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, forming jazz combos through auditions, organizing combo concerts, coordinating the private instruction of wind players and percussionists in the Applied Music Program, and teaching two classes 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 supplements, 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.

Qualified applicants will have an advanced degree (M.A., M.M., M.F.A., D.M.A., Ph.D), or equivalent combination of education and experience (with a minimum of a Bachelor’s degree), a record of accomplishments as a performer, composer, or arranger, and at least two years of experience teaching at a university, college, or conservatory. Applicants with conducting experience will be strongly preferred. A knowledge of traditional and contemporary jazz styles and 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, as is a collegial disposition and interest in building community among faculty and students. 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.

To apply for this position, please use the following link: 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 December 6, 2019.

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.