Job

Head of Music

Opera Omaha

1850 Farnam St.
Omaha, NE 68102

Deadline

Rolling

Posted

Mar 14, 2023

HEAD OF MUSIC
Status: Full Time, Salaried
Reports to: Producing Director
Salary: starting at $60,000 annually + benefits

WHO WE ARE + WHAT WE DO
Opera Omaha, a non-profit performing arts organization, is a growth-minded, high energy, and innovative company with a demanding mission: producing opera performances in multiple formats and styles and co-creating artist-led programs for a variety of community service organizations. The company highly values the creation of an inventive, creative, empathetic, and inclusive community that inspires joy, self-discovery, kinder discourse, and opportunity for all.

CREATING TOP-TIER PRODUCTIONS THROUGH RACIAL EQUITY CENTERED STRATEGY DEVELOPMENT AND IMPLEMENTATION IS A TOP PRIORITY OF OPERA OMAHA BECAUSE WE VALUE AND PROMOTE DIVERSITY, EQUITY, AND INCLUSION.

HOW YOU’D FIT IN + STAND OUT
Opera Omaha is seeking a Head of Music responsible for the realization of all musical activities and the musical preparations for the company’s performances within multiple departments, including relationship management and development of Holland Community Opera Fellows, chorus, local performers and the Omaha Symphony Orchestra.

The Head of Music will join Opera Omaha at a critical time in the Company’s history, building an artistic practice under the leadership of our recently installed General Director, Allison Swenson. The Head of Music ensures all musical aspects of the Productions supports the artistic and financial goals of the company and, as Chorus Director, is solely responsible for the selection and preparation of a per-production chorus. The Head of Music has the discretion to resolve or recommend for resolution unforeseen circumstances within this portfolio that occur during the course of the season.

YOU ARE AN IDEAL CANDIDATE IF YOU ARE:
• Well-versed in the opera canon across multiple genres
• Knowledgeable of singers, conductors and pianists that can elevate our artistic practice
• Able to effectively manage and coach individuals in a team environment
• Energized by building and maintain a chorus comprised of local singers
• Compassionate with coworkers and direct reports resulting in a human-centered culture.

PRIMARY RESPONSIBILITIES + EXPECTATIONS
• Advise General Director and Producing Director with season planning and casting
• Realize the artistic and musical initiatives of the company, ensuring the artistic and music areas have the resources they require to execute the season. In consultation with General Director and Producing Director, develop season schedule and staffing plan; Identify additional seasonal music staff and freelance musicians as needed.
• Oversee musical preparation and quality for all Productions, special events and the Community Opera Fellowship, including coordinating with singers, our Symphony orchestra or other instrumental musicians regarding parts, cuts, instrumentation, etc.
• Hire and prepare local artists for special events.
• Work closely with the Director of Engagement Programs to support the creation, artistic planning, and programming development of community engagement initiatives and the Community Opera Fellowship. Provide coaching as needed to Fellows.
• Act as repetiteur/pianist for various educational, engagement and community activities as assigned by the General Director and Producing Director, including but not limited to Community Artists Fellowship performances, opera lectures, adult education classes, development and marketing events and special events or engage substitutes as needed.

Benefits:
• Benefits - Medical, dental, and life as part our commitment to investing in the health and wellbeing of our employees.
• Retirement savings plans: 403b savings plan with Company Retirement Contribution
• Flexible time off and holiday pay

Requirements

PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS
To succeed in this position, the Head of Music will bring experience in casting and supporting inspiring artistic productions, experience building and preparing an opera chorus, demonstrated success at coaching of singers at various stages of their careers, a deep knowledge and love for the operatic canon and a proactive growth mindset.
• Professional experience will be considered in lieu of an academic degree
• Strong training in collaborative piano, vocal coaching and choral techniques
• Demonstrated experience developing and managing independent projects and highly self- motived
• Excellent organizational, and written and verbal communication skills
• Demonstrated characteristics of curiosity and initiative and centering of humans
Contact

Type

Job

Sector

Music

Experience Level

Experienced (Non-Manager)

More Information

choff@operaomaha.org