Adjunct Lecturer in Vocal Performance – (Los Angeles, California, United States)

The University of Southern California’s School of Dramatic Arts (SDA) invites applications for a Part-Time Adjunct Lecturer position in Vocal Performance to teach in our Musical Theatre Program/THTE 354 – Musical Theatre Individual Instruction. The course is an introduction to foundational healthy vocal performance/singing skills needed to sustain a career in the musical theatre.  This is an entry-level position for a developing vocal pedagogue.  The appointment begins January 1, 2024 (classes start January 8, 2024) and ends May 1, 2024.

The USC School of Dramatic Arts BFA in Musical Theatre Program welcomes and educates performers from all backgrounds and experiences. We aim to change the face of musical theatre for the 21st Century as well as cultivate and train the multi-hyphenate artist/scholar/creator/innovator.  We seek a collaborative, student-centered artist/scholar dedicated to this mission.   

Our radically inclusive Musical Theatre program celebrates the rich diversity of our globalized world. This mosaic includes race and nationality, ability status, body type, gender identity, sexual orientation, socioeconomic class, and many other aspects of human diversity and the various emerging performance platforms to tell these stories. We seek to create as diverse a pool of candidates as possible, reflecting the broad diversity of identities and experiences that comprise our world today.

The successful candidate will have the following:

  • Experience teaching vocal techniques, emphasizing prudent vocal health and wellness strategies.   
  • Knowledge of musical theatre repertoire.
  • Piano accompaniment skills adequate to facilitate private voice lessons and warmup activities are desirable (an accompanist is provided for students’ juries/performances).
  • A commitment to promoting equity for all marginalized groups traditionally not seen in musical theatre. The candidates will have experience with inclusive and culturally responsive pedagogy and can join our school in building a more just, inclusive, and equitable future in the performing arts.
  • Demonstrated success in teaching contemporary musical styles and a willingness to adopt the pedagogical ideas embraced by the USC program.
  • Flexibility in teaching students who may demonstrate various musical abilities, from experienced singers to novice vocalists.

To apply, candidates are asked to provide the following:

  • An application letter indicating interest in the position and qualifications.
  • A current curriculum vitae or resume.
  • Link to a teaching video of 20 -50 minutes in length.
  • Contact information for three references who may be contacted for letters of recommendation, if needed.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree in theatre, music, or related field
  • 1-2 years teaching experience, advanced vocal technician, and expert in voice pedagogy

The hourly rate range for this position is $60.00 to $70.00 per hour. When extending an offer of employment, the University of Southern California considers factors such as (but not limited to) the scope and responsibilities of the position, the candidate’s work experience, education/training, key skills, internal peer equity, federal, state, and local laws, contractual stipulations, funding, as well as external market and organizational considerations.

The USC School of Dramatic Arts, founded in 1945, is recognized internationally as a leader in theatre education.  The School offers innovative programs and curricula in acting, playwriting, design, critical studies, sound design, stage management and technical direction.  With a faculty of artists working at the highest level of their profession, the School offers BA, BFA and MFA degrees and has an active production program of more than 20 shows with a population of 550 undergraduate and graduate students combined.

The University of Southern California (USC), founded in 1880, is in the heart of downtown L.A. and is the largest private employer in the City of Los Angeles. As an employee of USC, you will be a part of a world-class research university and a member of the “Trojan Family,” which comprises the faculty, students and staff that make the university what it is.

USC and SDA are committed to fostering an inclusive environment that affirms identity, embraces our university’s core values of wellness, equity, and civility, and celebrates the unique dimensions of every Trojan.  USC is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, protected veteran status, disability, or any other characteristic protected by law or USC policy. USC will consider for employment all qualified applicants with criminal histories in a manner consistent with the requirements of the Los Angeles Fair Chance Initiative for Hiring ordinance. 

The University of Southern California values diversity and is committed to equal opportunity in employment.

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