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American Musical and Dramatic Academy (no deadline listed, posted 27 Aug 2020) Sight Singing Faculty (starts Nov 2020)

  • "We are accepting resumes for part-time positions at our New York campus for the Fall Semester (November 2, 2020 - February 26, 2021) with teaching experience in Sight Singing, Musicianship, and Theory."

Arizona State University (deadline 11/16) Assistant Professor of Music Theory

  • 12/21: request for video interview
  • 1/31: Any updates here?
  • 2/15: On-campus interviews in February
  • 7/19 Job awarded to Nicholas Shea (Ph.D. Ohio State University 2020) 

Bellarmine University (open until filled, posted 6/23) Adjunct Faculty, Music Theory

  • "Adjunct lecturer in music theory needed for Fall 2020 with ability/credentials to teach all levels of Music Theory and to provide supplemental collaborative piano for instrumental majors and ensembles."

Brandeis University (review begins immediately, posted 9/10) Lecturer in Music (Spring 2020)

  • "The Brandeis University Department of Music seeks to hire a Lecturer to teach Mus10b: What to Listen for in Music: An Ears-on Approach in Spring 2020, meeting Monday/Wednesday 2 :00 pm – 3:30 pm plus office hours TBD. We seek an excellent teacher with experience instructing undergraduate music theory fundamentals and ear-training/musicianship who meets departmental needs for this elective offering."

Brandon University (deadline 5/12) Tenure-Track Position, Music Theory

  • "In accordance with Canadian Immigration requirements, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority."
  • Can they do that? I mean, I know this is probably a consideration for any search, but... written in the post?
  • Not only can - they must, unfortunately. A bit like diversity statements for public institutions here. Canada - the American tragedy. 
    • Why is Canada - America's tragedy?
    • at the high risk of getting the whole thread removed elsewhere, Canada is like a fun house mirror, where all the U.S. excesses and disfunctionality are put in high relief by their absence: Decent healthcare, tempereing down on unchecked market forces and a distinct lack of economic anxiety as prime motivator come to mind... But I'm at least half kidding.
    • I thought it was America's hat.
    • 7/3: rejection received

Colby College (deadline 1/1) Visiting Assistant Professor in Music Theory (.8 FTE)

  • "Responsibilities include teaching a 20th-century music history course, two courses in the department’s four-semester music theory sequence and an elective that could be offered for both music and general interest students. Applications from candidates with a record of previous college teaching and experience/interest in jazz theory, film music (criticism, analysis, or history) and/or music theater (performance or history) are especially welcome."
  • Also posted at Musicology/Ethnomusicology 2019-20
  • 2/10 any updates?
  • 2/13: request for video interview
  • 4/2: rejection received (x2)
  • Filled per musicology wiki: Ryan Maguire, UVA 2018 (PhD Composition), Colby College Faculty Fellow

College of New Jersey (review begins immediately, posted 4/1) Adjunct Lecturer of Music Theory

  • 5/2: request for additional materials
  • 5/21: interview requested
  • 6/23: second interview requested

Durham University (deadline 1/2) Assistant Professor in Music Analysis

  • "We received applications to the post from a wide range of countries and we were impressed with the applicant quality, which was very high.  However,we are strongly committed to increasing the diversity of our Department and in this respect, we regrettably observed that our advertisement had not attracted a sufficiently diverse pool of applicants.  For instance, only 16% of the applicants were female, whereas the benchmark in this sector (UK Music Departments) is 37%.  We also felt that the short timeframe between the opening date and the closing deadline might have been a contributing factor.  We have therefore decided tore-advertise the post (open date 20 November 2019 and closing 02 January 2020)."
  • 01/24: long listed and notified that references will be contacted.

Drake University (no deadline listed, posted 7/14/20) Adjunct Instructor Teaching Artist of Music Theory, Music

  • "Drake University invites candidates experienced in teaching written music theory to undergraduate music majors to teach one section (3 hrs. weekly) of MUS 001 – Materials of Music I. The candidate must be available to teach on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9:30 a.m. – 10:45 a.m."

Eastman School of Music(deadline 10/1) Assistant Professor of Music Theory

  • Submit materials to
  • 10/18: request for video interview
  • 10/30: request for on-campus interview
  • Email from search committee: jobs awarded to Ben Baker (ABD Eastman) and Sarah Marlowe (NYU, PhD Eastman 2013)

Grambling State University (deadline not listed) Assistant Professor of Music Theory

  • 3/4: Any updates?

Hope College (deadline 9/3) Music - Faculty (Emphasis in Theory)

  • see school-specific discussion below

Indiana University (deadline 10/7) Assistant Professor of Music Theory

  • 10/21: request for writing sample
  • I know that skype interviews happened in mid-November - I assume campus interview invites already went out, but can anyone confirm?
  • 12/03/19: request for on-campus interview
  • 6/2: The winner (hiring as a VAP unless this was not the same hiring line?): Andrew Goldman (PhD, Cambridge 2015, postdoc at Western University)
  • 6/3: Due to a hiring freeze, the original position was not possible, so yes, for now a one-year VAP position was offered and accepted.
  • 6/3 (2): I resent the use of the word "winner" to describe the scholar who received and accepted this position. I have seen this word used multiple times on this wiki in recent years and always find it inappropriate. It is used to denigrate the success of colleagues, likely because of the poster's own bitterness and jealousy, sadly a common trait among music theorists. However, if that is how you want to view the job market, go ahead. In that case, it makes some of us "winners" and you one of the "losers." 
  • 6/4: Respectfully, that seems nit-picky to me. We say someone "won" the job all the time, so surely that makes them the winner of this job search? Congratulations to this candidate!

McKendree University (open until filled, posted sometime in October) Adjunct Instructor of Music Theory

  • "McKendree University Music Department is seeking a part-time instructor for its Lebanon, Illinois campus to teach Music Theory beginning Spring semester 2020. Music theory is a 4 semester course; Theory II and IV will be taught spring semester."

Montana State University (deadline 1/2/20) Assistant Professor - Music Theory

  • 2/10 any updates?
  • 3/4: Any updates?
  • 3/4b: Phone interview scheduled.
  • 3/26: Three finalists have been notified that the search has been put on hold; they will be given the opportunity to interview when the search is able to resume.

Peabody Conservatory (deadline 10/15) Assistant Professor of Music Theory/Ear Training

  • 11/26 Request for video interview
  • 4/3 Rejection letter

Peabody Conservatory (deadline 10/15) Assistant Professor of Music Theory

  • 11/15 Request for more materials + video interview (x3)
  • 12/23 Request for on-campus interview (x2)
  • 4/3 Rejection letter

Princeton University (deadline 10/1) Assistant Professor of Music

  • "We seek a scholar of music with a specialization in theory, broadly defined. Strengths in vernacular and/or non-Western music will be an asset"
  • Also posted at Musicology/Ethnomusicology 2019-20
  • 11/4 Request for more materials
  • 12/13 Request for on-campus interview
  • 6/26 Any progress on this search?

St. Xavier University (Chicago, IL) (no deadline listed, posted 12/12/19) Music Adjunct/Aural Skills

  • "The Department of Music at Saint Xavier University is seeking an adjunct faculty member to teach the four-semester aural skills sequence."

St. Xavier University (Chicago, IL) (no deadline listed, posted 8/17/20) Adjunct - Music

  • "The Department of Music at Saint Xavier University is seeking an adjunct faculty member to teach Aural Skills I (Tuesdays & Thursdays – 9:30-10:20 AM); Aural Skills III (Tuesdays & Thursdays – 8:30-9:20 AM) and Counterpoint (Tuesdays & Thursdays – 11:00-11:50 AM)."

Southeastern Oklahoma State University (deadline 4/1) Assistant Professor - Music Theory

  • 5/12: Zoom interview and model teach
  • 6/11: Offer accepted: Ian Gerg  (Asst. Prof. Chestnut Hill College; Ph.D., University of Texas at Austin, 2015) 

Texas A&M University-Commerce (no deadline listed, posted 3/24) Assistant Professor-Music Theory

University of Alaska Fairbanks (deadline 4/7) Term Assistant Professor of Music Theory

  • 4/14: Rejection email (x2)
  • 4/14: Request for "Candidate Lecture Demo" (x2)
  • 4/14: Request for video interview (x2)
  • 5/3: Rejection email

University of British Columbia (deadline 11/30) Associate or Assistant Professor, Music Theory

  • 1/6: Rejection email received
  • 6/9: Leigh VanHandel (Associate Professor, MSU)

University of Calgary (deadline 6/19) Sessional Instructor, MUSI 311 Chromatic Harmony

  • "Applications are invited to teach the following course in the Fall 2020 session for the Division of Music, School of Creative and Performing Arts (SCPA). Lectures for the Fall 2020 term run from Sept. 8 to Dec. 9, 2020."
  • 7/3 Hired someone from inside the department

University of Houston (no deadline listed, posted 2/4) Assistant Professor in Music Theory

  • If their past theory search is any indication, they will begin reviewing from March 1st.
  • 4/3: Email suggesting search was canceled.

