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Assistant Professor of Collaborative Piano

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Work type: Faculty Full Time
Location: UMass Amherst
Department: Music & Dance
Union: MSP
Categories: Faculty, College of Humanities & Fine Arts

About UMass Amherst

UMass Amherst, the Commonwealth's flagship campus, is a nationally ranked public research university offering a full range of undergraduate, graduate and professional degrees. The University sits on nearly 1,450-acres in the scenic Pioneer Valley of Western Massachusetts, and offers a rich cultural environment in a bucolic setting close to major urban centers. In addition, the University is part of the Five Colleges (including Amherst College, Hampshire College, Mount Holyoke College, and Smith College), which adds to the intellectual energy of the region.


Job Description

The Department of Music and Dance at the University of Massachusetts Amherst invites applications for a faculty position in Collaborative Piano. This is a full-time nine-month tenure-track position at the Assistant Professor level to begin on September 1, 2022.


  • Overseeing and coordinating the collaborative piano area, including assessing the department's needs and advocating for and identifying appropriate staff pianists, recruiting teaching assistants, and generally leading the effort to build a collaborative area that meets the needs of our department. Additional responsibilities may include providing collaborative support for the Tuesday Morning Recital Hour, studio classes, and master classes.
  • Regularly performing on campus with faculty colleagues is a major responsibility and expectation for this position.
  • Teaching undergraduate and graduate applied piano lessons for all degree tracks and electives as the need arises.
  • Teaching and developing classes to bolster collaborative piano pedagogical offerings.
  • Maintaining national and regional visibility as a performer/pedagogue as part of professional development.
  • Advising undergraduate and graduate students, participating in auditions, serving on committees, and performing other university and professional service as appropriate.
  • Applicant must be willing and available to address responsibilities during the regular work week and on weekends, as needed.
  • Recruiting activities may include visiting secondary schools, offering workshops, masterclasses, and adjudicating.



  • Doctorate or master’s degree in piano performance or collaborative piano preferred.
  • Equivalent professional experience considered.
  • Potential for or an already established national reputation as a pianist in instrumental and/or vocal piano collaboration. Solo work considered as relevant.
  • Evidence of excellence in teaching as well as evidence of recruiting potential at the university level. Ability to work effectively within the department.


Additional Information

Salary is commensurate with the rank of assistant professor, and the University offers an attractive benefits package.


Application Instructions

To apply, please submit 1) a cover letter, 2) a curriculum vitae, 3) links, preferably through YouTube and in a separate document, to high quality audio and/or video recordings of performances (please include dates of performances), 4) Personal statement that describes your contributions to diversity, equity and inclusion in your research, teaching and service and 5) list of three current referees with full contact information including valid email addresses.

Review of applications will begin on January 15, 2022, and will continue until the position is filled. Additional supporting materials may be requested from finalists. Application materials will not be returned.


UMass Amherst is committed to a policy of equal opportunity without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, age, sexual orientation, national origin, ancestry, disability, military status, or genetic information in employment, admission to and participation in academic programs, activities, and services, and the selection of vendors who provide services or products to the University.  To fulfill that policy, UMass Amherst is further committed to a program of affirmative action to eliminate or mitigate artificial barriers and to increase opportunities for the recruitment and advancement of qualified minorities, women, persons with disabilities, and covered veterans.  It is the policy of the UMass Amherst to comply with the applicable federal and state statutes, rules, and regulations concerning equal opportunity and affirmative action.

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