Hong Kong Academy of Performing Arts


In a city renowned for its international outlook and connectivity, the Hong Kong Academy of Performing Arts plays a unique and influential role in the development of future generations of performing artists, including performers, practitioners, designers and technicians. The Academy’s six schools: Chinese opera, dance, theater, film and television, music and theater, and performing arts create a vibrant center of practice, production, teaching and practice as research. Its exceptional reputation is reinforced by the quality of its performers and its partnerships with other local, regional and international centers of excellence. With international residencies, guest artists and alumni, including some of the most respected professionals in their disciplines, the Academy is committed to training future world-class performers and practitioners.

The Academy’s School of Music offers full-time full-time degree programs at the MMus level, as well as its highly successful Junior Music Program – comparable to “junior schools” at other leading conservatories. In keeping with its status as a conservatory, the school’s philosophy is performance-centric and reflects Hong Kong’s unique cultural mix, with an emphasis on Western and Chinese traditions. The school includes the departments of Strings, Keyboard, Voice, Woodwinds / Brass / Percussion (‘WBP’), Composition, Conducting and Cultural Leadership, University Studies, Music junior and Chinese music.

The Dean will be a leading practitioner and / or scholar of the performing arts, who will build on the strengths and recent developments of the School of Music, lead the implementation of the global vision and future growth and the academic development of the School, working in close collaboration with senior executives. promote innovative improvements in the delivery of performing arts education, with particular emphasis on the unique strengths of the Academy, including its location in a vibrant and diverse cultural metropolis, and its emphasis on interdisciplinary collaboration and original creativity. The Dean will also play an important role in the development of local, regional and international partnerships, building on existing strengths and developing new areas that support the overall growth and positioning of the School.

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

The person

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

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

(b) A strong history of teaching and academic achievement, preferably including experience supervising doctoral candidates.

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

(d) Successful experience of leadership within an educational institution or similar organization based on the performing arts, including evidence of innovative approaches to management and program development.

(e) Strong knowledge of trends and developments in performing arts education, as well as a thorough understanding of its role in the context of the performing arts and conservatories.

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

(g) High level interpersonal and communication skills.

(h) Evidence of positive results in establishing productive partnerships between higher education institutions, industry and community groups.

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


The appointment will be made on a renewable four-year contract with a 15% end-of-contract tip. Social benefits include vacation, medical and dental benefits. Housing assistance will be paid to the eligible person. The current standard rate of income tax in Hong Kong is 15%.


To apply, please complete an application form (click here) and submit it along with a cover letter, curriculum vitae and copies of university degrees, at Human Resources Office, The Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts, No.1 Gloucester Road, Wanchai, Hong Kong, or by email ([email protected]) no later than February 5, 2022. Please quote the reference code ‘Dn (M)‘in the application form. Information is also available on the Academy’s website

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