Professor of Practice, Todd Chair of Vocal Studies

Sydney, Australia
Competitive remuneration package including 17% superannuation
20 Sep 2022
End of advertisement period
18 Oct 2022
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Part Time
  • Fractional (0.6 FTE) fixed term 3 years
  • Opportunity to teach and inspire in the area of vocal performance and artistic research
  • Offering a competitive remuneration package including 17% superannuation

About the opportunity

The Sydney Conservatorium of Music (SCM) is seeking a Professor who has a national or international reputation for excellence in the area of vocal performance and artistic research. This role is for a Professor of Practice focusing on the relationship between the Opera / Vocal workplaces and tertiary education. This position plays a significant role contributing to the academic endeavors of the Sydney Conservatorium of Music's Vocal Department including contributions to curriculum and performance research. It contributes to fostering a culture of excellence through their own professional performance and pedagogical expertise and through guiding students towards success through cultural leadership in voice and opera. A Professor maintains and builds their reputation by actively contributing to vocal performance practice, academic debate, policy development and innovation within the University and beyond.

Your key responsibilities will be to:

  • maintain reputation for academic vocal performance excellence, which includes
  • making original and innovative contributions to the advancement of performance and pedagogy within the discipline of vocal studies which are recognised as outstanding, nationally or internationally
  • maintaining a performance profile which meets University expectations and standards and enhances the reputation of the Sydney Conservatorium of Music- including high level performances, innovative musical practice, with an international reputation for excellence.
  • maintaining quality, standards and excellence in all education, performance and artistic outputs
  • ensure outstanding teaching and learning outcomes, which includes
  • coordinating and developing curricula and programs within the SCM which enhance the University's standing as a national leader in vocal education
  • engaging in high-quality teaching and learning experiences which meet the University's expectations and standards for education
  • ensuring vocal pedagogy and learning outcomes are related to vocal industry expectations
  • leading developments in improving education quality through participation in School education committees or taking on educational leadership roles
  • contribute to the education and administrative activities of SCM
  • contribute to a positive workplace culture within SCM
  • contribute to the strategic direction of the SCM as articulated through the School's Strategic Plan
  • engage and contribute beyond the University

About you

We are looking for a Professor of Practice - Todd Chair of Vocal Studies who possesses:

  • extensive professional experience in the field of Opera and vocal performance.
  • a national or international reputation for excellence in vocal performance/ vocal pedagogy/ administration and evidence of recognition within the broader music performance community
  • a sustained record of excellence in teaching and learning, as evidenced through successful student outcomes, demonstrated impact on student learning, recognition through awards/prizes and recruitment of students
  • demonstrated teaching experience in vocal studies
  • experience in people leadership within the musical sector, including demonstrated success in supervising and/or mentoring others towards success
  • ability to inspire students in a range of learning contexts (individual, ensemble).
  • demonstrated understanding of teaching stylistic approaches and the ability to teach vocal students from diverse backgrounds with evidence of students who have continued into successful performance roles
  • national/international professional connections in the area of vocal performance.

Term and remuneration

The Professor of Practice - Todd Chair of Vocal Studies will be a fractional (0.6 FTE), fixed term, 3 year appointment. The successful candidate will be offered a competitive remuneration package commensurate with the responsibilities of the position and the candidate's relevant experience and qualifications.

Closing date for applications

11:59pm, Tuesday, 18 October 2022

How to apply

Please click here to apply

For a confidential discussion about the role, or if you require reasonable adjustment or support filling out this application, please contact Senior Talent Partner, Senior Talent Acquisition, Lucy Porter on +61 429 771 115 or

Pre-employment checks

Your employment is conditional upon the completion of all role required pre-employment or background checks in terms satisfactory to the University. Similarly, your ongoing employment is conditional upon the satisfactory maintenance of all relevant clearances and background check requirements. If you do not meet these conditions, the University may take any necessary step, including the termination of your employment.

EEO statement

The University of Sydney is committed to diversity and social inclusion. Applications from people of culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds; equity target groups including women, people with disabilities, people who identify as LGBTIQ; and people of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander descent, are encouraged.

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