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Assistant Professor of Music/Vocal Studies (Soprano or Mezzo Soprano preferred)

Pepperdine University
Malibu, California
Commensurate with experience
Posted Date
Oct 3, 2022

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Position Type
Faculty Positions, Arts, Music, Performing Arts
Employment Level
Tenured/Tenured Track
Employment Type
Full Time
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The Music Program at Pepperdine University's Seaver College of Letters, Arts, and Sciences is seeking applications for a tenure-track faculty position in Voice (Soprano or Mezzo Soprano is preferred) beginning August 1, 2023. Applicants should hold an MM or a DMA and show an active history of working professionally as a classical singer/performer. (Applicants with a completed DMA degree will be considered for a tenure-track assistant professor appointment. Applicants with a terminal MM degree will be considered for a fixed-term faculty appointment.) Applicants should demonstrate evidence of excellence in teaching and pedagogy, preferably shown through at least two years of full-time undergraduate teaching experience, not including service as a teaching assistant.

The primary role of this position is applied vocal instruction within a dynamic undergraduate music program. The position may also include teaching diction, pedagogy, vocal literature, assisting the directors of the annual musical and opera productions, and other areas relating to the candidate’s expertise. The successful applicant will be an engaging teacher and artist with excellent training in classical vocal performance and pedagogy. They will have the ability to work with students of all voice types in classical, operatic, choral, musical theater, and contemporary styles. The successful candidate will have expertise in languages (Italian, German, and French required), performance practice, and current trends in the classical and musical theater industry.  

The successful candidate will also show potential to recruit superior students; maintain excellent collaborative working relationships with their colleagues; offer strong service and administrative support for the Music Program and the University; envision new paradigms of arts education in the twenty-first century; and pursue a strong scholarly/creative trajectory.  Strong organizational and management skills are a must. Demonstrated commitment to the vocal, physical, and mental health of students is also expected. 

We seek applicants with diverse creative and intellectual interests who are committed to working with undergraduates in an academically rigorous Christian liberal arts environment. We strongly encourage women and people of color to apply. 

Pepperdine University is a private Christian university overlooking the Pacific Ocean in Malibu, California. Faculty, staff and students partner to support Pepperdine’s Christian mission, as well as to engage Pepperdine's spiritual community. Successful candidates must have a commitment to the Christian Mission and values of the University and the mission of Seaver College

All applicants should share links to videos of undergraduate voice lessons (one male and one female, 10 - 20 minutes each) and a link to recent performances, in addition to the standard application materials. Review of applications will begin October 15, 2022 and continue until the position is filled. Please submit all application materials by clicking [Apply on Website] at the top or bottom of this page or visit Seaver Faculty Employment Opportunities for additional information and a link to apply. A background check will be required as a condition of employment. 

For additional information, please contact:

Professor Louise Lofquist ( )
Chair, Recruiting Committee
Fine Arts Division
Seaver College, Pepperdine University
Malibu, CA 90263-4462



Pepperdine University was established in 1937 by Mr. George Pepperdine, a Christian businessman, who stressed the desirability of a complete education built on a Christian value system. The institution is committed to the ideals of the founder. Pepperdine's Seaver College is a highly selective undergraduate liberal arts college with approximately 3,400 students. Successful candidates must demonstrate an active commitment to the Christian mission of the University and the mission of Seaver College. Located near Los Angeles in Southern California, Pepperdine University is especially interested in candidates who can contribute through their teaching, research, and service to the diversity and excellence of the University and our surrounding community.

Pepperdine is an Equal Employment Opportunity Employer and does not unlawfully discriminate on the basis of any status or condition protected by applicable federal, state, or local law. Pepperdine is committed to providing a work environment free from all forms of harassment and discrimination. Engaging in unlawful discrimination or harassment will result in appropriate disciplinary action, up to and including dismissal from the University. Pepperdine is religiously affiliated with the Churches of Christ. It is the purpose of Pepperdine to pursue the very highest employment and academic standards within a context which celebrates and extends the spiritual and ethical ideals of the Christian faith. While students, faculty, staff and members of the Board of Regents represent many religious backgrounds, Pepperdine reserves the right to seek, hire and promote persons who support the goals and mission of the institution, including the right to prefer co-religionists. It is the intent of the University to create and promote a diverse work force consistent with its stated goals and mission. 

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