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Combining learning and teaching has never been easier.

As a full-time student pursuing a graduate 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 $17/hour, and last through the academic year (September-May).

Apply here for 2022-23 positions by April 8, 2022.

The application asks for your cover letter and resume. The Writing Tutor applications ask for a writing sample.

Brass (1)

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 (1)

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 (

Collaborative Piano (1)

Act as liaison between chair, student pianists, instrumentalists and singers. Assist in organizing and communicating to pairs in classes. Provide administrative support with in-class performance schedule, class setups, and music uploads. Organize collaborative piano recitals logistics and program. Note: This position is only open to Collaborative Piano graduate students. (2 hours/week)

Faculty contact: Timothy Bach (

Composition (1)

Provide clerical assistance to the Composition Department as needed. Note: This position is only open to returning Composition students. (6 hours/week)

Faculty contact: David Conte (

Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) (4)

There are 4 Graduate Assistants for the department of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion.  Each assistant will be tasked with the scheduling, organizing, and facilitating of events sponsored and/or cosponsored by the Office of DEI.  SFCM affinity groups such as Black Student Union (BSU), Pride Network, and Latinx Club may also be areas in which assistants may provide support.  Assistants may also work closely with Student Affairs in capacities which build community supporting diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging.  Lastly, assistants will meet regularly and report directly to Dean Hainsworth regarding the aforementioned topics as well as their general impressions of issues related to DEI at SFCM. (10 hours/week/assistant)

Faculty contact: Jason Hainsworth (

Ensemble (2)

The Ensemble Graduate Assistants work closely with the Ensemble staff and Music Director, providing administrative support with rehearsal setups, attendance, and the ensemble library. The incumbents will serve as liaisons between Ensemble faculty, staff, student workers, and students. Applicants should possess proficiency in Google Apps and strong organizational and communication skills. A background in orchestral performance or conducting is preferred but not required. The graduate assistant(s) reports to the Manager of Ensemble Operations and Assistant Ensemble Manager.

Responsibilities include:

  • Manage Large Ensemble rehearsals and performances, including overseeing and observing rehearsals by taking attendance and enforcing rehearsal schedule and breaks
  • Assist Large Ensemble staff with the following rehearsal duties: directing student setup crew; setting folders on stands according to the stage plots; creating and editing stage plots as needed
  • Maintenance of outward-facing Large Ensemble rehearsal schedules viewable to SFCM community
  • Assist with creating programs for all Large Ensemble performances
  • Oversee score reading duties for live-streamed Large Ensemble performances
  • Other administrative duties as needed

(6-10 hours/week)

Staff contacts: Abbey Springer ( and Sydney Apel (

Guitar (1)

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. This position is only open to returning Graduate students. Note: This position is only open to students who have been in the SFCM guitar department for at least one year. (6-8 hours/week)

Faculty contact: David Tanenbaum (

Historical Performance / Baroque Ensemble (1)

Assist the directors of the baroque ensemble and historical performance faculty in baroque ensemble preparation as well as other historical performance courses. . Provide clerical assistance, communicate with students, and assist with preparation of scores and parts. Applicants must play an instrument that participates in the baroque orchestra as participation in baroque ensemble is a requirement for this position.(2-4 hours/week)

Faculty contact: Corey Jamason (

Historical Performance / Baroque Ensemble - Harpsichord Tuner (1)

Act as the harpsichord tuner for the Historical Performances program. This position can be combined with the regular Historical Performance/Baroque Ensemble position. Experience tuning is a requirement to be considered. Applicants are generally historical performance keyboard majors and/or have previous experience tuning historical temperaments. (2-3 hours/week)

Faculty contact: Corey Jamason (

Humanities and Sciences (1)

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. (20 hours/week/assistant)

Faculty contact: Nikolaus Hohmann (

Music History and Literature (MHL) (3-4 positions, 2-3 openings)

Three out of four graduate teaching assistants will prepare and lead weekly discussion sessions for MHL 202 and/or 203, the first two semesters of the undergraduate music history survey, as well as tutor students in these courses and attend the lecture classes led by the professors. One assistant will attend lectures and tutor students in MHL 204, the third semester of the undergraduate music history survey. Additional support may include attending lecture for MHL 602 or MHL 603, our graduate refresher courses, tutoring students in those courses, and assisting with grading for those classes. All graduate assistants will assist faculty in grading assignments, quizzes, and exams, and by coordinating printed and audio materials as needed. Finally, in the fall and spring, graduate assistants will administer graduate music history placement examinations. These positions require excellent English and musicianship skills, a solid background and interest in music history, the ability to communicate clearly and promptly, organizational skills, and strong training in critical thinking. (3-4 positions, with 1-2 positions open)

Faculty contact: Rachel Vandagriff (

Musicianship and Music Theory (1) 

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. (6-7 hours/week)

Faculty contacts: Scott Foglesong (

Opera and Musical Theater (2)

The Opera and Musical Theater Graduate Assistants provide services to the program in aspects related to day-to-day administration and production management. Attention to detail and excellent written and verbal communication skills are critical. Basic knowledge of Microsoft Word and PowerPoint is required. Graduate Assistants must also have some knowledge of or willingness to learn furniture assembly and other basic technical skills. The position may require lifting of heavy objets. Duties are divided among the three graduate assistants, depending on availability and include, but are not limited to, the following:

Scan, photocopy, cloud storage and distribution of musical scores to students, faculty and production teams.

Organize storage for props, costumes, set dressing and furniture. Coordinate and transport any items needed for rehearsal and performances and between the various performance and storage locations.

Organize orchestral parts and mail them back to publisher.

Act as stage manager or assistant stage manager, if required.

Manage and supervise student stage crew for rehearsals and performances.

Act as light-walker during technical rehearsals, if needed.

When required, distribute relevant information to students, including announcements, opportunities, etc.

Assist the Opera Production Manager and Costume Coordinator with obtaining headshot and measurement for all students involved in a production.

When appropriate, create or edit supertitles script or act as supertitles caller.

(4-6 hours/week during non-production periods; up to 15 or more hrs/week during production. We will work with each Graduate Assistant to find the most suitable hours within the week but it is expected that each one will be to commit to at least four dedicated, scheduled hours each week)

Faculty contact: Heather Mathews (

Percussion (2)

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 (2)

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 12 hours per week with possibility for more hours during guest residencies and recital season. (12 hours/week)

Faculty contact: Yoshikazu Nagai (

Strings (1)

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) Position has been filled

TAC department 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: Taurin Barrera (

Voice (1)

Graduate assistants will provide clerical and organizational support for the voice department.  Duties will include monitoring and updating the voice student roster, taking attendance for Vocal Performance Lab and other class related activities including departmental recitals and masterclasses, and formatting programs for departmental events. Assistants will also provide support and prepare forms for recital previews, evaluations, juries and voice auditions.  Additional duties will include maintaining the department website, sending a weekly email with announcements to the faculty and students, and helping to facilitate intra-departmental communication. (6-10 hours/week/assistant)

Faculty contact: César Ulloa (

Woodwind Chamber Music (1) 

Graduate assistant will provide organizational support for the Woodwind Department including the chamber music class and departmental events. Tasks include scheduling, librarian duties, and taking attendance at all woodwind concerts and masterclasses. In addition, the GA will create programs for concerts and maintain an internal website with various resources for woodwind students. (5 hours/week)

Faculty contact: Jeff Anderle (


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Kristen Klehr
Director of Professional Development and Engagement Center