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Institution: Washington University in St. Louis

Position: Assistant Professor of Composition

General Information:

Washington University in St. Louis announces a full-time, tenure-track position in music at the assistant professor level to begin in August 2014. We are seeking a composer or composer-theorist who is articulate and passionate about the creation and performance of new music and is actively pursuing a career both nationally and internationally. Consideration of applications will begin on October 1, 2013, and continue until the position is filled.


Candidates must have a record of creative artistic and intellectual achievement. Engagement with music-theoretical issues and a commitment to teaching music in a department of music in a research university environment are important qualifications for the position. Requires completion of a DMA or PhD before taking up the position.

Job Description/Responsibilities:

The appointee will be expected to teach undergraduate and graduate courses in composition (including private instruction), theory, and possibly other areas, depending on the candidate’s expertise and the department’s need. These areas could include electronic music, musicianship, or multimedia arts. Other duties include maintaining an active career as a composer, advising students, serving on department committees, and other duties as assigned by the University.

Salary Range: unspecified

Items to Send:

Applicants should send a letter of application detailing creative and teaching interests, a curriculum vitae, and three letters of recommendation. Please do not send scores or recordings at this time.

Deadline: October 1, 2013


Dr. Todd Decker, Chair, Composition Search Committee, Department of Music, Campus Box 1032, Washington University, One Brookings Drive, St. Louis, MO 63130-4899, or by email to

Other Information:

Washington University’s Music Department is encompassed within the School of Arts and Sciences. The department offers Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Music programs and the following graduate degrees: Master of Music in Keyboard; Master of Arts in Composition, Musicology, and Theory; and Ph.D. in Musicology and in Theory. In addition to the music major, the department also confers minors in music and provides lesson and performance opportunities for some 500 students per semester. Our applied music teaching staff includes members of the local jazz community and of the St. Louis Symphony. Our student body consists of highly motivated, academically oriented young men and women who pursue music primarily as a means of personal enrichment and less commonly as a professional goal.

St. Louis, a metropolitan area of over 2 million, has a thriving musical culture, centered around the St. Louis Symphony, Opera Theatre of St. Louis, and the historic Sheldon Concert Hall. Washington University is located in suburban St. Louis, bordering Forest Park, and within easy access to the symphony, the opera, and all other major cultural, sporting, and civic institutions.

We especially encourage applications from women and members of underrepresented minority groups. Washington University in St. Louis is an equal opportunity employer. Employment eligibility verification required upon hire.

Date Listed: 09/06/2013

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