Assistant or Associate Professor of Music Composition

University of Chicago


The Department of Music at the University of Chicago invites applications for a tenure-track position in Composition. We seek a composer to join our faculty at the rank of Assistant Professor or Associate Professor, with an expected start date of July 1, 2021, or as soon as possible thereafter. Minimum teaching load: four courses per year at the graduate and undergraduate levels, plus usual advising and committee responsibilities.


We seek a composer with an active creative and performance profile who can also contribute to building the composition program and has the potential to take on leadership roles. Applicants must also have professional experience that demonstrates the ability to be an effective teacher and mentor at the University. Preferred qualifications include a PhD or equivalent degree in Music or a related field and a documented record of excellence in teaching at the University level.

Application Instructions

Applicants should upload the following materials to the University of Chicago’s Academic Recruitment website no later than 11pm central time on Wednesday, October 1, 2020 at the following link:

  • CV
  • Cover letter addressing work as a composer and teacher
  • A PDF with links to scores and recordings of three recent representative works. The file may link to individual works, an online folder containing all three works, or a website which presents the submitted works on one page.”
  • A teaching statement, up to 3 sample syllabi, and list of courses taught
  • Names and contact information of three potential recommenders.


Applicants may be asked to provide additional materials following the initial review of applications. Questions may be directed to Peter Gillette ( with the subject heading COMPOSITION SEARCH.

Position contingent upon budgetary approval.



Equal Employment Opportunity Statement

We seek a diverse pool of applicants who wish to join an academic community that places the highest value on rigorous inquiry and encourages diverse perspectives, experiences, groups of individuals, and ideas to inform and stimulate intellectual challenge, engagement, and exchange. The University’s Statements on Diversity are at

The University of Chicago is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity/Disabled/Veterans Employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national or ethnic origin, age, status as an individual with a disability, protected veteran status, genetic information, or other protected classes under the law. For additional information please see the University’s Notice of Nondiscrimination.

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