Assistant Professor of Music and Director of Jazz Studies and Commercial Music - Lamont School of Music

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Work type: Faculty Full-Time
Location: Denver, CO
Categories: Faculty

With approximately 300 music students, the University of Denver's Lamont School of Music in The College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences is a highly selective and nationally renowned music program. An accredited institutional member of NASM, Lamont is distinguished by an exceptionally talented and diverse student body as well as a faculty recognized nationally and internationally who tour, record, perform, publish, present scholarly work, and compose at the highest professional levels. Residing in the acclaimed Robert and Judi Newman Center for the Performing Arts, the music program offers Bachelor of Music degrees in Performance, Jazz and Commercial Music, Composition, and Recording and Production; Master of Music degrees in Performance, Composition, Conducting, and Pedagogy; Master of Arts degrees in Music Theory and Musicology; and other certificates and Artist Diplomas. The culturally vibrant city of Denver is located in the beautiful Front Range region of the Rocky Mountains. With a metropolitan population of more than 2 million, it has a robust and diverse arts community that boasts outstanding professional ensembles across all music genres. Denver is within easy driving distance to festivals in Aspen, Breckenridge, Vail, Steamboat Springs, Boulder, and others. For a more detailed description of the school as well as a listing of events, performances, and recordings visit

Position Summary

The University of Denver's Lamont School of Music seeks an educator, artist, and scholar to join our faculty in the Fall of 2022 in a tenure-track position as Assistant Professor of Music and Director of Jazz Studies and Commercial Music. The successful candidate should demonstrate a strong commitment to conducting creative and scholarly activity in jazz and musics of the African diaspora and to inclusive pedagogy. This individual will contribute to the innovative training of the coming generations of Lamont graduates as stylistically nimble, entrepreneurial, and technologically skilled artist-citizens committed to the public good.

Essential Functions

  • Chair the Lamont Jazz Studies and Commercial Music program (mentor and advise students, oversee the curriculum, assign small jazz groups, manage program budget).
  • Direct the Lamont Jazz Orchestra.
  • Teach courses in jazz composition and arranging and courses based upon areas of interest and expertise (e.g., improvisation, jazz history and culture, Afro-diasporic musics, ethnomusicology).
  • Actively recruit students, internally and externally, to the Lamont School of Music.
  • Build professional relationships with local, regional, and national jazz institutions.
  • Maintain an active and visible national/international profile.
  • Serve on School of Music and University governance committees as assigned or elected, audition committees for incoming students, and recital boards and/or examination committees for graduate students.

Required Qualifications

  • Master's degree in Music or equivalent advanced degree.
  • Potential to lead a collegiate jazz program.
  • Record of success in directing a large jazz ensemble, composition, and performance.
  • Commitment to teaching excellence.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Significant and sustained professional distinction in jazz and commercial music.
  • Experience teaching composition and arranging at the college level.
  • Potential for scholarly contributions to the field of jazz studies.

Application Deadline
Review of applications will begin on September 27, 2021 and will continue until the position is filled.

Special Instructions
Candidates must apply online through to be considered. Only applications submitted online will be accepted.

Salary Grade Number
The salary grade for the position is UC.

Salary Range
The salary range for this position is $68,000 - $74,000.

The University of Denver has provided a compensation range that represents its good faith estimate of what the University may pay for the position at the time of posting. The University may ultimately pay more or less than the posted compensation range. The salary offered to the selected candidate will be determined based on factors such as the qualifications of the selected candidate, departmental budget availability, internal salary equity considerations, and available market information, but not based on a candidate’s sex or any other protected status.

The University of Denver offers excellent benefits, including medical, dental, retirement, paid time off, tuition benefit and ECO pass. The University of Denver is a private institution that empowers students who want to make a difference. Learn more about the University of Denver.

Please include the following documents with your application:

  1. Cover letter – Please discuss the essential functions listed above, including your vision for a Jazz and Commercial Music Program in the 21st century.
  2. Curriculum Vitae that includes a list of recent performances, compositions, live streams, and/or recordings.
  3. A one-page statement about experience with and commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion and how the applicant can contribute to DU’s values, practices, and actions [] in these areas and work effectively with ethnically/racially diverse populations.
  4. List of five references with contact information that are listed in the CV.

The University of Denver is committed to enhancing the diversity of its faculty and staff. We are an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment regardless of age, race, color, national origin, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, military/ veteran status or any other status protected by law.

All offers of employment are based upon satisfactory completion of a criminal history background check.

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