Shenandoah Conservatory is undertaking a nationwide search for a one-year Visiting Music Director to join the Musical Theatre faculty in its Theatre Division.

Shenandoah Conservatory is undertaking a nationwide search for a one-year Visiting Music Director to join the Musical Theatre faculty in its Theatre Division. This full-time and one-year position at the rank of Assistant Professor begins August 15, 2018.

Responsibilities: The incoming Music Director will provide exceptional pre-professional training while further strengthening students’ connections to the musical theatre industry. Towards that end, the candidate will be expected to:

  • Provide music direction and vocal coaching for 2-3 musicals per year (including conducting the pit orchestra with Conservatory music students for mainstage musicals);
  • Teach Musical Theatre History, co-teach senior year Acting Through Song and Senior Showcase;
  • Further strengthen the program’s ties to the musical theatre industry;
  • Actively participate in faculty meetings, auditions, and recruitment activities.

Qualifications: Successful candidates will possess all of the following minimal qualifications:

  • Significant professional theatre credits as a music director;
  • Exceptional piano skills;
  • An understanding of contemporary musical theatre, contemporary interpretations of traditional shows, pop/rock styles, and corresponding vocal techniques;
  • A passion for mentoring emerging professionals in an encouraging atmosphere with a growth oriented mindset;
  • A completed graduate degree or commensurate professional experience.

Complete application submissions will include a cover letter addressing the listed responsibilities, a curriculum vitae, and contact information for three professional references.  The review of applications will begin immediately and continue until a qualified candidate is selected. A pre-employment background check will be required. If the job requires driving for University business, a satisfactory driving record will also be required.

Shenandoah University is committed to enriching its educational experience and culture through the diversity of its faculty, administration, and staff. All candidates are strongly encouraged to include a statement in their cover letters addressing ways in which they may be able to contribute to that commitment.

Click HERE to apply for this position.  At the resulting page, click on the “Visiting Music Director, Theatre” job title written in blue under the heading “Latest Job Listings” on the left side of that screen; then click one of the “Resume/CV” button choices in the “Apply” box at the bottom of the posting to input your information.  If this is the first time you will have applied to a Shenandoah University position using this new process, please choose the “New” option.  Be prepared to upload the previously referenced documents as you go through this process.

About the Theatre Division & Musical Theatre Program: Shenandoah Conservatory’s Theatre Division is in an exciting period of development. Beyond having one of the country’s leading Musical Theatre programs, the Theatre Division – which focuses exclusively on undergraduate BFA training and is uniquely situated within a comprehensive performing arts conservatory – includes an innovative Meisner-based Acting program, and an intensive undergraduate Theatre Design and Production program. Now in its 47th year, the Conservatory’s BFA Musical Theatre degree is among the longest-established and highest ranked programs in the country. The program maintains a reputation for excellence in pre-professional training and keeps a constant eye on the industry, providing highly individualized education in a rigorous yet supportive environment. The curriculum is NYC focused and designed to prepare graduates to perform in contemporary musicals, pop/rock shows, and contemporary revivals of traditional repertoire. The program places special emphasis on functional voice training and vocal health. Shenandoah University’s location allows for easy access to and regular interaction with theatre professionals from New York City as well as Washington D.C. In addition to a robust traditional production calendar, Shenandoah Conservatory also hosts a resident professional summerstock theatre, Shenandoah Summer Music Theatre. SSMT, one of the country’s largest campus-based summer musical theatre seasons, produces four major musicals each summer, employs student and professional actors in the company, and welcomes over 20,000 patrons annually.

About Shenandoah Conservatory: Founded in 1875, Shenandoah Conservatory has an extraordinary legacy of shaping the arts in Virginia and beyond. Located at the head of the beautiful and historic Shenandoah Valley in Winchester, VA, the Conservatory is now home to over 600 students from across the nation and globe enrolled in baccalaureate, masters and doctoral curricula in the areas of music, theater, and dance, and includes a distinguished faculty of more than 125, half of whom are full-time.  Based on the main campus of Shenandoah University, the Conservatory is within easy driving distance of Washington, DC and is easily accessible internationally via Dulles International Airport.  As a community uniquely committed to rigor, nurture, and innovation, Shenandoah Conservatory inspires artistic and scholarly excellence, preparing talented students for successful careers in the arts.

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