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Assistant Professor, Soprano Voice. Tenure Track - University of Massachusetts Amherst Department of Music and Dance

This is a Permanent, Full-time position.

Category: College/University
State/Province: Amherst, MA
Position: Assistant Professor, Soprano Voice. Tenure Track
Deadline: November 17, 2014
Posted: October 24, 2014

Job Description / Duties

The Department of Music and Dance
University of Massachusetts Amherst

Announces a Faculty Position in:


Position: Assistant Professor, Soprano Voice. Tenure track

Salary: Commensurate with Assistant Professor rank

Qualifications: Doctorate preferred, master’s degree required; equivalent professional experience considered. The successful candidate will have the potential for or an already established national reputation as a soprano and will demonstrate evidence of excellence in teaching as well as a high potential for recruiting at the university level. The candidate must also have the ability to work effectively with the department’s choral ensembles.

Responsibilities: Teach applied voice lessons to undergraduate and graduate music majors and minors. Additional teaching responsibilities may include diction, vocal technique class for music education majors, and/or team teaching opera workshop. Assignment will depend on the candidate’s areas of expertise and the needs of the department. Maintain regional and national visibility as a performer/pedagogue as part of professional development. Participate in on-campus faculty performances. Advise undergraduate and graduate students, participate in auditions, serve on committees, and perform other university and professional service as appropriate. Applicant must be willing and available to address responsibilities during the regular work week and on weekends, as needed. Recruiting activities may include visiting secondary schools, offering workshops, participating in summer programs, and adjudicating. Position begins September 1, 2015.

To apply submit a cover letter and curriculum vitae uploaded to:

Applicants should submit current video examples of their singing. The committee strongly prefers applicants to submit their video through YouTube. The URL and date(s) of performance excerpts should be included in the Cover Letter. A DVD format would be acceptable but must be mailed to the below address.

In addition, applicants must send three current letters of recommendation with reference contact information (email and phone number) to:
Tony Thornton, Chair, Voice Search Committee, Department of Music & Dance, Fine Arts Center, University of Massachusetts, Amherst, MA 01003-9330

Additional supporting materials may be requested from finalists. Application materials will not be returned.

Applicants should apply by the priority deadline of November 17, 2014 in order to ensure consideration.

We are seeking talented applicants qualified for an assistant professor position. Under exceptional circumstances, highly qualified candidates at other ranks may receive consideration.

The university is committed to active recruitment of a diverse faculty and student body. The University of Massachusetts Amherst is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer of women, minorities, protected veterans, and individuals with disabilities and encourages applications from these and other protected group members. Because broad diversity is essential to an inclusive climate and critical to the University’s goals of achieving excellence in all areas, we will holistically assess the many qualifications of each applicant and favorably consider an individual’s record working with students and colleagues with broadly diverse perspectives, experiences, and backgrounds in educational, research or other work activities. We will also favorably consider experience overcoming or helping others overcome barriers to an academic degree and career.

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Contact Information

Tony Thornton, Chair, Voice Search Committee, Department of Music & Dance, Fine Arts Center, University of Massachusetts, Amherst, MA 01003-9330

Employer Profile

The UMass Amherst Department of Music & Dance:
• Provides over 200 performance and concert opportunities, 17 instrumental ensembles, 6 vocal ensembles, and student solo and studio recital series.

• Is an accredited institutional member of the National Association of Schools of Music. UMass Amherst is accredited by the New England Association of Universities and Colleges.

• Includes: 275 undergraduate and 71 graduate students.

• Offers Bachelor of Arts in Music; Bachelor of Music; Master of Music; and Doctor of Philosophy in Music.

UMass Amherst, the University:
• The Flagship campus of the University of Massachusetts system.

• A 1,450-acre campus nestled in the scenic Pioneer Valley of Western Massachusetts, located 175 miles northeast of New York City and 90 miles west of Boston. The New York Times called Amherst one of the nation's "Ten Best College Towns."

• Includes 25,600 students and 1,169 faculty in 10 schools and colleges offering 93 undergraduate majors, 73 masters programs and 51 doctoral programs.