University of Iowa (open until filled, posted 4/28) Visiting Assistant Professor, Theory

University of Maryland (deadline 11/8) Assistant or Associate Professor of Music Theory

  • 11/25 Request for additional materials (x2)
  • 12/17 Request for video interview
  • 1/13 Request for campus visit
  • 3/26 Offer accepted

University of Massachusetts - Amherst (deadline 10/15) Assistant Professor of Music Theory

  • 11/5 Request for video interview
  • 11/26 Request for campus visit
  • 2/10 any updates?
  • Offer accepted: Miriam Piilonen (PhD Northwestern)

University of Michigan (deadline 1/10) Assistant Professor, Music Theory [added 01-11-20: The job announcement on Interfolio says nothing about January 10, but states that the review of applications will begin on January 27.]

  • The deadline was changed without acknowledgment. On 1/9, the Interfolio page said that review would begin on 1/10.
  • 2/4 Request for additional materials (4x)
  • 2/18 Request for video interview
  • 2/28 Request for campus visit
  • Offer accepted: Marc Hannaford (PhD Columbia)

University of Michigan (deadline 7/12) LEO Intermittent Lecturer

  • "Teach two sections of Music Theory 149 (Basic Musicianship: Writing Skills, I) for the Fall 2020 semester. Teach one section of Music Theory 150 (Basic Musicianship: Writing Skills, II) for the Winter 2021 semester."

University of Missouri Kansas City (deadline 11/1) Assistant Professor of Music Theory

  • 2/10 any updates?
  • 2/7 Video interviews conducted
  • 2/28 any updates?
  • 4/7: Search cancelled

University of North Carolina Greensboro (deadline 1/31/20) Assistant Professor of Music Theory (two tenure-track positions)

University of North Florida (deadline 11/15) Instructor of Music Theory (full-time, NTT)

  • 2/10 any updates?

University of Prince Edward Island (deadline 6/30) Sessional Instructor - Department of Music

  • "The Department of Music of the Faculty of Arts at the University of Prince Edward Island has openings for sessional instructors to teach the following courses in 2020 – 2021. This position is subject to final budgetary approval.
  • 1130 THEORY: This course briefly reviews the basic rudiments of music theory and introduces the principles of diatonic harmony.
  • 2130 THEORY: This course introduces the elements of chromatic harmony and modulation."

University of Saskatchewan (review begins 3/16) Lecturer (Term), Music Theory

  • 4/9 Request for video interview

University of South Florida (deadline 4/24) Visiting Instructor 1/Music Theory

  • 5/7: Request for zoom interview
  • 7/8: Search canceled

University of Tampa (deadline not listed, posted 9/5/19) Assistant Professor of Music (History and/or Theory)

  • Also posted at Musicology/Ethnomusicology 2019-20
  • From musicology wiki: Email stating position had been filled (11/26)
  • Filled, per musicology wiki: Anne Heminger, University of Michigan 2019 (PhD Musicology)

University of Texas at Austin (deadline 3/10) Visiting Assistant Professor of Music Theory (one-year)

  • Julianne Grasso (PhD University of Chicago)

University of Texas at San Antonio (deadline 11/25) Lecturer I (Music Theory) (Spring 2020)

  • 3/4: Any updates?
  • Position filled (Thomas Yee, DMA UT-Austin)

University of the Arts the Hague - Royal Conservatoire (deadline 5/1) Music theory teacher (0.4FTE)

University of the District of Columbia (posted 8/31, open until filled) Adjunct Professor-Music

  • "The University of the District of Columbia is seeking a qualified and experienced candidate for a position in Music Theory. The incumbent must teach assigned courses as determined by semester course schedule. The position starts in August 2020."

University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire (deadline 11/15) Music Theory Instructor (Spring 2020)

  • "87% FTE Instructional Academic Staff Position in the Department of Music and Theatre Arts for the spring semester, 2020 beginning February 3, 2020. The official title is in the Lecturer title series. This is a one semester appointment with salary commensurate with experience and qualifications."
  • Search for Job ID 16033 if the direct link doesn't work.

Virginia Commonwealth University (none listed, posted 11/20) Adjunct Instructor of Music Theory and Aural Skills

Washington College (review begins immediately, posted 10/29) Part-Time Lecturer in Music (Spring 2020)

  • "The Department of Music at Washington College invites applications for a Part-Time Lecturer in Music Theory for the Spring 2020 semester. The teaching load is two courses, with the possibility of applied composition lessons (if capable and needed). The candidate will teach Music Theory II and an upper-level theory course to Majors that can be adjusted to fit the candidate’s interest (courses meet three days per week). Salary will be the standard per-course rate plus travel assistance."

Theory/Performance, etc.[]

Andrews University (no deadline listed, posted 6/5) Chair-Music

  • "Fulfillment of chair responsibilities and teaching undergraduate courses in music theory and/or ear training."
  • "Must be a Seventh-day Adventist in good and regular standing."
  • This position was canceled very soon after posting, as per the acting department chair.

Bishop's University (deadline: 2/15/20, but review begins immediately - posted 11/28/19) Music – Tenure-Track Position

  • "Candidates should have a completed doctorate or (D.M.A. or Ph.D.) in music and be prepared to teach undergraduate courses in music theory and history/literature from the classical tradition. We are interested in a candidate who also has expertise in popular music and is able to teach courses in song writing, orchestration, composition and recording technology/music production."
  • Also posted at Musicology/Ethnomusicology 2019-20
  • Filled, per musicology wiki: Mathieu Désy, Université de Montréal 2016 (DMA Double Bass)

Cabrillo College (deadline 3/4) Music Theory & Instrumental Ensemble Leadership Instructor - Tenure Track

  • "This position will serve as the lead faculty member in the music theory and musicianship sequence, and will serve as a conductor of one or more of the following ensembles based on the candidate's particular strengths and interests, and the needs of the music department: symphonic concert band, jazz band and combos, and numerous chamber ensembles. Candidate will have experience in, or the ability to develop, multicultural ensembles, especially those focusing on mediums relevant to significant portions of Cabrillo College's student population, such as Mariachi and Banda."

Collin College, McKinney Campus (no deadline listed, posted 12/4) Professor, Music

  • "Preferred teaching experience in Music Appreciation, Fundamentals of Music, Music Theory, Sight Singing & Ear Training, and Ensemble Direction."
  • Also posted at Musicology/Ethnomusicology 2019-20
  • Filled, per musicology wiki: Alicja Usarek-Topper, UT Austin 2000 (DMA Violin)

Earlham College (deadline 2/1) Visiting Assistant Professor of Music — Choral Direction and Classroom Teaching

  • "Earlham is seeking a dynamic choral director who also excels in teaching courses in ethnomusicology, popular music studies, Western music history, music theory, or interdisciplinary courses in musicology."
  • Also posted at Musicology/Ethnomusicology 2019-20

Glendale Community College (deadline 1/30) Music Faculty (Music Theory)

  • "The successful candidate will be responsible teaching courses in Music Theory, Aural Perception, Chamber Music, and Private Instruction in Clarinet or Low Brass. Additional courses will be assigned from the music curriculum, possibly including history or humanities classes."

Great Basin College (deadline 5/8) Instructor, Fine Arts (Music)

  • "Great Basin College is seeking highly qualified individuals for a full-time, tenure-track music instructor position at its main campus in Elko, Nevada. ... The individual hired for this position will be expected to teach a heavy load of music courses and manage relevant studio facilities. ... A background or experience in music education and theory is mandatory"

Hannibal-LaGrange University (no deadline listed, posted 2/18) Faculty Member – Music (x2)

  • "Hannibal-LaGrange University seeks two full-time music department faculty members beginning fall 2020. Solid candidates with higher education experience and expertise in music theory, piano performance, vocal/choral conducting, and/or music education are encouraged to apply. ... Hannibal-LaGrange University is proud to be affiliated with the Missouri Baptist Convention and faculty must be professing Christians, actively involved in the church of their choice, and have values consistent with Baptist tradition."

Harper College (deadline 1/24) Diverse Faculty Fellow - Music

  • "Diverse Faculty Fellow candidates should possess expertise in areas, such as: music theory, aural skills, and music literature. The successful candidate may be responsible for teaching courses such as Music Theory I—IV, Aural Skills I—IV, Music Literature, Keyboard and Vocal Literature, and Symphonic and Chamber Literature. Special consideration will be given to applicants who are members of groups that have been historically underrepresented in faculty positions in higher education."
  • Also posted at Musicology/Ethnomusicology 2019-20
  • Filled, per musicology wiki: Edward Hamel, UC San Diego 2014 (MA Composition)

Hartwick College (review begins immediately, posted 4/28/20) Assistant Professor of Music Theory (plus Flute/Oboe)

  • "We seek candidates with expertise in Music Theory, with strong preference given to those with experience in Applied Music teaching in Flute or Oboe, as well as Chamber Music."

