Augsburg University Seeks an established or emerging national/international leader in choral music and conducting as the first John N. Schwartz Professor in Choral Leadership and Conducting. The university, recently renamed from the former Augsburg College, offers more than 50 undergraduate majors and nine graduate majors to nearly 3,600 students of diverse backgrounds. Its main campus is located near downtown Minneapolis, with ready access to the enormous range of cultural and artistic events and institutions for which the Twin Cities are known.
The University is committed to supporting a 21st century choral program that combines music reflective of a pluralistic society, an ethnically diverse student membership, superior choral performance standards and studies, and the civic engagement and leadership values of Augsburg University.
The University seeks a creative and visionary individual who will advance music's curricular alignment with university-wide priorities of social justice, urban education, diversity, and inclusion. Developing a choral model that honors Augsburg's legacy of engaging music majors and students from across campus, the Schwartz Professor search committee seeks an established or emerging national/international leader able to forge innovation in choral music, evidence of which may include conference performances and clinics, publications, speaking engagements, professional symposia and seminars at Augsburg, guest conducting, and similar opportunities. The successful candidate will proactively engage with the wider music community in collaborations and partnerships, and will participate enthusiastically in the department's goals of recruiting and nurturing diverse student participation in choir and the music department generally. In accord with the recently released College Music Society report, Transforming Music Study from Its Foundations, the department seeks a person who is professionally and personally committed to the core values of creativity, diversity, and integration.
Augsburg's music department is primarily undergraduate, with majors and concentrations in music therapy, music education, performance, and music business. It offers Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Music, and Bachelor of Science degrees. There are currently about 145 undergraduate majors. The department also offers a master's degree in music therapy and a music and human development graduate component in the University's master's degree in education, bringing total program majors to about 195 students. Many of Augsburg's students were active high school music participants and/or are seeking participation in music as university students. The inaugural Schwartz Professor will demonstrate a commitment to engaging not only music majors but students representing a diverse array of majors and interests.
In addition to the general leadership/conducting responsibilities outlined above, more specific responsibilities include:
Leadership and development of the Augsburg University choir as a national model of choral excellence representative of a pluralistic society, diverse musics, civic engagement, and social justice
Oversight of the entire Augsburg choral program, currently consisting of a tenor/bass chorus and soprano/alto choir as well as Masterworks Chorale, a university-community choir; the Schwartz Professor will lead visionary development for a holistic program with clear curricular relationships among the choirs and the directors of the various choirs (the Schwartz Professor is responsible for conducting the Augsburg University Choir)
A variable teaching requirement of 1-2 courses per semester, including the Augsburg University Choir and other possibilities such as choral conducting and choral methods
Recruitment of on-campus and prospective first-year and transfer students as choir members and music majors
Initiative in proposing and fulfilling collaborative activities with other departments and with the Twin Cities' active choral and broader music organizations
Creative pursuit of commissions, repertoire associated with responsible citizenship in contemporary society, diverse instrumental collaborations, and curricular innovation
Leadership and participation in events associated with the University's larger heritage as a religious institution in the Lutheran tradition, such as the annual Advent Vespers and other commemorative occasions, as well as events representing other traditions
Creative and collaborative initiatives that involve community singing as inherent across a wide array of cultures, ethnicities, and backgrounds at Augsburg University
The successful candidate will have a demonstrated and recognized record of success and achievement in artistic accomplishment, leadership in program development, collaboration with community and academic institutions, and ability to articulate and accomplish evolving models of choral music, conducting, instruction, and repertoire for the 21st century. A terminal degree and/or equivalent professional experience are preferred.
Augsburg University educates students to be informed citizens, thoughtful stewards, critical thinkers, and responsible leaders. The Augsburg experience is supported by an engaged community that is committed to intentional diversity in its life and work. An Augsburg education is defined by excellence in the liberal arts and professional studies, guided by the faith and values of the Lutheran church..., and shaped by its urban and global settings.Set in a vibrant neighborhood at the heart of the Twin Cities, Augsburg Augsburg offers more than 50 undergraduate majors and seven graduate degrees to more than 4,000 students of diverse backgrounds. The trademark of an Augsburg education is its emphasis on direct, personal experience. Augsburg educates students to be informed citizens, thoughtful stewards, critical thinkers, and responsible leaders.Augsburg's undergraduate program of liberal arts and sciences is offered on both a traditional weekday schedule and a non-traditional weekend and evening schedule. Augsburg offers master's degree programs in business, education, leadership, nursing, physician assistant studies, and social work, and a doctoral program in nursing practice. Augsburg's 4,000 students come from diverse religious, cultural, and ethnic backgrounds, representing 43 states, 40 foreign countries, and 24 tribal nations/reservations. The University also is a nationally recognized leader in providing services to students with physical or learning disabilities. This on-campus diversity is enhanced by Augsburg's location at the crossroads of the Twin Cities' most diverse neighborhoods. The Univertiy's location also provides access for all of Augsburg's students to participate in community service and internship experiences that not only enhance their classroom learning but also prepare them for life's work in a multi-cultural society.