Faculty Position in Orchestral Studies
University of Ottawa School of Music

The School of Music at the University of Ottawa invites applications for a tenure-track faculty position in the area of Orchestral Studies.

Duties: Responsibilities include, in varying proportions: a) directing the orchestra, opera orchestra and/or string orchestra of the University of Ottawa, b) teaching activities (e.g., conducting, chamber music, orchestral repertoire, performance practice) at the undergraduate and graduate levels; c) scholarly activities revealed by research and/or artistic creation and/or professional engagements; d) academic service activities, e) supervision of graduate students.

  • The successful candidate will be expected to train both undergraduate and graduate students. A critical aspect of these expectations will be the provision of teaching, research, and mentoring for students enrolled at the University, with the goal of attracting and developing future conductors.
  • There will be a clear expectation of ongoing research activity in the form of performance and research activities. The candidate will be expected to implement a program of teaching and research in Orchestral Studies that has the potential of attracting excellent trainees in addition to external funding.
  • A strong commitment to participate in the administrative activities of the department is required.

Terms: Tenure-track position, starting July 1, 2021, at the rank of Assistant Professor. Higher ranks will be considered under exceptional circumstances.

Wage:  Salary scale for an Assistant Professor starts at $ 86,986 (as of May 1, 2020).

Benefits package: The University of Ottawa provides a complete benefits package which includes long term disability, basic group life insurance, supplementary health insurance, University of Ottawa Pension Plan and optional life insurance, as well as relocation expenses.

Location of work:  School of Music, University of Ottawa, Pérez Hall, 50 University, Ottawa, ON K1N 6N5

Contact information: Dr. Lori Burns, Director, School of Music, University of Ottawa, Ottawa, ON K1N 6N5. musdir@uottawa.ca

Required expertise:


  • Doctorate or equivalent professional experience in the field of orchestral conducting

Work experience:

  • Evidence of excellence in orchestral conducting is required;
  • Candidates must have a significant national or international performance profile;
  • A secondary area of expertise, though not required, may strengthen the application;
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills are required;
  • Experience in recruitment or openness to developing recruitment skills is an asset;
  • Active knowledge of both French and English language is a requirement for tenure. English-French bilingualism is an asset.

Application deadline: Applications received by December 11, 2020, will receive full consideration but the position will remain open until filled.

Posting no.: 20060-ARTS

Application process: Please send the following application materials, combined into a single pdf document: a letter of application, statement of teaching interests and philosophy (including student evaluations if available), statement of research and/or artistic creation and/or professional engagement program, curriculum vitae, and samples of performances programs. In addition, three confidential letters of reference should be sent directly by the referees to:

Lori Burns, Ph.D.
School of Music
University of Ottawa
50 University
Ottawa, Ontario K1N6N5

Short-listed candidates will be invited to offer a presentation, a teaching demonstration, and to direct a rehearsal of the University of Ottawa orchestra in front of professors and students.

For more detail on our programs, please visit https://arts.uottawa.ca/music/

The University of Ottawa is committed to ensuring equity, diversity and inclusion in the scholarly and leadership environments of our students, staff, and faculty. Accordingly, we strongly encourage applications from Indigenous persons, visible minority members (racialized persons), persons with disabilities, women, as well as from all qualified candidates with the skills and knowledge to productively engage with equitable, diverse and inclusive communities. Candidates who wish to be considered as a member of one or more designated groups are asked to complete the confidential Self-Identification Questionnaire, to be completed at the time of application. Please take note of this posting number. This questionnaire can be found online.

According to government policy, all qualified candidates are invited to apply; however, preference will be given to Canadians and permanent residents. When submitting your application, please indicate if you are legally entitled to work in Canada.

The University of Ottawa provides accommodations for applicants with disabilities throughout the recruitment process. If you are invited to proceed in the selection process, please notify us of any accommodations that you require by contacting the Office of the Vice-Provost, Faculty Relations at 613-562-5958. Any information you send us will be handled respectfully and in complete confidence.

The University of Ottawa is proud of its 160-year tradition of bilingualism. Through its Official Languages and Bilingualism Institute, the University provides training to staff members and to their spouses in their second official language. At the time of tenure, professors are expected to have the ability to function in a bilingual setting.

Notice of Collection of Personal Information

In accordance with the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act (Ontario) and with University Policy 90, your personal information is collected under the authority of the University of Ottawa Act, 1965 and is intended to be used for the purpose of and those consistent with your employment application and the administration of your employment relationship, if established. If you have any questions regarding this collection of personal information, please contact Office of the Vice-Provost, Faculty Relations at (613) 562-5958 or by email at vra.affairesprofessorales@uottawa.ca.

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