University of Connecticut, Music

Position ID:UConn-Music-496941 [#24093, 496941]
Position Title: Assistant Professor of Music, Orchestra & Conducting
Position Type:Tenured/Tenure-track faculty
Position Location:Storrs, Connecticut 06269, United States [map] sort by distance
Subject Area: Music
Appl Deadline: (posted 2023/01/03, listed until 2023/02/17)
Position Description:    

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The Department of Music in the School of Fine Arts at the University of Connecticut invites applications for a full-time (9-month), tenure-track faculty position in Orchestra and Conducting at the rank of Assistant Professor. We seek an outstanding, visionary artist-pedagogue with a commitment to developing a collegiate ensemble program for the UConn Symphony Orchestra appropriate to the training of musicians in the twenty-first century. This colleague will be highly motivated and collaborative, with strong interpersonal, communication, and organizational skills, who is committed to the recruitment of a diverse body of students, the growth of our program, as well as the Department’s mission of training students in diverse musical fields within the context of a school of fine arts at a major research university.

The Department of Music at the University of Connecticut is a fully accredited, institutional member of the National Association of Schools of Music, with 24 full-time faculty members, 28 part-time faculty members, 160 undergraduate students, and 30 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 engage in scholarship and creative activity through professional public performance and/or high-quality publications that lead to significant programmatic impact as measured through citations, extramural funding, 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, the 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. Candidates will also be expected to participate in departmental and University service to support curricular and program development and advise undergraduate and graduate students in the Department.  

Founded in 1881, UConn is a Land Grant and Sea Grant institution and member of the Space Grant Consortium. It is the state’s flagship institution of higher education and includes a main campus in Storrs, CT, four regional campuses throughout the state, and 13 Schools and Colleges, including a Law School in Hartford, and Medical and Dental Schools at the UConn Health campus in Farmington. The University has approximately 10,000 faculty and staff and 32,000 students, including nearly 24,000 undergraduates and over 8,000 graduate and professional students. UConn is a Carnegie Foundation R1 (highest research activity) institution, among the top 25 public universities in the nation. Through research, teaching, service, and outreach, UConn embraces diversity and cultivates leadership, integrity, and engaged citizenship in its students, faculty, staff, and alumni. UConn promotes the health and well-being of citizens by enhancing the social, economic, cultural, and natural environments of the state and beyond. The University serves as a beacon of academic and research excellence as well as a center for innovation and social service to communities. UConn is a leader in many scholarly, research, and innovation areas. Today, the path forward includes exciting opportunities and notable challenges. Record numbers of undergraduate applications and support for student success have enabled the University to become extraordinarily selective.


  • Serve as the director and conductor of the UConn Symphony Orchestra.
  • Teach conducting, orchestral literature, and advanced orchestral techniques at the graduate level, and participate in the graduate conducting seminar.
  • Recruit and maintain a studio of orchestral conducting graduate students. Assist with the administrative leadership of the string, woodwind, brass, and percussion areas, and coach 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, and 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.
  • The candidate will be expected to maintain an active role as a professional in the field and act as a visible advocate who brings valuable and professional connections that enhance the work of the entire Department of Music and the University.
  • Other duties as assigned.  


  1. DMA, Master of Music, or other graduate degree in conducting (equivalent foreign degrees are acceptable) by the start date of the appointment (August 23, 2023) and equivalent outstanding record of professional experience. 
  2. Demonstrated accomplishments as a conductor of symphony orchestras.
  3. 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.


  1. Earned doctorate in a relevant field of music by the starting date of the appointment (August 23, 2023) or equivalent outstanding record of professional experience (equivalent foreign degrees are acceptable).
  2. Demonstrated experience in the programming and performance from the orchestral music repertoire of all periods.  
  3. Demonstrated success in college-level recruiting. 


This is a full-time, 9-month, tenure-track position with an anticipated start date of August 23, 2023. The successful candidate’s academic appointment will be at the Storrs campus. Faculty may also be asked to teach at one of UConn’s regional campuses or online as part of their ordinary workload. Salary and rank will be commensurate with qualifications and experience.


Employment of the successful candidate is contingent upon the successful completion of a pre-employment criminal background check.


Please apply online to Academic Jobs Online and submit the following application 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 and rehearsal (20-30 minutes each) should be submitted in your cover letter via YouTube link (preferred) or personal website link. 
  • Three letters of reference

Evaluation of applicants will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. To ensure full consideration please apply by January 27, 2023. Please contact Arielle Hill-Moses (, Executive Assistant to the Dean of the School of Fine Arts, with any questions. For more information regarding the Department of Music, please visit the Department's website at

At the University of Connecticut, our commitment to excellence is complemented by our commitment to building a culturally diverse community.

This position will be filled subject the budgetary approval.

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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.

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