Assistant Professor in Music Composition

The School for the Contemporary Arts at Simon Fraser University invites applications for a tenure-track position as assistant professor of music composition to begin September 1, 2017. We are seeking a composer with a breadth of experience in composition as well as a track record in interdisciplinary collaboration. A focus on acoustic composition (both instrumental and vocal) is desirable, coupled with a secondary area of emphasis in any of electroacoustic music, new media, sound art, improvisation, performance or world music. The faculty member will be directly involved in teaching within the Bachelor of Fine Arts Music Major program which has an emphasis in music composition within the context of a multidisciplinary environment of the School for the Contemporary Arts whose other majors include dance, film, theatre and visual art; as well as a Master of Fine Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies and a Master of Arts in Comparative Media. The faculty member will be expected to supervise graduate students and have the ability to teach in the graduate M.F.A. program. Advising and committee responsibilities are part of the position.

The music program is innovative in design with students developing a creative practice that is inclusive of acoustic, vocal, electroacoustic, technological interaction, generative music and new media, collaboration with other art forms, and hybrid combinations of the above. The study of music in the School for the Contemporary Arts at Simon Fraser University is distinctive in Canada for its focus on composition and the role contemporary perspectives play in the development of a broad range of creative and technological skills in an integrated fine arts school.

Requirements for the position include a Masters or Doctoral degree in Music Composition; and a serious compositional artistic practice. University-level teaching experience is an asset. An applicant’s artistic work should clearly reflect contemporary or experimental issues; and a background of interdisciplinary art production is advantageous. Applications must include a letter of application; a curriculum vitae; links to at least three recordings and scores of the candidate’s compositions; a statement of teaching philosophy; and the names and contact information (e-mail, telephone) for three confidential referees. Submit all applications by email to Elspeth Pratt, Director c/o Rachael Melanson, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

The review of applications will begin February 6, 2017 and will continue until the position is filled. To ensure full consideration, applications should be submitted by this date. The position is subject to availability of funding and final approval by the SFU Board of Governors. All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadian citizens and permanent residents will be given priority. Simon Fraser University is committed to employment equity and encourages applications from all qualified women and men, including visible minorities, Aboriginal people, and persons with disabilities. Under the authority of the University Act personal information that is required by the university for appointment competitions will be collected. For details see

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