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The Harold D. and Imogene Herndon Professorship in Music (Piano)

Application Deadline:

December 1, 2022

Position Details:

This full-time faculty position is on campus and in person.

The position seeks applications from qualified candidates for an endowed, full-time, tenure-track position in applied piano performance. The appointed candidate will contribute to TCU’s exceptional and long-standing piano tradition by maintaining a high-quality studio through private piano instruction at the undergraduate, graduate, and artist diploma levels; continue/expand professional performance to achieve national and international visibility; and actively recruit piano students of outstanding caliber at all levels of study. Local internationally recognized activities such as The Cliburn and PianoTexas provide exceptional opportunities for collaborative growth and impact, and the successful candidate will be encouraged to play a significant role in the future of PianoTexas.

As TCU follows the teacher-scholar model, the successful candidate appointed to this endowed position should be able to demonstrate an impact in scholarship and teaching, and would be expected to bring national recognition to the College of Fine Arts such that their work elevates the profile and reputation of the College and the School of Music. This endowed position comes with financial support above and beyond the salary, for use in research and/or professional activities.

Additional responsibilities include participating in departmental activities, including solo and collaborative performing, and other activities appropriate for a faculty member at a major research university, and may include teaching in secondary areas according to the interest of the appointed faculty and the needs of the school as defined by the Director of the School of Music.

Department Details:

The TCU School of Music is a comprehensive program, offering bachelors, masters, doctoral, and artist diploma programs in performance, education, piano pedagogy, composition, conducting, music theory, musicology, and more. With approximately 350 students and over 75 full-time and part-time faculty, the School of Music prides itself on the individualized attention and world-class training and education that students receive while they are here. The School of Music is also home to the recently opened TCU Music Center, featuring state of the art rehearsal spaces for our bands, orchestra, and percussion studio. The building also houses the new Van Cliburn Concert Hall at TCU, a 717-seat venue featuring beautiful architecture and stunning acoustics.

School/College Description:

The TCU College of Fine Arts is home to six units: the School of Art, the School for Classical & Contemporary Dance, the School of Music, the Department of Design, the Department of Fashion Merchandising, and the Department of Theatre. The college offers 33 undergraduate degree programs and 24 advanced degree programs to help prepare the next generation of creative leaders in the arts. Approximately 850 undergraduate students and 120 graduate and professional program students pursue their passions in the TCU College of Fine Arts. These talented students study under renowned professors and guest artists, annually present more than 350 public performances and presentations, and display art and design work in juried exhibitions and competitions, among other creative activities. The college also offers a certificate in Arts Leadership & Entrepreneurship and oversees two on-campus art galleries.

University & Fort Worth Description:


Founded in 1873, Texas Christian University sits on 302 acres nestled in a primarily residential part of Fort Worth, just minutes away from downtown. The University includes seven schools and colleges, in addition to the John V. Roach Honors College and the Burnett School of Medicine.

Currently, TCU enrolls more than 10,200 undergraduates and 1,700 graduate students. Twenty-eight percent of students self-identify as a member of a minority group, five percent are international students, and forty-five percent are from out-of-state. Our students are supported by more than 2,200 faculty and staff. The University has more than 700 full-time faculty members and is a top 100 National University as classified by US News and World Report and has a Carnegie Classification of R2: Doctoral Universities – High Research Activity.

At TCU, diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) are an educational imperative directly tied to the University mission, vision, and strategic plan. Fulfilling TCU’s mission to develop ethical leaders and critical thinkers in a global community depends on the University’s ability to attract and retain students, faculty, and staff from diverse backgrounds. A diverse and inclusive campus leads to innovation, broadened perspective, and understanding—values that are foundational aspects of higher education. For the fourth consecutive year, TCU has earned the Higher Education Excellence in Diversity Award, which highlights ongoing commitment to build a comprehensive DEI strategy that aligns with core values and creates a campus culture where everyone is respected and included.


Like TCU, Fort Worth has the approachable, friendly charm of a smaller town, but offers the amenities, cultural activities, diversity and unique personality of a much larger city. Fort Worth, Texas, is the 13th largest city in the United States with an ever-growing population nearing 1 million. Fort Worth and TCU have grown together in a nearly 150-year relationship. You’ll find that many Horned Frogs remain here after graduation, thanks to the region’s thriving job market. Fort Worth is part of the Dallas-Fort Worth metropolitan area, the fourth largest metropolitan area in the United States, and the number 1 tourist destination in Texas. In 2018, ranked Fort Worth the 7th most affordable city to live and work in the United States and U.S. News and World Report named Fort Worth one of the Best Places to Live. Fort Worth, Dallas and Arlington all rank among the top 25 most diverse cities in the country.

Fort Worth is known for its vast array of cultural, educational and entertainment opportunities. The city boasts three world class art museums—the Kimbell Art Museum, the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth and the Amon Carter Museum of American Art. The Bass Performance Hall is one of the premier performance venues in the country. Concerts, film festivals and other events are held regularly at Sundance Square, Panther Island and Near Southside venues.

Required Application Materials & Application Instructions:

An earned doctorate at the time of appointment is preferred, though equivalent professional experience may be considered. A master’s degree in piano or related area is required. Candidates must demonstrate high-level performing ability and promise for continuing national and international recognition as a performer and teacher. A commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion is expected. Learn more about TCU’s commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion at

Complete applications will include:

• Letter of application;
• Complete vita;
• Statement sharing how the candidate will contribute to diversity, equity, and inclusion efforts at TCU;
• List of 5 professional references;
• Links to video recordings of recent performances and recital programs; and
• Supporting materials of teaching success.

Candidates may be asked to submit additional materials in later stages of the application process.
For full consideration, applications should be received by December 1, 2022.

For more information, contact: Dr. Ann Gipson, Chair of Piano Search Committee,

AA/EEO Statement:

As an AA/EEO employer, TCU recruits, hires, and promotes qualified persons in all job classifications without regard to age, race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, gender expression, national origin, ethnic origin, disability, genetic information, covered veteran status, or any other basis protected by law.

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