Virginia, USA
Shenandoah University
Adjunct Instructor of Music Theory

The Shenandoah Conservatory at Shenandoah University (in Winchester, VA) is currently seeking an adjunct instructor in music theory for online teaching. Shenandoah Conservatory is committed to building a diverse academic community and encourages members of underrepresented groups to apply.


Responsibilities include teaching a graduate-level seminar each semester (online, synchronous) and the possibility of additional undergraduate-level courses across the 2021–2022 academic year, starting late August, 2021.


A doctorate in either music theory or composition by the start of the fall 2021 semester; ability to design and lead a graduate seminar of sufficient breadth and depth to accommodate student instrumentalists, singers, conductors, and composers; experience in teaching sixteenth- or eighteenth-century counterpoint is desired.


Applicants should submit a curriculum vitae (including a list of courses taught, as well as three professional references), and a letter of interest. In addition to including a teaching philosophy, each letter should address how the applicant might advance the Conservatory’s commitment to diversity and inclusion and promote culturally responsive pedagogy in their classrooms. For more information, see https://www.su.edu/conservatory/inclusion-diversity-equity/.

All materials should be sent to Dr. Keith Salley (ksalley@su.edu).


Please direct any questions to Dr. Keith Salley (ksalley@su.edu)


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.

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 700 award-winning students from across the nation and globe enrolled in baccalaureate, master’s 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 unusually oriented towards collaboration and innovative approaches to the career preparation of students. The Conservatory’s ShenCo LAB (formerly titled Student Performance Week) is but one example of the Conservatory’s nation-leading embrace of innovation and collaboration: a (first-in-the-country) week-long stoppage of all classes and rehearsals across all programs with the school turned over to students for student-led (and faculty mentored) collaborative projects. The Conservatory’s proximity to Washington, DC and Dulles Airport, ensures easy access to and regular interaction with professionals from around the country and world.