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The Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts
Hong Kong
Competitive Salary
Posted Date
May 20, 2022

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Position Type
Faculty Positions, Arts, Performing Arts
Employment Level
Non-Tenured Track
Employment Type
Full Time
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The Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts


In a city renowned for its international outlook and connectivity, The Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts plays a unique and influential role in developing future generations of performing artists that include performers, practitioners, designers and technicians. The Academy’s six Schools: Chinese Opera, Dance, Drama, Film & Television, Music, and Theatre & Entertainment Arts create a vibrant centre of practice, production, teaching and practice-as-research. Its outstanding reputation is reinforced by the quality of its performers and its partnerships with other centres of excellence locally, regionally and internationally. With international residencies, visiting artists and alumni, including some of the most respected professionals in their disciplines, the Academy is committed to the training of future world-class performers and practitioners. The Academy is ranked number 1 in Asia and number 10 in the World for Performing Arts by the QS Rankings.

The School of Music at the Academy offers comprehensive full-time programmes from Diploma to MMus level, alongside its highly successful Junior Music Programme – comparable to the ‘Junior Schools’ of other top-ranking conservatoires. In keeping with its conservatoire status, the School’s philosophy is centred on performance, and reflects the unique cultural mix of Hong Kong, with emphasis on both Western and Chinese traditions. The School comprises the Departments of Strings, Keyboard, Voice, Woodwind/Brass/Percussion (‘WBP’), Composition, Chinese Music, Conducting and Cultural Leadership, Academic Studies and Junior Music.

The Head of Chinese Music will be a significant performing arts practitioner and/or performer, who will build on existing strengths and lead the future development of the Chinese Music Department in the School of Music, working closely with other senior staff to promote innovative enhancements in the delivery of performing arts education in Chinese music.

Reporting to the Dean of Music, the appointee is expected to oversee the Chinese Music Department and be responsible for teaching, academic leadership and quality assurance in Chinese Music across all levels and programmes. The appointee is expected to lead curriculum design, course review and development in the Chinese Music Department. academic advising, and supervision of Undergraduate and Postgraduate research projects.

Applicants should have:

(a)    A higher degree in Music or equivalent qualifications.

(b)    A strong professional background and proven experience in music, preferably with knowledge of practice-as-research within their specialism.

(c)    An excellent teaching record across undergraduate, postgraduate, and pre-college music Programme.

(d)    A successful track record of leadership within an educational institution or similar performing arts-based organisation, including evidence of innovative approaches to programme management and development.

(e)    Experience and interest in collaborative work in the cross-cultural and cross-disciplinary context.

(f)  The ability to advise and supervise undergraduate and postgraduate research projects.

(g)    Excellent interpersonal and communication skills.

(h)    Fluency in spoken and written English and Chinese.

Desirable Criteria:

(a)    Experience in curriculum design, writing and implementation according to established quality assurance frameworks is an advantage.


Appointment will be on a two-year contract with possibility of renewal, subject to mutual agreement.  A gratuity payment equal up to 15% of basic salary earned during the contract period will be payable upon satisfactory completion of contract.  Fringe benefits include leave, medical, and dental benefits. Housing Subsidy will be provided to eligible appointee. Starting salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience. Expected commencement date will be in early September 2022.  The current standard rate of income tax in Hong Kong is 15%.


To apply, please complete an Application Form (available at and submit together with a covering letter, curriculum vitae and copies of academic qualifications, to the Human Resources Office, The Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts, No.1 Gloucester Road, Wanchai, Hong Kong, or email ( on or before 17 June 2022.  Please quote reference code 'H(CM)' in the Application Form.

HKAPA is an equal opportunity employer

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