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Assistant Professor of Solo Voice/Opera Director
About the Position: The Department of Music at Western Washington University seeks a dynamic, creative vocal teacher and opera director to provide artistic leadership and deliver instruction. This position is anticipated to begin September 2013. The ideal candidate will be a forward-thinking musical artist with a vision to develop the current solo voice and opera program for the future. The candidate will work collaboratively with studio faculty; teach classes and lessons in the areas of voice/opera or core courses as appropriate; actively recruit students for the Music Department; participate in vocal area auditions; provide outreach and leadership to relevant community groups; and be active in research/creative activity and service for the department and university. The Music Department and the CFPA are committed to the University’s strategic goal of recruiting and retaining a diverse faculty and welcome all applicants.
About the College/Department: The College of Fine and Performing Arts is comprised of the departments of Theatre and Dance, Music and Art, housed in six buildings with five performance spaces, including a Performing Arts Center overlooking Bellingham Bay. The College also is home to the Western Gallery, which manages one of the top ten outdoor sculpture collections in the country. 
Position Responsibilities:
  1. Direct the Solo Voice and Opera program; teach applied voice. 
  2. Teach allied subjects as assigned, such as opera production, vocal literature, diction, and pedagogy.
  3. Work collaboratively with studio faculty to attract and recruit highly talented students to the department.
  4. Provide leadership for administrative aspects of operating a comprehensive solo voice and opera program.
  5. Organize and participate in program entrance auditions, vocal juries, etc., as appropriate.
  6. Create a strong regional presence through active participation in state, regional and national professional associations.
  7. Actively participate in faculty governance and university service.
  8. Contribute to the core courses within the department by teaching theory, aural skills, or other courses as appropriate.
  9. Specific teaching load will reflect skill-set and departmental needs.

The above statements may not represent a complete list of all responsibilities and duties performed by employees in this position. The employee may perform other related duties as assigned by the Music Department Chair.
Required Qualifications:
  • Earned Doctorate in Music or Master’s Degree in Music with equivalent professional experience.
  • Strong record of excellence in vocal and opera performance including academic and/or professional credentials
  • Strong communication and interpersonal skills
Preferred Qualifications:
  • Evidence of successful university teaching experience in voice and opera
  • Evidence of successful opera direction and production
  • Participation in professional academic and/or music associations
Academic Emphasis: Music
Job Location: Western Washington University, Bellingham, WA
Salary: Commensurate with qualifications and experience
Bargaining Union: United Faculty of Western Washington
Application Instructions and Requested Documents: Please log in at http://www.wwu.edu/jobs and submit your application via WWU’s Electronic Application System for Employment (EASE). Note: You will need to be using Internet Explorer to utilize our online application system.

Candidates must submit:
-cover letter addressing qualifications
-current vita
-statement of teaching philosophy
-course syllabi (if available)
-contact information for five references
-Word document or PDF containing hyperlinks to media materials of recent performances or recordings. (YouTube, personal website, etc.)

You must upload all the requested materials using the EASE application link provided. Official transcripts documenting degrees will be required prior to a contract being offered.
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Job Posted: 2/5/2013
Closing Date Notes: Application Review begins March 5, 2013; position open until filled
Recruitment #: 130033
Western Washington University (WWU) is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer committed to assembling a diverse, broadly trained faculty and staff. Women, minorities, people with disabilities and veterans are strongly encouraged to apply. In compliance with applicable laws and in furtherance of its commitment to fostering an environment that welcomes and embraces diversity, WWU does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, creed, religion, national origin, sex, disability, age, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, marital status or genetic information in its programs or activities, including employment, admissions, and educational programs. See WWU's Policy on Providing Equal Opportunity and Nondiscrimination. EO/AA inquiries may be directed to the Vice Provost for Equal Opportunity and Employment Diversity, Title IX Coordinator, Equal Opportunity Office, Western Washington University, Old Main 345 (MS 9021), 516 High Street, Bellingham, WA 98225; 360.650.3307 (voice) or 711 (Washington Relay); EOO.

WWU is committed to providing reasonable accommodations to qualified individuals with disabilities upon request. To request this document in an alternate format or to request an accommodation, please contact Human Resources Disability Services, 360.650.3774 or 711 (Washington Relay).

All new employees must comply with the immunization policy and show employment eligibility verification as required by the U.S. Citizen and Immigration Service before beginning work at WWU. A thorough background check will be conducted on all new hires.

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