Assistant Professor of Opera, Artistic Director of University Opera, University of Wisconsin – Madison

University of Wisconsin – Madison

Position Vacancy Listing

PVL # 84299

Working Title:

Assistant Professor of Opera, Artistic Director of University Opera

Official Title:


Degree and area of specialization:

Master’s degree required. Ph.D./DMA/MFA preferred.

Minimum number of years and type of relevant work experience:

Significant professional experience required. Proven excellence as an opera director in a professional and/or academic setting. Comprehensive knowledge of operatic literature, styles and traditions. Ability to pursue research and/or creative activity and service to the profession at the national/international level. Ability to teach effectively in the classroom and in rehearsal, at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. Ability to guide research and advise on the preparation of graduate documents and exams. Ability to work effectively and collaborate with the School of Music and with outside groups and community arts organizations. Ability to serve as advisor for doctoral minors. Commitment to faculty and staff recruitment for the School of Music. Ability to collaborate with voice faculty, School of Music, and university in developing and planning for the opera program.

Principal duties:

Serve as Artistic Director of University Opera. Organize, administer and coordinate all facets of the program, recruiting and fundraising as necessary. Direct and supervise all facets of two major productions each year. Coordinate and co-teach the University Opera Workshop Course. Prepare scenes and productions, including stage movement and character development. Promote and participate in local and state outreach programs. Nurture relationships and serve as liaison with community and regional arts organizations. Teach related courses as needed and according to the candidate¿s expertise. Supervise doctoral minors in opera/voice coaching and in opera production.
Additional Information:
Preference will be given to someone with the ability to conduct/lead musical rehearsals and coach singers from the piano. Fluency in standard operatic languages (French, German, Italian, English) and experience as an operatic performer is preferred.
A criminal background check will be conducted prior to hiring.
Employee Class:
Department(s): L&S/SCHOOL OF MUSIC
Full Time Salary Rate: Minimum $65,000 ACADEMIC (9 months)
Depending on Qualifications
Term: N/A
Appointment percent: 100%
Anticipated begin date: AUGUST 29, 2016
Number of Positions: 1


Application must be received by: DECEMBER 01, 2015


To ensure full consideration, applications must be received by 12/1/2015. Electronic submission of materials in PDF format is preferred and should be directed to: operasearch@music, . Materials must include: cover letter (letter of interest), curriculum vitae, three letters of recommendation submitted separately by recommender and emailed to, and the names and contact information for three additional references who may be contacted by the search committee. DO NOT submit recorded materials or links at this time. Additional materials, including recordings of performances and teaching videos, may be requested at a later time.

Women and under-represented minorities are strongly encouraged to apply. A criminal background check prior to employment is required.

The School of Music at UW-Madison is a community of engaged and engaging musicians, scholars and teachers. Since its beginning in 1895, the School of Music has lived out a commitment to a rigorous, studentcentered musical education. Our faculty and staff provide models of academic and artistic leadership, and our students reap the benefits of a dynamic public university and the intellectual and artistic opportunities provided by Madison itself. As one of the largest departments within the College of Letters & Science, the School of Music offers flexible programs with innovative and global approaches to music study. Our teaching, research
and performances reflect the University¿s progressive history of creating change through innovation and exploration. Our public programming, diverse student ensembles, artists in residence and prestigious faculty ensembles demonstrate how the School of Music embraces ¿The Wisconsin Idea,¿ the University¿s ethos of sharing what we do with the broadest audience possible. The School of Music serves over 300 majors at the undergraduate and graduate levels, offering the B.A./B.S., B.M., M.A., M.M. and D.M.A. and PhD degrees; it also serves hundreds of non-majors through performance opportunities and course offerings. The School of Music is committed to a diverse, collegial, and inclusive educational, scholarly, and performance community for all of its members.

Questions about the position can be directed to:
Benjamin Schultz
Phone: 608-263-4018
455 N Park St
Fax: N/A
George L Mosse Humanities Bld
Madison, WI 53706-1405
Relay Access (WTRS): 7-1-1 (out-of-state: TTY: 800.947.3529, STS: 800.833.7637) and above Phone number (See RELAY_SERVICE for further information. )

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NOTE: Unless confidentiality is requested in writing, the names of applicants must be released upon request. Finalists cannot be guaranteed confidentiality. In the case where there are fewer than five finalists, the names of the five most qualified candidates must be released upon request.

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UW-Madison is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.
We promote excellence through diversity and encourage all qualified individuals to apply.


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