Music Composition/Theory/Commercial Music Faculty

Brigham Young University School of Music
Utah, United States
Commensurate with experience
Sep 20, 2019
Position Type
Faculty Positions, Arts, Music
Employment Level
Tenured/Tenured Track
Employment Type
Full Time

This is a full-time, continuing faculty status (tenure)-track, professorial position.


Qualifications: (1) Doctoral degree in music is required and must be completed by Aug 24, 2020; (2) Teaching experience at the university level is preferred; (3) Demonstrated excellence in classical and contemporary composition; (4) Demonstrated experience in contemporary music production, including MIDI sequencing, virtual instruments, and/or modern recording techniques; (5) Evidence of a professional body of works that has been featured, performed, or recorded—a diversity of works in multiple genres is preferred.


Responsibilities: (1) Teach assigned courses that may include common practice and contemporary theory, aural skills, counterpoint, orchestration, and composition; (2) Teach introduction to music technology and production; (3) Mentor undergraduate and graduate students; (4) Pursue scholarly and creative endeavors, which may include commissions, performances by peer-reviewed ensembles, multi-media, music for film and other media, and/or recordings; (5) Demonstrate scholarly/creative work according to assignment as well as personal goals and interests; (6) Take an active role in the Composition and Theory Division, including the audition/review process for potential composition majors; (7) Serve on school, college, and university committees as assigned.


The School of Music at Brigham Young University is accredited by the National Association of Schools of Music and has 450 majors enrolled in its undergraduate and graduate programs. The School has 51 full-time and approximately 70 adjunct faculty members and offers instruction leading to a variety of degrees, including the B.A., B.M., B.F.A., M.A., and M.M. Brigham Young University, which is supported by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, has an enrollment of 33,000 students drawn from all over the world. BYU is located 50 miles south of Salt Lake City, Utah.


BYU, an equal opportunity employer, requires all faculty to observe the university's honor code and dress and grooming standards. Preference is given to qualified candidates who are members in good standing of the affiliated church, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

Application procedure:

1) Submit a university application, cover letter, and curriculum vitae at

2) Submit scholarly work by upload with the application or directly to the search committee chair.

a) Three best examples of creative work, with corresponding links to recordings, video, or folders containing digital copies of scores or other materials.

b) One writing sample, which could be an article, an essay, a dissertation, or some other form of scholarly writing about music, also shared digitally.

3) Submit an official transcript for the terminal degree.

4) If applicant is currently teaching at a college/university, submit the last three years of institutional teaching/student ratings either by upload with the application or directly to the search committee chair.

5) All materials must be received by the application deadline, October 25, 2019.


Search committee chair is Dr. Neil Thornock, School of Music, C-550 HFAC, BYU, Provo UT 84602;; 801-422-1482.