University of Connecticut, Music

Position ID:UConn-Music-2019212 [#13151]
Position Title: Assistant Professor of Music (Orchestra & Conducting), Tenure-Track
Position Type:Tenured/Tenure-track faculty
Position Location:Storrs, Connecticut 06269, United States [map]
Subject Area: Music / Conducting
Appl Deadline: finished (2019/01/18, finished 2019/06/18, listed until 2019/07/18)
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, tenure-track faculty position in Orchestra and Conducting at the rank of Assistant Professor. In addition to serving as conductor of the University Symphony Orchestra, the position will involve teaching conducting, teaching advanced orchestral and conducting techniques at the graduate level; participation in the graduate conducting seminar; assistance with the administrative leadership of the string, woodwind, brass, and percussion areas; and coaching chamber music ensembles as needed. The anticipated start date is August 23, 2019.

We seek an outstanding artist-pedagogue with an ability to craft an artistic vision for the UConn Symphony Orchestra and to continue its legacy and relevance well into the future. 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 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 ( optimized_1). 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 24 full-time faculty members, 28 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. 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. 

The University of Connecticut is a comprehensive, public, Research I institution. The Storrs campus is located in a beautiful area of New England, with a moderate cost of living and proximity to major cultural, recreational, and urban centers of the Northeast. The University community provides residents with a rich diversity of cultural, artistic, athletic, and historic experiences, and the surrounding area offers affordable quality housing and top schools for faculty and families.


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.         Graduate degree in conducting.

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.

4.         Equivalent foreign degrees are acceptable.


1.         Earned doctorate in a relevant field of music by the starting date of the appointment. (August 23, 2019) or equivalent outstanding record of professional experience.

2.         Demonstrated experience in the programming and performance from the canon of orchestral music of all periods from baroque through the 21st century. 

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, 2019. 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 will be commensurate with qualifications and experience.


Select “Apply Now” to be redirected to Academic Jobs Online to complete your application. Please submit the following and include your last name as well as search #2019212 in the document title for each document submitted:

  • 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.
  • 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 February 15, 2019. Please contact Arielle Hill-Moses (, 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 website at

Employment of the successful candidate will be contingent upon the successful completion of a pre-employment criminal background check. (Search #2019212)

This position will be filled subject to budgetary approval.

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 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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