Hong Kong Baptist University (deadline 12/31) Associate Professor / Assistant Professor (Music Theory and Musicology)

MIT (deadline 7/6) Mellon Postdoctoral Fellowship in the Digital Humanities

Milligan College (No deadline listed) Faculty Position in Piano and Theory

  • ”Successful candidate must demonstrate a strong Christian faith”

Merrimack College (review begins immediately, posted 1/23) Assistant Professor, Music

  • "The Department of Visual and Performing Arts seeks to hire a full-time, tenure-track faculty member who will serve as Assistant Director of Bands and a scholar-practitioner of music technology and engineering in relation to contemporary composing, performing, and listening practices. The ideal candidate will have experience directing student bands of a variety of sizes and skill levels, facility with current music software and recording/production tools, and experience teaching practice-based studio courses in music theory, composition, and/or engineering/production."
  • (4/23) Search suspended until late June or July 2020.
  • (6/28) Search reopened, changed to NTT Lecturer
  • Filled, Andrew Cote, George Mason University 2016 (DMA Composition)

The New School (posted 12/18, no deadline listed) Associate Professor of Creative Improvisation: Music

  • "The College of Performing Arts (CoPA) at The New School (consisting of the Mannes School of Music, The School of Jazz and Contemporary Music, and The School of Drama) invites applications for an Associate Professor of Creative Improvisation: Music, on a full-time faculty Renewable Term Appointment (RTA) line. This faculty position plays a key role in the initial implementation of a new graduate degree, the Master of Music: Performer-Composer (MM PC), launching in Fall 2020. ... In this new graduate degree, every student will perform, compose, and improvise, while calling upon major skills in technology, entrepreneurship, and scholarship. What is more, the program is not limited by genre or style. This is a degree that will be led by and is for the creative musician."

Northwest College (deadline 1/13) Instructor/Assistant Professor of Music

  • "Primary emphasis of this position is to provide effective instruction in music theory, keyboard and commercial music. Provide high-quality and engaging instruction in freshman and sophomore courses in Instrumental Music, Applied Lessons, Instrumental Ensembles, and Core Music courses. "

Reed College (deadline 12/20) Tenure-Track Assistant Professor in Music (Choral/Music Theory)

  • (March 2020) Position filled

Riverside City College (deadline 2/28)

  • "The successful candidate will be a well-rounded faculty member responsible for teaching Music Theory, lecture and laboratory to freshman and sophomores. Other duties may include Instrumental (woodwind, brass or strings) ensemble direction and or applied instruction according to the candidate's expertise."

Rocky Mountain College (deadline 1/15/20) Assistant Professor of Music Theory and History

Saginaw Valley State University (no deadline listed, posted 11/11/19) Assistant Professor of Music - One-Year, Temporary (Theory and Jazz)

Schulich School of Music, McGill University (deadline 12/15) Assistant/Associate Professor of Music

  • "We seek an outstanding music scholar (open specialization) and pedagogue whose research interests include teaching and learning in higher education. The successful candidate will assist the Schulich School of Music as it pursues strategic pedagogical and curricular innovation."
  • This is a search with open specialization within the Department of Music Research (see job posting for details)
  • Also posted at Musicology/Ethnomusicology 2019–20  
  • 2/17: Skype interview (from Musicology/Ethnomusicology 2019–20 page)

St. Mary's College (deadline 9/30) Assistant Professor of Performing Arts, Music

  • "The person hired for this position will be responsible for developing and growing a well-established jazz band and sports band."
  • "Depending on expertise and interest, they could teach Jazz and Blues in America and a selection of music history, theory, and skill-development courses, such as music fundamentals, harmony, ear-training, form and analysis, sight singing, keyboard harmony..."
  • Also posted at Musicology/Ethnomusicology 2019-20
  • Filled, per musicology wiki: Sixto Montesinos, Rutgers 2018 (DMA Wind Conducting)

Stanislaus State University (deadline 3/9) Associate Professor of Music (Department Chair)

  • "The Department of Music invites applications for a tenure-track or tenured appointment at the rank of Associate Professor. Teaching assignments will depend upon the qualifications of the candidate and department needs. This faculty appointment includes service as Department Chair, ideally for two or more 3-year terms, with appropriate assigned time. Candidates with specialties in areas of department growth will receive priority consideration, including guitar, music technology, or percussion."

Stony Brook University (deadline 9/23) Assistant Professor of Music

  • "Required Qualifications: Doctorate or ABD in music history, music theory, or ethnomusicology. Preferred Qualifications: Research specialty in one or more of the following: music before 1600; gender, sexuality, and queer theory; critical race studies; or popular music studies."
  • Also posted at Musicology/Ethnomusicology 2019-20

Sweet Briar College (review begins immediately, posted 30 June 2020) Adjunct Instructor of Music (part-time)

  • "Sweet Briar College invites applications for a one-year appointment as Adjunct Instructor of Music to teach two courses during the 2020-2021 academic year from among the following: fundamentals of music theory, a project-based hybrid vocal/instrumental ensemble, and a general music course in their area of expertise."
  • "Classification: Part-time, one-year, non-benefits eligible, non-tenure track faculty position"

University of California, Merced (deadline 4/15) Lecturer in Global Arts Studies (AY 20-21)

  • Also posted at Musicology/Ethnomusicology 2019-20
  • (4/27) Request for video interview
  • (5/19) Position filled
  • Filled, per musicology wiki: Shannon Garland, Columbia University 2014 (PhD Ethnomusicology)

University of Central Arkansas (review begins immediately, posted 8/18) Visiting Lecturer in Music

  • "The position’s responsibilities include teaching Music Theory, Ear-training, Applied Piano, Music Appreciation, and working departmentally as a collaborative pianist."

University of Illinois, Springfield (deadline 3/26) Full Time Instructor, Music Theory/Musicology/Performance, Fall 2020

  • Teaching expectations: Lower and upper level courses in Musicology and Music Theory, and Chamber Ensemble. Additional responsibilities include assisting the Director of the UIS Music Program with administrative duties, overseeing Camerata students, advising students, supervising student workers, and publicity/recruitment."
  • Also posted at Musicology/Ethnomusicology 2019-20
  • From musiocology wiki: 4/4: request for online interview
  • From musicology wiki: 6/5: Rejection e-mail
  • Filled, per musicology wiki: Adam Larison, Eastman School of Music 2016 (DMA Guitar Performance)

University of Pittsburgh at Bradford (open until filled, posted 29 June 2020) Visiting Assistant Professor, Music

  • "MFA or Ph.D. in Music is preferred. College teaching experience required, and conducting experience desired. Applicant will teach a variety of music theory and experiential courses. Selected courses include Introduction to Music, Musical Styles, and Music in Film. Familiarity with appropriate music education software is expected, as well as support for the growing Interdisciplinary Arts Major."
  • Also posted at Musicology/Ethnomusicology 2019-20

University of Texas, Rio Grande Valley (no deadline listed, posted 6/1) School of Music: One Year Appointment Lecturer I – Applied Music

  • "The University of Texas – Rio Grande Valley is seeking applications for a one-year appointment Lecturer I in Applied Music to join the UTRGV School of Music to start Fall 2020 in Brownsville & Edinburg campuses. Primary responsibilities include teaching applied lessons, methods courses, directing the ensemble, music appreciation; and other duties assigned as needed by the School of Music Director. ... There will be multiple positions with teaching assignments in: Piano, Choral, Voice, Composition and Theory."

University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point (deadline 4/7) Clarinet and Music Theory Professor - Music

Washington State University (screening begins 11/1) Assistant Professor of Music Theory and Bassoon

  • Required Qualifications include "Earned doctorate in music by time of hire. Demonstrated extensive experience teaching and performing on bassoon as well as demonstrated extensive experience teaching in music theory."
  • (11/21) Request for video interview
  • (12/11) Request for on-campus interview

Westminster College of the Arts at Rider University (deadline 12/2) Assistant Professor of Popular Music Studies

  • "The successful candidate will hold a doctoral degree (PhD or DMA) in music or in a related field with a focus on popular music studies. The successful candidate will demonstrate experience with both the conceptual and historical nature of popular music alongside practical skills in popular music theory, composition and arranging. Direct experience with some of the many styles found in popular music (e.g., pop, hip-hop, jazz, EDM, blues, reggae) is expected."
  • Also posted at Musicology/Ethnomusicology 2019-20

Whitman College (deadline 4/13) Visiting Assistant Professor of Music

  • "In the fall semester, the successful candidate will direct the Whitman College Chorale and Chamber Singers (during the fall semester only), and instruct an introductory course in music appreciation (Music in Society). In the spring semester, the candidate will instruct elementary music theory for non-music majors, one section of a second-year aural skills lab, and a special topics course within the candidate’s area of expertise. "

Theory/Composition, etc.[]

Brigham Young University (deadline 10/25) Full-time Faculty in Composition/Theory/Commercial Music

  • (11/6) Rejection email (x2)

Cal Poly Pomona (deadline 12/1) Assistant Professor of Music Theory

  • "Secondary expertise is also desired in areas including composition, music technology, or instrumental performance."
  • (1/10) Phone interview request
  • (1/15) On-campus inverview scheduled
  • (3/09) Offer made and accepted: Evan Ware (Assistant Professor of Composition, Central Michigan University; PhD, University of Michigan)

