Assistant Professor of Practice in Choral and Sacred Music

USC Thornton School of Music
Indian, ME
Closing date
Dec 4, 2022

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The University of Southern California's Thornton School of Music invites applications for a position as Assistant Professor of Practice in Choral and Sacred Music). This is a full-time, non-tenure track (RTPC), benefits-eligible appointment for an initial period of three years. Renewal beyond the initial three-year period of appointment is possible, at the discretion of the Thornton Dean. The appointment begins August 16, 2023.

Combining the benefits of a world-class conservatory and a leading research university, the USC Thornton School of Music offers students the opportunity to pursue a thorough music education in a real-world context. A new educational model for undergraduates in the Division of Classical Performance and Composition, launched in fall 2019, renews Thornton's commitment to a virtuosic education and asks students to reimagine what it means to be a classical musician in the 21st century. Thornton offers students a full range of musical disciplines across a demanding innovative curriculum, and the opportunity to work with a faculty of national and international renown. For more information, please visit us at

With a student cohort that is largely BIPOC, gender expansive, and with a wide range of ages and experience, the applicant must be adept at teaching, communicating and empathizing with an extraordinarily diverse student population. The University's commitment to building an academic environment hospitable to this wide range of diversity is full and complete. To that end, we encourage applications from candidates who identify with groups that are currently underrepresented in our faculty.

As part of the Thornton School of Music's Classical Division, the Department of Choral and Sacred Music offers the following degrees: D.M.A. in choral music, D.M.A. in sacred music, M.M. in choral music, M.M. in sacred music, B.M. in choral music, and academic minors in choral music for D.M.A. students in all music disciplines at Thornton.

Minimum Requirements and Preferred Qualifications:

Candidates must have a completed D.M.A., Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree in Choral Music, Sacred Music, or related field. Applicants nearing completion of the doctorate may be considered. For appointment, the degree must be conferred by July 31, 2023.

Ideal candidates for this position are dynamic teachers, mentors, and outstanding scholars or scholar-performers who are committed to making significant, ongoing contributions to the choral profession.


Principal duties will include the following:

Maintain an active professional profile

Teach courses in choral literature, choral development, conducting, and additional topics depending on the candidate's expertise

Participate in dissertation advising

Participate in service and committee work for the Department and the Thornton School of Music

Review of applications will begin December 1, 2022.

Interested candidates must apply through the USC faculty application manager portal with the following:

Cover Letter

Curriculum vitae

Teaching Statement

List of references (minimum of three). Individuals listed may be contacted to send reference letters at a later date.

Please do not send other materials; additional materials may be requested at a later date. Materials will not be returned.

The University of Southern California is an equal-opportunity educator and employer, proudly pluralistic and firmly committed to providing equal opportunity for outstanding persons of every race, gender, creed, and background.

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