Employment and Auditions
2018-19 Season internship positions are now full, please check back in the spring for info on summer internships.
Chicago a cappella is seeking interns to assist with administration, box office functions, marketing, scheduling, and other responsibilities. Internships are available during the 2018-19 season. Interns have the opportunity to see from the inside how a small nonprofit arts organization is run, including exposure to fundraising and development, marketing and p.r., board development, production and planning, finance and budgeting. Tasks will include interaction with staff, board, volunteers, vendors, patrons, and artists.
All interns get training and experience in:
Production/Planning: Assist staff in planning logistics for concert season, including contracting singers, ordering and distributing music scores, and scheduling rehearsals.
Marketing: Assist with marketing campaigns, including social media, target marketing, and promotional projects; research and spearhead other marketing opportunities.
Customer service/box office: Assist with administration and fulfillment of subscription orders, including confirmations, mailings, complimentary ticket requests, and other communications.
General Office Administration: Assist staff with all aspects of day-to-day office administration; tasks will potentially include work in fundraising, board communications, education/outreach, music library, and general administration.
Interns during the concert season will also get training and experience in:
Concert Production, acting as Assistant House Manager or Stage Manager for Chicago a cappella’s concerts, including stage and front-of-house setup and clean up, coordinating backstage with front-of-house, and finalizing and overseeing logistics at each venue. Attendance at all concerts is a key component of a season internship.
and Event Planning, assisting with event planning for our gala fundraiser and smaller cultivation events, including researching, soliciting, tracking, and acknowledging silent auction and raffle donations; working with vendors and volunteers to coordinate logistics; and staffing the events.
Interest in nonprofit arts administration and motivation to learn. Excellent oral and written communication skills and general computer competence. Ability to work independently, make sound judgments, and utilize interpersonal skills to work with a variety of staff, board members, artists, and volunteers. Customer service experience is preferred but not required.
Season internship runs roughly from Labor Day to Memorial Day each year and includes attendance at concerts in addition to office hours. All internships include 12-15 office hours per week. Work hours can be crafted to fit the successful candidate’s schedule, but should include at least 2-3 partial days between the hours of 9-5.
Stipend of $100 for each month of internship, paid monthly.
We are a dynamic, well-run arts organization, recognized by our peers for both our artistic reputation and our organizational achievements. Our interns are exposed to many aspects of nonprofit arts, and previous staff members have secured jobs at Chicago Shakespeare Theatre, the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, WFMT, Museum of Science and Industry, and elsewhere.
Email resume and brief cover letter to Matt Greenberg at MGreenberg@chicagoacappella.org.
Applications for the 2019-2020 season will be accepted November 1st.
Chicago a cappella has annual auditions each winter to fill any available slots on its artistic roster. To be considered for any upcoming auditions, please email letter of interest and resume to our Concert Manager Rob Karel at Rkarel@chicagoacappella.org. Qualified candidates will be contacted in advance of future auditions; public announcements of auditions are generally available here by January 1 each year.
Level of performing experience required: Unusually strong sight-reading skills; significant experience (5+ years) singing both Renaissance and contemporary music, preferably in small ensembles or one-to-a-part; experience and ease with just intonation in early music; ability to sing both full-voiced (with healthy vibrato) and with no vibrato at all, the latter often for extended periods in performance or rehearsal; prowess at holding a vocal line individually with a group of up to 8 others doing the same thing; strong stage presence; adaptability to an unusually wide range of musical styles; a strong ear for picking up new styles that may be unfamiliar; superb language skills; strong solo technique and emotionally compelling delivery.
Audition requirements: Auditionees will be asked to perform two contrasting pieces, one from standard classical repertoire and one from another genre; sight-reading will also be a part of the audition, possibly with another singer on a different voice part. A second-round audition may include rehearsing with the entire group for purposes of blend.