Sorensen Director of Choral Music
University of California Santa Barbara, Department of Music
United States


The Department of Music seeks to appoint the Sorensen Director of Choral Music, effective July 1, 2019. This is a full-time, open rank, Academic Senate position for either a Lecturer with Potential for Security of Employment (similar to tenure-track) or Lecturer with Security of Employment (similar to tenured), depending on qualifications and experience. The ideal candidate must have national experience and stature in choral conducting and teaching and will possess a clear vision for an evolving choral area. The candidate will play an innovative leadership role in our undergraduate and graduate music programs with responsibilities that include being director of Chamber Choir as well as the creation of new choral ensembles that could include both our campus and local community. The successful candidate will demonstrate a clear recruitment plan that could include touring, participation in conventions and conferences, and community engagement. In addition to conducting choral ensembles, the candidate will be expected to teach a variety of music courses based on their background and expertise.

The department is especially interested in candidates who can contribute to the diversity and excellence of the academic community through teaching, professional activity, and service.

The Department offers the B.A., M.A., and Ph.D. degrees in musicology, ethnomusicology, theory, and composition, and the B.M., M.M., and D.M.A. degrees in performance. As a faculty known for its interdisciplinary culture, we encourage applicants whose scholarship and teaching can engage students across sub-disciplines in music, as well as across our campus.

Applicants must meet the following basic and additional qualifications:

Basic Qualifications:
• DMA in Choral Conducting, or equivalent professional experience required at time of application.

Additional Qualifications:
• At least two years of experience and stature in choral conducting and teaching at the national level.

Preferred Qualifications:
• At least two years of teaching experience at the university level is desired.
• Experience in studio teaching of voice is highly preferred.
• Experience in the field of interdisciplinary creative projects.
• Demonstrated record of significant performances and recordings.

To receive full consideration for this position, all application materials should be received by 2/28/19. Ideally, letters of reference should be received by this date as well. Position is open until filled.

Candidates should submit the following:
• Cover Letter
• Updated Curriculum Vitae
• Statement of Teaching
• Selections from five recent performances (including links to videos) that include varying styles and languages
• Arrange to have three letters of reference submitted
• Statement of contributions to diversity - optional

How to Apply:
• Go to:
• Create applicant ID (username and password)
• Provide required information and documents to complete application

Information about our department and faculty can be found on our website:

The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.



Document requirements
  • Curriculum Vitae - Your most recently updated C.V. Include a link to your professional website, if available.

  • Cover Letter

  • Statement of Teaching

  • Links to recent performances - Upload a pdf document that lists selections from five recent performances, including dates, works performed, and links to videos. Should be in varying styles and languages.

  • Statement of Contributions to Diversity - Statement addressing past and/or potential contributions to diversity through research, teaching, and/or service. 

Reference requirements
  • 3-5 letters of reference required

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