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African American & Gospel Ensemble Director

The Pennsylvania State University School of Music in the College of Arts and Architecture is searching for a choral director to lead the internationally recognized Essence of Joy. We seek a colleague who is a specialist in the African American gospel tradition as well as sacred and secular choral music that embraces the African diaspora. Secondary teaching may be in African American music history for both music majors and non-majors, vocal jazz ensemble, or an area in the candidate’s specialty.

The position is classified as full-time non-tenure line. This is a limited term position funded for one year from date of hire with excellent possibility of refunding. Priority will be given to candidates with expertise in diversity, equity, and inclusion, and/or social justice in music learning. Keyboard skills appropriate to the genre are desirable. Ensemble recruitment is essential. A terminal degree in music is preferred. A Master’s Degree in Music or Music Education will be required.  The successful candidate will be appointed at the Lecturer or Assistant Teaching Professor rank.

To apply, upload a letter of application, curriculum vitae, a one-page personal statement that addresses equity, diversity and inclusion, and social justice in learning, plus names and contact information for at least three references. Screening of applications will begin on October 1, 2021 and will continue until the position is filled with an expected start of August 1, 2022. Candidates should be prepared to submit, when requested, additional materials that include a list of past choral repertoire and videos of choral rehearsals and performances. Questions may be directed to Machelle Reese, Assistant to the Director,

This position requires the following clearances: PA State Police Criminal Background Check, PA Child Abuse History Clearance Form, and Federal (FBI) Fingerprint Criminal Background Check.

CAMPUS SECURITY CRIME STATISTICS: Pursuant to the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act and the Pennsylvania Act of 1988, Penn State publishes a combined Annual Security and Annual Fire Safety Report (ASR). The ASR includes crime statistics and institutional policies concerning campus security, such as those concerning alcohol and drug use, crime prevention, the reporting of crimes, sexual assault, and other matters. The ASR is available for review here.

Employment with the University will require successful completion of background check(s) in accordance with University policies.

EEO is the Law Penn State is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer, and is committed to providing employment opportunities to all qualified applications without regards to race, color, religion, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identify, national origin, disability or protected veteran status. If you are unable to use our online application process due to an impairment or disability, please contact 814-865-1473.


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