The new Director of Choral Activities at the University of Wisconsin-Madison Mead Witter School of Music should have experience with the long tradition of symphonic choral repertoire, a cappella singing, and recent developments in the 21st-century, including works for chorus, chorus and orchestra, chorus and winds, and opera. The successful candidate will provide a visionary and robust curriculum aligned with 21st-century choral trends in contemporary, classical, and popular music and will have expertise, performance experience, and rehearsal strategies for early, Classical, Romantic, and contemporary choral music.
The primary duties of this position are to conduct several choirs, oversee the choral area, create dynamic programming, teach aspiring conductors, and collaborate with other performing organizations and conductors in the School of Music. The candidate will work to develop the conducting curriculum in consultation with the music education area, voice area, and instrumental conductors. Continued professional activity nationally and internationally is expected along with creative research in the field which may include commissioning works, conducting premieres, research on historical performance practice, and editing various types of repertory. The successful candidate will advise and mentor students and serve on graduate degree committees, and demonstrate the School’s commitment to collaboration, innovation, equity, and diversity.
Additional expectations include actively recruiting students through personal appearances at clinics, workshops, conventions, and schools locally in the Midwest; increasing the visibility of the choral area through performances, locally, regionally and nationally; continuing the long tradition of excellence in choral music at UW Madison; working with local choral conductors to increase connections; carrying out leadership and service within the School, College, and University as appropriate for an academic tenure track position; and supporting the School’s commitment to the Wisconsin Idea.