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Professor of Music, Composition (with tenure)

Boston University CFA School of Music
Boston, Massachusetts
annual salary plus benefits

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Faculty Jobs
Arts & Humanities, Fine & Performing Arts
Position Type
Tenured & Tenure-Track
Employment Type
Full Time
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

Job Details

The School of Music at Boston University’s College of Fine Arts invites applications for a full-time faculty member in the area of composition at the rank of Full Professor with tenure to participate in the instruction of music composition and to collaborate with our Center for New Music. The ideal candidate will have a substantial international performance profile with an extraordinary record of artistic production, student/alumni success, and administrative experience within an academic environment. Terminal degree desired, although demonstrated professional equivalent will be considered; previous teaching at the collegiate level is strongly desired. The position requires commitment to emergent forms of music production as well as fluency in new musical compositional techniques. The successful candidate will show evidence of collegial and professional working relationships with applied areas and exhibit an aptitude for leadership opportunities within the School of Music.


The Boston University School of Music was the first institution in the United States to grant a degree in music. Today, the School of Music trains musicians, educators, composers, and scholars in strong undergraduate and graduate programs. Each year the School of Music presents hundreds of public concerts, recitals, operas, and other performances, as part of the greater resources and vibrant scholarly community of Boston University as a whole, and the wider intellectual and musical offerings of the Boston metropolitan area. 


Boston University is an AAU institution with a rich tradition dedicated to inclusion and social justice. We are proud to be the first American university to award a Ph.D. to a woman, and we celebrate our record of and commitment to inclusiveness. The College of Fine Arts includes diversity as one of its core strategic goals. The successful applicant will enjoy working in an inclusive school that values cultural and ethnic diversity and will contribute to ongoing efforts to promote equity for people of all races and genders. 


Qualified applicants should submit:

  • Cover letter 
  • Curriculum vitae
  • Link to a personal website with audio/video samples that speak to professional success (e.g., artistic accomplishments, teaching and mentoring activities, and diversity, equity, and inclusion initiatives)
  • Phone and email addresses of five (5) professional references who may be contacted


All application materials should be sent via email to and must be received no later than October 1, 2023. Anticipated date of appointment: July 1, 2024 (pending budgetary approval).


BU conducts a background check on all final candidates for certain faculty and staff positions. The background check includes contacting the final candidate’s current and previous employer(s) to ask whether, in the last seven years, there has been a substantiated finding of misconduct violating that employer’s applicable sexual misconduct policies. To implement this process, the University requires a final candidate to complete and sign the form entitled “Authorization to Release Information” after execution of an offer letter. 


We are an equal opportunity employer, and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, physical or mental disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetic information, military service, pregnancy or pregnancy-related condition, or because of marital, parental, or veteran status. We are a VEVRAA Federal Contractor.


Boston University is an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.  We are a VEVRAA Federal Contractor.  

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Boston University
CFA School of Music
855 Commonwealth Ave.

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