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Adjunct Faculty - Director of Choirs

Harper College
Palatine, Illinois, United States
Salary Not Specified
Date posted
May 24, 2024

We are Harper College…the college in your community.

The College was established by referendum in 1965 and opened September 1967. It is named for Dr. William Rainey Harper, a pioneer in the junior college movement in the United States and the first president of the University of Chicago.

Harper College is now one of the nation’s premier community colleges and one of the largest, serving approximately 29,000 students annually in Chicago’s northwest suburbs. The College’s academic programs prepare students for rewarding careers and for transfer to four-year universities. Harper offers associate degree and certification programs, advanced career programs, workforce training, professional development, continuing education classes, accelerated degree options for adults and developmental education programs.


Education Requirements: Master’s degree in music or equivalent with demonstrated pedagogical skills and experience leading ensembles.

Experience Requirements: Preference will be given to applicants who have previous experience teaching at the secondary and/or college levels, both as an ensemble director and instructor of core courses such as music theory, aural skills, etc.

Required Documents: A resume and cover letter are required to complete the application process

Application Review Date: Applications are accepted until the position is filled though priority will be given to applications received on or before June 10, 2024.

* Official transcripts required upon hire
* Employment is contingent upon Criminal Background Check.

* Employment sponsorship is not available.

Starting Pay Rate: $1127 per contact hour

Applicable Benefits:

Harper College is an Equal Opportunity Employer. We strive to create an inclusive learning and working environment where individual differences and identities are respected, valued and embraced. We encourage women, people from historically underrepresented groups, individuals with disabilities and veterans to apply.


The Department of Music at Harper College invites applications for an adjunct position as the Director of Choirs, as well as applied instruction in voice. We are committed to creating an inclusive and diverse educational experience that fosters creativity, expression, and a supportive musical community for students of varying cultures, backgrounds, and interests. We maintain a proud level of academic excellence. Our goal is to build academic and creative career paths for our students with opportunities to find representation and identity in their musical studies. Ensemble directors are therefore expected to possess expertise in their performance area and teach students on both the credit and non-credit sides, i.e., the Music Department and Community Education. They are also expected to explore non-western musical traditions and performance practices to reflect the changing demographics and comply with Harper’s commitments by including diverse teaching materials and repertoire. Other responsibilities include organizing performances and ensuring student participation. They may also be asked to participate in outreach and recruitment events. We care greatly about our surrounding community and have created a place for members to craft their musical interests into fruitful careers, personal enrichment, and stronger engagement with music.



Responsibilities of the position:
  • Teach/lead Choir and Spectra ensembles
  • Create seasonal programs that support the cultural values of the Harper Music Department
  • Create arrangements specific to the group’s enrollment each semester
  • Curate, host, and attend Choir and Spectra concerts and events
  • Infuse technology into pedagogical approaches to teaching
  • Maintain our Choir/Vocal score library
  • Apply fundamental musical skills such as theory, ear training, and arranging into to teaching pedagogy

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