California State University, San Bernardino (deadline 10/16) Music Theory/Composition - Assistant Professor Tenure Track

  • (11/30) Request for video interview (x2)

Cardiff University (Deadline 7/25) Composition & Music Theory Teacher, 2-year sabbatical replacement

  • Rejection e-mail (8/5) (x2) 
  • Offer accepted: Angela Slater (Durham)

Columbia University (deadline 12/1) Mellon Postdoctoral Teaching Fellow/Lecturer

  • Also posted at Musicology/Ethnomusicology 2019-20
  • (1/11) Request for writing/work  samples (x3)
  • (2/13) Any news?
  • (3/18) Rejection email
  • Filled per musicology wiki: Ruth Opara, Univ Colorado-Boulder 2017 (PhD Ethnomusicology), and Suzanne Thorpe, UC San Diego 2020 (PhD Music/Integrative Studies)

Dalhousie University (deadline 3/15) Assistant Professor in Composition and Music Theory (10-Month Limited Term)

  • Offer accepted: Jared Miller (Juilliard)

Loyola Marymount University (deadline 10/22) Assistant or Associate Professor - Music Theory/Composition

  • (1/20) Additional materials requested (x5)
  • (4/2) Anyone have any updates? Also sent in additional materials two months ago and have heard nothing since. (x3)
  • (5/4) rejection received (x2)
  • Offer accepted: David S. Carter (D.M. Northwestern)

Meredith College (no deadline listed, posted 1/22/20) Instructor/Assistant Professor of Music (Theory/Composition)

  • "Teaching responsibilities for this one-year appointment include Music Theory (four-semester sequence) and Ear Training (four-semester sequence), Survey of Music Literature, and composition lessons."
  • (2/18a) Did they already take down the listing? The site only lists 11 jobs and none of them are for music.
  • (2/18b) I applied for this position earlier in the month, so apparently yes.

Metropolitan State University of Denver (deadline 12/1) Assistant Professor of Music Composition and Theory Tenure Track Faculty

  • (1/21) Request for phone interview (x2)
  • (1/28) On-campus interview scheduled
  • (4/3) Email saying search is "complete."

Miami University of OH (Posted 7/16, Review begins 7/23) Visiting Assistant Professor in Music Theory/Composition

Montclair State University (deadline: 11/1 first review, open until filled) Assistant/Associate Professor of Music Theory/Composition

  • (11/24) Request for additional materials
  • (12/25) Rejection email on Christmas morning (x9)
    • That's in very poor taste.
    • Agreed. (x8)
    • It states it was automated, which means someone intentionally scheduled it for that time
    • Not really a matter of "taste," more like sadism. 
    • It was either intentionally scheduled for that time, or was triggered at that time by a committee member (=faculty member).
  • Offer accepted: Aaron Helgeson (Chair, Composition and Theory, Longy School of Music at Bard College)

New College of Florida (no deadline listed, posted 3/3) Visiting Assistant Professor of Music

  • "New College of Florida invites applications for a Visiting Assistant Professor of Music in the Division of Humanities. The successful candidate will have a doctorate (PhD or DMA) in music composition, jazz studies, improvisation, or some related field and demonstrated potential for teaching excellence in a liberal arts environment. ... Primary teaching responsibilities for this position include a course in the music theory sequence (Music Theory I and II), and a course in electronic music composition, with the possibility of activities instructing students in aural skills. We welcome candidates with expertise in the following areas: improvisation, music in a global context, African-diasporic music, jazz, sound and technology, and are open to other possibilities."
  • (4/14) Any word?
  • (4/22) Request for online interview

San Diego State University (deadline: 11/15) Assistant Professor of Composition/Theory

  • (11/27) Request for video interview (x2)
  • (12/23) On-campus interview scheduled
  • (03/02) Offer made and accepted

University of Memphis (2/3/20) Assistant Professor of Music - Composition and Music Theory

  • "Minimum Position Qualifications: MM degree in Composition. "
  • (02/10) Request for additional materials. (x3)
  • (02/26) Request for Skype interview (x2)
  • (03/16) Requests for finalist interviews (conducted remotely)
  • (05/19) Offer accepted

University of Nevada, Las Vegas (deadline 3/23) Assistant Professor of Music Composition & Theory

  • This position requires a doctoral degree in composition from a regionally accredited college or university and a minimum of 10 years of teaching experience at the college level. [Emphasis added.]
    • redonkulous! Maybe TA experience counts?
    • As an old head (at age 40!) who made the mistake of finsishng my degree in 2009, I'm actually happy that they want someone with experience. There is no shortage of accomplished people who suffered through the hiring freezes that occured between 2007 and 2011 and managed to have remain active in the profession while honing their teaching skills on the adjunct death march. Some of us have even won some pretty snazzy awards. So good for UNLV for bucking the trend of ageism and acknowledging that experience matters. It will be intersting to see if they follow through.
  • (4/8) Email notifying the temporary hire freeze

Composition Only[]

Amherst College (deadline 12/6) Valentine Visiting Assistant/Associate/Full Professor of Music (2 years)

  • (3/13) Position filled

Arizona State University (deadline 11/15) Assistant Professor of Composition

  • (12/14) Video interview requested (x2)
  • (4/8) Rejection email
  • (4/2020) Position filled

Berklee College of Music (deadline 10/1) Assistant Chair in Composition

  • (10/26) Skype interview requested
  • (1/22) Finalists Invited
  • (5/3) Position filled

California Institute of the Arts (deadline 3/15) Composition Faculty (with experience in film, video and media composition)

  • (3/26) Position has been postponed to Fall 2020 due to COVID-19

Cornell University (deadline 1/15) Assistant or Associate Professor of Composition

  • (5/18) Rejection received

Emory University Music Department (deadline 12/01/2019) Assistant Professor, Composition

  • (12/9) Additional materials requested
  • (1/7) Campus interview scheduled

Hong Kong Baptist University (deadline 7/27) Assistant Professor in Music Composition

Hong Kong Baptist University (deadline 4/4) Assistant Professor in Music (two positions)

  • "The Department of Music at Hong Kong Baptist University invites outstanding applicants for academic/teaching positions specialising in the field of (a) Scoring for Film, Television and Video Games and (b) Songwriting. "
  • (6/5) Rejection received following Skype interview. Interview felt rushed and fake. 

The Juilliard School (no deadline listed, posted sometime in October) Composition Faculty

  • (2/25) Andrew Norman (Associate Professor, University of Southern California)

Kennesaw State University (deadline 4/15) Part-Time Faculty, Composition

  • "The School of Music at Kennesaw State University anticipates an opening for part-time faculty to teach studio composition to junior- and senior-level composition majors."

Newcastle University (deadline 2/12) Lecturer/Senior Lecturer in Composition

  • (4/28) Search suspended due to COVID-19 until "at least 7/31/2020," per email

NUI Galway (deadline 2/24) Lecturer Above the Bar in Music (Composition)

  • (4/20) Rejection email

SUNY Oswego (deadline 3/7) Artist in Residence (1 semester, 2020-2021)

Université de Montréal (deadline 12/28) Assistant Professor, Composition and Sound Creation (3 part-time positions)

  • (02/25) On-campus interview scheduled
  • (03/18) Skype interview requested (post-campus interview)
  • (06/01) Rejection received (only after sending follow-up e-mail)

University of Aberdeen (deadline 1/5) Lecturer or Senior Lecturer in Music (Composition)

  • (01/09) Rejection received (x2) 

University of California, Riverside (deadline 12/8) Assistant Professor of Music Composition

  • (12/19) Skype interview requested (x4)
  • (1/17) invitation for campus interview 
  • (3/2) Offer made and accepted

University of California, San Diego (deadline 10/1) Associate or Full Professor of Composition

  • Any updates on this?
  • (2/10) Rejection email
  • (6/26) Marcos Balter (Associate Professor, Montclair State University)

University of California, Santa Barbara (deadline 9/27) Temporary Lecturer in Music Composition

  • For Winter and/or Spring 2020
  • Skype interviews Requested
  • Position offered and accepted

University of Chicago (deadline 11/15) 2020-2021 Chicago Center for Contemporary Composition Postdoctoral Researcher

  • (5/11) rejection received (x2)

University of Colorado - Boulder (deadline 11/1) Assistant Professor of Composition

  • (12/5) Request for video interview (x4)
  • (12/17) Rejection e-mail received (x6)
  • (12/19) on-campus interview scheduled (x3)
  • (3/11) Annika Socolofsky (Princeton University)

University of Denver (deadline 11/15) Assistant/Associate Professor of Composition

  • (12/5) Additional materials requested (x5)
  • (12/15) Request for video interview (x2)
  • (1/17) On-campus interview scheduled
  • (4/1) Sean Friar (Assistant Professor of Practice, University of Southern California; Ph.D. Princeton)

University of Maine-Farmington (deadline 1/13/20) Assistant Professor of Music Composition

  • (01/26) Request for phone/video interview
  • (02/12) Rejection email (that was fast...) (x3)
  • (02/16) I wonder if this was a situation where they already knew who they were going to hire. Aside from myself, I know of two others who were especially well qualified for this position and department, and fit the job description perfectly, but didn't receive requests for an interview. Of course, I never advance in searches where I think that I'm a perfect fit, so who knows. Oddly, I tend to advance in searches where I think that I'm really stretching to make a case for myself, and don't have the professional track record to support that case. I'm starting to think that I should only apply to jobs that I'm especially unqualified for since I seem to have better luck with those for some inexplicable reason. (x2!)
  • (2/21) I was Skype interviewed and received no response. (x2)
  • (3/19) Rejection email received over a month after Zoom interview. Anyone know who got the position?
  • (6/24) It's a recent graduate from Hartt, but because the individual hasn't yet updated their website with that info, I'd rather not list the name here.

