Conrad Grebel University College
Part-Time Position: Piano Studio

The Department of Music at Conrad Grebel University College invites applications for a part-time
adjunct faculty position in Studio Piano at The University of Waterloo to begin May 2020. Review of
applications will begin February 15, 2020; however, applications will continue to be accepted until the
position is filled. In accordance with Canadian immigration requirements, all qualified candidates are
encouraged to apply; however, Canadian citizens and permanent residents will be given priority. Conrad
Grebel University College is committed to the principle of equity in employment.


Primary duties include the instruction of individual applied piano at the undergraduate level, but
additional teaching duties may be assigned based on the successful candidate’s strengths and interests
and the curricular needs of the department. The successful candidate will teach in each of the
university’s three terms, Fall, Winter and Spring, and average weekly hours are approximately 10-
15, depending on the number of students in piano studio from term to term.


We are seeking a dynamic and experienced teacher. The ideal candidate will have a master’s or doctoral
degree in piano with experience in both solo and collaborative performance, and a commitment to
excellence in undergraduate teaching.

Application Instructions:

Please submit the following material electronically in a single PDF file to Dr. Mark Vuorinen,
Associate Professor & Chair, Department of Music at

  • a letter of application and curriculum vitae
  • statement of your teaching philosophy and methodology
  • a list of links to a variety of performances representing a diverse set of solo piano works
Background Information:

Conrad Grebel University College’s Music Department is the Music Department of the Faculty
of Arts at the University of Waterloo. The Department has offered courses and extra-curricular
programs in Music at the University of Waterloo since the 1960s, and has offered Bachelor of
Arts degrees in Music since 1974. Since Grebel’s inception, music has contributed significantly
and vitally to the life of the College, the University, and the broader community.
The Music Department espouses a strong liberal arts orientation, exploring the role of music in
human life and examining life through the lens of music. This means balancing intensive study
in the traditional music disciplines of performance, theory, and history with courses addressing
questions at the intersection of disciplines such as Popular Music and Culture, Jazz, Music and
Film, World Music, Music and Technology, Women/Music/Gender, Worship and Music, and
Music and Peace.

The Department’s programs and courses are interdisciplinary and innovative, seeking to be
responsive to developments in contemporary culture. They reflect the liberal arts character of
the College and the commitment to innovation, social engagement, and experiential learning
that is a defining feature of the University of Waterloo.

The Music Department teaches a wide range of students. Some students major or minor in
Music, while others take only a few Music courses or perhaps participate in an ensemble during
one or more terms. Music students are generally interested both in making music and in asking
questions about music’s relevance to society. There is great potential for fruitful interaction
among students from diverse disciplines coming together to study music. The University of
Waterloo, with its tradition of collaboration and innovation, and Conrad Grebel University
College, as a multidisciplinary and interdisciplinary College, provide a richly supportive culture
for this approach to the study of Music.

To learn more about Conrad Grebel’s Music Department, visit: