Dean of the School of Music

Hong Kong (HK)
07 Jan 2022
End of advertisement period
05 Feb 2022
Contract Type
Full Time

The Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts


In a city renowned for its international outlook and connectivity, The Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts plays a unique and influential role in developing future generations of performing artists that include performers, practitioners, designers and technicians. The Academy’s six Schools: Chinese Opera, Dance, Drama, Film & Television, Music, and Theatre & Entertainment Arts create a vibrant centre of practice, production, teaching and practice-as-research. Its outstanding reputation is reinforced by the quality of its performers and its partnerships with other centres of excellence locally, regionally and internationally. With international residencies, visiting artists and alumni, which include some of the most respected professionals in their disciplines, the Academy is committed to the training of future world-class performers and practitioners.

The School of Music at the Academy offers comprehensive full-time programmes from Diploma to MMus level, together with its highly successful Junior Music Programme - comparable to the ‘Junior Schools’ of other top-ranking conservatoires. In keeping with its conservatoire status, the School’s philosophy is centred on performance, and reflects the unique cultural mix of Hong Kong, with emphasis on both Western and Chinese traditions. The School comprises the Departments of Strings, Keyboard, Voice, Woodwind/Brass/Percussion (‘WBP’), Composition, Conducting and Cultural Leadership, Academic Studies, Junior Music and Chinese Music.

The Dean will be a significant performing arts practitioner and/or scholar, who will build on recent strengths and developments of the School of music, leading the implementation of the overall vision and future growth and academic development of the School, working closely with senior staff to promote innovative enhancements in the delivery of performing arts education, with a particular focus on the Academy’s unique strengths, including its location in a dynamic and diverse cultural metropolis, and its focus on interdisciplinary collaboration and original creativity. The Dean will also play an important role in the development of local, regional and international partnerships, building upon existing strengths and developing new areas that support the overall growth and positioning of the School.

Subject to negotiation, the preferred commencement date is August/September 2022.

The Person

The successful candidate should have a track record as a leading expert in the field of music and performance, including the following attributes:

(a)        Strong academic and/or professional background in music or a music-related field, preferably with knowledge of practice-as-research.

(b)        Strong track record of teaching and scholarly achievement, preferably including experience supervising doctoral candidates.

(c)        Significant accomplishments in academic, artistic and administrative fields.

(d)        A successful track record of leadership within an educational institution or similar performing arts based organisation, including evidence of innovative approaches to programme management and development.

(e)        Solid knowledge of trends and developments in performing arts education, as well as an in-depth understanding of its role within a performing arts and conservatoire context.

(f)         A strong vision for the School and its future development, alongside the Academy’s other schools and in line with the Academy’s strategic vision.

(g)        High-level interpersonal and communication skills.

(h)        Evidence of successful outcomes in building productive partnerships among tertiary institutions, industry, and community groups.

(i)         A willingness and enthusiasm to embrace, lead and manage change.


Appointment will be made on a four-year renewable contract with 15% end of contract gratuity. Fringe benefits include leave, medical, and dental benefits. Housing subsidy will be provided to the eligible appointee. The current standard rate of income tax in Hong Kong is 15%.


To apply, please complete an Application Form (click here) and submit together with a covering letter, curriculum vitae and copies of academic qualifications, to the Human Resources Office, The Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts, No.1 Gloucester Road, Wanchai, Hong Kong, or email ( on or before 5 February 2022. Please quote reference code 'Dn(M)' in the Application Form.  Information is also available on the Academy’s website

HKAPA is an equal opportunity employer.

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