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Performer-Composer, The Herb Alpert School of Music


Position Category: Academic
Position Title: Performer-Composer, The Herb Alpert School of Music
School/Department: The Herb Alpert School of Music
Reports To: Dean of Music
Time: Full Time
Term of Employment:
Appointment: Regular
Position Starts: 09/01/2014
Search Closes:

Information & Responsibilities

The Herb Alpert School of Music at CalArts seeks to appoint a full-time faculty member to join its innovative Performer-Composer Program. S/He should be a recognized musical pioneer whose work exhibits a unique and thorough integration of composing and performing practices.


The successful candidate must be able to:

  •  Teach classes,
  •  Give individualized instruction,
  •  Oversee projects at DMA, MFA and BFA levels,
  •  Help guide curriculum development,
  •  Contribute to program administration

The ideal candidate will embody the performer–composer model, holding significant renown for innovative and exploratory creative work, along with demonstrated accomplishment as an artist-teacher, as well as an aptitude for administrative effectiveness. A deep and comprehensive understanding of the field, from historical, aesthetic and practical realms combined with ability to lead the next generation of students in synthesizing practices among all the School’s programs is essential. Experience in education, especially with experimental models for training, research, creative facilitation, and learning will be welcome. Candidates will be screened for their ability to contribute to the dynamic and creative vitality of the CalArts community as an artist, educator and participant in the evolution of the Institution.


Minimum qualifications: significant and widely recognized professional record of innovative creative work and substantial college-level teaching experience.

How to Apply

Applications should include:

  •  Letter describing professional background, artistic and educational philosophies and a detailed curriculum vitae,
  •  Three letters of recommendation,
  •  List of courses or subject areas previously taught or within the candidate’s ability to teach and any related administrative experience.

Do not send work samples at this time.

Audition/Interview: The search committee will evaluate applications and may request work samples from selected candidates. A short list of finalists may be invited to CalArts for interviews with the search committee and administration and to give presentations about their work for the CalArts community. Application screening will begin in March 2014 and the position will remain open until filled. The anticipated start date for the position is September 2014. Electronic submissions should be sent via email as PDF files to musicinfo@calarts.edu with Performer/Composer in the subject line.

Equity & Diversity

CalArts is proud of its diverse student body and deeply committed to
supporting the cultural and artistic aspirations of all its students. A
commitment to increasing opportunities for low-income students and
currently disenfranchised groups is necessary, as is the desire to work
to support institutional goals of equity and diversity in an ongoing
way. CalArts is an Equal Opportunity Employer (EOE). In our efforts to reach a diverse application pool, please follow the link to fill out an optional survey: http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/Eq_Div

Further Information

CalArts has a multidisciplinary approach to its studies of the arts
through six schools: Art, Critical Studies, Dance, Film/Video, Music and
Theater. CalArts encourages students to explore and recognize the
complexity of the many aspects of the arts. It is supported by a
distinguished faculty of practicing artists and provides its Bachelor
and Master of Fine Arts students with the hands-on training and exposure
necessary for an artist's growth. CalArts was founded in 1961 and
opened in 1969 as the first institution of higher learning in the United
States specifically for students interested in the pursuit of degrees
in all areas of visual and performing arts.

The School of Music offers programs in Performer-
Composer, Composition and Experimental Sound Practices, Jazz, InstrumentalArts, VoiceArts, Music Technology, Musical Arts, and World Music Performance and is committed to developing curriculum integration among these various programs. BFA, MFA, and DMA degree programs exist along with
Certificate and Advanced Certificate pathways. See website for further information about the Herb Alpert School of Music at CalArts: http://music.calarts.edu/.

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