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Appointment Type: Faculty Full-time
Department: Music
Categories: Faculty

The Union College Music Department is seeking a full-time Lecturer/Director of Music Performance to begin in Fall 2024 to lead the choral and orchestral programs and supervise the department’s performance activities.

The primary responsibility of this position is to conduct the Union College Choir and Union College and Community Orchestra. The choir has traveled on prestigious national and international tours and both ensembles are supported by generous endowments. The department is looking for someone with a high artistic vision to continue growing these ensembles. The successful candidate should move beyond the traditional repertoire to offer innovative programming that reflects the college's commitment to diversity and inclusivity. Ability to direct a smaller vocal or instrumental chamber ensemble and work with students interested in musical theater is a plus, as are keyboard skills. Depending upon the needs of the department and the interests of the candidate, the lecturer also is responsible for teaching one to two 10-week classes during the academic year.

The successful candidate must have demonstrated administrative experience. The Director of Music Performance oversees between 7 and 12 applied lesson instructors ("Affiliate Artists"). Additional administrative responsibilities may include providing music for official college events; advising students on the music major and minor; registering students for ensembles and private lessons; overseeing music competitions and music lesson scholarships; and planning concert series with the other faculty.

The Department of Music offers an innovative comprehensive music curriculum including courses in music theory, composition, music technology, European music history, global and popular musics, and performance. Our faculty-led ensembles include Choir, Chamber Singers, Early Music Ensemble, Jazz Ensemble, a student/community Orchestra, and Japanese Drumming Ensemble. The campus hosts a distinguished chamber music series ( held at the acoustically-superb Memorial Chapel. To learn more about the Department of Music at Union College please visit

The successful candidate will have earned a doctorate in music [PhD or DMA] by September 1st, 2024. The deadline for submitting applications is December 1, 2023. Incomplete applications will not be considered.

Please submit the following through our online application portal ( (1) a cover letter, including a statement regarding experience working with diverse student populations and/or ability to contribute to a diverse community, (2) curriculum vitae, (3) a short statement describing your approach to conducting choir and orchestra in a liberal arts college and (4) a short statement describing possible introductory and intermediate courses (both for non-majors and majors) that complement our current offerings. Include links to videos that demonstrate the following: one rehearsal video for orchestra; one rehearsal video for choir; up to two videos of orchestral performance in varying styles; and up to two videos of choral performance in varying styles. Ensure that your links are active and not password protected. Please limit your video excerpts to three to four minutes each or provide timestamps to direct the search committee to the sections you want to highlight.

As part of the online application, please also provide names and contact information for three references. The search committee may contact these individuals as part of the review process.

We know some job seekers may not apply for career opportunities unless they meet every qualification in the position description including the preferred qualifications. We are most interested in hiring the best staff and faculty colleagues, and recognize that a successful candidate may come from a less traditional career path. We encourage you to apply, even if you don’t believe you meet every one of our preferred qualifications.

Note: All new hires of Union College are subject to a thorough education, work experience, and criminal history background check.


The expected annual salary range for this position is $67,000.00 - $69,000.00. Except for roles with a set rate of pay, the wage/salary of the finalist selected for this role will be set based on a variety of factors, including but not limited to departmental budgets, qualifications, experience, education, licenses, specialty, and training. The stated hiring rate/range represents the College’s good faith and reasonable estimate of the rate/range of possible compensation at the time of posting.

We offer exceptional benefits including:

  • Generous Vacation, Sick and Personal Time
  • Winter Recess Break in Addition to Paid Holidays
  • Healthcare, Dental, and Vision Insurance (Flexible Spending and Dependent Care Accounts)
  • Free On-Campus Fitness Facility Access and Discounts for On-Campus Wellness Programs
  • Employee Scholarships toward Certifications, Seminars, Training and Professional Development
  • Pre and Post Tax participation in a 403(b) Retirement Plan
  • Salary Continuation Program in the event of Disability
  • Tuition Assistance Program for Employee, Spouse and/or Dependents


If you require an accommodation throughout the interview process, please don't hesitate to contact our Human Resources department at or 518-388-6108. We are committed to ensuring that all candidates have equal access to opportunities and can participate in a fair and inclusive hiring process.

Diversity at Union College

Union College is an equal-opportunity employer and is strongly committed to student and workforce diversity. Increasing diversity on campus is a critical priority for Union, one that is integral to our mission of preparing students for a globally interconnected world. Union provides a blend of intellectual, social, and cultural opportunities to facilitate the integrated academic, social, and personal development of a diverse community. We value and are committed to a host of diverse populations and cultures including, but not limited to, those based on race, religion, disability, ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, national origin, and veteran status. Union College is committed to providing access and will provide reasonable accommodation in its application process to individuals with disabilities who request such accommodations.

Non-Discrimination Policy

Union College will not discriminate in the recruitment or selection of faculty and employees, or in any other area of employment, on the basis of age, sex, race, national origin, religion, religious belief, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, and veteran status. In this regard, opportunities for advancement will be made available without bias. The College is also subject to state and federal laws and supports efforts to attract and retain fully qualified women and other minority group members for faculty and other positions. Union College will comply with the letter and intent of all State and Federal laws and applicable orders pursuant to Equal Employment Opportunity and Affirmative Action.

Union College

Union College ( is a small, highly selective undergraduate institution with particular strengths in science and engineering. Located in the heart of New York’s Capital District, Union College is only a short drive away from New York City, Boston, and Montreal (approximately three hours). Union College is an equal opportunity employer and strongly committed to student and workforce diversity. Union provides a blend of intellectual, social and cultural opportunities to facilitate the integrated academic, social and personal development of a diverse community. We value and are committed to a host of diverse populations and cultures including, but not limited to, those based on race, religion, disability, ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, national origin and veteran status. We expect all faculty members to contribute to a thriving, diverse, and inclusive learning community, while promoting a sense of belonging among students, other faculty, and staff colleagues.

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