Kentucky, USA
Berea College
Tenure-Track Assistant Professor Music Theory-Wind Ensemble

The Berea College Department of Music announces a full-time, tenure-track position in Music beginning in August 2024. An earned doctorate is required at the time of appointment.


Primary responsibilities include directing the Wind Ensemble, teaching Music Theory to students pursuing classical and commercial music studies and participating in the General Education program. Additional responsibilities may include teaching courses in instrumental music education, applied woodwind or brass instruction, and/or music production based on departmental needs and the candidate’s areas of expertise and training. The candidate will also supervise student labor as part of Berea College’s work study program. Ideal candidates will, through their teaching, scholarship, mentoring, and service, show a commitment to carrying out Berea College’s unique mission.


Demonstrated excellence and at least three years of experience in directing a band program and teaching music theory is expected.

An earned doctorate is required at the time of appointment.


To apply, submit a letter of interest, current CV, transcripts, three letters of recommendation, and video links to (1) a band or wind ensemble rehearsal, (2) a music theory class session, and (3) a private applied lesson. Each video excerpt should be unedited and between 15-30 minutes in length to: https://tinyurl.com/y2u84afd. Review of applications will begin on October 10, 2023 and continue until the position is filled.


Founded in 1855, Berea College (Berea, Kentucky) is nationally recognized as the first coeducational and interracial college in the South. Berea has a longstanding commitment to interracial education and is one of the most racially diverse private liberal arts colleges in the United States. With an emphasis on service to Appalachia and beyond, Berea enrolls 1,600 students from 43 states and U.S. territories and more than 70 countries. Berea College admits students who are unable to afford tuition and provides all of them with a no-tuition promise, valued at more than $190,000. Berea’s students excel in the College’s supportive yet demanding academic environment, and most are the first in their families to attend college. As one of only nine federally recognized Work Colleges, all Berea students are expected to work 10-12 hours weekly in various positions across campus. Berea College was again named one of the nation’s “Best Institutions for Undergraduates to Earn their College Degree” in the 2022 edition of The Princeton Review’s book, The Best 387 Colleges. Berea also appeared on four other lists within the publication: Best Colleges in the South; Best Value Colleges; Best Green Colleges; and Tuition Free Schools. The Wall Street Journal/Times Higher Education (THE) 2022 College Rankings lists Berea as the #3 Best Value Colleges and 148 among 250 ranked colleges (highest-ranked Kentucky college). The Washington Monthly ranks Berea College #5 among Liberal arts Colleges, and #1 Best Bang for the Buck in the South. U.S. News and World Report Rankings lists Berea as #26 among National Liberal Arts Colleges, #3 for Most Innovative Schools, #6 in Top Performers in Social Mobility, and tied for #16 in Best Undergraduate Teaching. Money (2022) ranks Berea #20 Best Overall College and #10 for Best in the South.

Located where the Bluegrass Region meets the Cumberland Mountains, the town of Berea (pop. 16,000) lies forty miles south of Lexington and is approximately two hours from Cincinnati, Louisville, and Knoxville. More information about Berea College is available at www.berea.edu.

Berea College, in light of its mission in the tradition of impartial love and social equality, welcomes all people of the earth to learn and work here.