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 (Wind Orchestra & Community Engagement) 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 the McGill Wind Orchestra, contributing to the development of the graduate conducting area as well as providing academic and creative leadership for community engagement (reaching anglophone and francophone communities in the Montreal area) and entrepreneurship activities. Other teaching duties may include instrumental teaching in the candidate’s field of specialization as well as undergraduate and graduate courses related to the candidate’s domain. 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 demonstrate extensive experience leading wind orchestra programs and teaching conducting at the graduate level, as well as a track record of music entrepreneurship and the ability to successfully engage with diverse communities in and outside an academic context. Bilingualism (English/French) is an important asset. 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 qualifications for the position, including comments on the commitment to increasing and supporting diversity within the university community
  • Detailed curriculum vitae including a list of activities and achievements in the field of entrepreneurship and community engagement.
  • 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 Wind Orchestra, 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 with disabilities 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 (Wind Orchestra & Community Engagement).pdf