Assistant Professor-Opera/Voice Area

Morgantown, West Virginia
Salary commensurate with background and experience. Rank will be at the Assistant Professor level.
Sep 25, 2017
Position Type
Tenured & Tenure-Track
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

WEST VIRGINIA UNIVERSITY School of Music is now accepting applications for an Assistant Professor in the Opera/Voice Area, full-time, tenure-track appointment to begin fall of 2018.

RESPONSIBILITIES: The successful candidate will be responsible for

  • musical preparation and conducting of the opera & opera scenes productions
  • musical preparation and conducting of collaborations with the School of Theatre & Dance
  • undergraduate and graduate vocal repertoire classes
  • voice coaching
  • conducting the instrumental ensembles needed for productions
  • participation in the academic activities of the school
  • promotion on behalf of the School of Music and School of Theatre & Dance through on-campus productions as well as off-campus activities.
  • additional teaching assignments as required based on the experience and expertise of the successful candidate and program needs
  • other duties as assigned by the Director of the School of Music

QUALIFICATIONS: The ideal candidate:

  • must have a master’s degree or international credential (required)
  • has a record of excellence in coaching singers and conducting for staged performances at collegiate and/or professional levels
  • has proficiency in English, Italian, French, and German
  • is current with contemporary trends in opera and musical theatre styles
  • maintains an active creative, research, and service agenda at the local, state/regional, and national levels
  • has a consistent record of excellence in the preparation and conducting of music performance
  • is a proficient collaborative pianist
  • has 2 years experience in voice coaching in collegiate and/or professional venues
  • maintains an active role in professional organizations at the state and national levels and is an involved and effective colleague
  • demonstrate exemplary communication skills, collegiality, and the ability to contribute to the intellectual and cultural life of the University

APPOINTMENT: Assistant Professor of Music tenure-track appointment. Full-time, 9-month, tenure-track appointment, effective August 10, 2018.

DEADLINE: Review of applications will begin October 27, 2017. The search will remain open until the position is filled.

APPLICATION: Apply online at

To be considered, applications must include:

  • A letter of application that includes internet links to unedited digital videos of a coaching session, and of conducting recorded within the past two years
  • a curriculum vitae
  • five references who may be contacted (include names, mailing addresses, telephone numbers, and email addresses).

THE SCHOOL OF MUSIC ( brings together musicians and scholars from across the nation and the world in a vibrant musical community that is dedicated to fostering excellence, creativity, and innovation in the arts and humanities. It is the flagship music institution in the state, located about an hour’s drive from Pittsburgh and about three hours by car from Baltimore or Washington, D.C. Of the almost 735 majors in the College of Creative Arts, 273 are in the School of Music. Housed in the multi- million dollar Creative Arts Center, the School of Music comprises 40 full-time and 21 part-time faculty, and is the only fully-accredited music unit in the state of West Virginia that offers BA, BM, MM, MA, DMA, and PhD degree programs in music. Music faculty members can benefit from an active program of professional development and travel grants sponsored by WVU and by the College of Creative Arts. The School of Music is accredited by the National Association of Schools of Music, and the music education program is accredited by the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation and the West Virginia Department of Education.

THE COLLEGE OF CREATIVE ARTS ( is one of 15 colleges within the university, includes the Schools of Music, Theatre & Dance, and Art & Design, and offers the state’s premiere training in the visual and performing arts. Each of these units has a national profile of excellence and all programs are nationally accredited (NASM, NAST, and NASAD). The College of Creative Arts is housed in WVU’s Creative Arts Center and has more than 70 full-time faculty and 20 professional staff whose mission is to educate succeeding generations of artists, teachers, and scholars through an experiential student-centered approach to learning. The College advocates the Arts as a medium through which the diversity of human experience is understood and valued. Exemplifying excellence and innovation in performance, exhibition, scholarship, and creative research, the College offers artistic and cultural opportunities for the citizens of West Virginia and the regional community.

WEST VIRGINIA UNIVERSITY ( is classified as an R1 or Highest Research Activity institution, and is the state’s only comprehensive doctoral-granting, land grant institution. WVU has a current enrollment of approximately 28,000 undergraduate and 5,500 graduate students enrolled in more than 184 graduate and undergraduate programs. The university community is committed to student- centered priorities, academic excellence, research, creative activity and service to the state. The city of Morgantown has 55,000 residents and has been ranked as the “#1 Small City in America,” the “Best Small City in the East,” and the “3rd Best Small Town” in the nation. Boasting a strong economy and an unemployment rate well below the national average, the area also offers a wide variety of cultural and recreational activities. West Virginia University has created a dual career program to help faculty partners or spouses find employment in and around the university ( West Virginia University is an affirmative action, equal opportunity employer. Women, minorities, individuals with disabilities and veterans are especially encouraged to apply.