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Assistant Professor of Music

Bates College
Lewiston, Maine, United States
Salary Not Specified
Date posted
Jan 10, 2024

Job Details

The Department of Music is pleased to announce a position for an Assistant Professor in Music Performance with a specialization in Western classical music, broadly defined, beginning August 1, 2024. We see this position as an opportunity for the Bates Music department to build the profile of our performance curriculum in exciting new directions, and to build an expansive, critical, and inclusive approach to the Western classical tradition appropriate to our present cultural moment. The successful candidate will have a robust creative and scholarly record.

The teaching load for this position consists of five courses within the academic year. This position would be responsible for covering the following courses (most offered on rotation):
  • Performance in Western Classical Music (MUS 220)
  • College Choir (MUS 290A) (one section per semester at 0.5 teaching credits/semester, total of 1 credit)
  • Classical Music in Western Culture (MUS 210, offered once per year)
  • Advising senior theses in music performance (MUS 458/459)
  • Course offerings in the candidate’s area of expertise
We are potentially interested in candidates who might offer coursework at the intersection of music and theater, here understood as engaging one or several possible repertories extending from contemporary and experimental opera to musical theater in the Broadway tradition.

The Bates College curriculum is committed to the emancipatory potential of the liberal arts, and to critical and interdisciplinary engagement with conventional fields of study. In the context of the Music department, this means we are particularly interested in candidates whose work acknowledges the historical importance of the Western classical music canon, while at the same time attends to its hierarchical institutions, its constructions of race, gender, and sexuality, and its asymmetries of class power.

The college and the Music Department are committed to enhancing the diversity of the campus community and the curriculum. Candidates who can contribute to this goal are encouraged to apply; the search committee expects candidates to identify their strengths and experiences in this area.

Please visit the Music Department at Bates for more information.

RESOURCES AT BATES: Bates provides opportunities for professional travel funding , and structured mentoring programs for faculty. The Olin Arts Center is home to the Music Department, the Art and Visual Culture Department, and the Bates Museum of Art. Olin houses several practice rooms, ensemble rooms, seminar rooms, lecture halls, and the Olin Concert Hall, a 300-seat recital hall. The Theater and Dance department is housed in the Schaeffer/Pettigrew performing arts complex, featuring Schaeffer Theatre , a 300 seat proscenium style house; Gannett Theater, a flexible venue that seats roughly 70 -100 people; and Black Box Theater, a small laboratory space seating 40 people. Additionally, Bates is home to the Digital Media Studios , a facility providing equipment and expertise for a wide range of audio and visual media, as well as the Visualization Lab , which includes Extended Reality studios and 3D printing, and the Immersive Media Studio .

ABOUT BATES COLLEGE: Bates College is situated in Lewiston, a diverse and growing city in Maine, two and a half hours north of Boston and 45 minutes from Portland, ME. The standard teaching load at Bates is 5 courses per academic year (either 2-3 in the Fall and Winter semesters, or 2-2-1 utilizing the Bates “Short Term,” a one month intensive course offered in May of each academic year). In addition to an active interdisciplinary program culture, funds for scholarly work are available to all faculty. Bates is a highly selective liberal arts college and provides an excellent climate for professional development and scholarship.

A completed DMA or terminal degree in musical performance, choral conducting, performance-centered approaches to historical musicology, or other relevant field, is required.

Applicants should submit the following:
  • Cover letter, stating scholarly and pedagogical qualifications for this position, as well as the applicant’s interest in teaching at a small liberal arts college.
  • Current C.V.
  • A statement speaking to how the applicant’s teaching, scholarship and/or service contributes to equity, inclusion, and antiracism in the campus community.
  • Performance portfolio with video recordings (15-20 minutes combined) that include documentation of conducting rehearsals and/or documentation of live performance
  • Three letters of recommendation (one of whom can speak to the applicant’s teaching experience or capabilities).
  • Graduate and undergraduate school transcripts.
Review of applications begins on ­February 9, 2024, and will continue until the position is filled.

Employment is contingent upon successful completion of a background check.

Bates College is committed to equal opportunity and to providing an educational and work environment free from discrimination. The college prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, national or ethnic origin, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression, age, disability, genetic information, veteran status, and other legally protected statuses in the recruitment and admission of its students, in the administration of its education policies and programs, or in the recruitment of its faculty and staff. Bates College adheres to all applicable state and federal equal opportunity laws and regulations. All college faculty, staff, students, contractors, visitors, and volunteers are responsible for understanding and complying with the Non-Discrimination Policy.

Inquiries concerning the college’s policies, compliance with applicable laws, statutes, and regulations (such as Title VII, Title IX, and ADA/Section 504), and complaints may be directed to the Title IX Officer, Gwen Lexow at 207-786-6445 or


.Bates College

Located in Lewiston, Maine, Bates is internationally recognized as a leading liberal arts college. We are proud to offer a highly personalized education that centers on deep and sustained interactions among students, faculty, and community. We are engaging the forces — intellectual trends, demographic changes, and technology — that are transforming higher education and the world into which our students graduate.

When Bates opened in 1855, it was New England’s first co-ed college. Since then, we have admitted students no matter their nationality, race, religion, sex, or socio-economic status. While this openness was at the core of our founding identity and principles, it has been tested throughout time and requires us to constantly reflect upon and recommit to our mission.

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