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Faculty Opening: Music

Orchestra Conductor

Calvin College invites applications for a full-time position in the Music department beginning January 1, 2013 , pending administrative approval. Rank and salary are dependent upon qualifications and experience.

Position Description

Conductor of the 75-member Calvin College Orchestra and the 65-member Calvin Community Symphony.  The candidate will audition, rehearse, and conduct the orchestras in numerous concert venues throughout each academic year, as well as participate in a cycle of national and/or international tours.  Additional responsibilities for the other half of the orchestra conductor’s work will be assigned based on the candidate’s areas of expertise: music appreciation, musicianship courses, music theory, church music, music history/literature, teaching of conducting, and/or private instruction.


The candidate should have a doctorate (or ABD), preferably in conducting, or equivalent professional experience, show a strong Christian commitment consonant with the College’s mission statement, and be able to demonstrate the ability and passion of integrating faith with learning, teaching, and musical life.  We seek a candidate who has a love for conducting, teaching, and public performance, and who will eagerly work toward the common goals of the Music Department and Calvin College. 

About the Department

The Music Department, accredited by the National Association of Schools of Music, offers two degrees.  The Bachelor of Arts degree is for general music majors and for students who emphasize music performance, theory/composition, history, or music in worship.  The Bachelor of Music Education is for students who wish to teach music K-12 in either choral or instrumental.  The Music Department serves approximately 60 music majors per year; some 100-150 students per year take music classes to fulfill a fine arts requirement, 350-400 perform in our choirs, bands, orchestras, and other ensembles, and more than 200 take private lessons.

Application Process

Evaluation of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled.  Applications received by June 15, 2012, will be given priority. Download application form

A complete application dossier will include a letter of application, curriculum vitae, college and grad school transcripts (photocopies are accepted initially), three letters of reference, a DVD or VHS recording of the candidate in performance(s) as a conductor, and a one-page statement explaining how the candidate’s Christian faith shapes his/her musical life.  Send to:

Dr. Bert Polman
Music Department Chair, Calvin College
1795 Knollcrest Circle SE
Grand Rapids, MI 49546-4404
Phone: (616) 526-6023; Fax: (616) 526-6266

Calvin College seeks faculty members who affirm the Christian faith as expressed by the Reformed confessions and who have academic and personal qualifications for teaching and scholarship. Calvin is building a tradition of diversity and accessibility and welcomes applications from persons whose personal characteristics will further that commitment. Calvin College does not discriminate in the employment of individuals on the basis of race, color, national or ethnic origin, disability, sex, or age. Calvin College is a Christian educational institution operated by the Christian Reformed Church and, in compliance with Title VII and other applicable laws, reserves the right to give preference in employment based upon religion.

About Calvin:

Located in Grand Rapids, Michigan, Calvin College has a faculty of 300 and an enrollment of approximately 3900 students. 

It is a comprehensive liberal arts college affiliated with the Christian Reformed Church. 

Our mission statement declares our vision as follows: “Through our learning, we seek to be agents of renewal in the academy, church, and society. 

We pledge fidelity to Jesus Christ, offering our hearts and lives to do God’s work in God’s world.”  Faculty members are expected to adhere to the historic Reformed/Presbyterian confessions and support the religious identity and educational mission of the college.  Visit our web site for further information about Calvin.

Persons interested in applying or who wish to make nominations should correspond with the Provost’s Office or the respective department chair.

A complete statement of requirements for faculty can be found in the document called Faculty Membership Requirements: A Guide for Prospective Faculty.

About Grand Rapids:

Calvin is located in Grand Rapids, Michigan, a city of about 200,000 residents with another 300,000 in the surrounding area, making it the second largest metro area in Michigan. Calvin is only a 45 minute drive from the spectacular dunes and shoreline of Lake Michigan.