University of Pennsylvania (deadline 9/15) Assistant Professor in Music Composition

  • (10/18) Additional materials requested
  • (4/2) Natacha Diels (UCSD) and Tyshawn Sorey (Wesleyan)

University of Redlands (deadline 10/15) Assistant Professor in Music Composition

  • (10/24) Additional materials requested (x4)
  • (11/13) Skype interview requested (x3)

University of Texas at Austin (deadline 11/1) Artist-Teacher of Composition

  • (12/19) on-campus interview scheduled
  • (4/20) Omar Thomas (MM - New England Conservatory; Assistant Professor in Music Theory - Peabody)

University of Victoria (deadline 2/28) Assistant Professor in Composition

  • (03/30) Request for teleconference interview
  • (04/15) Invitation for "virtual" campus visit
  • (04/18) Rejection received

West Virginia University (deadline 2/28) Assistant Professor - Composition

  • (04/27) Rejection received (x3)

Xavier University (no deadline listed, posted 6/6/20) Adjunct Faculty - Composition Instructor (part-time)

Composition/Music Technology[]

Auburn University (deadline 10/1) Assistant/Associate/Full Professor - Music (Music Composition and Technology)

  • (12/11) Position filled.

Brandeis University (immediately) Lecturer in Electroacoustic Composition (Laptopping), Spring 2020

Carnegie Mellon University (deadline January 1, 2020) - Assistant Professor of Electronic Music Composition

  • (2/3) phone interview request

Columbia College Chicago (deadline 12/8) Assistant Professor- Music Technology

Dartmouth College (deadline 11/1) Assistant Professor of Sonic Arts, Tenure-Track

"We seek a vibrant artist with a singular approach to creative and pedagogical practice. Makers who demonstrate convergent practices across the arts and/or sciences will be prioritized."

  • Qualifications: completed PhD, DMA, or MFA in Music Composition, Sonic Arts, Creative Media Arts, or a related-field, or equivalent professional achievement required by the start date.
  • (12/3) Rejection letter sent (x4).

Eastman School of Music (deadline 10/7) Composer/Director of the Eastman Audio Research Studio

  • (1/22) Finalists selected

Florida SouthWestern State College (deadline 3/20) Professor, Digital Art and Creative Technologies

Georgetown University (deadline 12/1) Assistant Teaching Professor in Recording Arts Technology

  • (4/1) Position filled.

Hamilton College (deadline 11/1) Assistant Professor in the Arts

  • "We seek a practicing artist with expertise in interactive media, and/or integrated media, and/or performance and technology"
  • "An MFA or PhD or DMA in an appropriate field is required and candidates should demonstrate an active creative practice and research agenda."
  • (11/13) Request for skype interview
  • (12/9) Campus interview
  • (03/18) David Bird (DMA Columbia University 2019)

Long Island University (review begins immediately, posted 2/3) Assistant/Associate Professor of Music Technology, Entrepreneurship, and Production

  • "Primary teaching responsibilities could include: Computer Music Production; Audio Recording and Engineering; Digital Sound Design; and Songwriting. Secondary teaching responsibilities could include (depending upon the expertise and interests of the candidate): World Music; Ensembles in Jazz and Commercial Music; Jazz and Commercial Theory, Arranging, and Composition; Jazz History; Rock History; World Music; Applied Studio Lessons; Elementary and Intermediate Keyboard Skills, Music Theory, General Musicianship, General Music Appreciation."

Middle Tennessee State University (review begins 2/2) Chair, Recording Industry Department

Mills College (review begins immediately, posted 10/30) Part-Time Assistant Adjunct Professor(s), Spring 2020

Northern Essex Community College (deadline 3/9) Part-time Instructor for Music Technology Courses

  • "Teach evening sections of MUS127 Music Technology: Sound (fall semester) and MUS 137 Music Technology: Composition (spring semester) on the Haverhill campus."

Occidental College (deadline 1/27/20) Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow

  • "The Music Department at Occidental College (OXY) invites applications for a full-time postdoctoral scholar-practitioner in audio/music/sound engineering with an ability to teach applied signal processing at the undergraduate level"

Peabody Institute (until filled) Full-time Faculty in Music for New Media

  • "teach music and sound design for Film, TV, Games and VR and provide technical support for the New Media studio"

Penn State University (deadline 1/3/20) Assistant Professor of Music Technology

  • (1/20) Request for Video interview (x2)
  • (2/9) Request for Campus interview
  • (5/22) Steven Rice (PhD Eastman)

Portland State University (deadline 2/14) Assistant Professor of Music Technology

  • (8/3) Caroline Louise Miller (PhD UC San Diego, 2019)

Queen's University Belfast (deadline 3/23) Lecturer in Sound and Music Computing

Sibelius Academy (University of Helsinki) (deadline 1/12/20) Professor of Music Technology

Simon Fraser University (deadline 9/20) Tenure Track Position in Experimental Composition

  • "We are seeking an experimental composer with a hybrid practice in two or more of the following: instrumental music, live electronics, improvisation, interactivity, maker culture, sound art, popular music, within an established interdisciplinary and collaborative practice."
  • "Canadian citizens and permanent residents will be given priority."
  • "preference will be given to an Indigenous person from the Americas"
  • Has anyone received a message that they have been placed on the long list? The initial response to my application stated that this would be put together in late September.
  • (10/10) Yes, received reference letter requests a while back.
  • (11/15) Request for in-person interview
  • (11/15) Rejection received

SUNY Oneonta (no deadline listed) Assistant Professor of Audio Arts

  • NB: posting has expired as of mid October

Syracuse University (deadline 11/1) Assistant Professor of Sound Recording Technology

  • (1/18) Request for video interview
  • (4/28) Position Filled

University of Georgia (deadline 12/22) Assistant Professor of Commercial Music (TT)

  • The Hugh Hodgson School of Music seeks a dynamic faculty member to develop and teach new courses in commercial music. Newly proposed courses will be in accordance with the experience and expertise of the candidate, and may include music production, film scoring, music for media, non-linear and game scoring, or other creative areas at the intersections of music creativity, industry, and technology.
  • Offer accepted: Tom Hiel (California Polytechnic State University)

University of Illinois (deadline 1/17/20) Clinical Assistant Professor in Music, Audio, and Recording Technologies

  • The ideal candidate will be a highly skilled audio practitioner, with potential to be a dynamic and effective classroom instructor, and with extensive professional experience in one or more of the following areas: audio recording, audio engineering, mixing, mastering, live sound reinforcement, commercial/popular music production, and music entrepreneurship. Applicants should hold an advanced degree in a closely related field by the starting date of the appointment, or have equivalent professional experience.

University of Maryland Baltimore County (deadline 12/5) Lecturer or Professor of the Practice (Full-time) in Music Technology

  • Application deadline extended to Jan 5, 2020.

UNC-Asheville (review begins immediately, posted 2/7) Lecturer in Music Technology

University of Plymouth (deadline 7/6) Lecturer in Sound and Music Computing (part-time)

University of the Pacific (no deadline listed) Associate/Full Professor, Program Director for Music Management/Music Industry Studies

University of Sydney (deadline 8/21) Associate Lecturer/Lecturer in Audio and Acoustics

University of Texas at Austin (deadline 11/1) Artist-Teacher of Composition and Electronic Music/Director of Electronic Music Studios

  • (5/4) Rejection received.
  • (5/6) Januibe Tejera

University of Texas, Rio Grande Valley (deadline 1/15/20) Assistant Professor – Music Technology/Composition

  • (1/27) Request for video interview
  • (3/20) The position has been filled and the search is now closed

University of Virginia (deadline 1/6/20) Assistant Professor, Composition and Computer Technologies

  • (3/5) Campus interviews

School-Specific Discussion[]


