Assistant Professor of Music – Vocal Coach

University of Oklahoma

Position Title: Assistant Professor of Music – Vocal Coach

Location: University of

Department: School of Music

Position Type:


Required Qualifications

M.M. or equivalent professional
experience in a field relevant to vocal and opera coaching. Evidence of coaching experience in professional companies and in both
undergraduate and graduate university programs; thorough knowledge of languages and diction, including all the major operatic languages:
Italian, French, German and English; thorough knowledge of operatic and art song literature; and pianistic skills.


Earned D.M.A. or equivalent professional experience in a field relevant to vocal and opera coaching.
Individuals who have special interest in preparing young singers for professional careers are encouraged to apply, and should submit, if
available, evidence of mentoring and teaching in pre-professional as well as collegiate programs. We are especially interested in candidates
who will contribute to the deeply collaborative nature of our opera program, and who will bring creativity and artistry to our work,
including the recruitment of gifted young singers and the development of performance opportunities for them.



Applications should be submitted electronically through

Please submit:

1) A letter of application;

2) a complete curriculum vita;

3) 3 digital links to your recent artistic work (within the last 5 years), which may include

4) Contact information for three references.

A coaching and teaching video will be requested for finalists at a
later date.

Screening will begin December 12, 2023 and continue until the position is filled.

Letters of application should be
submitted through Interfolio and addressed to:

Jonathan Shames, Chair, Vocal Coach Search Committee

University of Oklahoma
School of Music

500 W. Boyd, Room 138

Norman, OK 73019

For more information about the position, contact the Chair of
the Vocal Coach Search Committee, Dr. Jonathan Shames,


General information

Rank: Assistant Professor of Music, tenure-track

The School of Music in the Weitzenhoffer College of Fine
Arts at the University of Oklahoma invites applications for a full-time, tenure-track position in vocal coaching, to begin in August

Job Description

The ideal candidate’s responsibilities will include opera coaching for current
productions, applied opera and vocal coaching, and teaching diction courses as well as courses in art song and opera literature. When
possible, the coach will also be asked to work with student pianists and conductors interested in opera productions. She/he/they will be an
important member of the opera area, and can expect to participate in planning and recruitment activities, as well as to serve on committees
as assigned by the Director of the OU School of Music. In addition, she/he/they will be expected to maintain an active schedule of research
and creative activities in international, national and regional settings as a coach, pianist and artist-teacher.


The new coach will be one of two coaches in an opera area that includes an artistic director/conductor and stage
director, which produces two fully-staged opera performances with full orchestra annually, as well as scenes and outreach programs. The
opera area works closely with a 5-member vocal area and OU’s University Theater production system, which includes stage, lighting and
costume design.

OU’s opera program provides training in all aspects of opera, and includes an M.M. in Voice with Opera Emphasis. Our
graduates have found careers in performance as well as teaching throughout the U.S. and Europe.

Norman, Oklahoma is situated within a
vibrant artistic community that encompasses opera companies, symphonies, and chamber music societies, as well as being located in close
proximity to major artistic regions such as Oklahoma City, Tulsa, Dallas, Fort Worth, and Santa Fe, all of which have welcomed OU
artist-faculty and graduates as performers.

EEO Statement:

The University of Oklahoma, in compliance with all
applicable federal and state laws and regulations, does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, sexual
orientation, genetic information, gender identity, gender expression, age, religion, disability, political beliefs, or status as a veteran
in any of its policies, practices, or procedures. This includes, but is not limited to: admissions, employment, financial aid, housing,
services in educational programs or activities, or health care services that the University operates or provides.


The University of Oklahoma is committed to achieving a diverse, equitable and inclusive university community by
recognizing each person’s unique contributions, background, and perspectives. The University of Oklahoma strives to cultivate a sense of
belonging and emotional support for all, recognizing that fostering an inclusive environment for all is vital in the pursuit of academic and
inclusive excellence in all aspects of our institutional mission.

Mission of the University of Oklahoma

Mission of the University of Oklahoma is to provide the best possible educational experience for our students through excellence in
teaching, research and creative activity, and service to the state and society.


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