Voice (Soprano or Mezzo Soprano) - Tenure-Track - 2014-15
Appointment Tenure-track appointment, beginning August 15, 2014, with rank and salary commensurate with qualifications and experience.
Responsibilities The primary responsibility will be to teach voice performance studies to music majors in both professional and liberal arts degree programs, and non-music majors. In addition to performance studies instruction, responsibilities will include academic advising, collaborating with music faculty in performances, serving on college-wide and department committees, and participating in student recruitment efforts. Other responsibilities may include teaching vocal pedagogy, lyric diction, solo vocal literature, and voice class. Opportunities may arise to teach related courses within the department or in collaboration with faculty in other departments.
Qualifications Doctorate preferred or commensurate professional experience. The successful candidate will be a pedagogue and artist of outstanding ability who will contribute proactively to the artistic and intellectual life of St. Olaf College. In particular, successful candidates will demonstrate, both in performance and in teaching, how excellent music making and a liberal arts education are mutually beneficial in the life of undergraduate students. The candidate is expected to maintain a professional profile through performance and other activities. In addition to a proven record of success in teaching voice and excellent performing ability, the candidate will show a commitment to the mission of both the department and college. Keyboard skills sufficient to support instruction are desirable.
Application Applicants must submit application materials online at http://jobs.stolaf.edu.
A complete application includes: 1) a cover letter outlining the candidate’s qualifications, 2) a curriculum vitae, 3) official or unofficial graduate and undergraduate transcripts, 4) names and email addresses for three professional references who can speak to the candidate’s abilities as a teacher and a singer (at this time, we are only asking for the names and email addresses of three references; if you are later selected to move forward in the search process, we will email the references directly to request their letters), 5) recordings of recent performances that represent a variety of musical styles. Recordings (e.g. URL link) must be emailed to the committee chair, Dr. Alison Feldt, at email@example.com.
Contact The search committee will begin reading applications on October 10, 2013 and will accept applications until the position is filled. Interviews will begin in January 2014. If you have questions or need assistance with the application process, please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Department: Seeking a balance between the kinds of instruction a student might obtain at a conservatory with that typically valued at a liberal arts institution, the St. Olaf College Music Department encourages in its students a high level of musical achievement enhanced by a breadth of general knowledge and learning experiences. The department offers both the Bachelor of Music and the Bachelor of Arts degrees, with programs in performance, music education, church music, theory-composition, history-literature, and elective studies and is accredited by the National Association of Schools of Music. The music department includes 28 full-time and 35 part-time faculty members. Approximately 275 students are enrolled as music majors, and approximately 1000 of the college’s students are regularly involved in music through ensembles, lessons and course work. The nationally recognized St. Olaf Orchestra, St. Olaf Band and St. Olaf Choir all undertake major domestic tours each year as well as frequent international tours. Jazz I was recently named the top undergraduate jazz ensemble by Downbeat Magazine. Other ensembles include the Philharmonia, Norseman Band, Collegium Musicum and Early Music Singers, two jazz ensembles in addition to Jazz I, three handbell choirs and five other faculty-led choirs.. The thriving Lyric Theater program produces three shows annually. Archived performances for all of these groups can be viewed online.
The College: Founded in 1874, St. Olaf is a residential, coeducational liberal arts college with approximately 3,000 students and a full-time-equivalent faculty of about 300. It is located in Northfield, Minnesota, about 40 miles from Minneapolis and St. Paul with their rich and diverse cultural resources. The college offers an academically rigorous, nationally ranked liberal arts education that fosters the development of the whole person in mind, body, and spirit and emphasizes a global perspective. Through its curriculum, campus life, and off-campus program, St. Olaf seeks to stimulate critical thinking and heighten moral sensitivity; it encourages students to be seekers of truth, leading lives of unselfish service to others; and it challenges them to be responsible and knowledgeable citizens of the world.
To provide a safe and secure educational environment, St. Olaf College verifies the accuracy of all credentials presented by applicants and conducts a criminal background check on every new hire.
A liberal arts college affiliated with the Lutheran Church (ELCA), St. Olaf College is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer and actively seeks diversity in its students, faculty and staff. The college is especially interested in qualified candidates who will contribute to the diversity of our community through their work and service.