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Assistant Professor of Music, Vocal Coaching

Shenandoah University
1460 University Drive, Winchester, Virginia

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Assistant Professor of Music, Vocal Coaching 
Job Location1460 University Drive, Winchester, Virginia
Tracking Code2143-306

About Shenandoah Conservatory: Founded in 1875, Shenandoah Conservatory has an extraordinary legacy of shaping the arts in Virginia and beyond. Located at the head of the beautiful and historic Shenandoah Valley in Winchester, VA, the Conservatory is now home to over 700 students from across the nation and globe enrolled in baccalaureate, masters and doctoral curricula in the areas of music, theater, and dance, and includes a distinguished faculty of more than 125, half of whom are full-time. Based on the main campus of Shenandoah University, the Conservatory is within easy driving distance of Washington, DC and is easily accessible internationally via Dulles International Airport. As a visionary and collaborative arts community, Shenandoah Conservatory educates motivated students in a supportive and inclusive environment and equips them for professional success.

About the Vocal/Choral Department: Led by 7 full-time and 13 part- time faculty, the Conservatory’s Vocal/Choral Division oversees an exceptional array of programs. The Conservatory’s Choral Program includes a Grammy®-award winning choir with extensive international touring experience and work with premier conductors. The Conservatory’s Opera Training includes one mainstage production and Opera Up Close, a black box theater production each year. Shenandoah Conservatory has a distinguished and leading association with voice pedagogy and was the country’s first institution to offer a master of music in Contemporary Commercial Music (CCM) Voice Pedagogy. The summer CCM Vocal Pedagogy Institute has attracted more than 1,000 voice teachers since its inception, making the Conservatory the go-to center for CCM training both nationally and worldwide. Ranked among the best in the nation, the Conservatory’s Musical Theatre program has achieved a significant national profile, and is anchored in a robust partnership between the Theatre and Vocal/Choral and Dance divisions. Finally, Voice-Science Research is a central part of the Conservatory’s 21st century outlook, and is fostered by its Voice Research Center that enables the Conservatory to contribute vital data about the voice to peer-reviewed medical and scientific journals worldwide.

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Shenandoah Conservatory is seeking nominations and applications for an exceptional teacher and collaborative pianist passionate about vocal coaching to join the Conservatory’s Vocal/Choral Division. This full-time and career-contract track position begins in August of 2024. The chosen candidate will further strengthen Shenandoah Conservatory's profile and reputation as Virginia’s premiere, inclusive and innovative place of study where musicians from diverse backgrounds develop into dynamic and inspiring performers.

Responsibilities will include:

  1. Applied coaching for students in BM, MM and DMA performance curricula
  2. Teaching diction courses (2 semester sequence: Singer’s Diction I & II)
  3. Remaining responsibilities to be divided between preparation and music direction of opera scenes and/or productions

Other possible teaching assignments are dependent on department or Conservatory needs and candidate qualifications. Contributions to program recruitment as well as Conservatory-wide collaboration are expected.

Required Skills


D.M.A. or equivalent professional experience in a field relevant to vocal and opera coaching. Evidence of coaching experience in a university setting as well as professional companies, festivals and/or young artist programs; working knowledge of language and diction in Italian, French, German and English; thorough knowledge of operatic and art song literature.

How to Apply:

The complete application will include a cover letter, resume, curriculum vitae and contact information for three professional references. The review of applications will begin immediately and continue until a qualified candidate is selected.

Additional materials such as links to teaching videos or course materials may be requested after initial review by the committee.

Shenandoah University is committed to enriching its educational experience and culture through the diversity of its faculty, administration, and staff. All candidates are strongly encouraged to include a statement in their cover letters addressing ways in which they may be able to contribute to that commitment.

**Note: A pre-employment background check will be required and a satisfactory driving record may be required as a condition of hire.

Shenandoah University values the unique and diverse perspectives of individuals and communities locally and globally and seeks to foster mutual understanding in an inviting community where individuals are welcome and respected. The university does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, physical, or mental disability, genetic information, veteran’s status, or on any other basis protected under applicable law.

Salary TypeNot Applicable


We are Shenandoah

Some places radiate special qualities — Shenandoah is one. At Shenandoah lives are illuminated by a love of learning, collaboration, service and a deep, shared history. Its name and location evoke images of legends, natural beauty, exploration, and timelessness. Shenandoah University embraces and reflects its storied valley home, educating students as radiant and warm as mythical lights inspiring Shenandoah’s meaning: “the sons and daughters of the stars.”

This green, fertile, and enchanting land has attracted people for thousands of years, inspiring stories, songs, and lives marked by joy, scholarship, accomplishment, and delight. That legacy remains vibrant to this day, as the leader of the future call upon the rich echoes of the past for inspiration.

We are all part of this timeless story. We are Shenandoah.


Mission & Vision Statements

Shenandoah University educates and inspires individuals to be critical, reflective thinkers; lifelong learners; and ethical, compassionate citizens who are committed to making responsible contributions within a community, a nation and the world.

Shenandoah University will be nationally recognized for forward thinking programs that produce competitive and purposeful graduates.


Shenandoah's History

Dayton, Virginia was Shenandoah’s home for 85 years. In 1875, the university was founded there as Shenandoah High School. Over the next 85 years, the institution changed names six times but always kept “Shenandoah” as part of its name. In 1946, the school nearly closed due to financial concerns. Rather than closing the school, university president Dr. Forrest S. Racey oversaw the move to Winchester. The last classes in Dayton began in the fall of 1959 with an enrollment of 159 students. Shenandoah opened its doors in Winchester in September 1960.


In Winchester, the school began to thrive and, in 1991, became Shenandoah University. 


The Shenandoah of Today


The university now spans 5 locations: 

Shenandoah offers over 150 academic programs for undergraduate and graduate students across seven schools:

Join a university community that brings high energy to learning and activities on and off campus. With 21 men’s and women’s athletics teams and more than 90 clubs and organizations, jump into life on a vibrant campus. Countless international programs expose our students, staff, and faculty to the world and teach them to become global citizens.



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