Royal Conservatoire of Scotland

School of Music
Part Time, Permanent
Salary scale: £48,648 – £53,160 pro rata

The Royal Conservatoire of Scotland is looking for a visionary artistic leader to build upon a strong foundation and ensure that the Alexander Gibson Opera School innovates within the institution and through outside partnerships and maintains its status as a destination of choice for the finest singers in the world.

We are a national and international centre of excellence for the performing arts, offering highly- specialised education in and across the art forms of music, drama, dance, film and production. Our innovative undergraduate and postgraduate curricula combine intense specialist study of the highest quality with opportunities for student choice and artistic collaboration across artistic disciplines, thereby educating our graduates as versatile, employable professionals.

We are one of the busiest arts venues in Scotland, with around 500 public performances each year, including a wide range in external venues and in collaboration with Scotland’s national companies and the BBC. The School of Music has around 650 HE students across undergraduate (BMus, BEd Music) and postgraduate (MA, MMus, PhD, DPerf) programmes.

The School of Music seeks a versatile and respected individual to lead the Opera School. The School has approximately 25 MMus opera students and MMus repetiteur students, 5 permanent staff members and a number of part-time staff shared with the Vocal Performance department.

The Head of Opera will be responsible for the artistic and strategic leadership and operational management of the Alexander Gibson Opera School, including the recruitment of students and staff; the development and delivery of study programmes; the artistic planning and management of opera productions and other performances; and the development of partnerships with Scottish Opera and other artistic and educational organisations, nationally and internationally.

The successful candidate will have extensive professional experience as an opera conductor/coach or director as well as experience of leadership and higher music education, excellent communication skills, and a compelling folio of connections to industry. The successful candidate will also be expected to maintain a professional career beyond the Conservatoire, facilitated by the 0.8 FTE nature of the post and negotiated within the requirements of the Conservatoire’s academic calendar.

Location: Glasgow City

For further information, please contact (Human Resources), or call 0141 270 8397, or visit

The deadline is Friday 27 January 2017 at 17:00.