Wilfrid Laurier University’s Faculty of Music invites applications for a full-time Tenure-Track position in orchestral conducting.


Building on a legacy of excellence, the ideal candidate will provide strong leadership and vision to the WLU Symphony Orchestra, reflecting the changing landscape of orchestras in the 21st century. The successful candidate will have experience in the development of talented young musicians through post- secondary teaching, and in conducting a broad and diverse range of orchestral repertoire. As the WLU Symphony Orchestra is routinely involved in operatic and choral events, experience in conducting opera and/or large choral works with orchestra will be considered an asset. Expertise in a cognate area is also required for the position. It is expected that the successful candidate will be committed to student recruitment and curriculum development.

In addition to teaching and conducting experience at the post-secondary level, the successful candidate will have conducting experience with professional orchestras as well as the minimum of a Master’s degree in music, preferably in conducting. In exceptional cases, an outstanding international performance profile may be considered in lieu of the Master’s degree.

Short-listed candidates will be contacted this spring, with interviews conducted in the fall. The interview process will include one rehearsal with the WLU Symphony Orchestra.


Application materials must include the following:

  •  A repertoire list of works conducted in performance;
  •  A statement of teaching philosophy;
  •  Sample course outlines of post-secondary courses taught;
  •  Evidence of teaching effectiveness (e.g. course evaluations, letters, record of
  • student success); and
  •  Names and contact information for 3 references, at least one with direct ties to
  • post-secondary teaching and one associated with a professional orchestra.

Applications are to be addressed to: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Applications will be accepted until the deadline date of Friday, May 18, 2018 at 11:59pm.

Wilfrid Laurier University is committed to employment equity and values diversity. Laurier welcomes applications from qualified candidates who identify as Indigenous, racialized or having disabilities, and qualified candidates of any sexual and gender identity. All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, as per Canadian immigration laws, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority. To comply with the Government of Canada’s reporting requirements, the University is obligated to gather information about applicants’ status as either Permanent Residents of Canada or Canadian citizens. Applicants need not identify their country of origin or current citizenships, however, all applicants must include one of the following statements in their cover letter:
         Yes, I am a current citizen or permanent resident of Canada;
         No, I am not a current citizen or permanent resident of Canada

Members of designated groups must self-identify to be considered for employment equity. Candidates may self-identify, in confidence, to the Faculty of Music dean: Glen Carruthers at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Further information on the equity policy can be found at https://www.wlu.ca/about/governance/assets/resources/8.4- employment-equity.html.

Applicants are encouraged to address any career interruptions or special circumstances that may have affected their record of research and teaching, in accordance with SSHRC and NSERC definitions and guidelines. To obtain a copy of this job description in an accessible format, please contact Renée Ellis at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

The Faculty of Music wishes to thank all applicants for their interest. All nominations and applications shall be reviewed and considered under a set of criteria established by the Search Committee and a short list of candidates shall be interviewed. Only those applicants selected for the short list will be contacted.

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