Assistant/Associate Professor and Director of Choral Activities

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Position type: Full-Time 12-Month
Department: 052700 - Department of Music
Location: Main Campus - Starkville, MS
Categories: Faculty
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Position Function:

Vacancy for a tenure-track position as the Assistant or Associate Professor level and Director of Choral Activities.

Salary Grade:  UC

For salary grade UC, these positions are "Unclassified" and salary ranges are determined by the hiring department.

Department Profile:

Mississippi State University is a comprehensive land grant institution ranked by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching as a Very high Research Activity University. The university is a member of the Southeastern Conference. The Department of Music is a part of the College of Education and is an accredited institutional member of the National Association of Schools of Music.
In the fall of 2022 the department moved into a $21 million state-of-the-art facility, to complement multiple large rehearsal spaces in the Sills Band Hall. The 37,000-square-foot facility at 124 Hardy Road includes classrooms, a choral rehearsal hall, faculty offices, sound-proof practice rooms, recording studio, lecture/recital hall, student lounge and administrative suite.
Choral Activities at MSU is led by a team that includes the Director, Associate Director, and Choral Area Administrative Assistant, developing a program of 200+ choral students across four choirs. In the past eight years, MSU choral ensembles have enjoyed three successful international tours; two performances at Carnegie Hall; three state conference performances; one ACDA regional performance and a 2016 performance at The White House.

See for more information about the department. Located partly in and adjacent to Starkville, a city of about 25,000 residents, MSU is served by the nearby Golden Triangle Regional Airport, which has daily connections to Atlanta.

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Anticipated Appointment Date:

July 1, 2024

Tenure Track Status:


Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

Mississippi State University seeks a collaborative, dynamic choral director with a proven national record of achievement to join the Department of Music Faculty (starting July 2024), in leading a large choral program of 200+ students across four choirs. The ideal candidate works closely with an Associate Director of Choral Activities and Choral Area Administrative Assistant, yet is expected to build bridges with 45+ faculty across the entire department.

The successful candidate will assume this role at an exciting time in the department with new facilities, strong enrollment, a strong relationship with the University administration, and planned growth in curriculum and community relations.

The new tenure-track Director of Choral Activities is expected to bring an innovative and energetic perspective, a collaborative approach to rehearsals and performances, and a collegial spirit to department and university service. The successful candidate will also have a strong and clear research and/or creative agenda and will bring that dedication to our students at the undergraduate and graduate level. We seek a colleague that values inclusion, diversity, respect, and equity, and will infuse those values into all aspects of their departmental and community interactions.

Due to its administrative responsibilities, this position should be considered an 11- or 12-month tenure-track line. Tenure-track music faculty teach an ideal 3.3 course load (2.2 in the first year of employment).

Essential duties include:

1. Manage administrative tasks of all aspects of the choral program including budget, scholarship awards and oversight, inventory, auditions and ensemble placement as well as ensemble scheduling.
2. Conduct choral ensembles including the prestigious State Singers, a select ensemble of mixed voices, and a large treble choir or tenor/bass choir.
3. Teach in a secondary area of expertise, such as applied voice, choral methods, conducting, theory, graduate seminar in conducting or other related courses.
4. Advise undergraduate and graduate students.
5. Recruit talented undergraduate and graduate music students.
6. Work closely with departmental music faculty in creating a collegial and collaborative atmosphere.
7. Provide service to the university, college, department, and community.

Minimum Qualifications:

D.M.A. or Ph.D. in Music or Music Education in combination with appropriate experience and/or credentials; ABD considered if graduating by August 2024.

Preferred Qualifications:

• Successful experience as a collegiate choral conductor
• Proven record of leadership in recruitment and dedication to preparing students for the field.
• As this is a high visibility position, that the ideal candidate has a growing national/international profile for research, creative activity, and/or service to the profession.
• Masterful administrator that is well organized, communicates effectively, documents long-range planning, and is effective in budget management and scholarship oversight.
• Successful experience as a P-12 educator.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

• Ability to work collaboratively in a variety of academic and community settings.
• Academic and professional characteristics consistent with the teaching and service missions of the University, College, and the Department of Music.
• Excellent interpersonal, organizational and communication skills.

Instructions for Applying:

Interested parties must apply online at and must include a cover letter, vita, and complete contact information for at least three references. As a supplement to your cover letter, please add web links/YouTube links of video clips of a rehearsal (20 minutes minimum) and a performance (front view and audience view preferred), as well as optional links to recent research, creative activity and/or service. 3 Letters of Reference will be requested at a later stage of the search process. Please direct inquiries to the chair of the search committee, Dr. Cliff Taylor, at Open until filled; for best consideration apply by December 1, 2023.

Equal Employment Opportunity Statement:

MSU is an equal opportunity employer, and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, ethnicity, sex, religion, national origin, disability, age, sexual orientation, genetic information, pregnancy, gender identity, status as a U.S. veteran, and/or any other status protected by applicable law. We always welcome nominations and applications from women, members of any minority group, and others who share our passion for building a diverse community that reflects the diversity in our student population.

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