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Director of Vocal Pedagogy

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Boulder, Colorado





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Job Summary

The College of Music at the University of Colorado Boulder seeks a Director of Vocal Pedagogy for our voice department. This full-time faculty appointment will commence August of 2024. Final rank to be determined based on applicant’s prior teaching and research experience. All voice types considered.

The University of Colorado Boulder is committed to building a culturally diverse community of faculty, staff, and students dedicated to contributing to an inclusive campus environment. We are an Equal Opportunity employer, including veterans and individuals with disabilities.

Who We Are

The College of Music, founded in 1920, is recognized as one of the top comprehensive music schools in the country. The College of Music offers seven degree programs in over 28 fields of study, at the bachelor’s level through the doctorate, along with an array of interdisciplinary opportunities, including certificates in music technology and entrepreneurship. Our dedicated and encouraging community of 550 degree-seeking students, 70 full-time faculty, 30 part-time faculty, and 30 professional, technical and administrative staff produces over 350 performances and numerous guest lectures, master-classes, and outreach events each year.

The University uniquely combines advanced musical training with professionally oriented experiences and the rich resources of a leading research university. Active as award-winning professional performers, composers, and scholars, College of Music faculty members are committed to helping students develop their talents and succeed in their chosen musical endeavors. 

The College of Music strives to be a community whose excellence is premised on diversity, equity, and inclusion. We seek candidates who share this dedication. Read more here: The College of Music as a whole is characterized by genuine respect among faculty and a nurturing learning environment for students. 

The voice department takes pride in its nationally recognized pedagogy program, open studio policy, and faculty collegiality.  The voice faculty includes eleven full-time members and supports approximately 30 graduate and 65 undergraduate voice majors.  The Eklund Opera Program and our Musical Theater program present four fully staged productions and offer a robust pre-professional curriculum. Our nationally recognized CU NOW program focuses on the development of new opera works and provides our students a forum in which to collaborate professionally with the most prominent American opera composers. Our graduates continue to advance the field of vocal music by teaching in both academic and private studio settings, enjoying active performing and directing careers, serving as arts administrators , and leading a variety of entrepreneurial vocal enterprises.

The vocal pedagogy program has a long history as one of the most nationally prominent areas in the College of Music. The program was founded in the late 1950’s by Berton Coffin and offered the first Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Voice in the United States; now it is the DMA in Vocal Performance and Pedagogy. In addition to Undergraduate degrees in voice (Arts, Performance, Music Education, Musical Theater), we offer Master’s and Doctoral degrees in Performance and Pedagogy, as well as the Artist Diploma in Voice/Opera. The College also offers comprehensive degree programs in Composition, Conducting, Jazz Studies, Music Education, Musicology, instrumental Performance, and Theory. CU Boulder is located in one of the most picturesque and desirable geographic locations in the country, within easy driving distance of a major metropolitan area and the Rocky Mountains.

What Your Key Responsibilities Will Be

The Director of Vocal Pedagogy will provide administrative and academic leadership for all aspects of the vocal pedagogy department. The successful candidate will build upon the long-standing legacy of CU’s voice pedagogy program and develop an inspiring vision for its future, demonstrating flexibility in applying their current expertise to a variety of vocal styles and incorporating knowledge of current research and teaching methods. Scholarly contributions to the field of vocal pedagogy will include significant peer-reviewed publications and presentations at regional and national conferences. The voice area at CU Boulder prioritizes a uniquely collaborative relationship among our faculty and students. We seek a similar-minded colleague with a record of excellence in teaching at the collegiate level as well as one who will prioritize the growth of the program and contribute to student recruitment efforts in both graduate and undergraduate areas. A healthy, communicative relationship with our valued donors and supporters is a part of this Directorship.

Specific duties will include:

  • Teaching undergraduate and graduate courses in Vocal Pedagogy
  • Supervising and mentoring graduate Teaching Assistants
  • Overseeing and further developing the voice lab and the Singing Health Specialist Certificate Program
  • Teaching applied lessons for a limited number of voice majors in all degrees
  • Maintaining an active national/international scholarly presence
  • Serving on graduate committees and guiding students’ graduate pedagogy theses and projects
  • Advising students in curricular matters and career development opportunities
  • Participating in College, University, and professional service activities, including student recruitment. 

What You Should Know

This is a tenure/tenure-track appointment, rank commensurate with professional experience.

As part of the University of Colorado Boulder’s deep commitment to equity, diversity, and inclusion, the campus has implemented a reference check program with respect to final candidates for tenured faculty appointments. The reference check program is intended to allow CU Boulder to collect and review information about a candidate's conduct at their previous institutions, specifically conduct related to sexual misconduct, harassment, and/or discrimination – before making hiring decisions. All final candidates for tenured faculty appointments are required to complete an Authorization to Release Information.

What We Can Offer

The annual salary range for this position is:

  • Assistant Professor - $69,000 - $76,500
  • Associate Professor - $77,000 - $89,500
  • Full Professor - $90,000 - $100,000


The University of Colorado offers excellent benefits, including medical, dental, retirement, paid time off, tuition benefit and ECO Pass. The University of Colorado Boulder is one of the largest employers in Boulder County and offers an inspiring higher education environment. Learn more about the University of Colorado Boulder.

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What We Require

  • An earned Doctorate in Voice Performance/Pedagogy or equivalent
  • A proven record as a teacher at the collegiate level
  • National/international recognition in research and publication

What You Will Need

  • Evidence of a commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion in creative activity and research, teaching, and service.
  • Ability to teach classical and musical theatre techniques/styles and supervise graduate students in doing so
  • A commitment to advise and support graduate students’ research and dissertation projects
  • Successful recruitment strategies for the voice area and the university

What We Would Like You to Have

Some or all of the following:
  • Experience teaching comparative pedagogical techniques and mentoring graduate students in teaching these techniques
  • Vocal pedagogy knowledge as related to the teaching of children and older voices
  • Experience teaching transgender voices and familiarity with current related research
  • An understanding of current teaching trends, including use of technology
  • Experience performing at the regional, national, and international level
  • Membership in relevant national professional organizations

Special Instructions

The search committee application review period begins September 15, 2023. 

Applications submitted by October 15, 2023 will receive full consideration. 

To apply, please submit the following materials: 
  1. Current resume or curriculum vitae. 
  2. Cover letter.
  3. During the application process, you will need to enter contact information for three (3) references. We will request letters of recommendation later in the search process. This information will be kept confidential and viewable only by the search committee. 
  4. Statement of Teaching Philosophy (uploaded in PDF format). 
Candidates who advance will be asked to provide teaching videos of applied lessons and, when possible, classes/lessons related to the teaching of vocal pedagogy. We will also request links to videos of your students’ recent performances. 

All job-related inquiries should be directed to the posting contact for this posting: Jennifer Bird-Arvidsson and Andrew Garland, Co-Chairs of the Voice Search Committee, and

Note: Application materials will not be accepted via email. For consideration, please apply through CU Boulder Jobs.

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