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RR Neevel/MO Endowed Assistant/Associate Professor of Choral Music & Director of Choral Studies / UMKC Conservatory / Music Division

University of Missouri - Kansas City
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Music Division

On the University of Missouri's designated performing arts campus, the UMKC Conservatory is an educational community that advances creativity, performance, scholarship and learning in the arts. We are a vital partner in Kansas City's rich cultural environment, providing the highest level of professional instruction and an extensive array of performances. As a community, we collaborate to balance tradition and innovation with diversity and unity, as we seek to serve art and humanity.

The UMKC Conservatory seeks people who will help build the future of education and research in the performing arts. We seek faculty who demonstrate a growth mindset, with an understanding that learning is an ongoing process - faculty who believe that art has the power to help us understand ourselves, each other, and our culture while empowering us to move that culture forward. We seek qualified candidates who will engage in work that appeals to, and positively impacts, the global population; who will work strategically in ways that adapt to the opportunities in their regions; and who will work within frameworks that embrace transdisciplinary possibilities.

ExcellenceAccess and Innovation are guiding principles at the UMKC Conservatory. For information:  

Job Description

Raymond R. Neevel/Missouri Endowed Assistant/Associate Professor of Choral Music and Director of Choral Studies.

The UMKC Conservatory is seeking qualified applications for a tenure-track/tenure-eligible endowed faculty position in choral music. This is a 9-month position at the rank of Assistant or Associate Professor. This faculty member's responsibilities and duties will include:

*          Leading Conservatory choral ensembles in artistically engaging performances including local as well as regional/national/international venues.

*          Teaching graduate choral conducting and choral literature classes and build a successful cohort of graduate students in choral conducting.

*          Professional outreach through hosting conducting symposia and honor ensemble festivals as well as guest conducting engagements, presentations, and residencies at a national/international institutions and conferences.

*          Collaborating with Conservatory faculty to guide performance and curricular aspects of choral music at the Conservatory.

*          Collaborating in artistic and curricular projects and initiatives within and outside the university, including community partnerships.

*          Participating actively in the intellectual life of the Conservatory and university by meaningful committee service.

*          Contributing actively in the cultural environment of Kansas City and surrounding areas

  •          Other duties based on the candidate's strengths and the needs of the institution.

Endowed Chairs and Professors in the University of Missouri System are outstanding leaders in scholarship, teaching, and service and are among the most prestigious positions in the university. These prominent scholars attract top quality students, provide leadership and service to the university, and the surrounding community.


The successful candidate will show evidence of these qualifications:

*          A doctoral degree in choral conducting

*          Successful experience as an artist/teacher/scholar in choral music in a university setting

*          Experience and recognized status as a choral conductor at the national/international level

*          The ability to build and maintain vibrant collegiate choral ensembles with quality graduate and undergraduate students

*          Successful teaching, mentorship, and placement of graduate students in choral conducting

*          Excellent organizational and leadership skills that could include successful grant funding, curricular innovations, and/or outreach projects

*          A record of nurturing and maintaining healthy relationships with and among students, colleagues, alumni, and community stakeholder

  •          Prior service and leadership roles in professional choral organizations

Anticipated Hiring Range

This is a 9-month full-time, benefit-eligible endowed faculty position eligible for tenure. The position is to begin August 2025.

Salary is determined by a variety of factors, including but not limited to, the individual's particular combination of education, skills, and experience, as well as organizational requirements.

Our academic schedules and workload provide for a positive work/life balance. Your total compensation goes beyond the number on your paycheck. The University of Missouri provides generous leave, health plans, and retirement contributions that add to your bottom line. 

Application Materials

For consideration, you must apply online at, click Academic Positions (Job Opening ID 51941).

As best as possible, please combine all application materials into one PDF or Microsoft Word document and upload as your resume attachment[s].  Limit document name to 50 characters and do not include any special characters (e.g., /, &, %, etc.). Please provide the following:

*          Cover letter which includes teaching philosophy and applicable experience

*          Current curriculum vitae including educational background, previous academic appointments and artistic credential

  •          Links to recent performance videos

For questions about the position, please contact including the Job Identification number 51941 and name of the position.

*          If you are experiencing technical problems during application, please email 

  •          Reasonable accommodations may be requested during the application and recruitment process. If you need an accommodation, please contact the Office of Affirmative Action at (816) 235-1323. 

Application Deadline

Review of applications begins August 20, 2024 and continues until a qualified candidate is hired.

Community Information

UMKC is the largest public, comprehensive, fully accredited university in the Kansas City area with award-winning academic programs and faculty. With more than 15,000 undergraduate, graduate, and professional students, our university is committed to being a model urban university that is recognized for our partnerships with multifarious communities to effectively foster a healthy, safe, more economically secure quality of life.

A City on the Rise:  Big City Life and Midwest Charm, Kansas City offers the best of both worlds - a vibrant, urban community with midwestern appeal and an affordable cost of living. Our UMKC campuses are centered in the hubs of cultural arts, business activity, (some great barbeque and ethnic cuisine!), trendy neighborhoods, and health science research engagement for both campuses. As one of the largest cities in Missouri, we are home to the internationally acclaimed Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts, a rich history of cultural arts and music, national championship sports teams, NASCAR racing, and a community that is very engaged with and supportive of our university initiatives. Our beautiful state has rolling hills, rivers, lakes, and long bike/hiking trails for those that enjoy time in the great outdoors all within a short drive. Kansas City offers something for everyone!

Benefit Eligibility

This position is eligible for University benefits. As part of your total compensation, the University offers a comprehensive benefits package, including medical, dental and vision plans, retirement, and educational fee discounts for all four UM System campuses. For additional information on University benefits, please visit the Faculty & Staff Benefits website at

Values Commitment

We value the uniqueness of every individual and strive to ensure each person's success. Contributions from individuals with diverse backgrounds, experiences and perspectives promote intellectual pluralism and enable us to achieve the excellence that we seek in learning, research and engagement.  This commitment makes our university a better place to work, learn and innovate.

In your application materials, please discuss your experiences and expertise that support these values and enrich our missions of teaching, research, and engagement.

Equal Employment Opportunity

The University of Missouri System is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Equal Opportunity is and shall be provided for all employees and applicants for employment on the basis of their demonstrated ability and competence without unlawful discrimination on the basis of their race, color, national origin, ancestry, religion, sex, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, age, disability, or protected veteran status, or any other status protected by applicable state or federal law. This policy applies to all employment decisions including, but not limited to, recruiting, hiring, training, promotions, pay practices, benefits, disciplinary actions and terminations. For more information, visit or call Human Resources at 816-235-1621.

To request ADA accommodations, please call the Office of Equity & Title IX at 816-235-6910.

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