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Chair, Historical Performance Department



Longy School of Music of Bard College seeks a Chair for its Historical Performance Department. The Chair will provide principal oversight for Longy’s graduate programs in Historical Performance. The Chair will also be responsible for the management of Historical Performance faculty; advisement of Historical Performance majors; spearheading and implementing recruitment strategy; implementing short and long-range programming; artistic and curriculum planning in these areas; and working with other academic managers in further the mission of the Longy School.

The Chair of the Historical Performance Department is an exempt, part-time position that brings with it an expectation of approximately 10-15 hours of work per week. This position reports to the Dean of the Conservatory and supervises faculty. All department chairs receive an administrative salary with additional teaching duties compensated on a per-service basis. Qualifying faculty members (who accumulate the required number of units for teaching and administrative duties during the previous year) are eligible to participate in Longy’s health and retirement benefit programs.

Date of appointment: June 1, 2018.  


  • Principal management and oversight of Longy’s graduate program in Historical Performance.
  • Management of faculty in Historical Performance and Interdisciplinary Studies.
  • Academic advisement of Historical Performance majors.
  • Spearheading and implementing recruitment strategy.
  • Implementing short-term and long-range programmatic, artistic, and curriculum planning in these areas.
  • Membership on the Conservatory Academic Council (CAC) and attendance at all weekly meetings of the CAC throughout the academic year; working with other academic managers in furthering the mission of the Longy School.
  • Assignment of students to studio instructors in Historical Performance, in consultation with the Dean of the Conservatory.
  • Organization of admissions panels.
  • Close collaboration with the Director of Admissions and Student Services and the Admissions staff.
  • With the Dean of the Conservatory, management of department budget (Historical Performance).
  • Additional duties, as assigned by the Dean of the Conservatory and President.


Candidates should have a minimum of five year teaching experience in a collegiate, university, or conservatory setting; an established record of managerial experience and possess proven leadership, organizational, communication, and interpersonal skills.  An advanced degree (MM, or DMA or equivalent) in historical performance (early music) is required. 

To Apply

Interested candidates should send a letter of interest, curriculum vitae, and the names and contact information of three references by hard copy or email to the attention of Dylan Turner,  Administrative Coordinator for Academic Affairs, Longy School of Music of Bard College, 27 Garden Street, Cambridge, MA 02138 (dturner(at) Screening of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. 

About Longy

Longy in 2017 is at the forefront of graduate music education. Founded to offer an alternative to traditional conservatories, Longy continues to bring new and different perspectives on how to train and prepare modern musicians. Longy has made a name for itself by focusing on the social imperative: musicians, like all artists, must play a critical role in creating vibrant communities. This is carried out in signature programs to prepare students for the challenges of the musician of the 21st century.

Longy School of Music of Bard College is a degree‐granting institution that serves over 200 undergraduate and graduate students from over 35 states and 25 countries at its Conservatory campus in Cambridge, Massachusetts and its Master of Arts in Teaching campus in Los Angeles, California. Founded as Longy School of Music in 1915 by renowned oboist Georges Longy, Longy is a conservatory with a social imperative, providing for all students a distinguished faculty that promotes profound musical understanding and technical mastery, encourages growth of imagination, and fosters inquiry about the role of music and the musician in society. Longy’s mission is to prepare musicians to make a difference in the world.

The Longy School of Music of Bard College is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, ancestry, gender or gender identity, sexual orientation, physical or mental disability, marital or veteran status, or age. The Longy School of Music of Bard College values the diversity of its community.