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Visiting Artist Associate/Director of Jazz Activities

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Categories: Faculty
Department: Music

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Davidson College invites applications for a Visiting Artist Associate who will serve as Director of Jazz Activities for the 2022-2023 year, to begin July 1, 2022. This is a half-time, non-tenure-track appointment, with the possibility for renewal.


Conducting the Jazz Ensemble in rehearsals and concerts. The 18-piece ensemble rehearses on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 4:30-6:15 p.m. and performs 1-2 full concerts and a half-concert on the Davidson Town Green each semester.

Directing the Jazz Combos in rehearsals and concerts. Typically there are 2-3 combos with 4-7 players, depending on instrumentation. Each combo receives an hour of coaching each week. Typically, the combos present one concert each semester.

Coordinate a tour that normally takes place in early January.

Booking guest artists to perform with the Jazz Ensemble. The budget includes funds to contract one or two guest artists each season. Guest artists are typically in residence for 2-3 days, rehearsing with the Jazz Ensemble and giving master classes.

Recruiting student musicians, in coordination with the Admissions and Music Departments. Recruiting primarily involves communication with applicants and prospective applicants through email and Zoom, and does not require travel.


Master’s degree in music with an emphasis in jazz, or closely related field, required; demonstrated success directing a jazz ensemble. Review of applications begins November 1, 2021; open until filled.


Apply online via The application should include a cover letter that describes your jazz conducting experience, a statement explaining your understanding of how your work with the jazz ensembles might contribute to Davidson’s institutional commitment to diversity and inclusion, a C.V, and contact information for 2 references. We will request reference letters only from finalists, and finalists will be asked to provide video recordings of a rehearsal and a performance. Ideally the video footage will have the camera facing the conductor and will include at least 20 minutes of rehearsal footage, 20 minutes of performance footage, and at least two contrasting styles of repertoire. Queries may be directed to Neil Lerner, Chair, Department of Music,

Consistently ranked among the nation's top liberal arts colleges, Davidson College is a highly selective, independent liberal arts college located in Davidson, North Carolina, located 20 miles from the city of Charlotte. Davidson faculty enjoy a low student-faculty ratio, emphasis on and appreciation of excellence in teaching, prioritization of inclusive pedagogy, and a collegial, respectful atmosphere that honors academic achievement and integrity.


At Davidson College, we believe the college grows stronger by recruiting and retaining a diverse faculty and staff committed to building an inclusive community. In order to achieve and sustain educational excellence, we seek to hire talented faculty and staff across the intersections of diverse races, ethnicities, religions, sexual orientations, gender identities, ages, socio-economic backgrounds, political perspectives, abilities, cultures, and national origin.





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