Job offer

The Schulich School of Music of McGill University is Canada’s leading institution for the professional training of performers and composers, and the humanities-based and scientific research in music and sound. We seek individuals with an international profile in music performance and research who will maintain a high level of professional activity and are able to teach and supervise students in all university degree and diploma programs through to the doctoral level. Montreal offers a vibrant multicultural living environment and is consistently rated among the best student cities in the world.

The Department of Music Performance invites applications for a tenure-track position in Instrumental Conducting (Contemporary Music) at the rank of Assistant Professor, starting August 1, 2023. Applications at the rank of Associate Professor may be considered for exceptional candidates.

Duties: The academic duties will consist of teaching, research, and service to the University. Accordingly, the individual will be expected to maintain a high level of professional activity while conducting and supervising the McGill Contemporary Ensemble, contributing to the development of the graduate conducting area, teaching conducting courses as well as other courses related to the candidate’s field of expertise. The ability to work collaboratively with both performers and researchers within Schulich’s extensive course offerings is desired. Active participation in departmental and faculty committees and student recruitment is expected. The ability to develop and sustain a level of performance activity or research commensurate with the University’s expectations for tenure is required.

Qualifications: The successful candidate should have extensive conducting experience in new music. There must be evidence of expert knowledge of trends and issues in contemporary art music combined with effective teaching. The applicant should possess strong organizational and interpersonal skills. A doctorate or equivalent professional experience is expected.

Applicants should submit the following items using McGill’s platform, Workday (see for instructions and links to apply):

  • Cover letter describing the candidate’s qualification for the position, including comments on the commitment to increasing and supporting diversity within the university community
  • Detailed curriculum vitae
  • Sample video materials showing the work of the candidate in rehearsal and performance
  • The names and contact information of three referees

Further inquiries may be addressed to Prof. Jean-Sébastien Vallée, Acting Chair, Department of Performance

Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled. Those received by December 15, 2022 will be given full consideration. Selected candidates will be invited to an interview

which will include a rehearsal with Schulich’s Contemporary Music Ensemble, a teaching demonstration, and a meeting with the Dean, colleagues, students, and with members of the Search Committee.

Salary will be negotiable and commensurate with qualifications and experience. The position is subject to final budgetary approval.

McGill University is committed to equity and diversity within its community and values academic rigour and excellence. We welcome and encourage applications from racialized persons/visible minorities,women, Indigenous persons, persons with disabilities, ethnic minorities, and persons of minority sexual orientations and gender identities, as well as from all qualified candidates with the skills and knowledge to engage productively with diverse communities.

At McGill, research that reflects diverse intellectual traditions, methodologies, and modes of dissemination and translation is valued and encouraged. Candidates are invited to demonstrate their research impact both within and across academic disciplines and in other sectors, such as government, communities, or industry.

McGill further recognizes and fairly considers the impact of leaves (e.g., family care or health-related) that may contribute to career interruptions or slowdowns. Candidates are encouraged to signal any leave that affected productivity, or that may have had an effect on their career path. This information will be considered to ensure the equitable assessment of the candidate’s record. McGill implements an employment equity program and encourages members of designated equity groups to self-identify. It further seeks to ensure the equitable treatment and full inclusion of persons with disabilities by striving for the implementation of universal design principles transversally, across all facets of the University community, and through accommodation policies and procedures. Persons withdisabilities who anticipate needing accommodations for any part of the application process may contact, in confidence, this email

All qualified applicants are encouraged to apply; however, in accordance with Canadian immigration requirements, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority.

Job description

Job type/category
Minimal education
Minimal experience
5 Years+ Experience
Language requirements
Other language requirement
Working language(s)
Other working language


Deadline for application
15 Dec, 2022
Start date
01 Aug, 2023


Instrumental Conducting (Contemporary Music) .pdf