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Director of Opera & Opera Studios - Portland State University School of Music & Theater

This is a Permanent, Full-time position.

Category: College/University
State/Province: Portland, OR
Position: Director of Opera & Opera Studios
Deadline: January 15, 2022
Posted: October 21, 2021

Job Description / Duties

The Portland State University School of Music and Theater seeks a full-time tenure track Assistant/Associate Professor to direct PSU’s opera program, teach applied voice, and give lectures in the vocal area. The successful applicant will have a demonstrated track record in performing in and/or producing opera at the national or international level. A knowledge of the standard operatic repertoire and a close familiarity with operatic languages is essential to this position, as well as a passion for working on new operas and mounting progressive productions. In addition to producing operas and leading opera workshop as well as other vocal area classes, the candidate will need to have a highly successful track record as a private teacher of applied voice. A thorough understanding of the developing classical voice is essential not only in the private teaching role, but also in picking and casting operas that are appropriate to the health and success of a young and diverse student body. It is of vital importance that the candidate has excellent people skills toward handling the successes and disappointments of a wide variety of vocal students, working closely and collaboratively with colleagues on PSU operas, interfacing constructively with our acclaimed choral program, and promoting the opera program with donors and community partners. The candidate will demonstrate a successful track record, as well as enthusiasm for recruiting students locally and nationally.

Portland State’s College of the Arts has made a strong commitment to anti-racism and is seeking faculty whose life-experience, research, and teaching can advance this work throughout our campus and community. This position is a full-time position open in the School of Music and Theater through which we intend to advance our work promoting equity, diversity and inclusion.

Qualifications / Required Skills

-Master’s Degree
-Nationally or internationally recognized as a performer or director in opera
-A minimum of 3 years of teaching at the collegiate level or in young artist programs
-Excellent interpersonal and communication skills
-A thorough knowledge of the standard operatic repertoire, as well as an interest in new/progressive opera
-A thorough knowledge of a diverse cross section of vocal literature including art song and oratorio

Additional Information

Required Materials for Application:
-Cover Letter that addresses key qualifications and reasons for interest in the position
-A statement describing how the candidate might teach voice and opera in remote, hybrid online and in person forms, and how opera might change in a post-COVID-19 world.
-Curriculum Vitae
-Upload links to videos of private vocal instruction and classroom teaching (Other 2)
-Upload links to videos of performances directing/performing (Other 4)
-Three letters of Recommendation: As soon as you submit your application, an email will be sent to your references asking them to upload their letters of recommendation.

Salary: The starting annual salary rate for this position will be between $74,817 and $75,573.

Contact Information

Employer Profile

The School of Music & Theater is located in the Portland cultural district, home of the Oregon Symphony, the Portland Opera, the Portland Center for the Performing Arts, the Portland Art Museum, and the Northwest Film Center. It maintains close ties with the major musical institutions of the city, and students have many opportunities to interact with professionals in the community. Faculty members in the School of Music & Theater are internationally recognized performers, directors, designers, conductors, composers and scholars.
Portland State University is not only the largest institution of higher education in Oregon, but with a 25% minority student population, it is also the most diverse. The urban location and mission of the University allows students to pursue innovative options in their theatrical and musical education. The city is noted for its numerous cafes, pubs, theaters, restaurants, bookstores, and its public transportation. Hiking, mountain biking, skiing, sailing, windsurfing, and kayaking are all accessible within
minutes of Portland.