Assistant/Associate Adjunct Faculty in Performing Arts: Theatre (PERFA 132) Play in Production: Musical Director

Saint Mary’s College of California

Moraga, CA

ID: 7121720
Posted: January 20, 2023

Job Description

Assistant/Associate Adjunct Faculty in Performing Arts: Theatre (PERFA 132) Play in Production: Musical Director

Location: Moraga,CA

Open Date: Jan 19, 2023


Founded in 1863, Saint Mary's is a residential campus nestled 20 miles east of San Francisco in the picturesque Moraga Valley. Based in the Catholic, Lasallian and Liberal Arts traditions, Saint Mary's currently enrolls more than 4,000 students from diverse backgrounds in undergraduate and graduate programs. The De La Salle Christian Brothers, the largest teaching order of the Roman Catholic Church, guide the spiritual and academic character of the College.

As a comprehensive and independent institution, Saint Mary's offers undergraduate and graduate programs integrating liberal and professional education. Saint Mary's reputation for excellence, innovation and responsiveness in education stems from its vibrant heritage as a Catholic, Lasallian and Liberal Arts institution. An outstanding, committed faculty and staff that value shared inquiry, integrative learning and student interaction bring these traditions to life in the 21st century. The College is committed to the educational benefits of diversity.


Saint Mary's seeks an innovative musical director for the production practicum course, Perfa 132, Play in Production: Musical Director, in Spring 2023.

Seeking a Musical Director for our spring ‘23 theatre production. Our original pastiche is entitled Willow and Houston Throw the Grad Party of the F*cking Century, and it combines original student writing with songs, monologues, and scenes from contemporary theatrical works.

Working list of songs (songs may be cut, but will not be added):

“Tonight Belongs to You” from The Prom

“Times are Hard for Dreamers” from Amelie

“Totally Fucked” from Spring Awakening

“After All of This and Everything” from Freaky Friday

“Calm” from Ordinary Days

“You Learn” from Jagged Little Pill

The Musical Director will be asked to lead vocal rehearsals for our production 1-2 nights a week, for 3 hours a night. Rehearsals are Sunday-Thursday, 6:00-10:00 pm. Important dates in the production calendar are as follows:

Auditions: February 7-10: 6:00-10:00 pm, plus casting discussion via Zoom on February 11

Rehearsals: 1-2 nights per week from February 12- March 30: 6:00-10:00 pm

Brush up rehearsal: April 11, 6:00-10:00 pm

Tech: April 12-15: 6:00-10:00 pm

Dress Rehearsals: April 17-19: 6:00-10:00 pm

The MD's presence is not required for performances.

Therefore, the MD is asked to attend roughly 20-24 rehearsals. The MD is also asked to attend production meetings via Zoom every-other week. Pre-recorded music tracks will be utilized for performances, but some piano accompaniment may be required for auditions and rehearsals.

Compensation will include 0.66 academic credits' worth of faculty salary, plus a $2,000 stipend.


Required Qualifications: Proven success as a Musical Director (not Assistant MD) for at least 3 musical theatre productions. Experience with vocal coaching, both ensemble and solos/small groups. Skill in piano accompaniment. Skill in assessing vocal ranges and vocal ability. Ability to collaborate and communicate with members of a theatrical production team.

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