The Music Program at the University of Portland seeks a candidate to conduct the University Orchestra and teach additional courses in the candidate's area(s) of expertise for its NASM-accredited program starting August 15, 2020. Additional courses taught could include, but are not limited to: applied lessons (strings preferred, others considered), music history, music technology, music education, world music, class piano, and aural skills.
The successful candidate will demonstrate commitment to and success in undergraduate teaching, including knowledge, skills and success in diversity and inclusion work within or transferable to higher education.
This is a tenure-track, nine-month position with benefits. Benefits include: medical & dental insurance, life insurance, long-term disability insurance, sick time, tuition remission benefits, retirement contributions (generally after 2 years of employment), and eligibility for the University’s home purchase assistance program. (Please note that eligibility for all University benefits is subject to applicable policies, practices, and requirements.)
Applications will be reviewed starting October 14, 2019. This posting was posted on August 22, 2019 and will remain open until filled.
Direct the University Orchestra.
Teach a university core course introducing fine arts.
Teach one other course specific to the needs of the department*.
*The standard teaching load at UP is three 3-credit courses per semester; this usually will translate to two classroom courses and the University Orchestra per semester.
Information about the Intro to Fine Arts Course:
All faculty in the Department of Performing and Fine Arts teach the core course called Introduction to Fine Arts. The subject matter includes classical music, theater, film, visual arts (paintings and sculpture), architecture, and possibly dance. Most of the sections are independent, but there are two sections that are team-taught. In this case, two faculty bring the students together for joint lectures by one of the instructors. This allows all students to learn from theater, music, and visual arts specialists. New faculty are assigned to these groups so they can learn how the course works and develop their knowledge of areas outside of their academic expertise.
Education and/or Experience
Required: Doctorate degree (required at time of appointment).
Qualified applicants should submit the following documents:
A cover letter that includes (1) an educational philosophy for a liberal arts music program and (2) addresses experience and/or interest in supporting the University of Portland's strategic goals to increase internationalization and diversity and inclusion.
A separate PDF document that includes online links to rehearsal and performance footage of the applicant conducting an orchestra.
A curriculum vitae
Contact information for three references from whom we can solicit letters of recommendation (recommenders will automatically be sent e-mails with specific directions about how and where to upload their letters).
If you have questions about the position, please contact the chair of the search committee:
Dr. Don Norton Department of Performing and Fine Arts (503) 943-8766
About the Music Department and the University of Portland
The Department of Performing and Fine Arts The department has majors in Music and Theater as well as a minor in Fine Arts. There are six full-time music faculty, five full-time theater faculty, and one faculty member in fine arts. Adjunct faculty in the three fields, totaling 52, teach classroom and studio courses. Several studio teachers perform with the Oregon Symphony Orchestra and Portland Opera.
Music Degrees Offered The University of Portland offers a B.A. in music with four tracks: instrumental, vocal, pre-music education, and general. There are currently 35 music majors and 26 music minors. The program is accredited by the National Association of Schools of Music.
UP Music Ensembles The following are all auditioned ensembles: University Singers, Bel Canto, University Orchestra, Wind Symphony, and Jazz Ensemble. Chamber ensembles include string quartets, jazz combos, flute choir, woodwind trio, brass quintet and chamber choir. There is also Chapel Music Ensemble in Campus Ministry and a Pep Band run through the Athletics Department.
Arts in Portland Portland has a very active art community, including, among others, the Oregon Symphony Orchestra, Portland Opera, Choral Arts Ensemble, Portland Baroque Orchestra, Chamber Music Northwest, Portland Art Museum, Portland Center Stage, Artists Repertory Theatre, Oregon Ballet Theatre, and an active gallery and club scene.
For additional information about the Music Department and the University of Portland, please visit the below websites:
Please see full job description (link in most postings) for information about physical requirements, working conditions, work standards, and statement about reasonable accommodations.
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For those requiring a reasonable accommodation to apply: Applicants who have a disability and would like to request a reasonable accommodation regarding the application or hiring process should contact Human Resources (503) 943-8484.
About University of Portland
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