Peabody Institute

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Position Type: Full-Time

Interim Music Director of the Peabody Opera
SUBMITTED DATE: 10/13/2020

Interim Music Director of Peabody Opera

The Peabody Institute of the Johns Hopkins University invites applications for an interim, full-time faculty position as opera conductor/pianist/coach in the Conservatory. The ideal candidate for this position will be a passionate educator and an extraordinary musician who is committed to excellence in teaching, has a demonstrated record of national or international musical engagement as an opera conductor and coach, and enjoys working in a campus climate that promotes cultural diversity and multicultural understanding. This is an interim, one-year, full-time faculty position with the possibility of renewal. The initial appointment will begin July 1, 2021. Compensation is commensurate with professional experience.

Located in the heart of Baltimore’s Mount Vernon Cultural District, the Peabody Institute was founded in 1857 as America’s first academy of music. Today, through its degree-granting Conservatory and its community-based Preparatory music and dance school, Peabody trains musicians and dancers of every age and at every level. Each year Peabody stages nearly 1000 major public concerts and performances.

Peabody is one of the nine divisions of the Johns Hopkins University. Johns Hopkins University is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of gender, marital status, pregnancy, race, color, ethnicity, national origin, age, disability, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, veteran status, other legally protected characteristics or any other occupationally irrelevant criteria. The University promotes Affirmative Action for minorities, women, individuals who are disabled, and veterans. Johns Hopkins University is a drug-free, smoke-free workplace.


Opera at Peabody:

The opera program mounts two fully staged productions with orchestra in the mainstage theater every year. Each mainstage production has two casts plus a cover cast. Additionally there is an outreach program, an opera scenes program and the current program champions our unique Etudes program with the composition department, as well as a bi-annual early-music work. The vocal studies department serves up to 120 voice majors each year.


Primary Duties & Responsibilities:

  • Conduct, coach and rehearse undergraduate and graduate students in rehearsals, performances, and in the classroom, exhibiting a thorough knowledge of the standard operatic repertoire, musical style, and comfort with the standard operatic languages.
  • Develop and teach courses which educate singers for musical success in the ever-changing 21st century operatic scene while maintaining a strong link to the core repertory.
  • Fashion a teaching outline of desirable and necessary musical and language skill sets for operatic training to be mastered by the voice students during their tenure.
  • Oversee all musical aspects of two major productions, chamber operas, and scene programs, either conducting them or overseeing guest music directors or coaches, including budget and scheduling.
  • Inspire singers and colleagues in other disciplines throughout Peabody and JHU to work together to take full advantage of interdisciplinary resources and opportunities.
  • Foster programs that reach into the Baltimore-Washington region and bring opera into otherwise underserved communities.

Peabody’s current program champions our unique Etudes program, a collaboration with the Peabody composition department, as well as our long-standing outreach operas, and a bi-annual early-music production.


Required Qualifications:

  • Master's Degree or comparable professional experience
  • Minimum 5 years teaching in higher education or young artist programs
  • A comprehensive knowledge of the standard operatic repertoire
  • High level of familiarity and commitment to the performance of contemporary operatic repertoire and new works
  • High level piano skills
  • High level conducting skills
  • Mastery of French, German, Italian and English language and diction. Mastery of additional language(s) a plus
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills
  • NOTE: The successful candidate(s) for this position will be subject to a pre-employment background check.


Application Instructions:

To ensure full consideration all materials must be received by November 1, 2020, however, applications will be received until the position is filled. Interested and qualified candidates should complete the position application at the following website:


Required Materials for Application:

  • Cover letter
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Phone and email contact information for five references
  • Links to video demonstrations excerpts of at least 3 recent opera productions directed and/or produced of varying styles. Videos(s) must be submitted via website link(s) and uploaded as one attachment.
  • A statement outlining how the candidate envisions (1) the teaching opera in a conservatory setting in remote, hybrid online and in person forms and (2) how opera will change (if at all) in a post-COVID-19 world.

Questions about Membership or this application? Please contact Vincent Covatto, organizational membership manager, at or by calling 646.699.5237.
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