Assistant Professor and Opera Stage Director - 9 Month Salaried (College of Music)

Florida State University
Tallahassee, FL

Job Details

Job Title: Assistant Professor and Opera Stage Director - 9 Month Salaried (College of Music)
Location: Tallahassee, FL
Regular/Temporary: Regular
Full/Part Time: Full-Time
Job ID: 56076

The College of Music at Florida State University invites applications for the position of Stage Director of the Florida State Opera, a 9-Month faculty member at the tenure-earning rank of Assistant Professor.

The College of Music at Florida State University is the largest such college in the Southeast and the third largest university-based music program in the nation. The University is situated in Tallahassee; Florida's beautiful, wooded capital city with an area population over 375,000. Located in the Big Bend area of northern Florida, Tallahassee enjoys a mild change of season and proximity to the Gulf of Mexico. With over 90 faculty and 40 support staff, the College offers a range of degrees in music, baccalaureate through the doctorate. We are home to approximately 700 undergraduate and 400 graduate students, who represent nearly every state in the nation and 20 foreign countries.


The successful candidate will select and plan the College's annual opera season in collaboration with the Director of Opera and will be responsible for directing two mainstage productions each academic year, both fully staged with live orchestra. Additionally, the Stage Director will be expected to participate in all aspects of each production to include holding auditions, casting, running staging rehearsals, and scheduling. This position works with opera production staff and crew members to ensure sets, costumes, choreography, and other visual elements are aligned to establish a cohesive performance.

This position serves as the advisor for the MM in Opera Production - Directing degree program and oversees graduate students in Opera Directing through all aspects of our educational opera outreach activities and summer opera productions. The Stage Director also oversees specialized opera workshop courses for both graduate and undergraduate students. Opera faculty are expected to participate in all graduate-level auditions and recital hearing exams and serve on graduate degree committees as required.

This position plays a key role in developing and shaping the trajectory of our opera program. As such, additional teaching, course development, and/or oversight of seminars in related areas may be required depending on the candidates' skills, research interests, and experience. Additional university service or administrative duties may be assigned as appropriate.

The successful candidate will be responsible for recruiting and retaining emerging young artists in the field and should remain actively engaged nationally and internationally as a director and pedagogue; participating in professional service activities appropriate to rank. This includes, but is not limited to, directing productions and participating in conferences, workshops, and other relevant events. The candidate will also be expected to maintain connections in related professional organizations and associations such as National Opera Association and Opera America.


A world-wide leader in the field of voice study, the Florida State University College of Music seeks an experienced stage director who has completed a Doctoral degree in Opera Production (equivalent professional experience substitutable) or a related field. The successful candidate will join our vigorous Voice area where opera plays a central role in the comprehensive development of classical singers in the 21st century. We are especially interested in candidates whose teaching philosophy and artistic vision closely align with the Strategic Vision & Mission of the College of Music.

The ideal candidate will provide evidence of successful collaboration in an academic environment and must have a demonstrated record of professional work related to opera production. As a tenure-track faculty member in a collegial and mutually supportive environment, the candidate will be expected to work in creative collaboration with the voice faculty, Director of Opera, and Director of Orchestras.

An in-depth knowledge of operatic repertoire suitable for both emerging and pre-professional artists, language expertise in French, German, Italian, and Spanish, or other world languages, a deep understanding of the current operatic landscape, and the ability to equip students with the skills necessary to succeed on the professional stage is required.

Contact Info

For technical assistance applying for this position, please contact Jeremy Cope at

Other inquiries may be directed to the search committee chair as follows:

Dr. Marcia Porter, Professor of Voice & Coordinator of Voice and Opera

University Information

One of the nation's elite research universities, Florida State University preserves, expands, and disseminates knowledge in the sciences, technology, arts, humanities, and professions, while embracing a philosophy of learning strongly rooted in the traditions of the liberal arts and critical thinking. Founded in 1851, Florida State University is the oldest continuous site of higher education in Florida. FSU is a community steeped in tradition that fosters research, encourages creativity, and embraces diversity. At FSU, there’s the excitement of being part of a vibrant academic and professional community, surrounded by people whose ideas are shaping tomorrow’s news!

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How To Apply

If qualified and interested in a specific Faculty job opening as advertised, apply to Florida State University at If you are a current FSU employee, apply via myFSU > Self Service.

Applicants are required to complete the online application with all applicable information. Applications must include education details even if attaching a Vita.

Please upload each item below as a separate PDF in the additional documents section of the online application:

A one to two-page cover letter detailing qualifications for this position.
An artistic statement that discusses current activities, vision, and teaching philosophy.
Up-to-date CV. Must include names and contact information for three professional references.

Applicants may be asked to submit letters of reference and a video recording that includes at least one excerpt from a production directed by the applicant along with a teaching sample (master class, staging rehearsal, opera scenes class). Videos should not exceed 25 minutes. Please be prepared to obtain and provide three professional letters of recommendation upon request.


This is a Faculty position.

This position requires successful completion of a criminal history background check.

Appointment will begin August 6, 2024.

While this position is advertised as open until filled, please submit all application materials on or before November 6th, 2023 for priority consideration.

Equal Employment Opportunity

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