospective students; and supervising and mobilizing Gonzaga's Choral Ambassadors.
Gonzaga Choirs and the Music Department are committed to inclusive excellence, diversity across the campus community, and access to music for a wide variety of students. In alignment with Gonzaga University's mission, we welcome applicants with direct expertise, cultural competence and familiarity, and insider knowledge, who can share their lived experiences and demonstrated commitment to issues of social justice, diversity, global engagement, and care for/solidarity with vulnerable and marginalized communities. Candidates who have experience working with a diverse range of faculty, staff, and students, and who can contribute to the departmental ethos and campus climate of inclusivity are encouraged to identify their experiences in these areas. Gonzaga choral students are representative of the university's demographics, and they eagerly research and perform music beyond the European classical canon. The successful candidate will engage further with students in considering cultural appropriation, social justice in music, intentional repertoire programming by underrepresented composers, and guiding performance practice of singing music from diverse cultural traditions.
The Music Department serves over 850 students in courses each semester, including 150 students in choral ensembles and over 60 in voice lessons. The Department actively serves the University, Spokane, and Inland Northwest communities through educational and performance events. In spring 2019, Gonzaga University opened the new Myrtle Woldson Performing Arts Center, with a concert hall and recital hall, the latter of which serves as home to choral classes. Applicants should be eager to work in a liberal arts setting that fosters faculty collaboration and student engagement both inside and outside the classroom.
Gonzaga University is an internationally prominent university with a faculty dedicated both to innovative teaching and to socially transformative and justice-oriented research. Global engagement initiatives include intercultural exchange tours in Colombia, Zambia, Zimbabwe, and Florence, where Gonzaga has an established branch campus.
M.M. in Choral Conducting
Demonstrated success teaching undergraduate singers of diverse backgrounds
Artistic programming that demonstrates a commitment to diverse choral repertoire and composers with respect to race, culture, gender, sexual orientation, or other identities
Experience or the potential to contribute to choral outreach, recruitment, and educational initiatives
Experience fostering inclusive choral communities and mentoring student leaders
Administrative experience in coordinating concert and event logistics and budget management
Experience or interest in collaborating with music faculty, students, and community partners on- and off-campus
At Gonzaga we don’t just state our mission. We live it every day as a Catholic, Jesuit, and humanistic University. It is the reason we exist and the foundation for our purpose: educating students for lives of leadership and service. From students to faculty and staff members, everyone here knows what we stand for – and they know how valuable our mission is to the success of our institution. Our competitive benefit packages are part of Gonzaga’s commitment to care for the whole person. Packages include medical, dental, vision, life insurance, disability insurance, flexible spending accounts, retirement, tuition benefits, and other University-provided benefits. We also provide numerous resources which help bring balance to the complexities of work and personal life through our work/life and wellness programs.