Austin Opera: Chorus Master/Assistant Conductor
Reports to: Artistic Director/Principal Conductor
Part time – July 1, 2017 through June 30, 2018
Requires communication outside of contract period to approve schedules, scores, and other chorus-related issues.
Austin Opera is seeking a greater Austin area musician to fill the role of Chorus Master/Assistant Conductor. The successful candidate will be able to demonstrate strong leadership and organization skills with the ability to deliver exceptional performance for the Austin Opera Chorus. The Chorus Master/Assistant Conductor is responsible generally for the standard of musical preparation. The Chorus Master/Assistant Conductor will be a motivated musician and choral conductor of high caliber.
- Preparation and maintenance of the Austin Opera Chorus to the highest musical standards.
- Preparation of Austin Opera Chorus for all operas.
- Prepare, in coordination with the Artistic Director, the chorus musical rehearsal schedule that coordinates, and includes the mainstage production staging schedule for chorus.
- Secure and rehearse all supplemental and children’s choruses.
- Attendance at meetings and mainstage auditions as required.
- Coordination and scheduling of yearly chorus auditions.
- Cast the chorus for the season within a week of auditions.
- Prepare and distribute chorus scores two weeks prior to the first music rehearsal.
- Recruitment of chorus members through short time and long term planning.
- Supervise and hold auditions for chorus members.
- Attendance, where appropriate, at auditions and student performances at universities, concerts, and small opera companies where singers are performing who could be potential chorus member.
- Consult with Artistic Director on budget related issues including rehearsal hours, chorus numbers and chorus bit roles.
- Attendance at all music and production rehearsals for principals and chorus. Be prepared to conduct staging and technical rehearsals as needed.
- Management of all season-related communication with the chorus – this may include a chorus website.
- Prepare for the staging staff a list for each opera of chorus absences.
- Preparation of chorus list for the program.
- Maintain accurate and complete chorus attendance and payroll management records.
- Verify work authorization status of non-US citizens before offering a contract.
- Secure for Finance, W9’s for choristers.
- Off stage conducting, playing, and cueing of chorus and stage bands, sound effects, and other pit to stage coordination where required during performance.
- Monitoring of chorus during performances.
- Update and distribute Austin Opera Chorus Handbook each season.
- Coordinate with production music staff needs in the rehearsal hall and on stage. This would include placement of audio and video monitors, off stage chorus/soloists, and off stage instrumentalists.
- Provide feedback to Conductor regarding balance and acoustics in the performance hall.
- Provide feedback to artists upon request of the Conductor.
- Act as Music Director for any future outreach, education, and chamber opera productions if requested by General Director or Artistic Director.
- Other duties as assigned.
- At least a Master of Music or professional equivalent
- Working knowledge of Italian, German and French
- Extensive knowledge of operatic repertoire.
- Strong leadership skills.
- Working knowledge of Microsoft Office Suite
- Strong communication, planning, organizational and management skills.
- Proficiency as an off stage conductor.
- Experienced in managing a professional opera chorus is preferred.
- Understanding of voices.
- Experience as a choral conductor.
- Team player
Flexibility is required to meet the requirement of the job, including evenings and weekends.
Commensurate with experience
2017-2018 Season: Carmen, Ariadne auf Naxos, and La traviata
How to apply
March 15, 2107
Austin Lyric Opera is an Equal opportunity Employer
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