Job Summary/Basic Function:The College of Music at the University of North Texas is looking for an experienced Opera Conductor and Coach to join UNT Opera within the Division of Ensembles and Conducting and be the Music Director for UNT Opera.
UNT Opera presents three full productions each year, two of them accompanied by the UNT orchestras and one concert opera in the intimate setting of the Lyric Theater. Productions are carefully selected with the goal of exposing our students to a wide variety of literature in a broad range of musical and theatrical styles. Students are given opportunities for solo or ensemble roles that complement their education both vocally and dramatically (productions are usually double-cast). Preparation for every production emphasizes process as well as product. Through consistent, individualized training, students achieve the highest standards of performing excellence and are prepared to enter the world of professional opera.
Teaching Duties: As Music Director of UNT Opera, the successful candidate will offer musical leadership for a majority of projects over the year, helping to develop an opera program that is already substantial and nationally renowned and build its prominence. The candidate will contribute to building a new Graduate Artist Certificate Program in Opera Coaching for pianists and collaborate in building an existing Graduate Artist Certificate (GAC) in Opera Performing for singers; coach and prepare GAC, graduate and undergraduate singers for projects as assigned by the Director of Opera; conduct rehearsals; prepare orchestras and conduct selected performances; participate in programming and casting decisions; play piano for rehearsals, performances, and auditions as necessary; coach and play piano for some acting classes and master classes; and other duties as assigned by the Dean or the Dean’s designee.
Scholarship/Creative Activity: contribute to the peer-reviewed conversations of the discipline at the national and/or international level as an opera conductor, coach, or collaborative pianist.
Service: provide service to the College of Music, the University, the profession, and the opera program; help recruit outstanding undergraduate and graduate students; play piano for various outreach, fund-raising & publicity events; participate in planning and scheduling meetings and contribute to the success and efficiency of UNT Opera.
The University of North Texas System is firmly committed to equal opportunity and does not permit – and takes actions to prevent – discrimination, harassment (including sexual violence), and retaliation on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, disability, family status, genetic information, citizenship or veteran status in its application and admission processes, educational programs and activities, facilities, and employment practices. The University of North Texas System immediately investigates and takes remedial action when appropriate. The University of North Texas System also takes actions to prevent retaliation against individuals who oppose a discriminatory practice, file a charge, or testify, assist or participate in an investigative proceeding or hearing.
Minimum Qualifications:Master’s degree in Music; advanced conducting and piano skills; expert knowledge in English, French, German, and Italian diction; broad knowledge of operatic literature; a collegial and respectful attitude; and awareness of and devotion to matters of equity and inclusion broadly understood.
Preferred Qualifications:Earned doctoral degree in Music or equivalent professional experience; robust experience as an opera music director or conductor at the university or other professional level.