Director of Jazz Studies
Brown University’s Department of Music seeks a full-time
Director of Jazz Studies to be appointed at the level of Lecturer.
We seek a Director with a vision for how jazz and improvisation can
contribute to the education of students in the context of an
inclusive liberal arts university and a diverse music department.
The Director is responsible for running the big band or large
ensemble, forming jazz combos through auditions, organizing combo
concerts, coordinating the private instruction of jazz musicians,
wind players and percussionists in the Applied Music Program, and
teaching two courses per year in jazz history, arranging,
improvisation, composition, or theory. The Director manages the
ensemble’s budget, mounts two concerts per semester, arranges for
guest artists to appear with the big band, coordinates combo
concerts, vets admissions applications, and maintains alumni
relations. As a full-time, voting faculty member, the Director
attends departmental faculty meetings, participates in department
administration, and serves as an undergraduate advisor.
The Brown University Department of Music is home to a number of
performance ensembles including BU Orchestra, BU Chorus, Wind
Symphony, World Music Ensemble, Electroacoustic Improvisation
Ensemble, Old Time String Band, Javanese Gamelan, and Ghanaian
Drumming and Dancing. The department has approximately 80
undergraduate concentrators at a given moment, and runs two Ph.D.
programs, one in Musicology & Ethnomusicology, the other in
Music & Multimedia Composition.
Qualified applicants will have an advanced degree (M.A., MM.,
M.F.A., D.M.A., Ph.D.) in Music or equivalent experience, and a
record of accomplishments as a performer, composer, or arranger.
Candidates with some teaching experience at a university, college,
or conservatory and with conducting experience will be strongly
preferred. A knowledge of traditional and contemporary jazz styles
as well as improvisational practices is required. Applicants should
explain in a cover letter what their creative and intellectual work
will bring to Brown. A commitment to the goals of Brown’s
diversity and inclusion action plan is essential. The initial
appointment is for three years, and can be renewed following an
evaluation based on the quality of teaching, service, and creative
work or scholarship.
This position is scheduled to start July 2022; a January 2022
start date may be possible as well.
Please apply for the position at apply.interfolio.com/94560.
Application requirements include a cover letter responding to the
criteria and qualifications for the position, a current CV, 2-3
samples (or links to samples) of creative work (compositions,
arrangements, videos, recordings), a syllabus, and the names of
three referees who can be contacted at a subsequent stage of
candidacy. Review of applications will continue until the position
is filled, but best consideration will be given to materials
submitted by 1 October.
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Brown University is committed to fostering a diverse and
inclusive academic global community; as an EEO/AA employer, Brown
considers qualified applicants for employment without regard to,
and does not discriminate on the basis of, gender, race, color,
national origin, sexual orientation, religion, protected veteran
status, disability, or any other legally protected status.