Shenandoah University

Shenandoah Conservatory at Shenandoah University seeks an exceptional dance musician for a well-established, rigorous BFA program in Dance.   This appointment begins immediately and runs through May 16, 2015.

About the position:  The successful candidate will provide musical accompaniment for dance classes in both ballet and modern dance.  For ballet dance classes, the ability to spark sensibility in artistry in classical music for our students is desired. For modern dance classes, ability as a percussionist is also sought (must provide your own instruments).  Additional qualifications in improvisation, comfort with odd metered phrases, flexibility, skilled in sight reading, ability to arrange music (as needed for class) also sought but not required.  Applicants will also need to be dependable, a team player, and have good organizational skills. 

Requirements: The applicant must have successful record of playing for ballet and/or modern dance classes or demonstrate potential to be successful as a music accompanist for dance.  S/he needs to be responsive and collaborative to the dance instructor’s lead.  The successful candidate will possess the following: a demonstrated record of excellence in dance musicianship, experiences in theatrical and collegiate environment, and a marked interest in collaborating with a dynamic and diverse dance faculty in a Conservatory environment.

Application:  To apply, please submit all of the following electronically to, Ms. Joanna Short, Conservatory Dean’s Office.


  1. Letter of application;
  2. A digital copy of your portfolio and/or web address; and
  3. Resume, including the names and contact information for three references.


ATTN: Staff Accompanist/Dance Division
c/o Mrs. Joanna Short, Administrative Assistant, Shenandoah Conservatory of Shenandoah University, 1460 University Drive, Winchester, VA 22601


Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until a suitable candidate is found.  Pre-employment background checks will be required.  Shenandoah University does not discriminate on the basis of sex, race, color, religion, national or ethnic origin, age, physical or mental disability or sexual orientation.


About the Shenandoah Conservatory and Shenandoah University Shenandoah Conservatory was founded in 1875 and is located at the head of the historic Shenandoah Valley in Winchester, VA, 70 miles west of Washington DC. Over 700 students are enrolled in baccalaureate, masters and doctoral curricula in the areas of music, theater and dance, and are taught by a dynamic and diverse faculty of over 125, half of whom are full-time. Shenandoah University is a diverse institution of approximately 3,600 students enrolled in baccalaureate, masters and doctoral curricula in business, arts and sciences, health professions and performing arts. Shenandoah University is an independent, coeducational institution affiliated with the United Methodist Church and is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.

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