The Notre Dame Department of Music and SMND launch their search for an organist

Author: SMND

The Department of Music and Sacred Music at Notre Dame (SMND) are searching for an organist who will be appointable with tenure at the associate or full professor level, beginning on July 1, 2020. SMND offers two graduate degrees for organists: the Master of Sacred Music and the Calvin M. Bower Doctor of Musical Arts. The person hired for this position will be the Head of the Graduate Studio in Organ Performance (SMND) and will teach individual lessons and supervise recitals, as well as lead students on international organ tours. The position will also require involvement with doctoral students’ exams and theses, assignment of undergraduate organ teachers, and service on committees of the Music Department, SMND, the College of Arts and Letters, and the University.

The successful candidate will have access to Reyes Organ and Choral Hall, and will co-curate the annual organ Presenting Series with the DeBartolo Performing Arts Center ( In Reyes are situated both the magnificent tracker by Paul Fritts, modeled after Northern German instruments, as well as a beautifully (and accurately) restored Neapolitan organ dated to ca. 1680. The University has three other organs built by Paul Fritts, two of which are smaller instruments for practice and chamber concerts, and the other, the Murdy Family Organ, the largest and most versatile of Fritts’ entire oeuvre, located in the Basilica of the Sacred Heart on the Notre Dame Campus. Notre Dame currently has excellent practice instruments in the newly built O’Neill Hall of Music and Sacred Music, and has just acquired the Hunt Family Continuo Organ, built by Taylor and Boody. The Music Library, now located in O’Neill Hall, is an excellent resource for students and faculty alike. Qualifications: The ideal candidate will have a well-established professional career, an international reputation, and successful experience with (and enthusiastic energy for) student recruitment at the graduate level. We are especially interested in candidates with skills in improvisation and in teaching improvisation, with knowledge of and expertise in historical keyboard instruments, and who have experience working with and understanding large church music programs in the USA. Candidates are asked to send by the due date of October 1, 2019: a cover letter, a CV, and three letters of reference to: No recordings or other materials will be considered at this stage of the search.

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