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Opera Coach - Oberlin College and Conservatory

This is a Permanent, Full-time position.

Category: College/University
State/Province: Oberlin, OH
Position: Opera Coach
Deadline: September 30, 2021
Posted: August 24, 2021

Job Description / Duties

The Conservatory of Music at Oberlin College invites applications for a full-time Administrative and Professional Staff position as Opera Coach beginning in the 2021-22 academic year. Oberlin’s Vocal Studies Division embraces a team approach to educating gifted undergraduate singers, and coaches work collaboratively with voice faculty and members of the Division.

The Vocal Studies Division, which includes members of the Voice and Opera departments, Conducting and Ensembles Division, and Keyboard Studies Division, specializes in training undergraduate singers through private voice instruction, opera productions, choral ensembles, and vocal coaching. Previous graduates enjoy distinguished careers, winning major competitions and appearing regularly in the world’s most important venues. Interested students also have the opportunity to engage in Oberlin’s legacy of excellence in music education and social justice by taking classes in the Division of Pedagogy, Advocacy, and Community Engagement (PACE).


Musical coordination of mainstage opera performances (including coaching singers, preparing audition excerpts, scheduling musical rehearsals, serving on opera casting and title committees, liaising between conductor and cast, and playing for musical and staging rehearsals as assigned);

Musical preparation of opera theater classes (coordinating with stage directors and voice faculty);

Coaching of operatic and recital repertoire;

Collaborative work as assigned, including masterclasses, recitals, opera scenes, and auditions.

Qualifications / Required Skills

Graduate degree in collaborative piano or equivalent professional experience;
Broad knowledge of operatic, recital and concert vocal literature;
Expertise in Italian, French, English and German languages and lyric diction (knowledge of other languages desirable);
Excellent vocal coaching skills;
Excellent piano and sight-reading skills;
Strong communication and organization skills;
Ability to work collaboratively with voice faculty, conductors and stage directors.
Understanding of and commitment to equity, diversity, inclusion and belonging and the mission of Oberlin College.

Additional Information

Applicants will be required to upload a cover letter, CV/resume, and list of professional references.

Review of applications will begin on September 13, 2021 and continue until position is filled. Those received after that date may be considered until the position is filled.

Salary: Oberlin College offers a competitive compensation package with excellent benefits.

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Employer Profile

The Oberlin College Conservatory of Music, founded in 1865, is the nation’s oldest continuously operating conservatory, and the only major music school in the country linked with a preeminent liberal arts college. Students are enrolled in undergraduate programs leading to the Bachelor of Music in performance, composition, music history, historical performance, electronic and computer music, and jazz studies. Graduate programs leading to the Master of Music in conducting, Master of Music in historical performance, and Master of Contemporary Chamber Music. Performance and artist diplomas are also offered.