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    Assistant Professor of Choral Conducting

    The University of British Columbia School of Music invites applications for a full-time tenure-track Assistant Professor specializing in choral conducting. The anticipated start date of employment is as early as July 1, 2022.

    We seek a versatile conductor who has demonstrated potential for distinguished artistic achievement and teaching, with lived and professional experience that will help to diversify the activities of the School of Music. Applicants should have experience with the programming of innovative repertoire, including works by marginalized groups and living composers, and should demonstrate the ability to empower, advocate for, and value a broad range of students of diverse identities and experiences, as shown through pedagogy, mentoring, and related activities.

    The successful candidate will be expected to develop and maintain an active profile nationally and internationally as a conductor/clinician. A secondary specialty in one or more of the following areas is highly desirable: Choral Music and Social Justice/Activism/Community Engagement, Choral Music by underrepresented or marginalized composers, Choral Music from Non-Western Traditions, Canadian Choral Music History, or Choral Composition. Applicants should also demonstrate that they can effectively fulfill teaching and service duties, including graduate student supervision. The successful candidate will contribute to the artistic direction and activities within the existing choral program and the broader School of Music. A doctoral degree or equivalent professional experience is required.

    The UBC Choral Program is an integral part of a dynamic School of Music that offers a full range of undergraduate and graduate programs in music. We support 5 ensembles comprised of approximately 350 choristers drawn from both the School of Music and the greater university community: University Singers, Choral Union, Oriana treble voice choir, Vox tenor/bass voice choir, Chamber Choir.

    Applications are to be submitted online at https://musc.air.arts.ubc.ca/?p=1211. Applicants should be prepared to upload:
    • a letter of application and CV outlining achievements, including evidence of successful choral conducting at the secondary and/or collegiate levels;
    • a concise record of teaching experience, including evidence of effectiveness;
    • a statement of teaching/pedagogy philosophy;
    • a one-page statement about their experience working with a diverse student body and the contributions they would make to advancing a culture of equity and inclusion; and

    Applications are to be submitted online at https://musc.air.arts.ubc.ca/?p=1211. Applicants should be prepared to upload:
    • a letter of application and CV outlining achievements, including evidence of successful choral conducting at the secondary and/or collegiate levels;
    • a concise record of teaching experience, including evidence of effectiveness;
    • a statement of teaching/pedagogy philosophy;
    • a one-page statement about their experience working with a diverse student body and the contributions they would make to advancing a culture of equity and inclusion; and
    • two live video recordings, including: one 20-minute rehearsal video, and one 20-minute performance video conducting a choral ensemble in concert. Videos should be easily accessible to the committee members (YouTube, Google Drive links, etc.).

    Please note we do not require letters of reference for your initial application. However, your listed references should be willing to provide a confidential letter of reference at a later date should your candidacy progress. Contact Director of Choral Activities Dr. Graeme Langager with questions about the position: graeme.langager@ubc.ca.

    Review of applications will begin on March 2, 2022 and will continue until the position is filled.

    This position is subject to final budgetary approval. Salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience.

    Equity and diversity are essential to academic excellence. An open and diverse community fosters the inclusion of voices that have been underrepresented or discouraged. We encourage applications from members of groups that have been marginalized on any grounds enumerated under the B.C. Human Rights Code, including sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, racialization, disability, political belief, religion, marital or family status, age, and/or status as a First Nation, Mιtis, Inuit, or Indigenous person.

    All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; qualified Canadians and permanent residents of Canada will be given priority.

    Given the uncertainty caused by the global COVID-19 pandemic, applicants must be prepared to conduct interviews remotely if circumstances require. A successful applicant may be asked to consider an offer containing a deadline without having
    been able to make an in-person visit to campus if travel and other restrictions are still in place.
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