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Instructor, Contemporary Musical Theatre - USC Thornton School of Music

This is a Temporary, Part-time position.

Category: College/University
State/Province: Los Angeles, CA
Position: Instructor, Contemporary Musical Theatre
Deadline: April 22, 2021
Posted: April 13, 2021

Job Description / Duties

The University of Southern California Thornton School of Music invites applicants for a new adjunct voice faculty position in Contemporary Musical Theatre.

The appointment is non-tenure track, part-time, fixed-term, and renewable. It is expected to begin in August 2021.

The Undergraduate student body at USC is extraordinarily diverse: it is racially and ethnically a majority/minority population with a full range of expressions of gender, ability and sexual identities which we embrace as a source of institutional strength and community pride. The University’s commitment to building an academic environment hospitable to this wide range of diversity is full and complete. To that end, we are seeking to create as diverse a pool of candidates as possible; one which reflects the broad spectrum of identities that comprise the country as well as the field of musical theater.

Housed in the School of Dramatic Arts, the BFA in Contemporary Musical Theatre is a rigorous, cohort-based, conservatory-style undergraduate program featuring comprehensive training in acting, voice, dance, and dramaturgy. It offers students the opportunity for a transformative artistic journey as their foundational training is augmented by classes in the latest applications for musical theatre, including digital entrepreneurship and the on-screen musical.

Taking advantage of the unparalleled resources and faculty of the School’s prestigious partner arts schools at USC, including the USC Thornton School of Music and the USC Glorya Kaufman School of Dance, this degree will offer singular opportunities for interdisciplinary collaboration and creativity.


Principal duties will include:

1) Teaching individual instruction in Contemporary and Classical Musical Theatre vocal styles and techniques.
2) Teaching Musical Theater, Legit, Mix-belt, and Belt vocal techniques.
3) The applicant must demonstrate a proficient knowledge of Vocal Pedagogy.
4) Additional duties may include instruction in Vocal Performance, Song Interpretation, Pop/Rock Styles, audition preparation, vocal workshops, and vocal ensembles.
5) Participate in recruitment, pre-screening, auditions and selection for prospective musical theatre students.

Additionally, qualified applicants will be asked to demonstrate teaching techniques with individual musical theater students.

Qualifications / Required Skills

Required qualifications: successful candidates will have a Bachelor’s degree or equivalent experience with demonstrated professional success in musical theatre, expansive exposure to and networking within the musical theatre industry; they will be expected to have a demonstrated track record of experience and accomplishment working in a highly diverse environment and of promoting equity and inclusion in the work that they do and in their approach to the profession. Eligible candidates should be able to clearly express their understanding of the transition/passagio as it relates to male and female voices and illuminate their philosophy of teaching in terms of breath management, placement, focus, and vowel modifications.

Additionally, qualified applicants will be asked to demonstrate teaching techniques with individual musical theater students.

Preferred qualifications: MM or MFA and/or national recognition as a vocal coach for musical theatre. A list of the candidate’s successful voice students is preferred, but not required. Piano proficiency is required to accommodate accompaniment during private voice instruction.

Additional Information

Review of applications will commence in April 2021 and the position will remain open until filled.

Interested candidates must apply through the USC online system ( Candidates are asked to provide a letter of interest, curriculum vitae, and three references to provide letters of recommendation. Do not send other supporting materials unless requested. Materials will not be returned.

Contact Information

Applications should be submitted at: