Assistant Professor of Wind Conducting

Job description

Search #: 494874
Work type: Full-time
Location: Storrs Campus
Categories: Faculty Tenure Track


The Department of Music at the University of Connecticut invites applications for a full-time, tenure-track faculty position in wind conducting at the rank of Assistant Professor. In addition to serving as a conductor of wind bands, the position will include teaching applied conducting and/or an instrument, wind band literature, and advanced wind band techniques. Additional duties will include participation in the graduate conducting seminar, coaching of chamber music ensembles, and assistance with the administrative leadership of the woodwind, brass, and percussion areas, as needed.

We seek a highly motivated and outstanding artist-pedagogue with particular expertise in conducting wind bands/ensembles. The University of Connecticut band program, which involves multiple faculty and comprises the Marching and Pep Bands, Concert Band, Symphonic Band, and Wind Ensemble, has a proud history that includes numerous recordings, Downbeat Magazine awards, Carnegie Hall performances, and premieres of works by living composers. We seek a colleague who is capable not only of carrying these proud traditions forward, but whose interdisciplinary outlook will contribute substantially to the reimagining and crafting of a visionary twenty-first-century collegiate ensemble program for students across our department.

We also seek a supportive colleague with strong interpersonal, communication, collaborative, and organizational skills who is committed to the recruitment of students from diverse backgrounds and experiences and to the growth of both our department as a whole and the band program in particular. The successful candidate will also understand and be able to articulate the mission of higher education in diverse musical fields within the context of a school of fine arts at a major research university.

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.

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

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


Serve as a conductor of wind bands. Teach some combination of applied conducting and/or instrumental performance, wind band literature, advanced wind band techniques, and coaching of chamber music ensembles. Assist with the administrative leadership of the woodwind, brass, and percussion areas 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. Other duties as assigned.


  • Completed master’s degree in a relevant field of music. Equivalent foreign degrees are acceptable.
  • Documented professional experience and accomplishments as a conductor of wind bands.
  • Demonstrated success in college-level teaching.
  • The ability to contribute through research, teaching, and/or public engagement to the diversity and excellence of the learning experience.

  • Earned doctorate in a relevant field of music by the starting date of the appointment (August 23, 2021) or equivalent outstanding record of professional experience.
  • Demonstrated interest in the programming and performance of music of the late 20th and 21st centuries.
  • Demonstrated success in college-level recruiting.
  • Experience in applied teaching in conducting.
  • In addition, while not absolutely necessary, experience in applied teaching in a woodwind, brass, or percussion studio is desirable, particularly as such teaching might intersect with recruiting.

    This is a full-time, nine-month, tenure-track position with an anticipated start date of August 23, 2021. The successful candidate’s academic appointment will be at the Storrs campus, though faculty members may also be asked to teach at one of UConn’s regional campuses as part of their ordinary workload. Salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience.


    Please apply online via Academic Jobs Online and submit the following application materials:

    • Cover letter
    • Curriculum vitae
    • Teaching statement (including teaching philosophy, teaching experience, commitment to effective learning, concepts for new course development, etc.)
    • Research and scholarship statement (innovative concepts that will form the basis of academic career, experience in proposal development, mentorship of undergraduate and graduate students, etc.)
    • Commitment to diversity statement (including broadening participation, integrating multicultural experiences in instruction, research, and pedagogical techniques to meet the needs of diverse learning styles, etc.)
    • Video and audio recordings demonstrating conducting rehearsal and performance should be submitted via Dropbox to [email protected]. Please list your name and “Wind Conducting Search” with your electronic submissions.
    • Three (3) letters of reference.

    Evaluation of applicants will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled; however, to ensure full consideration, please apply by February 1, 2021.

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

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

    This position will be filled subject the 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 University community. As an Affirmative Action/Equal Employment Opportunity employer, UConn encourages applications from women, veterans, people with disabilities and members of traditionally underrepresented populations.

    Advertised: Dec 14 2020 Eastern Standard Time
    Applications close: Feb 14 2021 Eastern Standard Time




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    Job No:
    Posted: 12/15/2020
    Application Due: 2/14/2021
    Work Type: Full Time