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UMass Amherst - Assistant Professor - Director of Choral Studies - Music & Dance

   The Department of Music and Dance at the University of Massachusetts Amherst invites applications for a Tenure-Track Assistant Professor of Music and Director of Choral Studies. This is a full-time, nine-month position at the rank of Assistant Professor and will begin on September 1, 2023. Responsibilities include: conducting university vocal ensembles, including Chamber Choir, the department’s premiere choral ensemble, teaching undergraduate and graduate conducting, advising undergraduate and graduate students, assisting with Voice Area recruiting efforts, and departmental service. Recruiting activities may include visiting secondary schools, offering workshops, masterclasses, and adjudicating. The candidate must be willing and available to fulfill these responsibilities during the regular work week and on weekends, as needed.
   The successful candidate will have earned a DMA or PhD in choral conducting by time of appointment. The candidate will be expected to maintain national and regional visibility in creative and scholarly activity as a conductor/pedagogue, possess artistic insight and discerning musicianship, and demonstrate a commitment to creating an inclusive learning environment. Special consideration will be given to candidates who demonstrate a proven record of collegiate teaching excellence and effective recruiting. The candidate will be expected to collaborate with faculty to promote the fine reputation of the UMass choral program throughout the region and nation.
   Review of applications will begin on December 16, 2022 and will continue until the position is filled. Additional supporting materials may be requested from finalists. Application materials will not be returned. For more information, go here

February/March 2023 Issue
MidAmerica Adds Staff
    MidAmerica Productions, under the leadership of Founder and Director, Peter Tiboris has added several new hires in anticipation of its 40th concert season taking place in 2024. These new staff members include: Andrea Niederman, Director of Public Relations, Publications, and Audience Decelopment, Kristen Butler, Director of Social and Digital Media, Matthew Harden, Conductor/Program Develop-ment, Adam Stitch, Conductor and Program Development Associate, Julie Kahn, Principal Administrative Associate to Peter Tiboris.
    Throughout its history, MidAmerica Productions has brought together conductors, soloists and choral and orchestral ensembles from the United States and abroad in New York’s top venues. In additional to presenting orchestral and choral works, the organization has also championed contemporary composers with 98 world premieres.

December/January 2022/2023 Issue
New Seating from Wenger
    Wenger Corporation, partnering with SERIES Seating, has introduced the Cavea Fixed Audience Seating system for the K-12 market. The seating offers an ergonomic design with patented features to deliver an economical, safe, and durable seat with easy installation. This flexible new solution offers the ability to mix and match wood, plastic, fabrics and accessories to design seating for auditoriums and other gathering places. Options include a variety of seat widths, materials, fabrics, and aisle lighting. Wenger, a company with a 76-year history in music education, will be the exclusive source for the new seating system.

D’Addario Reed Finder
    D’Addario Woodwinds has launched an interactive tool called Reed Finder. Developed because players at all levels sometimes feel overwhelmed by the number of reed options available and default to the same reeds they have always used. Reed Finder attempts to make it fun and easy to optimize performance with questions covering instrument type, genre, ensemble, reed priorities, tone, and mouthpiece brand. Once completed the user receives a recommendation for the best match.

Interlochen Online Reinvented
    With its 100th anniversary approaching, Interlochen Center for the Arts has relaunched its Inter-lochen Online program with six new online courses covering a variety of arts subjects. President Trey Devey says the school hopes “to remove the geographical, socioeconomic, and temporal barriers to studying the arts and share our world-class programs and faculty with students around the globe.” The new model includes two types of offerings: courses and private lessons. Courses last four weeks and are priced at $495 each. Some of the topics included are music theory, songwriting, recording, acting, and creative writing.

Excelcia Christmas Quartets
    Excelcia Music Publishing recently released Adaptable Quartets for Christmas, the latest entry in its Adaptable Ensemble Series for wind, string, and percussion instruments. The arrangements range in difficulty from Grade 1.5-3. The Christmas quartets include Hark! The Herald Angels Sing, Ukrainian Bell Carol, Greensleeves, and many more.

October/November 2022 Issue
Buehlman Prize 2023
Applications for the Barbara Buehlman Prize for Composition can be submitted until January 15, 2023. The prize for 2023 is for a composition suitable for high school wind band and should be no longer than six minutes. Eligible composers must have been born no earlier than 1988. Compositions must be completed by one composer, and comositions longer than six minutes will not be considered. In addition to a $3,000 prize, the  winning composition will receive its premiere at the 2023 Midwest Clinic. For more information on the contest, visit

New from UT Wind Ensemble
Reference Recordings has released a new recording called Migration from conductor Jerry Junkin and the University of Texas Wind Ensemble. Junkin has served on the University of Texas faculty for more than 30 years and has also been the Artistic Director and Conduct of the Dallas Winds since 1993. This recording features four works by outstanding contemporary composers and includes three world premieres. The title piece by Adam Schoenberg receives its premiere on the album In addition, Jennifer Jolley’s The Eyes of the World Are Upon You and Stephen Montague’s Intrada 1631 also were premiered on this recording. The Wind Ensemble played this repertoire on a March 2017 tour and completed the recording in August 2017.

