Graduate Assistant - Voice Area

Job description

Category:: Graduate Assistant
Department:: Music
Locations:: Fredonia, NY
Posted:: Sep 4, 2020
Closes:: Open Until Filled
Type:: Part-time

About State University of New York at Fredonia:

The State University of New York at Fredonia is a comprehensive, selective, public, residential, liberal arts university located in beautiful Western New York, just minutes from Lake Erie. Founded in 1826, the university is among the most storied in the State University of New York system and is the first in the SUNY system to be awarded the SUNY Shared Governance Award. It is home to a world-renowned School of Music and over 100 degree programs in the liberal arts, natural and social sciences, education, mathematics, and business. Fredonia also features cutting-edge programs in the emerging fields of technology, service, and communication and is consistently ranked among the top public, master's granting universities in the North by U.S. News and World Report.

Fredonia is known for its strong academic programs, attractive architecture and grounds, rich campus life, and commitment to student engagement and success. Students enrolled in advanced degree programs will demonstrate their achievement of the following learning goals/outcomes as part of their degree work:

  • Discipline-Specific Work,
  • Research and Creative Activities,
  • Interdisciplinary Collaboration,
  • Experiential Learning,
  • Professionalism and Ethics,
  • International Awareness and Engagement, and
  • Critical Citizenship and Applied Learning.

Job Description:

The State University of New York at Fredonia invites applications for a Graduate Assistant - Voice Area, pursuing a Master of Music performance degree at SUNY. This is a part-time, FTE 25% Graduate Assistant position in the School of Music.

Fredonia, one of the premiere schools of music in the SUNY system. The School has 650 undergraduate majors, 45 full time faculty, excellent facilities and strong choral, voice, and opera programs. (

The School of Music's numerous dedicated faculty and staff members provide students with engaging and meaningful performance, research and arts outreach and engagement opportunities. We offer the Master of Music Music -Performance as well as the Master of Music - Music Education and Master of Music - Music Education Studies degrees. The Voice Faculty of the SUNY Fredonia School of Music is comprised of a large and professional active body of performers/scholars who share their wide ranging professional connections and scholarly research eagerly with the student body. A graduate assistant assigned to any Voice Faculty member will find an engaging, challenging, and professionally relevant level of training.

Rewards & Benefits

  • Competitive compensation plus benefits including dental and vision coverage (benefit plan eligibility is dependent on FTE; must be 50% or more);
  • Paid leave provisions including sick and holiday leave; impressive educational benefits including tuition-free study plus supplemental tuition aid;
  • A rich array of services, programs and benefits to help employees advance in their career and enhance the quality of their personal life, including professional development programs and services, employee EAP and wellness programs, discounted membership to the on-campus fitness center, and access to the Campus and Community Child Care Center.


Under supervision of the Coordinator of the Voice Area, the Voice Area graduate assistant will work under the mentorship of the primary professor of study in the area of chosen specialty. As references above, these options include:

Opera, Vocal Pedagogy/Voice Science, or Vocal Literature.

Additional assistance will be provided in the areas of:

  • Recruitment
  • Tour coordination
  • Managing choral personnel
  • Rehearsal set-up and tear-down
  • Provide special non curricular opportunities in the areas of vocal health and wellness
  • Know, understand, and follow all university policies.

Work responsibilities will reflect approximately 10 hours each week of each semester of the assistantship. This graduate assistantship is offered for the 2020-2021 academic year, and will be available for a second year based on the candidate's success with the assistantship and with graduate coursework. Candidates who are selected for and accept the assistantship will receive a tuition waiver for 9 credits in-state tuition per academic year for two years plus stipend of $3,350 annually.



  • Pursuing a Master of Music performance degree at SUNY in good standing;
  • Excellent interpersonal skills to work effectively, and in a collegial and professional manner, with students, faculty, and staff;
  • Demonstrated commitment and ability to work with a diverse group of students, faculty, staff and constituents in support of campus and department mission

Additional Information:

Fredonia prides itself on an outstanding workforce. To continually support organizational excellence, the university conducts background screens on applicants.

An Affirmative Action, Equal Opportunity Employer, Fredonia provides for, and promotes, equal opportunity employment, compensation, and other terms and conditions of employment, without discrimination.

Pursuant to University policy, the University is committed to fostering a diverse community of outstanding faculty, staff, and students, as well as ensuring equal educational opportunity, employment, and access to services, programs, and activities, without regard to an individual's race, color, national origin, religion, creed, age, disability, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, familial status, pregnancy, predisposing genetic characteristics, military status, or domestic violence victim status. Employees, students, applicants or other members of the University community (including but not limited to vendors, visitors, and guests) may not be subjected to harassment that is prohibited by law, or treated adversely or retaliated against based upon a protected characteristic.

The University's policy is in accordance with federal and state laws and regulations prohibiting unlawful discrimination and harassment. These laws include the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 as Amended by the Equal Employment Opportunity Act of 1972, and the New York State Human Rights Law. These laws prohibit discrimination and harassment, including sexual harassment and sexual violence.

Pursuant to Executive Order 161, no State entity, as defined by the Executive Order, is permitted to ask, or mandate, in any form, that an applicant for employment provide his or her current compensation, or any prior compensation history, until such time as the applicant is extended a conditional offer of employment with compensation. If such information has been requested from you before such time, please contact the Governor's Office of Employee Relations at (518) 474-6988 or via email at [email protected]

Application Instructions:

This is a part-time, FTE 25% Graduate Assistant position in the School of Music, represented by GSEU.

Interested candidates shall apply and submit the required documents listed below by clicking on the APPLY NOW button.

  • Cover Letter
  • Resume/CV

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Posted: 9/9/2020
Application Due: 10/10/2020
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