  • In a composition seminar on Monday 9/30 that was held as an open forum for students, faculty, and alumni to discuss recent allegations against Dan Welcher, a member of the composition faculty mentioned that he is "committed to hiring a woman" in an effort to diversify the department.
  • (10/6) I'm sure that potential applicants for the job really appreciate hearing this. Why can't they just say that they're committed to hiring a candidate who isn't a predator and demonstrates a commitment to these values??
  • (10/6b) because you can't prove an absence. If a candidate's potential for sexual misconduct is an overarching determinant for hiring, naturaly the committee would gravitate towards candidates who come from a constituancy historically shown to be far less likely to engage in such activity.
    • (10/6c) I see. Should potential candidates address their "potential for sexual misconduct" in their cover letters, then? Or as a separate two-page statement? Surely there must be a way to make this a fair hiring process!
    • (10/7 formerly known as 10/6b) I don't know. I don't really see how, when a music faculty job becomes political fodder to undo a #Metoo embarrasment it can be expected to produce a non-controvertial choice. But there we have it - hardly the first tainted search in history... 
    • (10/8) The OP writes that a single faculty member is "committed to hiring a woman," and already we have a barage assumptions. 1) No search is performed by a single member of the faculty; and 2) there are likely other reasons, such as those mentioned in the above thread (e.g. making sure there's equitable hiring), for why a faculty would be committed to hiring a woman and this situation provided the opportunity to make a new hire. I would do everything in my power not to hire someone who distills repeated sexual harassment and abuse from a person in a position of utmost influence and power as a "#metoo embarassment" regardless of gender.  
    • OP: Yes, exactly. It was a single composition faculty member who made this statement, it was in front of the Director of the BSoM, the Dean of the College of Fine Arts, and many current students and some alumni. I'm sure what he meant is that he will be a primary advocate for a woman in the position, and this came up during a specific sidebar about the decades of the school's male-dominated department and the situation worsening on that front after the first investigation in the early 2000s, but I wanted to make sure to share the info I had in case it was useful to all who were interested.
  • (10/22) If that comment was made out loud in public, it is a breach of fair hiring law. It compromises the search, and it should be reported to the administration.
    • OP: Why report when the comment was made in front of the two highest members of the adminstration, the Dean of CoFA and the Director of the BSoM?
    • (10/24) I suppose that by "useful" you mean that candidates who don't identify as female shouldn't bother applying, because the committee is less likely to consider them. This is all in advance of the application deadline, and if it's designed to deter candidates from applying in the first place, it is inappropriate, no matter who was present for the remark.
    • OP: I get all that... that's not why I felt it was useful to post here. I thought it was useful to post because I found the comment completely out of line. While it remained in the room it was privilaged information and I think more people needed to know that it was said.

Berklee College of Music:

  • This position was open just two years ago, and Berklee has posted at least two additional positions in Composition over the past two years. Does anyone know what's up with the department?
  • I live on the East Coast (not Boston though) but - this is my wild guess/speculation - Berklee is known for 1) being a bit on the heavy side when it comes to workload for faculty, because they have no TA and grading and teaching is all on faculty members, and 2) having a quite enormous faculty (I know this because I applied for a job a few years ago and got the chance to notice that). So, 2 is really a consequence of 1 - if there's no TA given the size of the school, I imagine  it would make sense to have a lot of faculty members, and that statistically means more frequent changes. So, it could just be very normal? As far as this position, I don't know much but I assume it's more admin?
  • There is also no tenure, from what I understand, which will inherently increase turnover.
  • Yep, I also heard everybody is by untenured contract there, not sure about the details though.
  • Hi, comp fac member here. Our pay and teaching load public here: turnover-- last few years we had a few deaths and retirements. One PT fac got a FT gig elsewhere, but FT members tend to stay put. Yes, it's a high teaching load, though Berklee community offers lots of networking/ collaboration opps, plus lots of new music happening in Boston. This is mostly an admin position, but if you're a smart, kind, organized composer person, go for it! I've found that comp opps come my way just having this fac title, so maybe it will hold true for new hire as well. Peace, all.
  • Hello, another faculty here - just +1 what my colleague said. If you like numbers, it's not a bad job, and Berklee is quite a nice environment. Just figured I would share my understanding of the job (but I'll ask my colleague to correct me if I am wrong) - basically you teach 1-2 classes per semester, and the rest is basically admin: scheduling for faculty, organizing visiting artists, meeting with students (a lot) and pretty much work with the chair. I believe this is also a M-F 9-5 job, including summer, with some flexibility (you can probably take some days off). Hope this helps!
  • This has got to be the most frustrating application systems that I have ever dealt with. It didn't parse my CV in any sensible way so I had to go back and change a bunch of information. Workaday randomly reorders my entries and each time I look at the final page before hitting submit, everythng is out of order (and out of order in a different way each time!). Are others having these problems? Hopefully HR will forward the attachements to the search committee.


  • 2/6 Eastman discussion has been moved to the Talk page.


  • Does anyone know what's happening with Emory? They are hiring a second composer in a row and I have heard about some sketchy business there. I know there was controversy last year when they hired the inside candidate with what many considered subpar credentials. It seems that person might already be looking for an exit to avoid some of the well-known departmental issues taking place over the last four years.
  • (1/4) Sigh. This again? No, there was no "controversy." No, there were not "many" who considered the composer to have "subpar credentials." The only "controversy" was in response at the perceived elitist attidues and embittered entitlement displayed by the poster (who IIRC was a rejected finalist) towards the school and the general hiring market.
  • (1/16) Exactly. This is straight out of the anti-vax or intelligent design playbook: make up something ridiculous or completely subjective, then when people point out how absurd it is, claim that there's some kind of "controversy" and imply that there are two sides to the story, when in fact there are not.
  • (1/24) I was not involved in or following the wiki last year, but going back through it, it looks to me like there were some serious concerns about the search or at least a trend (i.e., "anti-credentialism") that the search represented. I don't know about Emory's particular issues, but the concerns are real, and I would urge the wiki community to respect people's views and real lived experiences.
  • (2/16) I'm still confused by these claims of "anti-credentialism." It feels more like some child from Columbia, or Yale, or wherever throwing a temper tantrum because someone from a school that they perceive as being beneath them won a job and they didn't. If you are an arrogant jerk and don't get a job it probably has more to do with the fact that you're a jerk rather than anti-credentialism. 
    • (2/16b) Except there are plenty of stories of candidates from elite schools receiving questions from search committees that presume 1. that they must be arrogant or entitled, 2. that they're not really committed to the position and 3. that they'll leave for a job at a better school at the first chance they get. (As if any of us can count on jobs magically materializing anywhere in this market.) This is what "anti-credentialism" really is; a set of assumptions about a candidate's character and their interest in and commitment to the position simply based on where they went to school. 
    • (2/17) I don't know if I'd call it "anti-credentialism" but this is a factor for job seekers who come from schools with fancy names/reputations, and it is part of the standard advice for job seekers from fancy schools (or, at least, is starting to be / should be). I don't think that acknowledging so-called "anti-credentialism" should act as a license for candidates with degrees from such programs to justify and enflame a sense of indignation at being passed over by a search committee. The real value of the idea (whether we label it "anti-credentialism" or otherwise) is actually very practical: job seekers with degrees from fancy institutions MUST NOT assume that the eliteness of their degree AUTOMATICALLY makes them more attractive, and should take steps (like everyone else on the market should, if they are smart) to make sure that they communicate a GENUINE interest in the position instead of ASSUMING that a search committee can read their mind and discover the candidate's interest in the job that way. Likewise job seekers without those fancy imprimaturs on their diplomas should not assume that their degree automatically disqualifies them from certain jobs, and should take steps (like everyone else on the market should, if they are smart) to make sure that they communicate a genuine interest in the position.
    • I think that the assumption about people from elite schools leaving for better school is not just a random rumor - the entitlement they let through in places like this wiki in a way proves that the SC concerns are well founded. If you come from one of these schools and you apply to a lower-tier college, it's kind of on you to prove you are taking that job seriously and you commit to it, and it is not just a crapy temporary gig. And - for the record - I come from an elite school. 
      • (2/18) So does this presumption about a candidate's character actually go away based on what a candidate says in their cover letter and/or interviews? Exactly how much does it take?
      • (2/18b) I'm not sure if that question was sarcastic or not, but I'm going to answer it. Yes, it does. Having served on SCs, if you apply at a not-very-well-known SLAC with a PhD from, say, Yale, the SC is probably going to assume 1) that you understand the job market and are just applying everywhere, and 2) you're likely to try to trade up if the opportunity comes along. Now, that's not a reason not to give you the job--I think an SC would be really stupid not to offer a top-tier candidate a job just bcause they think he/she is going to leave in a few years (how does that logic even work? "We'll hire a candidate who's much worse, since they're unlikely ever to be able to leave"?!) So yes, your cover letter and the things you say in interviews are really going to matter--the SC is always going to ask why you're interested in the job, and you need to have enough knowledge of the school and the town that you can convince them you actually really want to be there.
        • The question actually wasn't meant to be sarcastic. All of what you mention should already be patently obvious to any candidate who actually wants a job anywhere in the field. The people posting here are calling a SC's concerns "well-founded" and arguing that they have the right to pre-judge a candidate's attitude towards and interest in the position. Do those concerns really go away if a candidate expresses serious interest? Or does the SC maintain this attitude no matter what a candidate does? Is this really justifiable?
        • I am the one who wrote "well-founded" - the commentary was probably more sarcastic that I intended it to be, and I apologize for that. Going to your question though the answer is yes - that's what a normal SC would probably do, and should do, because CV/CL are pretty much the only thing they have to evaluate the candidataes. Also, let's face it - the idea that someone from Yale wouldn't stay around a minor college can be considered preconception, sure, but honestly - isn't it also somewhat true based on evidence? There are certainly wonderful people at any school at any time (I have met many of them), but this behavior is certaintly not uncommon. So, all other factors equal, that (pre)conception carries a weight, and takes a SC to investigate that aspect too. I guess it's fair - while the preconception that those coming from minor colleges has to face is to prove them to be apt for the big stages (if, say, Yale would even consider them, which is another story- see the Eastman discussion), so I guess it's bearable that someone from the Yale-kind needs to swallow those questions, and needs to take the effort to make a point about why they would see themselves going into a lesser-known school, get to know the details, look at the mission/website/history and so on, starting from the letter up until the final interview. Case in point- I assisted to an interview of someone from another top 5 school recently, and I can tell you - this person didn't even look at the college website before coming for the interview, as if our comissions, name-dropping or personality should suffice to get any job anywhere. Really? Are you so naive about this that you think that's the only element that a SC looks for?  I think it's important to keep in mind these dynamics when it comes to apply, and rather than being bitter or ranting about the inaptitue of someone who maybe is just trying to get the best pick for their own school, just rolls your sleeves up and be humble. As I said, I come myself from an Ivy League school and landed into a college that is just an inch lower in prestige - I was bitter myself at first, but now I think this is something that taught me perspective, and seeing the difference in attitude was quite an eye-opener and taught me a lot of things when it comes to apply for a job.
        • Look, the intricacies of the job search are nebulous at best. I graduated from a solid and reputable program, but not an eilite program. On two occasions, I was called for interviews at schools that were above my station, so to speak, and I would like to think that was because of the quality of my work. At the same time, I have not advanced at all in searches at schools that barely have a music department and those positions ultimately went to people from one of the two Ivies that reliably place people in TT positions. I have also been called for interviews at schools that are nine hours from the nearest real city and have been asked why I would want to move from a major metropolitan center to a town of 7000. Is this anti-locationism? To a certain extent, I can predict which searches I will advance in based on the aesthetics of the department. A faculty filled with neo-Romantics is not going to be interested in what I’m selling, nor would a faculty who thinks that music stopped developing with Post WWII serialism. The bottom line is that not everyone with an Ivy League degree is a genius (some are demonstrably unqualified and underprepared both creatively and intellectually) nor is everyone from outside of the Ivy League some sort of troglodyte. Yet given the success that certain Ivies have had with not only placing their graduates in tenure track positions, but also winning major awards over the past few years, I am inclined to say that anti-credentialism, at least in certain contexts, is largely a myth.