August/September 2022 Issue
New from Carl Fischer

    Carl Fischer Music has announced its new releases for concert band and string orchestra. The concert band releases comprise 35 new titles. Many of the composers are veteran band directors with experience encouraging success in the rehearsal room. Some of the highlights include Gayle Force by Quincy Hilliard, Ed Kiefer’s The Raider’s Last Crusade, and Break Through by Mark Lortz. The releases have several new holiday selections including Deck the Hall by Lauren Taylor. Other composers with 2022 releases are Marsha Shapiro, Cooper Minnis, Lauren Bernofsky, David Bobrowitz, and Travis Weller.
    Fischer has also released 27 new titles for string orchestra in a variety of styles and diverse voices. Most of the commoners and arrangers are string teachers and bring invaluable knowledge of string pedagogy. The highlights include arrangements of works by Beethoven and Joseph Bologna, a suite by Ukrainian composer Victor Kosenko, and fresh holiday arrangements. Some of the composers featured in the 2022 releases include Yukiko Nishimura, Kathryn Griesinger, Todd Parrish, Katie O’Hara Labrie, Cooper Ford, Cayrn Neidhold, and many others. All of the new scores from the 2022 catalog can be previewed with live professional recordings at

Hindsley Transcriptions Partners with C.L. Barnhouse
    The Hindsley Transcriptions announced this spring that C.L. Barnhouse will distribute the entire Hindsley catalog, effective June 1. These transcriptions include many major works expertly transcribed for concert band by Mark H. Hindsley. The compositions included works by Bach, Brahms, Dvo˘rák, Rimsky-Korsakov, Sousa, Strauss, and others. In many cases, these transcriptions are the only available version of the work. Hindsley spent a 46-year career at the University of Illinois, including 22 as Director of Bands. C.L. Barnhouse, headquartered in Oskaloosa, Iowa has published band music since 1886 and has remained an industry leader. Barnhouse President Andrew Glover calls the Hindsley Transcriptions “magnificent masterworks for band. We are thrilled to be entrusted with making these available to the musical world for many years to come. This catalog is a perfect fit for Barnhouse and our print-on-demand capabilities.”

Musical Assistance to Ukraine
    Alfred Music and MakeMusic, working with the International Suzuki Association have joined forces to provide popular Suzuki titles to teachers nd students displaced by the war in Ukraine. One way to access these titles is through SmartMusic’s online platform, which gives practicing students recorded accompaniments and immediate feedback on their playing. The Ukrainian Suzuki Association was thankful for the assistance and noted about the war: “We thought first of all about or lives and safety; sometimes we had the possibility to bring our instruments and music books, but sometimes not. We were very happy to hear that Alfred Music was ready to help our families and provide online Suzuki books....In the future it will help us to spread the Suzuki Method in Ukraine.”,

New Appointments at Music for All
    This spring, Music for All, an influential national education organization and advocate for arts education, has elevated Douglas C. Pilera as the new Chairman of the Board. He replaces Gayl W. Doster, who will become the Immediate Past Chairman. In a long corporate career, he has thrived at such companies as IBM, Thomson, and Kodak. He credits his experience playing clarinet at a young age for helping him develop confidence throughout his life.
The new Chairman made subsequent announcements of two newly elected members of the board Richard  Crain and Andeliz Castillo. Crain is well-known for his 44 years as a public school music educator and recently ended a successful tenure as President of the Board of Directors of the Midwest Clinic. Castillo is President of Neviz Strategies, a professional consulting firm, and has extensive government experience working on advancing democracy and human rights.

New from Excelcia, Wingert-Jones

    Excelcia Music Publishing has released 50 new works from well-known composers and new voices. President Larry Clark notes, “The energy in these pieces is palpable. You can tell the composers were excited to get back to writing.”
    The new releases include works by Carol Brittin Chambers, Joshua Hobbs, Christina Huss, John M. Pasternak, Jorge Vargas, and many others. Preview scores, professional recordings, and an interactive digital catalog with composer insights.
    Similar preview materials are also available for the new Wingert-Jones releases. The publisher has expanded its Achievement Series to include grades .5 (First Achievement) and 1.5 (Achievement).
Wingert-Jones has also expanded its new jazz ensemble catalog with music from Howard Carroll, J.S. Gregg, and Terry White, among others.,

Wyman to Lead MetWinds
    MetWinds, a 51 year-old concert band based in Boston, has selected Richard E. Wyman as its new Artistic Director. Wyman is a former Assistant Director of the US Coast Guard Band, where he regularly conducted throughout the United States and abroad. He led the band’s educational initiatives, designing and conducting innovative concerts for over 6,000 students annually. He earned degrees from the University of Connecticut, the University of Illinois, and Eastman School of Music. He primary conducting teachers have been Jeffrey Renshaw and Frank Battisti. MetWinds formerly Metropolitan Wind Symphony, was founded in 1971 and consists of 60 talented players who audition for membership and seating.


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