Assistant Director of Choral Music – Cornell University in Ithaca New York

Assistant Director of Choral Music – Cornell University in Ithaca New York

Detailed Job Description

Assistant Director of Choral Music

            The Department of Music at Cornell University announces an opening at the rank of Lecturer, two-thirds time, starting July 1, 2015.  The appointment is a renewable, non-tenure-track position (with benefits) and will be for an initial term of three years.

The assistant director will teach, conduct, and assist the director of choral activities in all aspects of Cornell’s nationally renowned choral program.  The ideal candidate will be someone with equal passion for repertoire and pedagogy, a conductor who can work effectively with very bright students from a wide range of musical backgrounds (everyone from beginners to those singing at a professional level), while helping to develop innovative rehearsal techniques and contributing thoughtfully to our campus dialogue about musical leadership.  Outstanding rehearsal and teaching skills are the top qualification, ideally matched with professional vocal experience and/or exceptional keyboard accompanying skills. Masters degree or professional equivalent required.

Specific duties of the position will include:

          • conducting the Cornell Chorale

          • serving as Associate Conductor for the Cornell Glee Club, Chorus, & Chamber Singers

          • assisting in administration of departmental choral music, including music for Sage Chapel

          • participating in other departmental, college and university activities, as determined by available time and the successful candidate’s talents and interests.


            Cornell’s choirs maintain a busy schedule of performing, touring, and recording, with some 40 performances annually, including in the current season appearances at Carnegie Hall and the Kennedy Center.  A long tradition of excellent student management, with each generation of student leaders mentored by alumni, allows the conductors time to focus on musical concerns.  Regular collaborations with professional organizations (the American Symphony Orchestra, the Argento Chamber Ensemble, the Cayuga Chamber Orchestra, etc.) and multiple annual commissions (from composers such as Augusta Read Thomas, Roberto Sierra, Bernard Rands, Lisa Bielawa, Toby Twining, Christopher Cerrone, Chen Yi, etc.) keep the choirs on the forefront of current performance practice.

Interested candidates should submit a letter of application, a curriculum vitae, and three letters of recommendation testifying to their strengths as conductor, teacher and administrator by March 2, 2015. Electronic applications are required. Applicants may apply at Any letters of recommendation that must be submitted in hard copy may be sent to:

Choral Search Committee

101 Lincoln Hall

Cornell University

Ithaca, NY 14853-4101

            Questions regarding the position may be addressed to Robert Isaacs at Please do not send recordings or other materials at this time.

Information about the choral ensembles and the department may be found at:


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