Music, University of Connecticut

Position ID:UConn-Music-2018229 [#10361, 2018229]
Position Title: Assistant Professor of Music (Wind Ensembles & Conducting) Tenure Track
Position Type:Tenured/Tenure-track faculty
Position Location:Storrs, Connecticut 06269, United States [map]
Subject Areas: Music / Conducting, Music Education
Appl Deadline: finished (2017/10/31, finished 2018/05/17, listed until 2018/10/30)
Position Description:    

*** this position has been closed, and no new applications will be accepted. ***

The Department of Music at the University of Connecticut invites applications for a full-time, tenure-track faculty position in the Department of Music at the rank of Assistant Professor.  In addition to serving as conductor of the UConn Wind Ensembles, the position will entail teaching conducting, wind band literature, advanced wind band techniques at the graduate level; participation in the graduate conducting seminar; assistance with the administrative leadership of the woodwind, brass, and percussion areas; and assistance through the coaching of chamber music ensembles, as needed.

We seek a highly motivated and outstanding artist-pedagogue with a particular interest in art music of the late 20th and 21st centuries in order to craft an artistic vision for the UConn Wind Ensembles and to continue their legacy and relevance well into the future. The University of Connecticut Wind Ensembles have a proud history that includes numerous recordings, Downbeat Magazine awards, Carnegie Hall performances, and premieres of works by noted composers, including Michael Torke, Karel Husa, Michael Daugherty, Roshanne Etezady, Joseph Schwantner, and Kenneth Fuchs.

We also seek a highly motivated colleague with strong interpersonal, communication, collaborative and organizational skills who is committed to the recruitment of students and growth of our program, as well as the mission of higher education in diverse musical fields within the context of a school of fine arts at a major research university. The start date for the position is August 23, 2018.

The University of Connecticut (UConn) is in the midst of a transformational period of growth supported by the $1.7B Next Generation Connecticut ( and the $1B Bioscience Connecticut ( investments and a bold new Academic Plan: Path to Excellence ( We are pleased to continue these investments by inviting applications for a faculty position in the Department of Music.

The Department of Music at the University of Connecticut is a fully accredited, institutional member of the National Association of Schools of Music, with 20 full-time faculty members, 25 part-time faculty members, 150 undergraduate students and 40 graduate students. The Department provides a wide range of opportunities for music and intellectual growth with degrees offered at the bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral levels. Its faculty takes an interdisciplinary and wide-ranging approach to music teaching and learning, engaging in collaborations across the university. Additional information about the department and its programs can be seen at .

The successful candidate will contribute to research and scholarship through high-quality publications and performances, programmatic impact as measured through citations, extramural funding (in applicable disciplines), and national recognition through awards. In the area of teaching, the successful candidate will share a deep commitment to effective instruction at the undergraduate and graduate levels, development of innovative courses or teaching techniques, and mentoring of students in research, outreach and professional development. Successful candidates will be strong recruiters capable of broadening participation among members of under-represented groups; will demonstrate through their research, teaching, and/or public engagement the richness of diversity in the learning experience; will integrate multicultural experiences into instructional methods and research tools; and will provide leadership in developing pedagogical techniques designed to meet the needs of diverse learning styles and intellectual interests.


Serve as the director and conductor of the UConn Wind Ensembles. Teach conducting, wind band literature, and advanced wind band techniques at the graduate level, and participate in the graduate conducting seminar. Assist with the administrative leadership of the woodwind, brass, and percussion areas, and assist through the coaching of chamber music ensembles, as needed. Develop and engage in systematic recruitment activities that include but are not limited to: off-campus high school visitations, on campus clinics and workshops for area high school directors, performances at honors and all-state festivals. Develop and maintain a national research profile through publications or recordings and guest conducting. Serve on department, school, and university committees and advise undergraduate and graduate students. Other duties as assigned.


Completed master’s degree in a relevant field of music (equivalent foreign degrees are acceptable); documented professional experience and accomplishments as a conductor of wind bands; demonstrated success in college-level teaching; the ability to contribute through research, teaching, and/or public engagement to the diversity and excellence of the learning experience.


Earned doctorate in a relevant field of music by the starting date of the appointment (8/23/2018) or equivalent outstanding record of professional experience; demonstrated interest in the programming and performance of music of the late 20th and 21st centuries; demonstrated success in college-level recruiting. In addition, while not absolutely necessary, experience in applied teaching in a woodwind, brass, or percussion studio is desirable, particularly as such teaching might intersect with recruiting.


This is a full-time, 9-month, tenure track position with an anticipated start date of August 23, 2018. The successful candidate’s academic appointment will be at the Storrs campus, though faculty members may also be asked to teach at one of UConn’s regional campuses as part of their ordinary workload. Salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience.


Select “Apply “to complete your application via Academic Jobs Online. Please submit the following materials:

  • Cover letter
  • Curriculum vitae
  • Teaching statement (including teaching philosophy, teaching experience, commitment to effective learning, concepts for new course development, etc.)
  • Research and scholarship statement (innovative concepts that will form the basis of academic career, experience in proposal development, mentorship of undergraduate and graduate students, etc.)
  • Commitment to diversity statement (including broadening participation, integrating multicultural experiences in instruction and research and pedagogical techniques to meet the needs of diverse learning styles, etc.)
  • Video and audio recordings demonstrating conducting should be submitted via Dropbox to Please reference your name, and “Wind Ensembles and Conducting Search” with your electronic submissions.
  • Follow the instructions in Academic Jobs Online to direct three reference writers to submit letters of recommendation on your behalf

Evaluation of applicants will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled; however, to ensure full consideration please apply by December 8, 2017. Employment of the successful candidate is contingent upon the successful completion of a pre-employment criminal background check. (Search # 2018229)

All employees are subject to adherence to the State Code of Ethics which may be found at .

The University of Connecticut is committed to building and supporting a multicultural and diverse community of students, faculty and staff. The diversity of students, faculty and staff continues to increase, as does the number of honors students, valedictorians and salutatorians who consistently make UConn their top choice. More than 100 research centers and institutes serve the University’s teaching, research, diversity, and outreach missions, leading to UConn’s ranking as one of the nation’s top research universities. UConn’s faculty and staff are the critical link to fostering and expanding our vibrant, multicultural and diverse University community. As an Affirmative Action/Equal Employment Opportunity employer, UConn encourages applications from women, veterans, people with disabilities and members of traditionally underrepresented populations.

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Further Info:
University of Connecticut
Department of Music
1295 Storrs Road, Unit 1012
Storrs, CT 06269-1012

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