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Lecturer in Vocal Studies - Stanford University

This is a Permanent, Full-time position.

Category: College/University
State/Province (or you can select Remote): Stanford, CA
Position: Lecturer in Vocal Studies
Deadline: March 5, 2024
Posted: February 2, 2024

Job Description / Duties

The Department of Music at Stanford University invites applicants for the position of Lecturer in Vocal Studies, beginning on September 1, 2024. This is a full-time (100% FTE) Lecturer position with full benefits.

The ideal candidate for this position is a dynamic and creative colleague with strong communication and interpersonal skills. They should have a proven track record in teaching both individual lessons and group classes to students from diverse backgrounds and academic disciplines. Additionally, the candidate should demonstrate success in performance, thrive in a collaborative and challenging liberal arts environment, and actively contribute to a campus community that values cultural diversity and promotes multicultural understanding.

Primary Duties & Responsibilities
• Teach weekly studio voice lessons at the intermediate and advanced levels to music majors, minors, and non-majors, as well as lead voice classes accommodating a wide spectrum of student experience and ability
• Instruct courses aligned with the appointee's qualifications and departmental needs, potentially including Vocal Pedagogy, Vocal Literature, Diction, and Stage Direction
• Participate in assessment of vocal studio juries each quarter
• Serve on student capstone recital juries
• Participate in the weekly applied students’ studio voice class
• Evaluate audition materials from students seeking admission to Stanford
• Maintain an active presence within the department by attending on-campus performances and actively participating in events such as concerts, faculty recitals, and other student and faculty gatherings
• Participate on the Performance Committee, attend music department faculty meetings, and serve on committees as needed
• If interested and qualified, take on the responsibility of directing the annual departmental musical production; although a specific interest in stage directing is not mandatory for this position
• Collaborate effectively with faculty colleagues and contribute to the long-term goals of the vocal program
• Fully engage with Stanford’s scholarly and entrepreneurial environment

Qualifications / Required Skills

Qualifications/Required Skills
• Master's degree or equivalent professional experience in teaching and/or performing, comparable to a terminal degree
• Proven track record of teaching voice in an accredited higher education institution or a professional setting
• Enthusiastic commitment to instructing private lessons and group voice classes to a varied student body, spanning various academic disciplines, experience levels, and abilities
• Demonstration of a clear and engaging teaching style that encourages technically sound, healthy, stylistically informed, and expressive singing
• Evidence of expertise and significant teaching experience in both classical and non-classical vocal techniques and styles, including music theater, CCM, jazz, etc.
• Documented success in teaching students of diverse backgrounds at both undergraduate and graduate levels
• Demonstrates energy and positivity in interactions, contributing to a highly collaborative and collegial environment
• Commitment to building and nurturing a strong and connected vocal community among students and faculty
• Familiarity with languages generally encountered in the vocal and choral literature
• Excellent interpersonal and communication skills
• High organizational skills
• Professional distinction with documented success as a singer

Additional Information

The Department of Music, the School of Humanities & Sciences, and Stanford University value faculty who will foster an inclusive academic environment for colleagues, students, and staff with a wide range of backgrounds and outlooks. Information about Stanford’s IDEAL Initiative may be found at

Salary: The starting salary for this position is $88,000 - $96,700 for 2023-24.

Contact Information

Application Instructions
For full consideration, please submit the following materials in PDF format by March 5, 2024, to Bryan Hardester, Director of Finance and Operations at

• Cover letter
• Curriculum Vitae
• One-page teaching philosophy statement
• The names and contact information of three professional references
• A 10–15 minute video recording of the candidate teaching a voice lesson or masterclass
• 10-15 minutes of audio or video recordings of solo vocal performances by the candidate in contrasting styles

Employer Profile

Stanford University, globally recognized for its academic excellence, houses the Department of Music within the School of Humanities and Sciences. This department serves both undergraduate and graduate students, bridging the gap between music performance and scholarly research. It encompasses a wide range of disciplines, including composition, conducting, performance, music history, ethnomusicology, music theory, cognitive science, intermedia, and computer-based technologies. Specifically, the Vocal Program at Stanford University is vibrant and robust, offering diverse opportunities for students interested in vocal study and performances. Every quarter, over 100 students engage in private lessons and group voice classes. Students have the option to pursue a major or minor in music with a concentration in vocal performance.