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Assistant or Associate Professor in Composition and Conducting

Lehigh University
Bethlehem, Pennsylvania
Commensurate with experience
Posted Date
Aug 30, 2023

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Position Type
Faculty Positions, Arts, Music
Employment Level
Tenured/Tenured Track
Employment Type
Full Time

The Department of Music at Lehigh University invites applications for a tenure-track Assistant or Associate Professor in composition and conducting, starting in August 2024. A DMA or PhD in Orchestral Conducting or Composition or its equivalent (e.g., a master’s degree with a minimum of five years of extensive professional experience) is required by the date of employment. Applicants must possess at least two years of college teaching experience.


Teaching duties for this position will primarily include teaching composition and music theory courses and conducting the Lehigh University Philharmonic Orchestra, a hybrid ensemble comprised of undergraduate and graduate students, faculty, staff, guest artists, and community members. The holder of this position will also be expected to work with students towards capstone preparation and to fulfill other service duties such as advising, recruitment, alumni outreach, and committee work in the department as well as the College of Arts and Sciences and the university. The selected candidate will be able to draw on experience advancing diversity, equity, and inclusion, which are central components of Lehigh's academic footprint.


The department’s academic offerings include a BA in Music and a music minor in a liberal arts university setting; students are able to pursue capstone experiences in all areas of music, including performance, composition, or historical research.


Founded in 1865, Lehigh University has combined outstanding academic and learning opportunities with leadership in fostering innovative research. Recognized among the nation's highly ranked research universities, Lehigh offers a rigorous academic community for nearly 7,000 students. Lehigh University has some 5,000 undergraduates, 2,000 graduate students, and about 550 full-time faculty members. Lehigh University is located in Bethlehem, PA., a vibrant and historic area. Over 820,000 people live in the Lehigh Valley, which is in close proximity to New York City and Philadelphia.


To apply, please submit:

a. Cover letter


b. Curriculum vitae


c. Two videos of orchestral conducting in contrasting styles


d. Two representative scores and recordings of original compositions


e. A statement of teaching philosophy


f. A statement of philosophy and creative goals as a conductor and composer (statement of research)


g. Statement of past actions and future plans to further diversity, equity, and inclusion in regard to student recruitment and musical programming



Three letters of recommendation and examples of orchestral programming will be requested later in the search process from selected candidates.


Materials should be submitted through Academic Jobs Online at The application deadline is September 30, 2023. Review of applications will begin on October 1, 2023, and continue until the position is filled. Questions about the position should be directed to the search committee chair, Prof. Michael Jorgensen,


Lehigh University is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of age, color, disability, gender identity or expression, genetic information, marital or familial status, national or ethnic origin, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, or veteran status. We are committed to increasing the diversity of the campus community. Lehigh University is committed to a culturally and intellectually diverse academic community and is especially interested in candidates who can contribute, through their research, teaching and/or service, to this mission. Lehigh University is the recipient of an NSF ADVANCE Institutional Transformation award for promoting the careers of women in academic sciences and engineering ( and is among institutions of higher education recognized for excellence in diversity with the INSIGHT into Diversity HEED Award. Additional information about Lehigh’s commitment to diversity and inclusion is available at Lehigh University provides competitive salaries and comprehensive benefits, including domestic partner benefits. More information about Work/Life Balance for Faculty can be found at  Lehigh University supports dual career efforts for following spouses/partners of newly hired faculty:

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