VOCAL COACH – University of Wisconsin–Madison – Madison, WI

University of Wisconsin–Madison

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Job Summary:

1. Co-teach Opera Workshop MUS 257
2. Studio Instruction of students enrolled in Opera Workshop
3. Coach pianists enrolled in Opera Workshop

4. Teach related courses as needed, such as Language Diction and/or Song Literature
5. Coach voice students on recital and audition repertoire each semester
6. Conduct regular office hours

Accompanying Responsibilities:
1. Accompany undergraduate voice auditions
2. Provide accompaniment for School of Music events as requested

Area/Departmental Responsibilities:
1. Attend Voice and Opera area meetings.
2. Attend monthly departmental meetings.
3. Participate in recruitment activities in support of the Voice and Opera area

University Opera Responsibilities:
1. Coordinate rehearsal pianists for fall and spring University Opera (mainstage) productions
2. Coach/prepare singers cast for fall and spring University Opera Productions
3. Play for rehearsals

4. Participate in University Opera auditions

Provides classroom, online and/or laboratory instruction associated with more than one lecture or laboratory course, assists with the design and execution of administrative functions associated with academic instruction and the development of pedagogy/andragogy or assessment tools and resources to support quality student learning. Provides for-credit instruction in formats such as classroom, online and/or laboratory settings, including grading. Serves as an instructor of record.
  • 5% Assists in developing techniques and/or model programs for carrying out instructional goals in disciplinary area and may help identify ways in which new techniques could be of assistance
  • 10% Assesses learner performance and prepares reports recommending instructional improvements
  • 5% Develops teaching techniques that enhance course effectiveness in alignment with desired outcomes and established strategy
  • 50% Provides classroom, online and/or laboratory instruction, including grading
  • 5% Supervises the day to day activities of work unit employees involved in instructional support as needed
  • 10% Assists in defining the objectives of the program and plays a major role in carrying out program duties
  • 5% Engages in outreach and recruitment activities, representing the university to prospective students.
  • 10% Provides department or program related piano accompaniment
Institutional Statement on Diversity:

Diversity is a source of strength, creativity, and innovation for UW-Madison. We value the contributions of each person and respect the profound ways their identity, culture, background, experience, status, abilities, and opinion enrich the university community. We commit ourselves to the pursuit of excellence in teaching, research, outreach, and diversity as inextricably linked goals.

The University of Wisconsin-Madison fulfills its public mission by creating a welcoming and inclusive community for people from every background – people who as students, faculty, and staff serve Wisconsin and the world.

For more information on diversity and inclusion on campus, please visit: Diversity and Inclusion


Bachelor’s Degree

Master’s Degree

Terminal Degree

  • Accomplished pianist and collaborative performer with professional level skills in operatic coaching
  • Must be experienced in playing opera reductions
  • Must possess a broad knowledge of operatic, musical theater, and art song repertoire.
  • Must have significant language skills in English, Italian, French, and German.
COVID-19 Considerations:

UW-Madison continues to follow necessary health and safety protocols to protect our campus from COVID-19. All employees remain subject to the COVID-19 Workplace Safety Policy: https://policy.wisc.edu/library/UW-5086. Please visit https://covidresponse.wisc.edu for the most up-to-date information.

Work Type:

Full Time: 100%

Appointment Type, Duration:



Minimum $43,127 ACADEMIC (9 months)

Depending on Qualifications

How to Apply:

For questions on the position, contact: Anne Brutosky, Department Administrator, administrator@music.wisc.edu or (608) 263-4734

To apply for this position you will need to upload a cover letter, resume and contact information for at least three professional references, including your current supervisor. References will not be contacted without advance notice.

Your cover letter should address your qualifications as they pertain to the qualifications listed above.


Anne Brutosky
Relay Access (WTRS): 7-1-1 (out-of-state: TTY: 800.947.3529, STS: 800.833.7637) and above Phone number

Official Title:

Teaching Faculty I(TL025)



Employment Class:

Academic Staff-Renewable

Job Number:


The University of Wisconsin is an Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action Employer. We promote excellence through diversity and encourage all qualified individuals to apply.

If you need to request an accommodation because of a disability, you can find information about how to make a request at the following website: https://employeedisabilities.wisc.edu/disability-accommodation-information-for-applicants/

Employment will require a criminal background check. It will also require you and your references to answer questions regarding sexual violence and sexual harassment.

The University of Wisconsin System will not reveal the identities of applicants who request confidentiality in writing, except that the identity of the successful candidate will be released. See Wis. Stat. sec. 19.36(7).

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