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Auxiliary Adjunct in Music Theory - Temporary Sabbatical Replacement

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1460 University Drive, Winchester, Virginia

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Shenandoah Conservatory was founded in 1875 and has an extraordinary legacy of shaping music and the performing arts in Virginia and beyond. Located at the head of the historic Shenandoah Valley in Winchester, VA, 70 miles west of Washington, DC, the Conservatory is now home to over 600 award-winning students from across the nation and globe enrolled in baccalaureate, masters and doctoral curricula in the areas of music, theater, and dance, and includes a distinguished faculty of over 125, half of whom are full-time.

Beyond being a comprehensive performing arts school, Shenandoah Conservatory is home to exceptional artists and scholars who are oriented towards collaboration and innovative approaches to the career preparation of students. In the area of music, Shenandoah Conservatory is fortunate to attract performance-oriented students not only through its music performance degrees, but also through offered degrees in Music Education, Music Therapy, and Music Production and Recording Technology. The Conservatory is one of the Mid-Atlantic’s leading centers of new music performance, with premier master artists (ranging from composers to ensembles) distributed throughout each performance season.

Shenandoah Conservatory at Shenandoah University seeks an exceptional Music theory practitioner to teach and perform duties an Auxiliary Adjunct. This entry-level, auxiliary adjunct appointment (.95 time teaching load) begins August 2024.


The chosen candidate will be skilled as a music theory faculty member and be passionate about preparing students for work in the 21st century, and will further strengthen Shenandoah Conservatory’s reputation as an inclusive and premier place of study where artists from diverse backgrounds actively engage around innovative and collaborative work.

Specifically, the desired candidate will:

  • Serve as a sabbatical replacement for the 2024–25 academic year.
  • The qualified candidate will be able to teach a wide range of undergraduate- and graduate-level coursework.
  • Supervise student work/documents.
  • Participate in division meetings and lead production meetings in the capacity as music theory faculty member.
  • Engage in the Conservatory’s commitment to Inclusion, Diversity and Equity.



Required Skills


Required and minimum qualifications include the following:

  • Possession of Doctorate in Music Theory or Composition or a combination of training and equivalent professional experience.
  • A commitment o artistic excellence, passion for mentorship within higher education.

How to Apply: 

Application submissions should include a letter of intent, a curriculum vitae, resume, a statement of teaching philosophy (in which candidates also identify how they might advance the Conservatory’s commitment to equity, diversity, and inclusion), and contact information for three professional references.The review of applications will begin immediately and continue until a qualified candidate is selected.

Shenandoah University is committed to enriching its educational experience and culture through the diversity of its faculty, administration, and staff. All candidates are strongly encouraged to include a statement in their cover letters addressing ways in which they may be able to contribute to that commitment.

**Note: A pre-employment background check will be required and a satisfactory driving record may be required as a condition of hire. 

Shenandoah University values the unique and diverse perspectives of individuals and communities locally and globally and seeks to foster mutual understanding in an inviting community where individuals are welcome and respected. The university does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, physical, or mental disability, genetic information, veteran’s status, or on any other basis protected under applicable law.


Salary Type

Not Applicable