Assistant Professor of Opera Direction, Tenure Track, August 2022

WorkplaceOrange, California, USA
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Chapman University seeks applications for the position of a tenure-track Assistant Professor of Opera Direction in the Hall-Musco Conservatory of Music in the College of Performing Arts, beginning August 2022.

Chapman University is a nationally ranked institution offering traditional undergraduate and graduate programs in the heart of Orange County, one of Southern California’s most diverse and vibrant regions. The University achieved R2 status in the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education, a distinction held by just 10 percent of all U.S. universities and is ranked #122nd among Best National Universities by US News and World Report (2022). Our faculty include academic leaders who excel in research, publishing and world-class teaching in our 11 schools and colleges, including the College of Performing Arts. Dedicated to forward-looking, personalized education, we create an environment for unlimited achievement by both our students and faculty. The Conservatory of Music is part of the College of Performing Arts and consists of 20 full-time faculty members and approximately 70 adjunct instructors, many of whom are established professionals in Los Angeles and Orange Counties. With a reputation for both academic and performance excellence, the Conservatory of Music has a student population of approximately 170 music majors, four BM degrees and a BA music degree, and several vibrant music minor programs, with many non-majors also participating in its programs. Dedicated to forward-looking, personalized education, we create an environment for unlimited achievement by both our students and faculty. More information about the Hall-Musco Conservatory of Music and the College of Performing Arts is at ?" target="_blank" rel="nofollow"> Chapman is committed to a culturally and ethnically diverse campus environment, and to principles that promote inclusive practices. Chapman seeks candidates whose research, teaching, or service has prepared them to contribute to our commitment to diversity and inclusion in higher education. More information is available at ?" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">

Doctorate preferred; a Master’s degree in Opera, Voice or related subject, or commensurate experience and at least two years teaching at the collegiate level or commensurate experience in a Young Artist Program is required.

The successful applicant will have: 1. A Demonstrated track record directing and producing opera in academic and/or professional settings.
2. Knowledge of standard operatic and musical theater repertoire, as well as the vision to mount progressive and/or new productions, especially those by underrepresented composers.
3. A track record of program-building and recruitment of students from High School and Community College programs into university and/or Young Artist programs.

This position will provide the opportunity to re-imagine the opera program of today, and to make space for new and different voices. The Spring production, alternately opera/operetta or musical theatre, is presented in the Musco Center for the Arts, an on-campus venue that was acoustically designed by the legendary Yasuhisa Toyota of Nagata Acoustics. Arts critics have remarked on "the impeccable sophistication of the hall’s acoustics" and declared it "an ideal opera house, potentially the best in the West and maybe even something more."

Primary duties and responsibilities will include the following: 1. Direct two student productions per year: Fall opera scenes program and Spring full production.
2. Assemble and oversee the Opera Chapman creative team and collaborate extensively with College of Performing Arts production team.
3. Teach coursework appropriate to the candidate’s disciplinary expertise and the needs of the Conservatory of Music. Possible courses could include: Applied Voice Instruction, Acting for Singers, Music Theater Performance Courses, or courses to be developed.
4. Produce rigorous creative/scholarly work commensurate with the requirements for tenure.
5. Assume an active leadership role in the recruitment of voice students to Chapman and contribute to the academic community at large by participating in relevant Conservatory, College, and University committees.

Tenure track faculty are expected to develop and maintain an active research agenda for future tenure consideration and are evaluated on their scholarly/creative activity, teaching, and service.

Qualified candidates are invited to electronically submit the following: 1. Chapman University faculty employment application.
2. Letter of interest.
3. Curriculum vitae.
4. Teaching philosophy statement.
5. Diversity and inclusion statement.
6. Three current letters of recommendation including contact information (phone and email).

Materials and inquiries about the position should be directed to: Dr. Amy Graziano, Chair, Hall-Musco Conservatory of Music at Please include "Opera Direction Position" as the email subject line.

Timeline: Prospective candidates are encouraged to submit their materials as soon as possible. This position will remain open until filled.

Salary is competitive and commensurate with experience. Chapman University offers a relocation expense reimbursement package as well as a first-time Orange County homebuyer assistance program. This position is subject to final budget approval. Successful completion of a background check is required for the final candidate.

Chapman University is an equal opportunity employer committed to fostering a diverse and inclusive academic global community. The University is dedicated to enhancing diversity and inclusion in all aspects of recruitment and employment. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, national origin, ancestry, citizenship status, physical disability, mental disability, medical condition, military and veteran status, marital status, pregnancy, genetic information or any other characteristic protected by state or federal law. The University is committed to achieving a diverse faculty and staff and encourages members of underrepresented groups to apply.

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