University of Rochester, Eastman School of Music
Assistant Professor of Opera
Opera Coach and Assistant Music Director for Eastman Opera Theatre
The Eastman School of Music of the University of Rochester invites nominations and applications for Opera Coach and Assistant Music Director for the Eastman Opera Theatre, beginning fall semester 2017. This is a three-year term appointment as Assistant Professor of Opera (non-tenure track), with the possibility of a one-time renewal. Candidates should have a solid reputation as vocal coach and accompanist, as well as a proven record of successful opera conducting.
Responsibilities: The primary responsibility is to provide musical coaching, supervision, and general musical support for all Eastman Opera Theatre courses. Within the opera classes, the individual will serve as accompanist for each class and function as the music director for any public or workshop performances that are produced from the classroom curriculum. This includes a staged aria performance (December), one opera scenes program (April) and special projects, to be determined. The individual will coach one-on-one with students outside the class on material they will be presenting in the classroom environment.
Experience: Extensive knowledge of opera repertoire and the performance practices associated with the traditional and contemporary styles (Baroque through the 21st century), including classical and some contemporary American Musical Theater. Proven experience as a vocal coach, accompanist, and conductor. Ability and willingness to play piano for performances of Eastman Opera Theatre productions is desired. Knowledge of lyric diction and pronunciation; experience as a musical coach instructing in the Italian, German and French languages is required.
Review of applications begins January 30, 2017. To receive full consideration, please submit a letter of application, curriculum vitae, and an audio recording, preferably in .mp3 format, of both conducting experience and musical coaching (a performance of a work where you served as a primary coach or music director) with the subject Opera Search to OperaSearch@esm.rochester.edu. In addition, please request letters from three prominent performer/teacher referees to be sent to the same email address. Candidates should be prepared to submit additional materials upon request.
The Eastman School of Music seeks to create a musical community that is rich with cultural, social, and intellectual diversity. We encourage applicants whose work incorporates a global perspective and demonstrates a commitment to issues of diversity in higher education. We are an Affirmative Action /Equal Opportunity Employer and actively encourage applications from groups underrepresented in higher education.