General Questions and Montclair State University

  • I'm never sure what to do with a desired salary prompt (as was the case in the Montclair application), as that seems much too early in the process. Are committee members privy to our answers? That seems like a selected candiate / dean conversation, especially because deans can sometimes find extra money if it's someone who they want. I currently make a modest salary in a location with a less-than-average cost-of-living, and when I did comparisons on cost-of-living websites, it was coming up with around $120,000/yr for Montclair, NJ. Are their asst/assoc. music profs making that kind of money? I tried looking up NJ salaries with no such luck, but perhaps I was doing it incorrectly. A salary of, say, $70,000 doesn't look like it would go too far in that area. What have others done with prompts like these in online applications?
  • Enter "Negotiable".  That'll show 'em.
  • As someone who has been an adjunct there for years (and received the infamous "Christmas morning rejection letter") I know the culture of this school well. The $123K/yr you found is just for the (now retired) professors that had been there since the 1970s. I only talked with one assisstant professor there that openly discussed their salary, and it was in the $30Ks (though to be fair, this was in a performance area). And yes, I can vouch for the fact that even $80K a year isn't enough to live near this school, especically if you have children and other expenses. We live in a modest home and barely survive after paying for health care, piano lessons, dance lessons, sports, FOOD, etc.
  • I can't imagine that Montclair would start in the $30s given that the starting pay rate in the CUNY system is in the lower $50s. I disagree that $80K a year isn't enough for that area (unless you have kids). I've managed to live a pretty decent existence in NYC for the past 20 years on half of that. Granted, I never lived in core Manhattan (wouldn't want to anyhow), got lucky with finding a couple of rent stabilized apartments, live frugally, and don't take cabs everywhere or eat out every night. I somehow managed to sock some money away, and when I got married my wife and I were able to qualify for a mortgage on an HDFC apartment that was income restricted, and therefore affordable. We were then able to sell after a few years and use the proceedes to buy a terribly undervalued market rate co-op a short subway ride from Manhattan for cash. Granted, we were extremely lucky, and it wasn't always easy (I've had to work some pretty lousy jobs to make ends meet sometimes) but it is doable. Just for reference, our combined income from last year was about $72K and we don't have kids (nor a trust fund).
  • is an h1b visa salary statements from the institution. They seem to begin at 65k. 

Hope College


  • Now that someone has attempted to gripe about a job going to a particular person even before it's happened, I must remind everyone, as I do every year: Institutions can hire anyone they want for any reason or for no reason, and they are not obliged to tell anyone why.  In fact, they are not require to even have the search.  Many of the elite or at least private schools simply hire a person they want to hire.  Do you expect Juilliard--the most famous music school in the US--to conduct a "search" and try to find who they think is best?  They can do what they want.  Period.  The sooner you understand this, the better off you will be.  


  • NB: There is also a keyboard skills job at the rank of "assistant professor of music theory." Unsure whether that belongs here or not.
    • (1/14) Any update on the Keyboard Skills position search?
  • If one were interested in/qualified for both the theory and the theory/skills position, would it look bad to apply to both, tailoring a separate cover letter for each? (Would it look even worse to send the same cover letter for both?)
  • It looks like they might be almost the same job, but advertised in different venues, which is confusing.  A short email query to search chair(s) is justified.
    • The jobs were posted on Facebook (by Peabody faculty) as three separate positions
      • Hi All, I’m the Chair of Theory, Ear Training, and Keyboard Skills here at Peabody. We have three separate positions open: One teaching the UG theory core and graduate seminars, one teaching ear training and related courses, and one teaching Keyboard Skills within the larger context of our theory curriculum. We welcome applications for all three from any and all interested and qualified parties.
  • Sorry--I meant the theory/ear training position. I imagine most of us are qualified for that as well as the theory-only position.
  • Does anyone know if the jobs advertised as "Assistant Professor" are actually tenure-track? Peabody only recently instituted traditional academic rank, from what I understand.
    • There is no tenure at Peabody. The recently instituted ranks correspond to 3- (assistant), 4- (associate), or 5- (full professor) year contracts. 

SUNY Oneonta

  • (8/22) This is the fourth time in the past five years that this Composition/Audio job has been posted. Does anyone know what's up?
  • (8/25) From what I understand, the department is a complete mess and the administration is dyfunctional. 

Durham University:

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How bad will Covid impact the job market next year and beyond? I heard from someone who lived through the 2008 financial crisis that jobs were terrible then. Will it be even worse this time? I'm planning to finish next year and expect to get a position. Should those of us graduating next year start making backup plans (e.g., post-docs)?

  • The already extremely competitive market will become even more competitive. Many universities have inacted hiring freezes, and are facing budget shortfalls due to lower enrollement and lower revenues from the lack of on campus housing and auxiliary services (coffee shops, restaurants, etc.). This means fewer funded positions. You need to evaluate how long your financial 'runway' is before you have to take an alternative economic route. If you can hold on for longer you might be able to wait it out. During this time you will need to continue to develop your research / teaching profile. If your runway is not long enough, you will have to adapt to a new economic reality. 
  • If it's any encouragement, I taught middle and high school music full-time for three years after graduation. I was able to transition back into academia with only a modest amount of scholarship in the third year. Along with luck, I believe that tailoring my materials to highlight my unique development as an educator helped me to get at least some interest from SCs (40ish applications, 4 interviews, 2 finalists, 1 offer). I was also able to make decent money, which enabled me to present at conferences and give pro bono guest talks that built my c.v. during that year on the market.
  • It's probably going to be really bad, but it might actually be okay in the long term. There are other roads to take, but the path is never well defined. What do people do who don't get these academic jobs? They can find ways to be happy, and figure life out. Both of those firmly planted within you can matter more than what happens to you anyways. Nobody takes your artistry/scholarship away by force. It's better not to have a hypothetical academic job than to deal permanently with a narcissistic, backstabbing colleague, or to be controlled in unhealthy ways. A tenured position does not mean your happiness is guaranteed. I could go on about the pros and cons. Nothing is perfect. Just count your blessings. 
  • I wonder if any current or potential members of search committees might be able to offer insight here. Generally speaking, are your departments planning job searches in 2020–21? Did you have openings planned that now you are canceling? Are tenure lines being replaced by contingent searches? I know this is a bit of a shot in the dark, but it would be really useful to know if some schools have already said ix-nay on the...iring-hay?
  • (7/2): SC chair here. My department had a retirement this year, and so far it's completely unclear whether we'll get the line back. In my year-end meeting with the budgetary office, the money for the line was still there, but I was "strongly encouraged" to think about replacing the faculty member with someone junior (which is what we wanted to do anyway). So financially, we ought to be able to hold a search, but approval for those things comes from the Provost, not from the business office, and so far that office has been completely silent on whether searches will be approved. We had a hiring freeze in the spring, but there's been no word on how long that will go--I think the school is waiting to see what the effect of COVID will be on the matriculation numbers, which in turn will determine the budget, which in turn will determine whether searches are approved. Sorry, that's all I got.
  • (7/9, also 7/2 again): I had a meeting with HR today, in which I asked when the hiring freeze would end. The HR rep said that not only did they NOT know when the freeze would be over, they didn't even know when they would know. I do know that this only applies to t-t hires, though, so I imagine we'll see even more VAPs than usual next cycle.

