School/Unit: School of the Arts
Rank: Assistant Professor
Purpose of Position:
The Director of Choral Activities is a 9-month tenure-eligible faculty position at the rank of Assistant Professor responsible for the leadership and development of the choral program based in the VCUarts Department of Music. The choral program serves more than a third of the students in the Music Department via the education and professional training of vocalists, conductors and music educators. It also serves many students throughout the university at large by providing a key component of the general education experience common to all university students.
Under a multi-year partnership with the Richmond Symphony that is expected to continue, the Director of Choral Activities holds a joint appointment with the Richmond Symphony (RSO) as the James Erb Choral Chair.
VCU’s choral program includes several chamber choirs, the university-wide Choral Arts Society, the Women’s Choir, and the premier chorus of the university, the Commonwealth Singers. The Director of Choral Activities is responsible for all activities related to the direction and operation of the choral program as well as the leadership of the Richmond Symphony Chorus.
The Director of Choral Activities conducts the Commonwealth Singers, the premier chorus at VCU; conducts other choirs as needed; teaches Conducting as needed; oversees the voice chamber ensemble program and mentors and coaches student-conducted ensembles as needed.
The faculty member’s scholarly and creative activity should make a contribution to a body of knowledge within the discipline of choral conducting and reflect a high standard of quality of competence. The faculty member must demonstrate and maintain an active professional career and research profile as a leader in his/her area of expertise at the national and/or international level; have an established research agenda and a clear potential for external funding, as appropriate, and creative expression to complement and expand existing expertise in the department; and contribute creative activities related to the program’s curriculum and be consistent with and support the mission and initiatives of the department, School, and University.
The faculty member will serve on departmental, and/or University committees as designated by the Chair, as well as serve in a professional capacity in their field, e.g. reviewer, professional conferences etc. Faculty member may perform other duties as assigned, etc., as determined by the Chair.
The Director recruits students to the VCU Music Department by engaging with high school programs regionally and nationally. The Director manages the calendar and facility use for the VCU choral program; manages the program budget in collaboration with department and School administration; coordinates visibility initiatives with the Marketing Office (including updating the website, posters and press for events, printed programs, etc.); and coordinates staffing of all vocal ensembles, including accompanists and conductors.
Additional duties as James Erb Choral Chair with the Richmond Symphony Orchestra (RSO): leads the RSO Chorus and is responsible for the artistic leadership, performance preparation, selection, and development of the Richmond Symphony Chorus. The Director prepares a 150-voice adult volunteer chorus, chosen by audition, for a full season of choral performances with the Richmond Symphony (September through May); conducts one evening rehearsal per week; coordinates section rehearsals with four section leaders from the Chorus; consults with the Symphony’s Music Director regarding choral repertoire and the selection of soloists from the Chorus for incidental solo work as needed; chairs audition committee of six; conducts choral concerts with the Richmond Symphony or its ensembles from time to time at the discretion of the Music Director.
-DMA or PhD in Choral Conducting or equivalent training and professional experience that equates to an advanced degree in Choral Conducting; ABD considered.
-An established record of research/performance in choral conducting.
-Evidence of success or potential for success developing and teaching in college-level choral programs.
-Demonstrated experience working in and fostering a diverse faculty, staff, and student environment or commitment to do so as a faculty member at VCU.
-Training in music education preferred.
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