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Assistant/Associate Professor of Flute

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1460 University Drive, Winchester, VA

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Shenandoah Conservatory, one of the country’s leading centers for collaborative work across the performing arts, is seeking nominations and applications for an exceptional flutist, innovative teacher, recruiter, and savvy 21st century musician to join the Instrumental Division faculty as Asst/Assoc Professor of Flute. (Rank dependent upon qualifications.) This full-time and career-contract track position begins August 2022.


Building on exceptional musicianship and a passion for flute performance and instruction, the chosen candidate will further build the flute studio and help to advance the Conservatory’s reputation as a premier place of study where artists from diverse backgrounds actively engage around innovative and collaborative work.

Specifically, the desired candidate will:

  • Teach applied flute and other courses based on areas of expertise;
  • Contribute to recruiting efforts to attract highly talented students;
  • Perform with the Van Buren Winds (faculty wind ensemble);
  • Actively contribute to curriculum discussions and a faculty community (both within and beyond the Conservatory) that is oriented towards collaboration, innovation and inclusion;
  • Support and advance forward-oriented approaches to career preparation of music performance students;
  • Maintain a high-profile in flute performance while being intensely engaged in Conservatory and University life, including contributing to school-wide conversations and committees, and participating in division meetings, auditions, and recruitment activities; and
  • Actively contribute to the Conservatory’s commitment to Inclusion, Diversity and Equity.

Contributions to program development and recruitment, Conservatory-wide collaboration, and support for Shenandoah University business and faculty work is expected.

Required Skills

Qualifications include the following:

  1. An excellent flutist with broad teaching experience and ability to oversee and grow the flute area;
  2. Ability and interest to effectively attract and recruit students;
  3. Demonstrated ability to thrive in the 21st century marketplace by, for example, employing media (whether social media, YouTube, and/or streaming services) to effectively build listeners/followers;
  4. Demonstrated orientation towards collaborative work;
  5. Eligibility to work in the United States;
  6. Possession of a DMA or equivalent professional experience; and
  7. An ability to contribute to the Conservatory’s commitment to inclusion, diversity and equity. 

About Shenandoah Conservatory:

Shenandoah Conservatory was founded in 1875 and has an extraordinary legacy of shaping music and the performing arts in Virginia and beyond. Located at the head of the historic Shenandoah Valley in Winchester, VA, 70 miles west of Washington, DC, the Conservatory is now home to over 640 award-winning students from across the nation and globe enrolled in baccalaureate, masters and doctoral curricula in the areas of music, theater, and dance, and includes a distinguished faculty of over 125, half of whom are full-time.

Beyond being a comprehensive performing arts school, Shenandoah Conservatory is home to exceptional artists and scholars who are unusually oriented towards collaboration and innovative approaches to the career preparation of students. The Conservatory’s ShenCoLAB (formerly titled Student Performance Week) is but one example of the Conservatory’s nation-leading embrace of innovation and collaboration: a (first-in-the country) week-long stoppage of all classes and rehearsals across all programs with the school turned over to students for student-led (and faculty-mentored) collaborative projects. The Conservatory’s proximity to Washington, DC, and Dulles Airport, ensures easy access to and regular interaction with professionals from around the country and world.  

Shenandoah University is committed to enriching its educational experience and culture through the diversity and inclusion of its faculty, administration, and staff. All candidates are requested to include a statement in their cover letters addressing ways in which they may be able to contribute to that commitment. (See Application instructions.) 

 How to Apply: 

Complete application submissions will include a cover letter, a curriculum vitae and contact information for three professional references. Please note that diversity and inclusion are important parts of Shenandoah University's mission. In your cover letter, please include one to two paragraphs describing how diversity and inclusion figures in your past and present teaching and professional work, and how you would imagine bringing issues of diversity and inclusion to bear on the flute studio.

The review of applications will begin immediately and continue until a qualified candidate is selected. A pre-employment background check will be required. If the job requires driving for University business, a satisfactory driving record will also be required.

**Note: A pre-employment background check, fully vaccinated for COVID-19 or on a University approved medical or religious exemption, as well as a satisfactory driving record if driving for university business will be required as a condition of hire.

Shenandoah University values the unique and diverse perspectives of individuals and communities locally and globally and seeks to foster mutual understanding in an inviting community where individuals are welcome and respected. The university does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, physical or mental disability, genetic information, veteran’s status or on any other basis protected under applicable law.

Salary Type

Not Applicable