Assistant Teaching Professor – Applied Voice and Choral Ensemble Director – University of Wisconsin-La Crosse – La Crosse, WI

University of Wisconsin-La Crosse

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College of Arts, Social Sciences & Humanities
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The Department of Music at the UNIVERSITY OF WISCONSIN–LA CROSSE is soliciting qualified candidates for a full-time position (permanent, not tenure-track) to teach Applied Voice, Class Voice, Treble Chorus, and a small vocal ensemble.

We are seeking a teacher-artist who will provide leadership and collaboration in our music program, especially in the choral/vocal area. The instructional load will include

  • voice lessons (individuals for majors/minors whose principal area of study is voice)
  • class voice (for music education students and those students who desire to improve their singing) and
  • performance-oriented choral/vocal ensembles.
For the small vocal ensemble, the Department desires a leader who can provide diverse experiences apart from those in the larger traditional choral ensembles. Small ensemble possibilities would include vocal jazz or contemporary styles.
Additional teaching responsibilities may be assigned according to the candidate’s strengths and the school’s needs. The applicant should also convey a commitment to supporting recruitment of music majors for the program and serving on relevant department committees.
Description of College / Department / Program / Division / Unit
The School of Visual & Performing Arts at the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse prepares students for meaningful careers in the arts, offering a B.A. or B.S. in music and a B.S. in music education. The Department of Music includes 9 full-time faculty, several ad-hoc positions and approximately 75 undergraduate majors and minors. The Department provides a strong foundation including quality curriculum in music history, theory, applied music lessons and ensemble experiences within our music program. The Department currently offers Concert Choir (SATB), Treble Chorus (SSA), Choral Union (community and student choir) and a small vocal ensemble. Our mission is to provide a broad range of musical experiences for our music majors and minors, university students and the community. Persons with experience and commitment to achieve goals relative to diversity and inclusion are especially encouraged to apply.
Required Qualifications
  • Minimum of a Masters in Music (M.M. or M.F.A.);
  • Teaching experience in applied voice;
  • Choral conducting experience;
  • Demonstrated commitment to promoting diversity and inclusion;
  • Evidence of a collaborative and open-minded approach to working with students and colleagues.
Preferred Qualifications
  • Advanced Graduate Degree in Voice or Choral Conducting;
  • University teaching experience in applied voice;
  • University teaching experience in class voice;
  • Professional experience as a vocal performer;
  • Evidence of choral conducting at the university or professional level.
  • Public school teaching experience would also be desirable.
Physical Demands
  • Standing (to conduct)
  • Sitting (at piano)
  • Repetitive motion (conducting, typing for email communications, teaching, etc.)
  • Manual dexterity (accompanying at the piano)
  • Talking/Singing (for longer periods during teaching/rehearsing)
Working conditions and environment
  • Music from many sources (teaching, rehearsals, extraneous noise from other rehearsals)
  • Irregular hours (weeknight and weekend concerts)
  • Driving/traveling to off-campus venues for concerts and recruitment
Miscellaneous Information
Your benefits add an additional 40%+ to the overall financial package from the university.
Highlights include:
  • excellent flexible health insurance with low co-pays and good coverage.
  • paid holidays and sick days.
  • sick leave may be converted at retirement to pay for health insurance post-work at UWL.
  • after 5 years of employment, you become vested in our retirement system which ensures income post-career.
  • benefits at UWL are highly competitive with local industry and some of the strongest in state and nation.
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Benefit eligibility is determined at point of hire. This information is provided for illustrative purposes only. Benefits are also pro-rated based on the appointment percentage.

The University of Wisconsin-La Crosse (UW–La Crosse) provides a challenging, dynamic, and diverse learning environment in which the entire university community is fully engaged in supporting student success. Grounded in the liberal arts, UW-La Crosse fosters curiosity and life-long learning through collaboration, innovation, and the discovery and dissemination of new knowledge. Acknowledging and respecting the contributions of all, UW-La Crosse is a regional academic and cultural center that prepares students to take their place in a constantly changing world community.

UW-La Crosse’s diversity and inclusion efforts are guided by our adherence to Inclusive Excellence. We define Inclusive Excellence as “… our active, intentional and ongoing commitment to bridge differences with understanding and respect so all can thrive.” The goals of Inclusive Excellence are to increase the retention of diverse faculty, staff and students while encouraging a campus climate that is inviting and welcoming to all. UW-La Crosse strives to promote acceptance of all facets of diversity from racial/ethnic diversity to diversity of thought and experience. UW-La Crosse ranks 6th nationally among the Top LGBTQ-Friendly Colleges for 2018-19 by (ACO).
For more than a decade UW-La Crosse has been named one of Kiplinger’s 100 Best Values in Public Universities and has appeared prominently on the U.S. News & World Report list of “America’s Best Colleges” for more than 15 years, and is ranked #4 on its list of the Best Regional Public Universities in the Midwest.
With a student population of roughly 10,500, the university offers 91 undergraduate programs, 21 graduate programs, and 2 doctoral programs through the following three colleges, the College of Arts, Social Sciences, and Humanities, the College of Business Administration, and the College of Science and Health, as well as the School of Education. There are over 600 full-time faculty and instructional academic staff, 75 percent of whom hold terminal degrees. UW-La Crosse boasts a retention rate (freshmen returning as sophomores) of 84 percent, graduation rate (degree within six years) of 70 percent, and is among only 12 institutions cited nationally by the American Association of State Colleges and Universities for its success in linking campus culture and university leadership to outstanding graduation rates.
UW-La Crosse’s strategic plan Sustaining Excellence continues to move our community forward through its four pillars: increasing community engagement, achieving excellence through equity and diversity, investing in our people, and advancing transformational education. More information about the ongoing work of Sustaining Excellence is available at
The UW-La Crosse campus is located in southwestern Wisconsin, nestled in a residential area of the City of La Crosse and positioned as part of a larger metro area with a population close to 140,000. The area, known as the 7 Rivers Region, is famous for its exceptional natural beauty which includes the Mississippi River on one side, majestic bluffs on the other, and views of rolling farmland and forested valleys in between. Abundant water, woodlands and varying terrain provide ample opportunities for year-round outdoor recreation. Only a couple of hours from Minneapolis or Madison, La Crosse enjoys the affordability and charm of small town living with larger city benefits. Three colleges, two world-class medical institutions, the La Crosse Symphony Orchestra, a restored nineteenth century downtown business district, and a number of galleries and art centers have made La Crosse a regional center for culture, entertainment, medical care, shopping, sports and recreation. More information about the La Crosse metro area can be found here: Choose La Crosse.

Employment will require a criminal background check. A pending criminal charge or conviction will not necessarily disqualify an applicant. In compliance with the Wisconsin Fair Employment Act, UW-La Crosse does not discriminate on the basis of arrest or conviction records.

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