ASSISTANT PROFESSOR of VOICE / UMKC Conservatory / Music Division

University of Missouri Kansas City
Missouri, United States
Salary Not Specified
Date posted
Oct 16, 2023

Hiring Department



Division of Music

Assistant Professor of Voice. Tenure track. Full-time

The UMKC Conservatory seeks people who will help build the future of Conservatory education and research in the performing arts. We seek faculty who demonstrate a growth mindset, with an understanding that learning is an ongoing process. We seek faculty who believe that art has the power to help us understand ourselves, each other, and our culture while empowering us to move that culture forward. Qualified candidates will engage in work that appeals to, and positively impacts, the global population. They will work strategically in ways that adapt to the opportunities in their regions, and work within frameworks that embrace transdisciplinary possibilities. They will also be committed to UMKC’s key values of Accountability, Learning, Respect, Diversity, Collaboration, and Integrity.

For more information about the Conservatory, please visit .

Job Description

Tenure-track duties and responsibilities for the successful candidate will include:

§ Teach undergraduate and graduate applied voice;

§ Teach coursework within the vocal curriculum according to the candidate’s expertise and the needs of the Vocal Studies Area, with the potential to work collaboratively with other areas within the Music Division or within the larger Conservatory, with Dance and Theatre;

§ Recruit and retain high caliber undergraduate and graduate voice students;

§ Maintain an active professional profile that reflects the career of a successful teacher/performer/scholar;

§ Contribute to the enhancement of all facets of the Vocal Studies Area; collaborate musically and artistically, both within and outside of the university;

§ Contribute to the performance, academic, and service environments characteristic of a Conservatory within a university;

§ Enrich the cultural environment of the Kansas City metropolitan community; and

§ Participate actively in the intellectual life of the Conservatory and university by serving on graduate and faculty committees, as well as engaging in other Conservatory activities.


The successful candidate must provide evidence of:

· Successful and innovative experience teaching voice, preferably in a university setting;

· Pedagogical skill in teaching varied vocal genres and styles to prepare students for successful and innovative music careers;

· Significant professional experience as a performer/scholar;

· Ability to recruit quality undergraduate and graduate voice students;

· An earned terminal degree in vocal performance or vocal pedagogy, or equivalent professional experience.

(Preference given to tenors, though all voice types will be considered.)

Anticipated Hiring Range

$55,000-$65,000 based on candidate’s documented qualifications, record of creative/scholarly activity, and experience .

Application Materials

For consideration, you must apply online at , click in Academic Positions Job Opening ID 49095

Please complete the online application form and provide:

· your cover letter highlighting your career achievements which qualify you for a tenure track faculty position

· curriculum vitae including educational background, previous academic appointments and artistic credentials

· if available, links to professional webpage or performances

· list of 3 professional references with current contact information

As practical, please combine all application materials into one PDF or Microsoft Word document and upload as your resume attachment. Limit document name to 50 characters and do not include any special characters (e.g., /, &, %, etc.).

· If you are experiencing technical problems during application, please email .

· For questions about the position, please contact including the Job Identification number 49095 and name of the position.

· Reasonable accommodations may be requested during the application and recruitment process. If you need an accommodation, please contact the Office of Affirmative Action at (816) 235-1323.

We will contact references and request educational transcripts for applicants who progress to the finalist stage .

Application Deadline

Review of application materials will begin November 13, 2023 and will continue until the position is filled.

Other Information

This is a full-time, benefit-eligible, ranked tenure-track faculty position to begin Fall Semester 2024.

Our academic schedules and workload provide for a positive work/life balance.

Community Information

UMKC is the largest comprehensive, fully accredited university in the Kansas City area with award-winning academic programs and faculty. Our university is committed to being a model urban university that is recognized for our partnerships with diverse communities to effectively foster a healthy, safe, more economically secure quality of life. It is part of the larger University of Missouri System (UMS). The UMKC Conservatory is the designated performing arts campus of the University of Missouri System of 4 campuses. We are a vital partner in Kansas City’s rich cultural environment, providing the highest level of professional instruction and an extensive array of performances.

A City on the Rise: Big City Life and Midwest Charm, Kansas City offers the best of both worlds – a vibrant, urban community with midwestern appeal and an affordable cost of living. The university is in one of the most entrepreneurial cities in America and the metropolitan area has a population of more than 2.4 million. Our UMKC campuses are centered in the hubs of cultural arts with internationally acclaimed venues including the Kauffman Center for Performing Arts, 18th& Vine jazz district, KC Rep, Starlight Theatre, and other local sites known for a rich history of music and performing arts. Our community boasts championship professional athletic teams, NASCAR racing, art galleries, and great local and ethnic cuisine (KC BBQ!!). Our beautiful state provides rivers, lakes, biking/hiking trails and mountains for outdoor enthusiasts, all within an easy drive.

Benefit Eligibility

This position is eligible for University benefits. As part of your total compensation, the University offers a comprehensive benefits package, including medical, dental and vision plans, retirement, and educational fee discounts for all four UM System campuses. For additional information on University benefits, please visit the Faculty & Staff Benefits website at .

Values Commitment

We value the uniqueness of every individual and strive to ensure each person’s success. Contributions from individuals with diverse backgrounds, experiences and perspectives promote intellectual pluralism and enable us to achieve the excellence that we seek in learning, research and engagement. This commitment makes our university a better place to work, learn and innovate.

In your application materials, please discuss your experiences and expertise that support these values and enrich our missions of teaching, research, and engagement.

Equal Employment Opportunity

The University of Missouri System is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Equal Opportunity is and shall be provided for all employees and applicants for employment on the basis of their demonstrated ability and competence without unlawful discrimination on the basis of their race, color, national origin, ancestry, religion, sex, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, age, disability, or protected veteran status, or any other status protected by applicable state or federal law. This policy applies to all employment decisions including, but not limited to, recruiting, hiring, training, promotions, pay practices, benefits, disciplinary actions and terminations. For more information, visit or call Human Resources at 816-235-1621.

To request ADA accommodations, please call the Office of Equity & Title IX at 816-235-6910.

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