Conductor-Composer

Details

  • Position Category: Academic
  • Position Title: Conductor-Composer
  • School/Department: School of Music
  • Reports To: Dean of the Herb Alpert School of Music
  • Time: Full-Time
  • Appointment: Regular
  • Position Starts: 09/03/2018

Information & Responsibilities

CALIFORNIA INSTITUTE OF THE ARTS

THE HERB ALPERT SCHOOL OF MUSIC AT CALARTS

CONDUCTOR–COMPOSER

The Herb Alpert School of Music at CalArts seeks to appoint a full-time faculty member to its innovative community of creative music artists, with primary responsibilities anchored in directing conducted ensembles in the School’s InstrumentalArts curriculum. She/He/They must be a conductor-composer who is able to contribute to the school’s broadly integrated subject areas on all degree levels, including instrumental music as a performer-composer, composition and experimental sound practices, the core curriculum for undergraduates and other areas of the curriculum addressing the diverse range of musical styles and sources of inspiration exhibited among the student body. CalArts faculty are recognized pioneers in their fields.

Duties may include:
 • Organizing, rehearsing and conducting music ensembles ranging from mixed chamber to orchestra, contemporary groups, intermedia ensembles and occasionally larger performance projects in both extant and contemporary musical literature,
 • Teaching classes in instrumental arts, conducting, composition and experimental sound practices, performer-composer and related areas, and core curriculum subjects in theory, skills, literature, analysis, related areas, and new and emerging forms of music,
 • Giving individualized instruction in conducting, composition, performer-composer, and related areas,
 • Overseeing projects at DMA, MFA and BFA levels,
 • Serving as artistic and academic mentor for students,
 • Helping to guide curriculum development and
 • Contributing to administration, potentially as program director of InstrumentalArts.

CalArts prides itself on its faculty profiles—that blend innovative and exploratory creative work with demonstrated accomplishments as artist-teachers and aptitudes for administrative effectiveness. A deep and comprehensive understanding of their fields, from historical, aesthetic and practical realms combined with ability to lead next-generation students in synthesizing practices among all the School’s programs is paramount. CalArts is known for its teaching with experimental models for training, research, creative facilitation and learning. Our faculty are expected to contribute to the dynamic and creative vitality of the CalArts community as artists, educators and participants in the evolution of the Institution.

Requirements

Minimum qualifications:

  • Masters degree or higher
  • Two years of college-level teaching experience.

How to Apply

Applications should include:

• Letter describing professional background and artistic and educational philosophies,
• Detailed curriculum vitae,
• Three letters of recommendation and
• List of courses or subject areas previously taught or within the candidate’s ability to teach and any related administrative experience.

Do not send work samples at this time.

Audition/Interview: A search committee will evaluate applications and may request work samples from selected candidates. A short list of finalists may be invited to CalArts for interviews with the search committee and administrators and to give presentations about their work for the CalArts community. Application screening will begin in February 2018, and the position will remain open until filled. The anticipated start date for the position is September 2018. Electronic submissions should be sent via email as PDF files to musicinfo@calarts.edu with CONDUCTOR-COMPOSER in the subject line.

Equity & Diversity

CalArts is proud of its diverse student body and deeply committed to supporting the cultural and artistic aspirations of all its students. A commitment to increasing opportunities for low-income students and currently disenfranchised groups is necessary, as is the desire to work to support institutional goals of equity and diversity in an ongoing way. CalArts is an Equal Opportunity Employer (EOE). In our efforts to reach a diverse application pool, please follow the link to fill out an optional survey: http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/Eq_Div

Further Information

CalArts has a multidisciplinary approach to its studies of the arts through six schools: Art, Critical Studies, Dance, Film/Video, Music and Theater. CalArts encourages students to explore and recognize the complexity of the many aspects of the arts. It is supported by a distinguished faculty of practicing artists and provides its Bachelor and Master of Fine Arts students with the hands-on training and exposure necessary for an artist's growth. CalArts was founded in 1961 and opened in 1969 as the first institution of higher learning in the United States specifically for students interested in the pursuit of degrees in all areas of visual and performing arts.

The Herb Alpert School of Music at CalArts offers BFA and MFA Programs in Music with Specializations in Performer-Composer, Composition and Experimental Sound Practices, Jazz, InstrumentalArts (all standard instruments), VoiceArts and Music Technology: Interaction, Intelligence and Design. World Music Performance and Musical Arts/Experimental Pop Specializations are also offered on the BFA level. African Music and Dance, Indonesian Music and Dance, North Indian Music and World Percussion Specializations are also offered on the MFA level. Finally, a unique DMA Performer-Composer Program brings very advanced practitioners into this community of artists. The school supports curriculum integration among these programs. Certificate and Advanced Certificate pathways are also available. See website for further information about the Herb Alpert School of Music at CalArts: http://music.calarts.edu/.

TypeAcademic
School/DepartmentSchool of Music
Reports ToDean of the Herb Alpert School of Music
StatusFull-Time
AppointmentRegular
Available9/3/2018 12:01:00 AM
Requirements

Minimum qualifications:

  • Masters degree or higher
  • Two years of college-level teaching experience.
Instructions
Applications should include:

• Letter describing professional background and artistic and educational philosophies,
• Detailed curriculum vitae,
• Three letters of recommendation and
• List of courses or subject areas previously taught or within the candidate’s ability to teach and any related administrative experience.

Do not send work samples at this time.

Audition/Interview: A search committee will evaluate applications and may request work samples from selected candidates. A short list of finalists may be invited to CalArts for interviews with the search committee and administrators and to give presentations about their work for the CalArts community. Application screening will begin in February 2018, and the position will remain open until filled. The anticipated start date for the position is September 2018. Electronic submissions should be sent via email as PDF files to musicinfo@calarts.edu with CONDUCTOR-COMPOSER in the subject line.
Equity and Diversity

CalArts is proud of its diverse student body and deeply committed to supporting the cultural and artistic aspirations of all its students. A commitment to increasing opportunities for low-income students and currently disenfranchised groups is necessary, as is the desire to work to support institutional goals of equity and diversity in an ongoing way. CalArts is an Equal Opportunity Employer (EOE). In our efforts to reach a diverse application pool, please follow the link to fill out an optional survey: http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/Eq_Div

Additional Information

CalArts has a multidisciplinary approach to its studies of the arts through six schools: Art, Critical Studies, Dance, Film/Video, Music and Theater. CalArts encourages students to explore and recognize the complexity of the many aspects of the arts. It is supported by a distinguished faculty of practicing artists and provides its Bachelor and Master of Fine Arts students with the hands-on training and exposure necessary for an artist's growth. CalArts was founded in 1961 and opened in 1969 as the first institution of higher learning in the United States specifically for students interested in the pursuit of degrees in all areas of visual and performing arts.

The Herb Alpert School of Music at CalArts offers BFA and MFA Programs in Music with Specializations in Performer-Composer, Composition and Experimental Sound Practices, Jazz, InstrumentalArts (all standard instruments), VoiceArts and Music Technology: Interaction, Intelligence and Design. World Music Performance and Musical Arts/Experimental Pop Specializations are also offered on the BFA level. African Music and Dance, Indonesian Music and Dance, North Indian Music and World Percussion Specializations are also offered on the MFA level. Finally, a unique DMA Performer-Composer Program brings very advanced practitioners into this community of artists. The school supports curriculum integration among these programs. Certificate and Advanced Certificate pathways are also available. See website for further information about the Herb Alpert School of Music at CalArts: http://music.calarts.edu/.