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Position Description
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

This position is scheduled to start July 2022; a January 2022 start date
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