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Composition Faculty (with experience in film, video and media composition)
California Institute of the Arts

Date Posted Mar. 2, 2020
Title Composition Faculty (with experience in film, video and media composition)
University California Institute of the Arts
Valencia, CA, United States
Department Herb Alpert School of Music
Application Deadline Review begins March 30 but open until filled
Position Start Date September 2020
  • Core Faculty
  • Music - Composition

The Herb Alpert School of Music at CalArts seeks to appoint a faculty member to its innovative community of creative music artists, with primary responsibilities anchored in composition in the School’s Composition and Experimental Sound Practices and Performer-Composer curricula. She/He/They must be a composer with an active career in contemporary or experimental music. In addition to teaching individual composition lessons, a candidate for this position should be able to teach classes in composition for film, television and other media. She/He/They will contribute to the school’s broadly integrated subject areas on all degree levels, including composition and experimental sound practices, the core curriculum for undergraduates and other areas of the curriculum addressing the diverse range of musical styles and sources of inspiration exhibited among the student body. CalArts faculty are recognized pioneers in their fields. CalArts and the School and the Herb Alpert School of Music value the individuality of artists and welcome the addition of unique and inventive voices to our diverse, collaborative Community.

It is expected that an appointment will be made at 1.00 FTE.

Duties may include:
· Giving individualized and small group instruction in composition,
· Teaching classes in composition areas, potentially including notation, instrumentation, orchestration, computer and experimental music, and practical classes in composition for film and other media, and classes in the history and theory of film music,
· Overseeing projects at DMA, MFA and BFA levels,
· Serving as artistic and academic mentor for students, especially those who desire a career as composers for film and other media,
· Helping to guide curriculum development and
· Recruiting for the composition program.

CalArts prides itself on its faculty profiles-that blend innovative and exploratory creative work with demonstrated accomplishments as artist-teachers and aptitudes for administrative effectiveness. A deep and comprehensive understanding of their fields, from historical, aesthetic and practical realms combined with ability to lead next-generation students in synthesizing practices among all the School’s programs is paramount. CalArts is known for its teaching with experimental models for training, research, creative facilitation and learning. Our faculty are expected to contribute to the dynamic and creative vitality of the CalArts community as artists, educators and participants in the evolution of the Institution.

CalArts seeks to employ faculty who can engage our diverse communities of learners at the highest levels of artistic endeavor and critical thinking. Across the range of practitioners from artists to scholars and librarians, we welcome candidates who possess a demonstrated worldview and cultural competency to support teaching and mentoring undergraduate and graduate students of varied backgrounds, capabilities, perspectives, social identities and gender expressions. CalArts is an equal opportunity employer.

Minimum qualifications: Masters degree or higher and two years of college-level teaching experience.

Applications should include:
· Letter describing professional background and artistic and educational philosophies. In this letter, please include a statement with a discussion of past and/or potential contributions to a diverse, equitable, and inclusive community.
· Detailed curriculum vitae,
· Three letters of recommendation and
· 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: A 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 administrators and to give presentations about their work for the CalArts community. Application screening will begin in March 15th 2020, and the position will remain open until filled. The anticipated start date for the position is September 2020.

Electronic submissions only.
To apply:

Please contact Lee Anne Schmitt, Director of Faculty Affairs at CalArts with any questions:

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 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 Herb Alpert School of Music at CalArts offers BFA and MFA Programs in Music with Specializations in Performer-Composer, Composition and Experimental Sound Practices, Jazz, InstrumentalArts (all standard instruments), VoiceArts and Music Technology: Interaction, Intelligence and Design. World Music Performance and Musical Arts/Experimental Pop Specializations are also offered on the BFA level. African Music and Dance, Indonesian Music and Dance, North Indian Music and World Percussion Specializations are also offered on the MFA level. Finally, a unique DMA Performer-Composer Program brings very advanced practitioners into this community of artists. The school supports curriculum integration among these programs. Certificate and Advanced Certificate pathways are also available. See website for further information about the Herb Alpert School of Music at CalArts:

  • 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).

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Contact Information

  • Lee Anne Schmitt
    Director of Faculty Affairs
    California Institute of the Arts
    Valencia, CA 91355


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