Artist in Residence position announced for ETSU Bluegrass

The Appalachian Studies Department at East Tennessee State University has announced an Artist in Residence position in their Bluegrass, Old-Time, and Country Music Studies program.

This position is for a bluegrass performing artist with outstanding professional attainments, creative accomplishments, and recognition in the bluegrass field. It will commence with the Fall 2021 semester, and applications are being accepted now.

The Artist In Residence at ETSU is a full time teaching position, with appointment for one full academic year (two semesters). These appointments are renewable, and a salary of $65,000 with benefits is offered. There are no restrictions on the artist being able to tour on weekends or when school is not in session.

Program Director Dan Boner believes that this sort of close exposure to professional entertainers will offer great benefits to their students.

“For decades, our program has benefited from the exceptional regional talent offered by artists like Wyatt Rice and Hunter Berry. This new Artist in Residence position will help us bring in even more world class talent from other corners of the professional world.

Students travel from around the world to work knee-to-knee with our diverse faculty of artist, practitioners, and scholars. We are so pleased to grow the faculty by incorporating top-level performers who will inspire our students and help them enter into careers in music.”

The following qualifications are expected for consideration:

  • Professional-level musical ability and experience.
  • Excellent oral, written, and interpersonal communication skills.
  • Up-to-date and experiential knowledge of the bluegrass music industry.
  • Ability to promote the program to a wide range of audiences.
  • Ability to coach instrumentalists and/or vocalists from beginner through advanced levels.
  • Ability to help prepare students for careers as bluegrass music professionals.
  • Ability to develop effective teaching materials for university instruction.
  • Commitment to foster a collegial learning environment in which equity, inclusion, and innovation are encouraged.

Boner created this brief video explainer for artists thinking about applying for an Artist in Residence appointment.

Applications should be submitted using the ETSU jobs board system. Studio and live performance recordings will be requested, along with information about prior teaching experience.

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