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Full Time Faculty, Opera Studies - Boston Conservatory at Berklee

This is a Permanent, Full-time position.

Category: College/University
State/Province: Boston, MA
Position: Full Time Faculty, Opera Studies
Deadline: January 1, 2022
Posted: November 5, 2021

Job Description / Duties

Boston Conservatory at Berklee invites applications for a full-time faculty position as teacher, stage director, and recruiting and advisory head of Opera Studies in the Music Division. The ideal candidate for this position will be a motivated, innovative professional who is committed to excellence in teaching, has a demonstrated record of prominent musical engagement as a stage director and teacher, and enjoys working in a campus climate that promotes cultural diversity and multicultural understanding. This is a 9-month full-time faculty position with renewable contract; initial appointment to begin September 1, 2022. Compensation and rank are commensurate with professional experience.

Opera Studies at Boston Conservatory: Boston Conservatory’s Opera Program comprises two core ensembles, Opera Studio and Opera Workshop, and its educational mission is supported by a range of courses including Acting, Movement, Aria Class, Recitative Class, Characterization, Drama of the Score, and Business of the Opera Business. Students earn one of two degrees in the Opera Program: a Master of Music in Opera Performance or a Graduate Performance Diploma in Opera Performance. Performance Certificate students may also choose a focus in opera.

Primary Duties & Responsibilities:
Primary duties include: in the capacity of recruitment and advisory head, this position will lead the opera experience for MM Opera students as well as for all students in the graduate and undergraduate programs of the Voice Department; guide students in mastering integration of singing, acting, and understanding of the score, primarily through the 10-hour per week Opera Studio Class; act as Academic Advisor for all MM and GPD Opera students and interact with Academic Affairs; oversee the annual production of 2-3 fully staged operas, opera scenes, and Children’s Opera; recommend and facilitate visits by appropriate guest artists and master teachers; interact with theater production staff, costume designers, set builders, designers, marketing and development in support of all productions; coordinate schedules of Music Director, coaches, guest conductors, guest directors, assistant director; manage and oversee all Opera Program work study positions; oversee all opera scheduling (Opera Studio and Opera Workshop); in the capacity of recruitment and advisory head, this position will work with admissions and marketing to attract and recruit students appropriate to the mission of the Conservatory and the opera program.

Other duties and responsibilities will be based on the candidate’s individual experience, along with areas of the candidate’s specialization. Service to the field is expected and will include active involvement in national professional opera organizations, presentations at conferences, and guest directing.

Required Skills:
-High level stage direction skills
-Deep knowledge of the standard operatic repertoire as well as connection with contemporary opera and living composers
-Advanced understanding of classical vocal training
-Organizational and personal skills appropriate to the demands of an opera program in an educational setting, as well as to the needs of an academic musical community

Required Qualifications:
-An earned Master’s degree or equivalent
-Minimum 5 years teaching in accredited Higher Education Institution or equivalent experience
-An openness to diverse musical styles and ways of learning/teaching
-Excellent interpersonal and communication skills
-Desire to work within a diverse faculty and student body

Submission Process:
***Electronic applications only. Please submit the following application materials in PDF or Word format at All materials should be uploaded to the Resume/Cover letter application section. Address your materials to: Music Division Choral Studies Faculty Search Committee, Attn: Michael Shinn, Dean of Music, Boston Conservatory at Berklee.

Please Submit:
1) Cover letter
2) Curriculum Vitae
3) One-page teaching philosophy
4) Phone and email contact information for three (3) professional references
5) 1-2 Links to websites or online resources that are representative samples of the candidate’s work

1) For full consideration, applications and supporting materials must be received by January 1, 2022.
2) Incomplete applications will not be considered.
3) The position will remain open for applications until filled.

Boston Conservatory at Berklee is committed to increasing the diversity of the college community and the curriculum. Candidates who can contribute to that goal are encouraged to apply and to identify their strengths in this area.

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