Applications now open for joint faculty appointment in choral conducting

October 5, 2023

Fully joint faculty appointment for a professor in the Practice of Choral Conducting and principal conductor of the Yale Schola Cantorum (full-time)

RESPONSIBILITIES: Responsibilities will be divided into the following major categories:

  1. Conductor of the Yale Schola Cantorum;
  2. serve as a member of the choral conducting faculty by teaching and advising one-half the graduate conducting majors (typically, four per year);
  3. participate in the core curriculum of the Choral Conducting area;
  4. provide service to the Institute of Sacred Music, the School of Music, and the university.

Collaborative by nature, the successful candidate will also contribute as a faculty member in the interdisciplinary work of the Institute of Sacred Music. Music faculty members in the School of Music and Institute of Sacred Music maintain a professional profile that reflects the career of a distinguished teacher/performer.

SCHOLA CANTORUM: is a 24-28-voice student choral ensemble auditioned from around Yale University that performs, on average, 3 times per term, and typically tours or records annually in alternation.

QUALIFICATIONS: The successful candidate will have an active international career and distinction as a performing artist and pedagogue, as demonstrated by some combination of leadership in internationally recognized choral ensembles, performance in major venues, published recordings from major labels, and reviews in recognized press outlets. They will further have demonstrated expertise particularly, though not exclusively in the choral repertoire of the 15th-18thcenturies, a strong commitment to the performance of sacred music, and at least 10 years of successful teaching experience in choral conducting. Additionally, demonstrated commitment to and interdisciplinary understanding of sacred music in its theological and liturgical contexts and minimum education of a Bachelors degree or equivalent in work and education are expected.

APPOINTMENT: Professor in the Practice (highest non-tenure faculty rank in the School and Institute). Five-year term appointment renewable with successful review during the penultimate year. Salary will be competitive and commensurate with qualifications and experience. Position is full-time and includes all faculty benefits.

THE SCHOOL:  The Yale School of Music, a graduate professional school within Yale University, is a worldwide leader in educating the creative musicians and cultural leaders of tomorrow. It is the only school of music in the Ivy League and has 40% international enrollment.  Degrees offered in music are:  Master of Music, Master of Musical Arts, Doctor of Musical Arts, Artist Diploma, and Certificate in Performance.

THE INSTITUTE: The Yale Institute of Sacred Music, an interdisciplinary graduate center, educates leaders who foster, explore, and study engagement with the sacred through music, worship, and the arts in Christian communities, diverse religious traditions, and public life.

Partnering with the Yale School of Music and Yale Divinity School, as well as other academic and professional units at Yale, the Institute prepares its students for careers in church music and other sacred music, pastoral ministry, performance, and scholarship.

The Institute’s curriculum integrates the study and practice of religion with that of music and the arts. With a core focus on Christian sacred music, the ISM builds bridges among disciplines and vocations and makes creative space for scholarship, performance, and practice.

THE UNIVERSITY:  Since its founding in 1701, Yale has been dedicated to expanding and sharing knowledge, inspiring innovation, and preserving cultural and scientific information for future generations. Yale’s reach is both local and international. It partners with its hometown of New Haven, Connecticut to strengthen the city’s community and economy. And it engages with people and institutions across the globe in the quest to promote cultural understanding, improve the human condition, delve more deeply into the secrets of the universe, and train the next generation of world leaders.

APPLICATIONS:  Applications will be reviewed beginning November 1, 2023 until the position is filled. Interested candidates must complete an online application via Interfolio. Applications must include a letter of application, CV, contact information for 3 references, and a statement of teaching philosophy (no more than 1000 words). No further materials at this time. For more information, contact Rachel Segger

EEO STATEMENT: Yale University is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer. Yale values diversity among its students, staff, and faculty and strongly welcomes applications from women, persons with disabilities, protected veterans, and underrepresented minorities.