Foundation Studio: Voice Teacher

Company: The Cape Town Opera Company

Position: Foundation Studio: Voice Teacher
Reports to: Head of Youth Development and Education
Location: Artscape Theatre Centre, Cape Town, South Africa
Period: Part-time

Company Overview

Cape Town Opera, which celebrates its 25th birthday in 2024, is one of the largest full-time performing arts institutions in South Africa and the only continuously active opera company on the African continent. The Company offers a diverse array of productions annually, from mainstage operas to musicals and concerts, catering to audiences of all ages.

Our role in championing South Africa’s exceptional vocal talent is crucial. We provide support and development opportunities through programmes like the National Schools Tour, the internationally award-winning Foundation Studio for high-school learners and the Judith Neilson Young Artist Programme for postgraduate singers, pianists, and conductors.

As a recipient of numerous accolades, Cape Town Opera is a torchbearer for excellence, inclusivity and employment within the theatre and arts industry. The Company is dedicated to safeguarding opera as part of South Africa’s cultural heritage, a commitment that spans the entire theatre industry, from singers to set builders, fostering the incredible talent found in every corner of South Africa.

Position Overview

We are in search of a dynamic and experienced Voice Teacher to teach Cape Town Opera’s Foundation Studio students. This programme, recipient of a prestigious International Opera Award in 2022, aims to give high school learners aged 14 – 18 access to music literacy courses that their schools cannot offer. The programme provides daily vocal lessons, theory lessons, keyboard studies, aural training, meals and transport, as well as all educational material and stationery. Ensuring that students have the necessary skills to enter tertiary education institutions is the primary goal of the Foundation Studio.

The Voice Teacher plays a pivotal role in the development and training of our Foundation Studio students. This position offers an exciting opportunity to work closely with emerging opera singers, guiding them towards their full artistic potential.

Applicant requirements

The ideal applicant possesses the following:

Hard skills

  1. Bachelor’s Degree in Opera or Music, or a related tertiary qualification, and/or at least 3 years of professional teaching experience, with a proven track record of success.
  2. Proficiency in the Microsoft Office Suite and email platforms.
  3. Fluency, verbal and preferably written, in English and isiXhosa.
  4. Comprehensive knowledge of and hands-on experience of opera and classical singing repertoire.
  5. Knowledge of and love for opera and music education.

Soft skills

  1. Dynamic, proactive and enthusiastic attitude.
  2. Strong organisational, communication and interpersonal skills, with the ability to inspire and motivate students.
  3. Demonstrated commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion in the arts.
  4. Ability to adapt teaching methods to accommodate students with varying learning styles and backgrounds.
  5. Passion for opera and a genuine desire to nurture the next generation of opera talent.
  6. Professional manner and appearance.

Applicant responsibilities

The key responsibilities of the position are:

  1. Provide individual vocal instruction to students, focusing on technique, interpretation, and performance skills.
  2. Create customised lesson plans for students, addressing their diverse vocal training needs and skill levels through effective communication and implementation.
  3. Ensure students learn proper vocal technique to safeguard their vocal health, and provide instruction in diverse warm-up routines and vocal training methods.
  4. Select suitable repertoire for each student’s voice type and proficiency level and compile a repertoire list.
  5. Assist and prepare students for participation in internal and external examinations, auditions and Cape Town Opera productions/concerts.
  6. Assist students with aural training, as required.
  7. Develop, provide, and present students with a structured lesson plan/curriculum.
  8. Provide musical accompaniment at lessons, as required.
  9. Regular assessment of pupils’ abilities through feedback sessions and written reports.

Additional Requirements

  1. Ability and willingness to work long hours, weekends and holidays, as required.
  2. A valid SA driver’s licence and own transport to and from work.
  3. Clear criminal and credit record.
  4. Must be legally able to work in South Africa

Application Procedure:

The position is part-time and is based at the Artscape Theatre Centre, Foreshore, Cape Town, South Africa.

The deadline for applications is Thursday, 6 June 2024. 

Please submit:

  1. A motivational letter detailing your specific interest in and skills applicable to the position;
  2. Your CV;
  3. Three contactable references.

Please note that applications that do not meet all three these requirements will not be considered.

Applications should be sent via email to geraldp@capetownopera.co.za; all information will be kept confidential.

Cape Town Opera celebrates diversity and is committed to creating an inclusive and supportive environment for all employees.

Cape Town Opera reserves the right not to make an appointment.