Assistant/Associate Professor of Composition

Job description

University of Denver Lamont School of Music seeks an exceptional composer at the rank of Assistant Professor (tenure track) or Associate Professor (with tenure) beginning Fall Quarter 2020. We invite candidates with demonstrable success as a composer and teacher of acoustic, notated music whose interests and work expand into one or more of the following areas: (1) electroacoustic, electronic, and digital music-making, (2) multimedia performance and sound installation, (3) improvisation, (4) non-Western music, (5) music for the stage (opera, theater, or other collaborative genres), or (6) music for video, film, or video games. This faculty member will assume a leadership role in bringing an innovative and entrepreneurial focus to our composition degree programs and serve as a champion of new music and new creative practices.

Essential Functions

  • Teach undergraduate and graduate lessons in composition and composition-related courses.
  • Teach other courses related to the candidates interests and expertise.
  • Maintain an active and visible national/international profile though composition and related creative work.
  • Chair the Composition department and recruit students to composition degree programs.
  • Serve on School of Music and University governance committees as assigned or elected, recital boards and/or examination committees for graduate students.
  • Engage with diverse communities within and beyond the University.
  • Curate and collaborate on performances of faculty and student compositions.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

  • Demonstrated knowledge and ability to work effectively with diverse populations, with particular implementation of inclusive principles in the classroom.

Required Qualifications

  • PhD or DMA in music composition.
    • Equivalent professional experience with a Masters degree and several productive years as an active, visible composer considered.
  • Commitment to teaching excellence.

Preferred Qualifications

  • National or international reputation as a composer, or significant potential for attaining one.
  • Awareness and appreciation of contemporary popular and commercial music styles and creative techniques as well as the ability to teach and mentor students who are interested in working between these and more traditional genres.
  • Ability to expand the scope of the existing program in a direction that addresses the disparity between traditional classical composition programs and the changing landscape of current music creation, performance, and consumption.
  • Demonstrated success as a collaborator in interdisciplinary creative work.
  • College-level teaching experience in composition.

Application Deadline
For best consideration, please submit your application materials by 4:00 p.m. (MST) on November 15, 2019

Special Instructions
Candidates must apply online through to be considered. Only applications submitted online will be accepted.

Salary Range:
Salary will be determined by the qualifications of the selected candidate balanced with departmental budget availability, internal salary equity considerations, and available market information.

Please include the following documents with your application:

  1. Curriculum Vitae
  2. A cover letter describing the candidates experience as a composer, college-level teaching experience, approach to and experience with community engagement, and vision for a composition program in a rapidly changing music landscape.
  3. A list of compositions with approximate premier dates, performance forces, and duration.
  4. A one-page statement about experience with and commitment to inclusive excellence.
  5. Names and contact information for three references, letters will be requested during the search

The University of Denver is committed to enhancing the diversity of its faculty and staff. We are an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment regardless of age, race, color, national origin, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, military/ veteran status or any other status protected by law.

All offers of employment are based upon satisfactory completion of a criminal history background check.




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Job No: 492752
Posted: 10/14/2019
Application Due: 12/13/2019
Work Type:
Salary: Negotiable