Graduate assistantships, known around UA as GTAs, can be substantial form of support. Most positions are .25 (quarter-time) appointments involving commitment of about ten hours per week. GA stipends and benefits are adjusted annually and include the following benefits:

  • 100% waiver of out-of-state tuition
  • 50% waiver of in-state tuition
  • Stipend (in the $6,000–$7,000 range)
  • Individual health insurance
  • 10% discount at the ASUA Bookstore

For an overview of GTA policies, be sure to see the Graduate Handbook & GTA Handbook.

Choral Department Assistantships

Choral Administrator


The Choral Administrative GTA aids in the logistical management of the UA Choral Department, and its interaction with other departments and collaborators in the Fred Fox School of Music and community. This person works closely with the choral faculty, as well as the publicity and administrative offices of the School of Music, to assist in the following:

  • Organization of ensemble concerts and graduate student recitals, including program formatting, press releases, communication of technical needs, and coordination with the ensemble managers
  • Coordination, in conjunction with the choral faculty, of Choral Department events, masterclasses, visiting artists, etc.
  • Organization of Holiday Card to Tucson event, including seat requests, payment processing, management of venue, communication with patrons, etc.
  • Recruitment and communication with incoming students, including assistance with freshman orientation, graduate audition days, and choral placement hearings

Benefits of the position include the following:

  • In-depth, hands-on knowledge of the practical aspects of the choral department
  • Close working relationship with the choral faculty and administrative staff
  • Communication and networking with visiting guests
  • Placement as the Graduate Assistant for Arizona Choir, U of A's graduate-level choral ensemble, with podium time in sectional and large group rehearsals

Choral Librarian

The choral librarian is responsible for:

  • the distribution and collection of scores from the Choral Library to university conductors. The music is distributed in individual packets. The librarian is responsible for the accountability of each musician to return the music through communication with the musician's conductor.
  • the legal copying of music, either public domain or digital licences
  • cataloging new music when received
  • processing, shipping requests to borrow music from non-UA entities
  • maintaining and updating the library catalog and checking accuracy of records
  • updating the lending records
  • the repair or replacement of damaged scores

Collegium Musicum Graduate Teaching Assistant

The University of Arizona Collegium Musicum is a 35-voice mixed ensemble made up of students and community members, which specializes in choral repertoire pre-1750. Weekly rehearsals are on Monday nights, from 6:30pm-8:30pm in room 232. The conductor’s responsibilities include:

  • Selecting repertoire for 2 concert programs per year: one in the fall semester, and one in the spring
  • Conducting weekly rehearsals in preparation for concerts
  • Selecting and hiring instrumentalists if desired/needed (There is no budget for this, other arrangements must be made)
  • Obtain scores (and parts) for ensemble and instrumentalists
  • Fill out appropriate recital and technical forms at least 30 days prior to concert date
  • Compile program information (program notes/translations/rosters) in collaboration with Ingvi Kallen

University Community Chorus Graduate Teaching Assistantship

The graduate teaching assistant has the role of assistant conductor for the University Community Chorus (UCC). This University Community Chorus is a self-sustaining and vital choral ensemble in the Fred Fox School of Music. Its mission embraces the musical function of the group, as well as educational and outreach components. This ensemble welcomes community members to join as well as students, faculty, and staff. The UCC presents at least 3 performances each year and these performances are intended to enrich the cultural environment of the greater Tucson area.

The GTA is expected to:

  • Help with registration (Fall/Spring)
  • Organize the rehearsal space and prepare music for members
  • Communicate with members
  • Assist in preparation of concerts
  • Rehearse and conduct at least one piece on each concert

Benefits of the position include:

  • Experience conducting an orchestra
  • The opportunity working with a large, mixed voice ensemble
  • Knowledge of the practical aspects of management of a large ensemble

External Assistantships

Green Valley Community Chorus

This GTA serves as the music director of the Green Valley Community Chorus. The tenure is understood to be two years. Rehearsals are Mondays from 1:30–4:00 p.m. and additional rehearsals may be scheduled on specified Fridays prior to each concert. Rehearsals scheduled at Valley Presbyterian Church are 1:15–3:45 p.m. Music is selected from the chorus’s library or purchased within a specified budget, and is chosen in consultation with a committee from the chorus. Membership is by audition and the Music Director auditions prospective members. The music director is expected to attend meetings of the Chorus Board of Directors.

Northminster Presbyterian Church

The graduate assistant at Northminster Presbyterian Church is responsible for conducting the Chancel Choir and the Women’s Chorus, and assisting with the Children’s Chorus. Weekly obligations include Thursday evening rehearsals and Sunday morning services with infrequent Saturday workshops and Sunday evensongs. The graduate student is in charge of rehearsing and preparing the Chancel Choir to participate in worship every week, and preparing the Women’s Chorus to sing at worship once per month. The student is also responsible for accompanying the Children’s Chorus every Sunday at rehearsal and once a month in worship. In this role, the graduate student works closely with Dr. John Brobeck, Director of Music Ministry at the church. Dr. Brobeck works with the graduate student to program for the church calendar. Every semester the Chancel Choir has a retreat that is run by the graduate assistant to work towards a major performance around Christmas and Easter. Suggested pre-requisites: experience working in a church setting, piano or organ proficiency, and communication and leadership skills required to work within the structure of the church.

Tuscon Arizona Boys Chorus (TABC)

The graduate student with this assistantship assumes the role of Assistant Conductor for the TABC. This position occupies four afternoons in a typical week with some obligations on additional days as well, especially at performance time. Duties include leading rehearsals each week with the three ensembles that feed into the Touring Choir - the Cadets, Training Chorus, and TowneSingers. The assistant's fourth day of the week is with Vail Voices, one of the organization's Neighborhood Choirs. Additional responsibilities include monitoring the boys’ progress and discipline in rehearsals, corresponding with the administrative team on instructional needs, goals, incentive programs, and behavior modifications when necessary, and adapting rehearsals/lessons to be in line with the overall mission and desired learning outcomes of the organization. Choice of repertoire for each group initially falls on the artistic director, Julian Ackerley, but as the season progresses, the assistant director has a bigger hand in selecting music for the ensembles. The GTA is expected to conduct each of the assigned ensembles in several concerts throughout the year. The repertoire is split up in concerts so that Dr. Ackerley conducts at least one piece with each ensemble in addition to conducting the Touring Choir. Special opportunities for the assistant include conducting a piece with the Touring Choir at the Holiday Card to Tucson concerts, and preparing the TowneSingers for their appearance in the MLK Parade. Suggested pre-requisites: experience working with young ensembles, some piano proficiency, and comfort with integrating solfege into instruction.