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Assistant or Associate Professor of Music: Piano - Rawlins Piano Trio Member
The University of South Dakota

Date Posted Nov. 1, 2023
Title Assistant or Associate Professor of Music: Piano - Rawlins Piano Trio Member
University The University of South Dakota More About This Institution...
Vermillion, SD, United States
Department Department of Music More About This Department...
Application Deadline Open Until Filled; First Review 1/3/2024
Position Start Date Jul. 22, 2024
  • Assistant Professor
    Associate Professor
  • Music - Piano/Organ/Keyboard

University of South Dakota

Assistant or Associate Professor of Music

Piano – Rawlins Piano Trio

Tenure Track Position

Department of Music

Position:  Full-time, ten-month, tenure track Assistant or Associate Professor. Seeking a dynamic professional whose primary responsibilities are to teach graduate and undergraduate piano, both solo and collaborative, and serve as a member of the Rawlins Piano Trio. The candidate must collaborate with colleagues to recruit students at both the graduate and undergraduate levels, manage keyboard area events, accompany performances, and manage the collaborative piano area of the Music Department. Secondary responsibilities may include but are not limited to: teach courses in piano literature, piano pedagogy, chamber music, class piano, and/or additional keyboard applied studio lessons. Other duties may include but are not limited to: serving on graduate committees, supervising independent study projects, coaching chamber music, or other projects as appropriate to appointee’s qualifications and departmental needs. Harpsichord or pianoforte experience is a plus. As part of a normal workload you may be asked to teach online courses. Excellence in teaching and recruiting is expected. Appointment begins July 22, 2024.

The Rawlins Piano Trio is a dynamic group of performers, teachers and scholars, distinguishing itself in arts outreach, masterclasses and a variety of performances. Their diverse repertoire ranges from standard works to new and undiscovered pieces deserving to be brought into the public light. Owing to its expertise as a preeminent interpreter of American music, the ensemble has recorded five CDs of these works. The members of the Trio are on the faculty of the University of South Dakota Department of Music. As enthusiastic teachers, outreach is a vital component of their touring schedule with masterclasses and school visits on a regular basis throughout the United States and abroad. The ensemble is named in honor of the late Marjorie and Robert Rawlins, its principal benefactors and graduates of the University of South Dakota in the 1940s. 

Qualifications:  Doctorate in keyboard performance, pedagogy, collaborative piano, or equivalent required. ABD with appropriate performance and teaching experience will be considered. Candidates must show demonstrated success in teaching at the collegiate level, experience as a collaborative pianist, and experience as a chamber musician. Experience in performing piano trios is preferred.

Rank and Salary:  Assistant or Associate Professor, salary based on qualifications with a starting salary of $50,000.  US sponsorship is not available for this position

Application Procedure:  Applications will only be accepted on-line at Include on the website: application letter, vita, names and phone numbers of three current references, an unofficial copy of your graduate transcript, and provide links to recent solo, collaborative and chamber music performances via YouTube or other links. Questions should be addressed to:

Danielle Heeren, Program Assistant II

Piano – Rawlins Piano Trio Screening Committee

College of Fine Arts, Office of the Dean

The University of South Dakota

414 E. Clark Street, Vermillion, SD 57069

Application Deadline:  Review of applications will begin January 3, 2024. The search will continue until the position is filled.

  • USD is committed to fostering a dynamic and welcoming working and learning environments for all. USD provides equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to ideological, political, or sectarian opinions or perspectives; or race, color, creed, religion, sex, ancestry, disability, national origin or any other factor protected by applicable federal, state, or local laws. USD is committed to the principles of free expression and encourages the timely and rational discussion of topics in an environment that is intellectually and ideologically diverse.

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Contact Information

  • Danielle Heeren, Program Assistant II
    College of Fine Arts, Office of the Dean
    The University of South Dakota
    414 East Clark St
    Vermillion, SD 57069


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