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Peter Gillette

Lecturer: Percussion Ensemble Director and Percussion Coach


The Department of Music at the University of Chicago seeks an experienced professional percussionist and percussion ensemble director to fill the part-time Lecturer position as Director of the University of Chicago Percussion Ensemble and Percussion Coach for Department of Music Performance Program, to begin in the academic year 2019-2020.

Reports to: Director of Performance Programs


Primary responsibilities include planning and conducting weekly rehearsals of the UChicago Percussion Ensemble, in preparation for two or more concert performances per season. Additional responsibilities include coaching student percussionists involved in the University Symphony Orchestra and the University Wind Ensemble in preparation for their quarterly concerts. Periodic collaboration with Music Department faculty and graduate student composers on special projects involving student percussionists is also expected. Ancillary responsibilities include maintaining the percussion equipment inventory and overseeing maintenance of percussion instruments in the three Department of Music concert venues.

The University Percussion Ensemble is part of a large, co-curricular performance program at the University of Chicago, which involves over 700 talented young musicians (most of whom are not music majors) in eighteen different performance ensembles. The Percussion Ensemble Director works closely with the Director of Performance Programs and other members of the Department’s performance faculty and staff in planning repertoire and concert formats, generating publicity, and developing special projects for the Percussion Ensemble, and in enhancing the overall quality and profile of the performance program on campus.


An M.M. in Music Performance is required. The successful candidate must have the following competencies or experiences:

  • professional training in percussion performance and percussion pedagogy; significant experience in performing solo, orchestral, and percussion ensemble literature
  • commitment to working with students to improve their technical abilities, ensemble skills, and overall musicianship
  • in-depth knowledge and experience with percussion ensemble literature and resources, and expert familiarity with contemporary percussion literature and techniques
  • excellent verbal and written communication skills.

A candidate experienced with multi-media and theatrical approaches to percussion performance is strongly preferred. This is a part-time position, October through May, with part-time salary, and it is not benefits-eligible. No financial compensation for commuting will be provided, and regular presence on the University of Chicago's Hyde Park Campus is required.

Application Instructions

Candidates are required to upload the following materials by July 9, 2019 to

  • a letter of application
  • current curriculum vitae
  • list of percussion ensemble repertoire conducted or led in performance
  • contact information for at least three professional references
  • two sample programs for a college-level percussion ensemble (45 minute duration; mixed instrumentation)

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Job seekers in need of a reasonable accommodation to complete the application process should call 773-702-1032 or email with their request.

Contact Info:
Peter Gillette
Job Type: Permanent
Location: Hyde Park, Chicago, IL