Job Title: Head of Music
Department: Operations (Artistic, Production/Technical, Community Engagement Programs)
Reports to: Artistic Administrator
FLSA Status: Seasonal (40 weeks), Full-time, Exempt
Supervises: Music Staff, and musical supervision of Guest Artists, Chorus, Community Artist Fellows
General Position Summary:
The Head of Music is responsible for the realization of all musical activities and the musical preparations for the company’s mainstage productions, site-specific productions, festival productions, galas, special events and performances, and annual programming (hereinafter referred to throughout this document as, “Productions”). He/She will contribute meaningfully to the success of the Community Artists Fellowship and will be senior leader of the program serving as the primary music head for the Community Artists Fellowship artistic initiatives. The Head of Music ensures all musical aspects of the Productions are in adherence to established parameters and supports the artistic and financial goals of the company. The Head of Music has the discretion to resolve or recommend for resolution unforeseen circumstances that occur during the course of the season.
Essential Functions/Major responsibilities:
To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty and responsibility satisfactorily. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individual with disabilities to perform the essential functions. Other duties may be assigned to meet business needs.
Musical Preparation and Performance
- Realize the artistic and musical initiatives of the company, ensuring the artistic and music areas have the resources they require to execute the season.
- Oversee musical preparation and quality for all Productions and the Community Artist Fellows.
- Repetiteur for rehearsals and perform, as assigned.
- Support artists during rehearsal and production periods; Serve as principal coach for the artists for Productions.
- Prepare the chorus and children’s chorus, or oversees the chorus preparation by guest chorus master or the conductor.
- Conduct chorus warm-ups.
- Conduct offstage chorus and banda.
- Attend rehearsals to serve as an ear for balance and sound issues.
- Oversee consistency and identifies areas for improvement in the orchestra and chorus.
- Act as assistant conductor in rehearsals, and accompany the conductor to rehearsals and orchestra reads; Take musical notes during rehearsals.
- Conduct Productions as required.
Community Programs and Community Artist Fellowship
- Work closely with the Engagement Programs Manager to support the creation, artistic planning, and programming development of community engagement initiatives and the Community Artists Fellowship.
- Identify and suggest casting/role assignments for the Community Artist Fellows.
- With the Engagement Programs Manager, prepare music editions, parts, and cuts.
- Serve as principal coach and musical liaison to Community Artist Fellows and alumnus
- Act as repetiteur/pianist for community programming events.
- Oversee musical preparation and quality of community programming and Community Artist Fellows.
- Participate in various educational, outreach and community activities as assigned by the General Director and Director of Operations, including but not limited to Community Artists Fellowship performances, opera lectures, adult education classes, development and marketing events.
- In consultation with General Director and Director of Operations, develop season schedule and staffing plan; Identify additional music staff and freelance musicians as needed.
- Assist with season planning, staffing, casting, training, and execution of Operations Department goals.
- Proactively identify and communicate constraints and clarify overall musical parameters on an ongoing basis.
- Research ideas for repertoire planning and guest conductors as directed by the General Director and Director of Operations.
- With the Director of Operations, manage the development of new works and/or new editions; Participate in workshops.
- With the Artistic Administrator, research and coordinate artistic and musical needs related to Productions, including but not limited to instrument and musical equipment needs. Provide musical expertise.
- Act as liaison to conductors and guest music staff during rehearsals and performances, and in the advance period leading up to the production; Establish good working relationships with all conductors and music staff and coordinate their efforts to satisfy the artistic and financial goals of the company.
- Oversee and coordinate the music staff regarding coaching, rehearsal playing, rehearsal conducting, and chorus rehearsals.
- With the Artistic Administrator, identify musical materials, scores, and parts for piano vocal and orchestral scores.
- Establish edition, cuts, edits, string and chorus counts, orchestra and chorus divisi etc. with the General Director and Conductor.
- Participate in the departmental development of the master calendar for the season and festival.
- Participate in the coordination of the daily rehearsal schedule representing music needs.
- Support scheduling of other company related events with the Director of Operations.
- Work in conjunction with General Director, Artistic Administrator, Marketing and Development staff to schedule appropriate performance opportunities for artists.
- With the Artistic Administrator, liaise with orchestra contractor to coordinate practice parts and set-up of orchestra rehearsals; Maintain relationship with the orchestra personnel.
- Participate in the creation of the pit plot with Conductor, Artistic Administrator, and the Production Manager.
- Coordinate production/technical requirements with the Production Manager (i.e. orchestra pit plot, sound/acoustic support and equipment, coordinate music equipment and in-theater music needs, and identify support staff needs).
- Maintain list of local coaches/pianists for events.
Auditions and Casting
- Participate in planning.
- Lead the annual chorus and children’s chorus auditions; recommends personnel and role assignments to the General Director.
- Participate in principal and supporting roles casting.
- Participate in selection of Community Artist Fellows.
- Identify and recommend potential singers for future productions; Screen artist materials.
- Plays for auditions, as needed.
- Active participation in solving unforeseen circumstances during the production process.
- Attend performances and events as required.
- Speak at ancillary cultivation or performance related events as requested
- Assist Development with donor cultivation when requested
- Prepare/maintain internal artistic/musical records and archival media; document operations as needed.
- Participate in assessment of viable rehearsal and performance venues.
- Attend and participate in meetings as required.
- Other duties as required.
Education and/or Experience:
- Masters Degree preferred; preferably in music, collaborative piano, or equivalent.
- Experience working in non-profit arts organization, is preferred.
Knowledge, skills and abilities:
- Demonstrated ability to effectively manage multiple projects in a performing arts environment and to deal proactively with company requirements.
- Analyze information logically, drawing on one’s knowledge and experience base and calling on other references and resources as necessary to generate appropriate and/or creative solutions.
- 7+ years of experience in collaborative piano, conducting, and/or music administration.
- Demonstrated success in professional environment of opera coaching and arts administration.
- Extensive musical and operatic knowledge.
- Multiple language ability is desirable; Working knowledge of English, French, Italian, and German diction.
- Experience with union environments.
- Strong computer skills, including a thorough knowledge of Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, Access, PowerPoint, Publisher).
- Excellent written and verbal communications skills.
- Excellent organizational skills.
- Highly self-motivated with leadership qualities and also an effective team player.
- Results and team-oriented work style.
- Must be able to lift and carry 50 pounds.
Opera Omaha staff, board members, guest artists and musicians, artist managers, vendors, community organizations and any external constituents needing assistance. Establishes a good relationship with all to enhance company morale and maintain a positive attitude within the working environment.
Job Conditions and Work Hours:
Opera Omaha is a high-energy organization with a demanding mission. Employees will sometimes experience heavy workloads under very tight timelines. In addition, work may be required outside of normal business hours, including some evenings and weekends to support programming, performances, and other Opera Omaha initiatives.
Interested candidates should email a cover letter, resume and salary requirement to Jenny Daggett, Director of Finance and Human Resources: email@example.com. Please include "Head of Music” in the subject line of the email.