Composers and SC members-- how do you define "commission"?

  • Only a piece a composer was paid to write? Or a piece written at a performer's request, even if no money was exchanged? If the no-money scenario qualifies, does it have to be a professional performer giving a public performance? 
  • I have worked with several groups that have *commissioned* me pieces without giving me a dime. I guess in a way, as sad as it is, it serves well both the group and the composer to call it commission, and given the kind of sums we would most of the time talking about, money would be a somewhat secondary aspect anyway... (flame in 3, 2, 1...)
  • This topic came up on the SCI mailing list a few years ago with some pretty ridiculous answers. While I try not to work for free, I have for performers who can help advance my career in some way. If I'm not going to be compensated financially, I'll generally try and negotiate more than one performance. Given the current reality of the available funding for commissions, this seems like a good compromise, especially since most of the big organizations (Fromm, Koussevitzky, etc.) tend to only grant funds to a very narrow demographic who studied at a handful of schools. Besides, one usually doesn't state what they received for a commission on their CV so it is kind of a moot point. The question is similar to what is "peer review" for composers when, aside from a small handful of organizations that will only fund projects by certain people, we only have SCI and possibly ISCM. I would argue that a track record of performances by the Jack Quartet, Ensemble del Niente, ICE, Yarn/Wire and the like should mean just as much, if not more, than being selected for the SCI conference. I have been commissioned by two of these groups; one paid, the other didn't but both performed my pieces several times. On the other hand, I stopped applying for the SCI national conference because every time I had a piece accepted, they asked me to provide my own performers, at my own expense. And for this they charge $75 a year?  
  • Groups like the Jack Quartet, Ensemble dal Niente, ICE, Yarn/Wire, Alarm Will Sound, Wet Ink, etc. are also constantly going around the country playing grad student pieces as part of paid residencies. Having "performances" from these groups doesn't say much, and doesn't set you apart from the crowd. Even more problematic is the increasing number of young composers claiming that a reading by one of these ensembles as part of a residency at their university was a "commission." This is very misleading and looks terrible on your CV. Be very careful how you frame these things, as they could undermine your applications. 
  • That's a very good point - it should go without saying, but you want to make sure that you agree with the group how to call your work (not a reading, not a comp course, residency, etc.). I remember a while ago an old composer was using the distinction between "request" and "commission"...
  • It is indeed a good point, especially since schools that don't have performance programs, such as Columbia, will routinely hire these ensembles so that their students can have their works performed. In my case, it should be obvious to a search committee that I received legitimate commissions/performances by a couple of these ensembles since the performances occurred several years after I finished my degree, and were either at venues outside of the academy or at schools that I did not attend.
    • For committee members who aren't composers and are reading scores or hundreds of CVs, this is not obvious.
    • So what is the solution? Leave the commissions off the CV?
    • Very simple: only list "commissions" as a seperate heading on the CV if you were asked by the group or person (of note) to write them a piece, regardless if you got paid or not. If you have a performance by an ensemble of note that a school paid for, then that goes under your list of works/performances, later on.
    • That's what most of us do; list commissions under a seperate heading. The question posed above is whether or not search committees would call into question the validity of the commission since many groups do workshops with composition students, and are hired to perform the works of student composers by schools that don’t have a performance program. These ensembles do actively commission pieces, though, and those commissions shouldn’t be invalidated by the fact that the groups do workshops. So what are those of us who have been commissioned by some of these ensembles, and paid for the music that we wrote, supposed to do?
  • says: "A commission is also an order for someone to do something and get paid." I always put the composition projects I was paid for, directly or with raised/secured money, unless it had unique extra perks that were like payments (and I make note of it and the funders when applicable on my resume). A commissioned performance can take some significant time in the real world, and issues can happen, so it doesn't really take that into account. I expect that if  people routinely define practically everything as a commission, it has the potential to undermine actively paid composers because committees suddenly believe that everything they do maybe is not really a full fledged commission. Everything is suddenly run of the mill. I think it's more fair and honest if not all things are "commissions." 
  • I think it's really bad advice to list unpaid commissions.  Odds are, the SC will have a composer, or a performer who works with composers, etc., who pipes up at a SC meeting and says..."uhhh.. this is not a commission." And there goes your CV in the digital trash, because it has that bad aftertaste of dishonesty.  University admin like to come up with tidy (fallacious) correlations between “creative types” and more traditional scholars.  So to justify giving tenure to a composer, they want to see that someone is investing money in that person’s work, just like a more traditional scholar is expected to win grant money to pursue research. .   Filling up your CV with unpaid commissions is a big red flag, both in the search and later on.  So when your friend says, “hey, if you write me this piece, I’ll play it a bazillion times…. I can’t pay you, though,”  list the performances on your CV—someone is flying your performer out and paying them to play your piece.  But don’t list it as a commission.  A commission involves money.
  • I have had situations where I was not paid but I was required by a contract (from a professional orchestra) to note "Commissioned by the XYZ Symphony Orchestra" on the score for a new short piece. What should I do, not list it? 
  • I'll take this. If you weren't paid, it wasn't a commission. End of story. And I'll also say that if you are working without being paid, you're doing a disservice to all composers. And if no one is willing to pay you to do what you do, how good can your work really be? And how can a SC take your work seriously? 
    • Yay for composition in the age of late-capitalist postmodern cultural conditioning!
    • So, still making in 2020 the point about disservice to composers and all of that? Unbelievable, have you seen this thing called reality? Just wake up. Most of us do not write for the paycheck (because - people, let's face it, this is the reality, there's no money), but we are happy to do it aritstically free from money-driven concerns. So, I believe that the substantial difference today (again, whether we like it or not) is between a reading, a residency, and similar student-focused activities by professional groups who are doing a gig, and instead those same groups that want to work with you on a project, because they value you as a composer, even though they might not have all the money to run things as they want to. There's no money all around, and I believe that whether a piece is something you are paid for or not makes little to no difference for the qualification of a person for a job. Do you really think that getting $1000 for a 20' piece make you look better? Or is it about yourself?
    • Besides the fact that this is the reality - in the vast majority of cases, people do call commissions what commissions are not strictly speaking, so I guess you just have to choose what serves you best for finding a job. Don't mean to sound cynical, but at least we can try to be smart.
    • Commissions definitely do exist on a larger level than some of you are asserting on this thread, and people are willing to pay for them. A paid piece of music makes a difference in how it is performed, helps ensembles into investing in performing the work, and it should be noted. Not getting paid is something that should not be encouraged, especially if said ensemble is committed to paying their performers (otherwise its a double standard). I simply, sincerely, and honestly don't see how these arguments in this particular sub-thread work in anyone's favor. I think leaving a commission at "paid" is actually the best idea for everyone: performers, composers, aspiring professors. Please, let's not incubate a co-dependent culture in the music industry. 

Composers, theorists, and SC members-- how do you define "invited talks and seminars"?

  • On this part of your CV, do you include schools where you've interviewed?
    • Good question. I would strongly advise against including talks, lectures, seminars, and teaching that are part of a formal interview process on a CV unless these were advertised to the public. Practices certainly differ by discipline, but I would compare this to a cellist claiming to have "performed at Lincoln Center" after auditioning on stage for the NY Phil. Also, being a finalist for a job should not be a line item on a CV. (x2)
    • No. Do not include interviews, even if they were advertised to the general public. If you are a senior scholar with a huge reputation that might be acceptable, but for most of us on the Wiki it would just be weird.

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I am a theorist: 12

I am a composer: 25

I am a little of both (theorist/composer): 17

I am a musicologist with strong theoretical leanings: 1

I am a computer music scientist: 2

I am currently in a TT position: 13

I am currently in a renewable-track non-tenure-track position: 5

I am currently in a VAP/Lecturer position: 6

I am currently a Postdoctoral Fellow and on the market:

I am currently adjuncting and on the market: 15

I am a recent (3 years or less) PhD and on the market: 8

I am a recent (3 years or less) DMA and on the market: 5

I am a no-longer-so-recent PhD and on the market: 9

I am a no-longer-so-recent DMA and on the market: 6

I was denied tenure and am back on the market:

I am a senior tenured scholar looking for a better position: 2

I am a tenured or tenure-track professor whose position has been cut:

I am an adjunct professor whose position has been cut: 1

I am working outside of the academy: 4

I am ABD and on the market: 8

I am ABD and no longer on the market: 1

I am not on the market but am an interested observer: 8

I am a member of a search committee: 4