Peabody Opera

Teaching Job
Baltimore, MD USA
Teaching Job
11/15/2020 deadline


The Peabody Institute of the Johns Hopkins University invites applications for an interim, full-time faculty position as opera conductor/pianist/coach in the Conservatory. The ideal candidate for this position will be a passionate educator and an extraordinary musician who is committed to excellence in teaching, has a demonstrated record of national or international musical engagement as an opera conductor and coach, and enjoys working in a campus climate that promotes cultural diversity and multicultural understanding. This is an interim, one-year, full-time faculty position with the possibility of renewal. The initial appointment will begin July 1, 2021. Compensation is commensurate with professional experience.

Primary Duties & Responsibilities:

* Conduct, coach and rehearse undergraduate and graduate students in rehearsals, performances, and in the classroom, exhibiting a thorough knowledge of the standard operatic repertoire, musical style, and comfort with the standard operatic languages.

* Develop and teach courses which educate singers for musical success in the ever-changing 21st century operatic scene while maintaining a strong link to the core repertory.

* Fashion a teaching outline of desirable and necessary musical and language skill sets for operatic training to be mastered by the voice students during their tenure.

* Oversee all musical aspects of two major productions, chamber operas, and scene programs, either conducting them or overseeing guest music directors or coaches, including budget and scheduling.

* Inspire singers and colleagues in other disciplines throughout Peabody and JHU to work together to take full advantage of interdisciplinary resources and opportunities.

* Foster programs that reach into the Baltimore-Washington region and bring opera into otherwise underserved communities.

* Peabody's current program champions our unique Etudes program, a collaboration with the Peabody composition department, as well as our long-standing outreach operas, and a bi-annual early-music production.

Required Qualifications:

Master's Degree or comparable professional experience

Minimum 5 years teaching in higher education or young artist programs

A comprehensive knowledge of the standard operatic repertoire

High level of familiarity and commitment to the performance of contemporary operatic repertoire and new works

High level piano skills

High level conducting skills

Mastery of French, German, Italian and English language and diction. Mastery of additional language(s) a plus

Excellent interpersonal and communication skills

NOTE: The successful candidate(s) for this position will be subject to a pre-employment background check.

To ensure full consideration all materials must be received by November 15, 2020, however, applications will be received until the position is filled.

Required Materials for Application:

Cover letter

Curriculum Vitae

Phone and email contact information for five references

Links to video demonstrations excerpts of at least 3 recent opera productions directed and/or produced of varying styles. Videos(s) must be submitted via website link(s) and uploaded as one attachment.

A statement outlining how the candidate envisions (1) the teaching opera in a conservatory setting in remote, hybrid online and in person forms and (2) how opera will change (if at all) in a post-COVID-19 world.

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