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Director of Choral Activities

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Boulder, Colorado





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Job Summary

The College of Music at the University of Colorado Boulder seeks an accomplished choral conductor and pedagogue to provide artistic vision and guidance for a comprehensive choral program. This full-time faculty appointment will commence in August of 2024. Final rank to be determined based on the applicants prior teaching and conducting experience. 

The University of Colorado Boulder is committed to building a culturally diverse community of faculty, staff, and students dedicated to contributing to an inclusive campus environment. We are an Equal Opportunity employer, including veterans and individuals with disabilities.

Who We Are

The College of Music, founded in 1920, is recognized as one of the top comprehensive music schools in the country. The College of Music offers seven degree programs in over 28 fields of study, at the bachelor’s level through the doctorate. Our dedicated and encouraging community of 550 degree-seeking students, 70 full-time faculty, 30 part-time faculty, and 30 professional, technical and administrative staff produces over 350 performances and numerous guest lectures, master-classes, and outreach events each year!

The College of Music strives to be a community whose excellence is premised on diversity, equity, and inclusion. We seek candidates who share this dedication. Read more here: The College of Music as a whole is characterized by genuine respect among faculty and a nurturing learning environment for students. 

The choral department has a long history as one of the oldest units within the College of Music. The department was founded in 1938 by Warner Imig. In the 1960’s, CU Boulder became one of the first universities in the nation to offer a Doctor of Musical Arts degree in choral conducting. The College of Music currently offers both master’s and doctoral degrees in choral conducting. The College also offers comprehensive degree programs in Composition, Conducting, Jazz Studies, Music Education, Musicology, Performance, and Theory. CU Boulder is located in one of the most picturesque and desirable geographic locations in the country, within easy driving distance of a major metropolitan area and the Rocky Mountains. 

What Your Key Responsibilities Will Be

The Director of Choral Activities will provide artistic and administrative leadership for all aspects of the choral department. The successful candidate will build upon the long-standing legacy of CU’s choral program as well as develop an inspiring vision for its future that includes performances at regional and national conferences. We also desire a candidate who will work closely and collaboratively with the Associate Director of Choral Activities, and we seek a colleague who will prioritize the growth of the program, co-creating and cultivating an environment where students feel that they belong and can thrive. We also seek a colleague who will partner with the voice and conducting areas to strengthen relationships within the College of Music. 

The successful candidate will teach courses in graduate choral conducting, choral literature, and conduct the CU Chamber Singers. They will also be engaged in active scholarship and conducting with national and international visibility. The ideal candidate will prioritize a mentorship role with graduate students, helping to guide DMA and MM students with their degree programs. 

The department is comprised of four ensembles: Chamber Singers, University Choir, Festival Chorus, and Treble Chorus. The final assignment of duties will be based on the needs of the department and the expertise of the candidate. 

What You Should Know

  • Associate or Full Professor (full-time, nine-month, tenure-track position; possibility of entering with tenure).
  • Appointment begins August 21, 2024.
  • As part of the University of Colorado Boulder’s deep commitment to equity, diversity, and inclusion, the campus has implemented a reference check program with respect to final candidates for tenured faculty appointments. The reference check program is intended to allow CU Boulder to collect and review information about a candidate's conduct at their previous institutions, specifically conduct related to sexual misconduct, harassment, and/or discrimination – before making hiring decisions. All final candidates for tenured faculty appointments are required to complete an Authorization to Release Information.

What We Can Offer

The annual salary range for this position is:
  • $77,000 - $89,500 for Associate Professor 
  • $90,000 - $100,000 for Full Professor


The University of Colorado offers excellent benefits, including medical, dental, retirement, paid time off, tuition benefit and ECO Pass. The University of Colorado Boulder is one of the largest employers in Boulder County and offers an inspiring higher education environment. Learn more about the University of Colorado Boulder.

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What We Require

  • An earned doctorate in choral conducting, or master's degree with significant professional accomplishments and experience.
  • A minimum of six years as a teacher at the collegiate level.
  • An established record of excellence as a choral conductor and pedagogue.
  • Evidence of a commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion in creative activity and research, teaching and service.
  • National/international recognition in creative activity and/or research and publications.
  • The ability to advise and support graduate students’ research and dissertation projects
  • The ability to develop sustainable and equitable partnerships and/or collaborations with others within and outside of the university community.
  • Successful recruitment strategies for the choral program and the university.

What We Would Like You to Have

We seek individuals who are versatile performers with proven success as a teacher at the collegiate level. 

Additional expertise in one or more of the following areas is preferred: 
  • Artistic and administrative direction of music festivals and large events.
  • Individual performance experience. Teaching experience outside the choral area.
  • Experience with digital media and teaching technologies.
  • Community and K-12 school engagement and outreach.
  • Performance or pedagogical experience with non-Western music and/or vernacular music.

Special Instructions

For full consideration, please apply by October 15, 2023. The position will remain open until filled.  

To apply, please submit the following materials: 
  1. Resume / Curriculum Vitae.  
  2. Cover Letter.  
  3. PDF Sample of Work: Please submit a single PDF with online links to recent unedited live rehearsal and performance videos.  
  4. Diversity and Inclusion Statement: Please submit a short essay (no more than 1 single spaced page, uploaded in PDF format) that addresses the following statement: "Our unit recognizes that our mission is strengthened by contributions from varied perspectives. Describe what your commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion looks like in practice."  
  5. A short essay (no more than 1 page, uploaded in PDF format) that addresses your philosophy of collaboration and what it looks like in practice. 
  6. Professional Publications: Please submit one (1) example of scholarly or pedagogical writing such as a publication or conference presentation. 
During the application process, you will need to enter contact information for three (3) references. We will request letters of recommendation later in the search process. This information will be kept confidential and viewable only by the search committee.

For questions, please contact: Professor Donald McKinney, Chair, Director of Choral Activities Search Committee,

Note: Application materials will not be accepted via email. For consideration, please apply through CU Boulder Jobs.

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