The Schulich School of Music of McGill University
Department of Performance Chair Position


The Schulich School of Music is Canada’s largest and most renowned university-based music school, and is an international leader in music creation and performance, as well as in research in music and sound. A Faculty of McGill University, one of the top research-intensive universities in the world, the Schulich School is also home to the Centre for Interdisciplinary Research in Music Media and Technology (CIRMMT). The Department of Performance includes the following programs: Orchestral Training, Voice and Opera Studies, Keyboard (Piano, Harpsichord, Organ, Fortepiano), Early Music, and Jazz. The Department offers music degrees at the Bachelor’s, Master’s, and Doctoral levels, as well as diploma programs.

The Schulich School of Music invites applications for the position of Chair of the Department of Performance with tenure, for an initial 5-year appointment beginning July 1, 2013.


The school is seeking an energetic and visionary leader to motivate and engage faculty members, to inspire excellence in teaching and research, and to further enhance collegiality, consultation, and collaboration within the Department and Faculty. The Chair will guide the development of the Department and supervise its daily activities including the recruitment of students and faculty members. The Chair is expected to contribute to teaching and research activities at a level sufficient to remain active in their discipline. The Chair is the chief administrator of the department and the primary representative of the unit with respect to the Schulich School and McGill University. Administrative responsibilities include maintaining academic standards, staffing, budget, and the recruitment, support, and assessment of faculty and personnel.


The successful candidate will have a strong background in administration, music performance and pedagogy, and be actively involved in current musical scenes. He or she will show strong leadership in maximizing research output, teaching innovation and professional activities in the Department of Performance. Organizational,interpersonal, and communication skills will also be of the utmost importance. Candidates are expected to have a distinguished record of teaching, professional activities and university service.


Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled. Those received by January 15, 2013 will be given full consideration. Applicants are invited to submit the following using our on-line application form found at

  • a cover letter describing the candidate’s qualification for the position
  • a detailed curriculum vitae showing administrative experience
  • the names and contact information of three referees (Note: E-mails requesting reference letters will be sent to your referees once you have submitted the online application.  We will need the letters from your referees or dossier service by January 31, 2013. Consult the on-line application for submission instructions.)

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


For questions, please contact the Chair of the Search Committee, Julie E. Cumming, Associate Dean of Research and Administration (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.514-398-4535 x0552).


All qualified applicants are encouraged to apply; however, in accordance with Canadian immigration requirements, priority will be given to Canadian citizens and permanent residents of Canada. McGill University is committed to equity in employment and diversity. It welcomes applications from indigenous peoples, visible minorities, ethnic minorities, persons with disabilities, women, persons of minority sexual orientations and gender identities and others who may contribute to further diversification.

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