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Assistant Professor of Music – Cello
University of New Mexico

Date Posted Oct. 11, 2022
Title Assistant Professor of Music – Cello
University University of New Mexico
Albuquerque, NM, United States
Department Department of Music
Application Deadline Nov. 27, 2022
Position Start Date Aug. 1, 2023
  • Assistant Professor
  • Music - General


College of Fine Arts-Department of Music 


Position: Assistant Professor of Music – Cello


RESPONSIBILITIES/POSITION SUMMARY: The University of New Mexico is seeking a tenure-track Assistant Professor of Cello. This Assistant Professor will serve as music faculty – teaching applied cello lessons, and other courses as needed, to undergraduate and graduate students enrolled in the numerous degrees offered by the Department of Music, for a total of 16 contact hours per week; will teach courses related to string instrument technique and repertoire; will assist the UNM Orchestras, and support the String Pedagogy and Music Education Areas as needed; will demonstrate leadership within the String Area and the Music Department; will actively organize and implement string area initiatives that engage music students and music teachers in New Mexico and beyond.  In addition to the calculable load, the candidate will also contribute to School, College and University service, including recruiting and retaining a satisfactory number of undergraduate and graduate students, as well as maintaining an active and visible national and regional performance schedule.

RANK & SALARY:  Assistant Professor - this is a full time, tenure track position with benefits.


MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS: (1) Doctoral Degree in Cello Performance, String Pedagogy, or other related music field; all degree requirements must be completed by August 2023. (2) A minimum of 3 years of experience as a cello teacher in a university music program either as a graduate teaching assistant or as an instructor/lecturer/professor or commensurate professional experience as an applied teacher.

PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS:  (1) Demonstrated expertise as a cello pedagogue, and record of excellence in applied teaching as evidenced by the application materials and submitted teaching videos (2) Experience teaching other relevant string related courses (e.g. string orchestra, chamber music, string pedagogy, string technique, string repertoire) as evidenced by the letter of application and C.V. (3) Excellent technical and expressive skills as a performer as demonstrated by submitted video performance recordings (4) Professional performance career as evidenced by the application materials (5) Continued commitment to scholarship and vision for future creative work and/or performance activity as detailed in the application materials and interviews (6) Demonstrated success in student recruiting as evidenced by the application materials and/or references. (7) A demonstrated commitment to diversity, equity, inclusion, and student success as well as experience working with broadly diverse communities as evidenced by the application materials.


Applications must include:

(1)               a signed letter of application that addresses the listed qualifications and the  candidate’s interest in teaching at the University of New Mexico;

(2)               a curriculum vitae including a list of courses or subject areas previously taught or within the candidate's ability to teach;

(3)               a statement on diversity which demonstrates how the candidate will mentor/advise underrepresented populations and what role they will play to enrich a campus culture that values diversity, equity and inclusion;

(4)               a statement on teaching which addresses pedagogical methodology and includes strategies for recruiting and retaining quality students;

(5)               unofficial transcripts of all undergraduate and graduate study;

(6)               a representative list of music programs performed in the last 5 years including dates, repertoire and venues;

(7)               a PDF containing hyperlinks to 3 or 4 video recordings of recent performances, at least two of which are live and unedited, between 20 and 60 minutes in total.

Quarter-finalists will be contacted at a later date to submit the following materials:

(1)               names, addresses, phone numbers, and e-mail addresses of 3-5 professional references;

(2)               hyperlinks to video recordings of the candidate teaching two cello students at different levels (advanced and intermediate); between 20 and 30 minutes for each student, 60 minutes maximum.

Semi-finalists will be asked to participate in a video interview.

Only complete applications will be considered.  

All criteria for applications must be submitted electronically. To apply, please visit and search for Req 22045

INTERVIEW:  Two or more finalists will be invited to the University of New Mexico to interview and audition for the search committee and administration as well as meet students and faculty. 

DEADLINE: For best consideration, applicants are encouraged to apply, and submit all materials by November 27th, 2022.  Complete applications must include all materials as described in the section titled “Applications” above.  

 For further inquiries, please contact: Professor Kimberly Fredenburgh ( Search Committee Chair  


Located in Albuquerque, the largest city in New Mexico and one of the fastest growing in the Southwest, the University of New Mexico is a Carnegie Level 1 Research University and a federally designated Hispanic-Serving Institution. UNM is the largest and most comprehensive of the state's institutions of higher education. Founded in 1889, UNM serves a diverse student population of nearly 30,000 on five campuses (approximately 25,000 at its Albuquerque main campus). The Department of Music, one of six units in the College of Fine Arts, has 300 music majors and is accredited by NASM. Degrees offered include: the Bachelor of Music in performance, string pedagogy, theory and composition, and jazz studies; the Bachelor of Arts in Music; and the Master of Music in performance, music history and literature, theory and composition, conducting, collaborative piano, and music education. There are sixty-eight full-time and part-time music faculty members.  

UNM’s campus is located along the foothills of the beautiful Sandia Mountains- one hour from Santa Fe, two hours from Taos, and within 10 minutes of the Albuquerque International Sunport. Albuquerque is an ethnically diverse metropolitan area with a population of close to 1 million residents, offering a variety of cultural experiences as well as numerous outdoor and recreational opportunities. Learn more about our city here:








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  • Renu Prinja
    Department of Music
    University of New Mexico
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    Albuquerque, NM 87131
  • 505-277-8923


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