Inside the Department

Faculty Position Available: Lecturer in Vocal Studies

The Department of Music at Stanford University invites applicants for the position of Lecturer in Vocal Studies, beginning on September 1, 2024.  This is a full-time (100% FTE) Lecturer position with full benefits.

The ideal candidate for this position is a dynamic and creative colleague with strong communication and interpersonal skills. They should have a proven track record in teaching both individual lessons and group classes to students from diverse backgrounds and academic disciplines. Additionally, the candidate should demonstrate success in performance, thrive in a collaborative and challenging liberal arts environment, and actively contribute to a campus community that values cultural diversity and promotes multicultural understanding.

Primary Duties & Responsibilities

  • Teach weekly studio voice lessons at the intermediate and advanced levels to music majors, minors, and non-majors, as well as lead voice classes accommodating a wide spectrum of student experience and ability
  • Instruct courses aligned with the appointee's qualifications and departmental needs, potentially including Vocal Pedagogy, Vocal Literature, Diction, and Stage Direction
  •  Participate in assessment of vocal studio juries each quarter
  • Serve on student capstone recital juries
  • Participate in the weekly applied students’ studio voice class
  • Evaluate audition materials from students seeking admission to Stanford
  • Maintain an active presence within the department by attending on-campus performances and actively participating in events such as concerts, faculty recitals, and other student and faculty gatherings
  • Participate on the Performance Committee, attend music department faculty meetings, and serve on committees as needed
  • If interested and qualified, take on the responsibility of directing the annual departmental musical production; although a specific interest in stage directing is not mandatory for this position
  • Collaborate effectively with faculty colleagues and contribute to the long-term goals of the vocal program
  • Fully engage with Stanford’s scholarly and entrepreneurial environment

Qualifications/Required Skills

  • Master's degree or equivalent professional experience in teaching and/or performing, comparable to a terminal degree
  • Proven track record of teaching voice in an accredited higher education institution or a professional setting
  • Enthusiastic commitment to instructing private lessons and group voice classes to a varied student body, spanning various academic disciplines, experience levels, and abilities
  • Demonstration of a clear and engaging teaching style that encourages technically sound, healthy, stylistically informed, and expressive singing
  • Evidence of expertise and significant teaching experience in both classical and non-classical vocal techniques and styles, including music theater, CCM, jazz, etc.
  • Documented success in teaching students of diverse backgrounds at both undergraduate and graduate levels
  • Demonstrates energy and positivity in interactions, contributing to a highly collaborative and collegial environment
  • Commitment to building and nurturing a strong and connected vocal community among students and faculty
  • Familiarity with languages generally encountered in the vocal and choral literature
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills
  • High organizational skills
  • Professional distinction with documented success as a singer

Application Instructions

For full consideration, please submit the following materials in PDF format by March 5, 2024, to  Bryan Hardester, Director of Finance and Operations at bhardest [at] (bhardest[at]stanford[dot]edu):

  • Cover letter
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • One-page teaching philosophy statement
  • The names and contact information of three professional references
  • A 10–15 minute video recording of the candidate teaching a voice lesson or masterclass
  • 10-15 minutes of audio or video recordings of solo vocal performances by the candidate in contrasting styles