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Director of Voice Studies

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Location: Bellingham, WA
Categories: College of Fine & Performing Arts

Position Title Director, Voice Studies
About the University Western Washington University, with over 16,000 students in seven colleges and the graduate school, is nationally recognized for its educational programs, students and faculty. The campus is located in Bellingham, Washington, a coastal community of 90,000 overlooking Bellingham Bay, the San Juan Islands and the North Cascades Mountain range. The city lies 90 miles north of Seattle and 60 miles south of Vancouver, British Columbia. Western is the highest-ranking public, master's-granting university in the Pacific Northwest, according to the 2019 U.S. News & World Report rankings.
About the Department

The College of Fine and Performing Arts and the Music Department support Western's mission, which states that together with our students, staff, and faculty, we are committed to making a positive impact in the state and the world with a shared focus on academic excellence and inclusive achievement. We encourage applications from women, people of color, people with disabilities, veterans, and other candidates from underrepresented backgrounds and with diverse experiences interested in this opportunity.

The College of Fine and Performing Arts is comprised of the departments of Art/Art History, Design, Music, and Theatre and Dance, housed in eight buildings with five performance spaces, including a Performing Arts Center overlooking Bellingham Bay.  The College also is home to the Music Library and Western Gallery and Public Art Collection, one of the top ten outdoor sculpture collections in the country.

The Music Department has 4 classified staff, 20 tenure-track/tenured faculty, 36 non-tenure track faculty, 5 temporary employees, and approximately 35 student employees. The department serves approximately 200 undergraduate majors and 12 graduate students annually and offers a variety of degrees in Music and Music Education. The department hosts hundreds of events and performances both on and off campus throughout the year, and serves as a focal point for the campus and the regional community through collaboration, participation and leadership in music performance and instruction.  Visit the department's website for more information.

About the Position

The Department of Music seeks a dynamic, creative Director of Voice Studies to provide artistic leadership and deliver curricular instruction. The ideal candidate will be a forward-thinking artist and pedagogue who is experienced in fostering a diverse, equitable and inclusive learning environment. They will have a vision of the voice area in its various facets: performance, pedagogy, leadership and organization of applied voice faculty, curriculum design, recruiting and community engagement. The position will begin in September 2022. 

Position Responsibilities:

Teaching: Specific teaching assignments of the position will reflect the candidate’s skill set and department needs including:

  • Vocal literature
  • Vocal pedagogy sequence for vocal performance and choral music education majors
  • Vocal pedagogy for instrumental music education majors
  • Diction Sequence: IPA as the gateway to singing in both Western European and World Languages
  • Applied voice instruction


  • Engage in relevant research/scholarly/creative activity


  • Administration and leadership of the voice area
  • Collaborative outreach with voice faculty to recruit and retain students
  • Organize and adjudicate entrance auditions and juries
  • Actively participate in faculty governance and university service
  • Create a strong regional presence and actively serve in relevant professional associations
Required Qualifications
  • Master’s Degree in Music
  • Evidence of successful university teaching in voice, pedagogy, literature and diction
  • Demonstrated evidence of successful leadership and administrative experience
  • Evidence of strong communication and interpersonal skills
  • Demonstrated ability to cultivate learning environments that are equitable and inclusive of students with diverse social identities and backgrounds.

All employees must comply with our Immunization policies, including COVID vaccination by time of hire and Proof of Rubeola Measles Immunity within 60-days of hire. Please reach out to if you need information regarding medical or religious exemption and applicable accommodations.

Preferred Qualifications
  • Earned Doctorate in Music
  • Performance experience in solo voice and/or musical dramatic productions
  • Participation in professional academic and/or music associations


 Commensurate with experience and qualifications

Bargaining Unit

 United Faculty of Western Washington

Application Instructions

A cover letter and curriculum vitae are required and should address your experience related to the position responsibilities and the required and preferred qualifications.

Required Supplemental Materials

Application materials must be submitted via WWU's PageUp system and include the following:

1. Cover letter addressing how you meet the required and preferred qualifications;
2. Curriculum vitae;
3. Statement of teaching philosophy and interest;
4. Statement (one-page) discussing your ability and commitment to work effectively with underrepresented students and to foster and promote an environment of diversity, equity, and inclusion; you may draw upon your personal as well as professional experience in developing this statement.  For more information about Western's commitment to and work on equity, inclusion, and diversity, please see Western's President's page on Advancing Inclusion and Diversity;
5. Video recording sample of teaching;
6. Word document or PDF containing hyperlinks to media material of recent performances or recordings (YouTube, personal website, etc.); and
7. Names and contact information for five professional references.

Inquiries may be directed to the Search Committee Chair, Prof. Timothy Fitzpatrick,  

Closing Date Notes Application review begins November 26, 2021; position is open until filled.

Western Washington University (WWU) is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer committed to assembling a diverse, broadly trained faculty and staff. Women, minorities, people with disabilities and veterans are strongly encouraged to apply. In compliance with applicable laws and in furtherance of its commitment to fostering an environment that welcomes and embraces diversity, WWU does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, creed, religion, national origin, sex (including pregnancy and parenting status), disability, age, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, marital status or genetic information in its programs or activities, including employment, admissions, and educational programs. See WWU’s Policy on Ensuring Equal Opportunity and Prohibiting Discrimination and Retaliation. Inquiries may be directed to the Office of Civil Rights and Title IX Compliance, Title IX and ADA Coordinator, Western Washington University, Old Main 345 (MS 9021), 516 High Street, Bellingham, WA 98225; 360.650.3307 (voice) or 711 (Washington Relay);

Annual Security and Fire Safety Report: This report is provided pursuant to the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act ("The Clery Act"). It includes statistics for the previous three calendar years concerning reported crimes that occurred on Western's campus; in certain off-campus buildings or property owned or controlled by Western; and on public property within, or immediately adjacent to and accessible from, the campus. The report also includes institutional policies concerning campus security, such as policies concerning alcohol and drug use, crime prevention, the reporting of crimes, sexual assault, and other matters. You can obtain a copy of this report in printed or alternate formats by contacting the Office of the Vice President for Enrollment and Student Services at The report can be found at: Annual Security and Fire Safety Report.

WWU is committed to providing reasonable accommodations to qualified individuals with disabilities upon request. To request this document in an alternate format or to request an accommodation, please contact Human Resources Disability Services, 360.650.3774 or 711 (Washington Relay).

All new employees must comply with the immunization policy and show employment eligibility verification as required by the U.S. Citizen and Immigration Service before beginning work at WWU. A thorough background check will be conducted on all new hires.

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