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Assistant Professor of Violin

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign School of Music
Illinois, United States
Salary Commensurate with experience
Posted date
Nov 2, 2021

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Position Type
Faculty Positions, Arts, Music, Education, Other Education
Employment Level
Tenured/Tenured Track
Employment Type
Full Time
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Assistant Professor of Violin
University of Illinois
College of Fine and Applied Arts
School of Music

The University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign School of Music invites applications for tenure-eligible, full-time appointment as Assistant Professor of Violin. This appointment will begin August 16, 2022. Salary is commensurate with experience.

The University of Illinois is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action employer that recruits and hires qualified candidates without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, national origin, disability or veteran status. For more information, visit

Located on the campus of one of the world's leading research universities, the University of Illinois School of Music is a center for creativity and collaboration through performance, research, and education. Historically rich in tradition, the School of Music is a resource for music research of all kinds, and offers bachelors, masters and doctoral degrees to its nearly 700 students in many different fields of study. Hosting a diverse population of faculty, students, and staff, the School of Music embraces cutting-edge innovation and discovery while providing an array of musical and engagement opportunities within the artistic and educational communities of Urbana and Champaign. Please see for information regarding the University of Illinois School of Music.

Required: Emerging or established national reputation as a Violinist and artist/teacher. Master of Music degree or equivalent professional experience. We seek a colleague who values inclusion and equity, and whose teaching will engage a diverse study body. This position requires knowledge of a variety of musical and performance styles, as well as an interest in entrepreneurship and pedagogy.

Preferred: Orchestral experience; chamber coaching experience; significant experience with the performance of new music and works by underrepresented composers; interest and ability in teaching styles in addition to classical; secondary area of teaching expertise and/or experience with community music programs; ability to initiate collaborative projects with faculty performers, composers, or scholars; interest in exploring public engagement opportunities; evidence of successful teaching in a university school of music or conservatory; doctoral degree.

Teach undergraduate and graduate violinists in the applied studio during weekly lessons and studio class; coach chamber ensembles; maintain a professional career as an artist/teacher and/or pursue other music research appropriate to a Research I university; pursue an active recruiting program that includes building relationships with universities, national organizations, and schools and private teachers statewide. The successful candidate will also be expected to supervise graduate teaching assistants and engage actively in the daily life of the School through participation in committees, departmental meetings, recital hearings, competitions, juries, auditions, and doctoral advisory committees. Success in teaching and recruitment, professional creative activity and/or research, and service will be evaluated as part of the tenure process.


We are also interested in any additional areas of expertise a prospective candidate might have. In addition to performance, School of Music areas of study include theory/composition, musicology, music education, and jazz. Experience with the direction and development of a preparatory string program will also be welcome as an additional area of focus.

The string program at the University of Illinois greatly values making connections with the immediate community and with those around the world, as well as building relationships with string players and educators across the state. Involvement with community engagement is an expectation for our new colleague in order to fulfill the mission of our University as a flagship, land-grant institution in the state of Illinois. Our ideal candidate would combine musical artistry with a commitment to pedagogy and community building through public engagement and student recruitment.

Employees of the School of Music are also expected to embrace the following core ideals:

  • Demonstrate a commitment to student success and well-being through both teaching excellence and broader mentorship.
  • Support the University of Illinois’ dedication to being a community of care.
  • Demonstrate a commitment to building and sustaining a diverse and inclusive environment, one that reflects the entire State of Illinois.
  • Seek out opportunities for collaboration with colleagues both on and off campus, and both within and across disciplines.
  • View recruiting and retention as fundamental to the position and to the School’s success.
  • Work as a cooperative member of the School’s community and serve as a model of integrity and collegiality.
  • Exhibit passion for your work, the School, and the role of music in our society. 

Application Procedures:
Interested candidates should submit an online application at Application materials should include:

  • Letter of application, including a section that provides hyperlinks or URLs for online video files of recent live performances and rehearsals. The letter should be sure to address the qualification requirements outlined above, including experience and ideas about recruitment.
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Diversity and inclusion statement, including relevant experience
  • Names and contact information for three references. 

Screening of candidate applications will begin October 11, 2021 and continue through November 8, 2021. Direct any questions to Gina Moton, Human Resource Coordinator at Candidates from underrepresented groups are especially encouraged to apply. 

The University of Illinois conducts criminal background checks on all job candidates upon acceptance of a contingent offer. Convictions are not a bar to employment. As a qualifying federal contractor, the University of Illinois System uses E-Verify to verify employment eligibility. The University of Illinois System requires candidates selected for hire to disclose any documented finding of sexual misconduct or sexual harassment and to authorize inquiries to current and former employers regarding findings of sexual misconduct or sexual harassment. For more information, visit Policy on Consideration of Sexual Misconduct in Prior Employment.

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