Combining learning and teaching has never been easier.

As a full-time student pursuing a Master of Music degree, you’re eligible to apply for graduate assistantships. Assistantships are awarded on the basis of musical proficiency and specific skills related to the position and are paid hourly over the course of the academic year. All assistantships pay $16/hour.

2018-19 Assistantships are listed below. 


Brass Position has been filled

Help organize chamber groups, act as contact for everyone in the various groups. Photocopy music for chamber groups and trombone class. Keep filing cabinet in the brass room organized. (3-5 hours/week)

Faculty contact: Adam Luftman (

Chamber Music (2) Positions have been filled

Organize chamber groups at beginning of the semester, act as liaison between groups and coaches, and organize concerts (7-10 per semester). Attend all chamber music classes and concerts. An average of 10 hours per week, with more hours required at the beginning of the semester and fewer hours toward the end. This position is shared by two students. Note: This position is only open to prospective or returning Chamber Music majors. (10 hours/week/assistant)

Faculty contact: Dimitri Murrath (

Composition Position has been filled

Provide clerical assistance to the Composition Department as needed. (3 hours/week)

Faculty contact: David Conte (

Guitar Position has been filled

Assist with photocopying, phoning, scheduling, and securing rooms for rehearsals, programming of recitals and master classes, and serving as a liaison for the Department Chair when he is on tour. Assist with Harris collection sessions on Wednesdays. In charge of Conservatory guitar collection in room 535: loaning guitars to students, maintenance and care of the collection. Attendance at all department recitals and master classes. General availability as needs arise. Note: This position is only open to students who have been in the SFCM guitar department for at least one year. (5 hours/week)

Faculty contact: David Tanenbaum (

Historical Performance / Baroque Ensemble Position has been filled

Assist the directors of the baroque ensemble and historical performance faculty. Provide clerical assistance, communicate with students, and assist with preparation of scores. (4 hours/week)

Faculty contact: Corey Jamason (

Humanities and Sciences (2 for Fall 2018, 3-4 for Spring 2019) Positions have been filled

There are two Graduate Assistants for the Humanities and Sciences Department—one assigned primarily to the Western Civilization courses, the other to the College Writing courses. Each assistant will attend the respective classes, will lead review sessions, and will assist faculty in correcting homework and research papers, and proctoring and correcting exams. Assistants may also be asked to tutor students having difficulties in any Humanities and Sciences course. Requires excellent English writing and language skills. (15-20 hours/week/assistant)

Faculty contact: Nikolaus Hohmann (

Music History (3) Positions have been filled

Prepare and lead weekly discussion sessions for MHL 202 and/or 203, the first two semesters of the undergraduate music history survey. Tutor students in these courses and attend classes regularly or sporadically, depending on other duties. Also assist with and/or tutor students in MHL 204, the third semester of the undergraduate music history survey. Assist faculty in grading assignments, quizzes, and exams, and by coordinating printed and audio materials as needed. Help administer undergraduate and graduate music history placement examinations. Requires excellent English and musicianship skills, and strong training in critical thinking. (15-20 hours/week/assistant)

Faculty contact: Rebecca Plack (

Musicianship and Music Theory (2) Positions have been filled

The Musicianship and Music Theory Graduate Assistantship is a tutoring position; the responsibilities include helping both undergraduate and graduate students with the Core Curriculum in Musicianship and Music Theory courses, as well as the graduate courses involving theory and Musicianship. (6-8 hours/week)

Faculty contact: Scott Foglesong (

Opera and Musical Theater (3) Positions have been filled

Responsibilities are divided among the three assistants and include, but are not limited to, the following:

1. Scanning, photocopying, emailing of scores and scenes to students, program faculty, and production teams.
2. Locating and organizing props, costumes, set dressing and furniture at all Program rehearsal locations and performance spaces.
3. Organizing and mailing of orchestral parts back to publisher.
4. Performing stage management duties for all program performances.
5. Organizing and managing stage crew for all program tech/dress rehearsals and performances.
6. Provide light-walker or other ad-hoc production assistance.
7. Email blast students in program any pertinent information.
8. Work with program faculty on headshot and measurement organization of all program members.
9. Provide assistance in the moving of props and set pieces with outside vendors between rehearsal and performance locations.

(6-8 hours/week/assistant)

Faculty contact: Jose Maria Condemi (

Percussion (2) Positions have been filled

Assist Percussion Department in scheduling lesson times, organize Percussion Ensemble rehearsals, assist with assigning parts and distribution of music for percussionists in orchestra rehearsals and concerts. Be responsible for Conservatory owned percussion equipment including inventory, minor instrument repair, ordering as necessary, and approving borrowing of instruments. Serve as assistant teacher for the department. (10-15 hours/week/assistant)

Faculty contact: Jacob Nissly ( and Ed Stephan (

Piano Position has been filled

Assist the Piano department chair with intradepartmental communication, maintaining departmental bulletin board, piano inventory, organizing Piano Forum and departmental Piano Recitals. Specific duties include organizing the piano library, photocopying scores, scheduling performances, creating recital programs, and taking attendance at all required departmental events. Additional duties may include assisting with planning and organizing Guest Artists residencies and masterclasses, serving as student liaison between students and faculty, as well as communicating with other offices and departments within the school such as the program and concert offices. Qualified applicants will demonstrate high sense of organization, communication skills both written and oral (with email and computers), proven leadership, and strong sense of responsibility. Approximately 8-12 hours per week with possibility for more hours during guest residencies and recital season. (8-12 hours/week)

Faculty contact: Yoshikazu Nagai (

Strings Position has been filled

Assist in organizing departmental recitals and master classes, and aid in the supervision of the SFCM string instrument collection. Send weekly emails about string event announcements to students and faculty. Other various departmental duties as determined by the string faculty chair. (6-8 hours/week)

Faculty contact: Jennifer Culp (

Technology and Applied Composition (TAC) (4) Positions have been filled

TAC departmental assistant responsibilities include but are not limited to: weekly scheduling, emailing, music technology tutoring hours in the lab, assisting teachers, setting up AV needs for TAC classes, concert producing, concert engineering, sheet music copying and preparation, research, prospective student outreach, orientation planning and photography. (2 hours/week/assistant)

Faculty contact: MaryClare Brzytwa (

Voice (2) Positions have been filled

Clerical duties, including photocopying of Voice Department handbook and other materials. Run semi-annual juries/evaluations and two voice department competitions per year. Take attendance at voice master classes and weekly Vocal Performance Lab. (6 hours/week/assistant)

Faculty contact: César Ulloa (

Woodwind Chamber Music Position has been filled

Assist the Chairman of the Woodwind Department in organizing woodwind chamber groups at the beginning of the semester, act as liaison between groups and coaches, and organize concerts. Attend all woodwind chamber music concerts. Approximately 5 hours per week, with more hours required at the beginning of the semester and fewer hours toward the end. (5 hours/week)

Faculty contact: Jeff Anderle (

Writing Tutors (3) Positions have been filled

Writing Tutors are part of the Student Academic Enrichment Center. They work with students of all skill levels on academic writing at any stage of the writing process. This process-oriented tutoring might include helping a student outline an essay, revise a complete draft, or develop proof-reading skills. Writing Tutors work with the principles of writing, rather than correcting errors or copy-editing, and must be interested in discussing and teaching the process of writing. Requires excellent English skills. Experience working with non-native English speakers is a plus. (5-10 hours/week)

Faculty contact: Carolyn Bacon (


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Ryan Brown
Associate Dean for Professional Development