Employment and Auditions
Marketing Manager (part-time)
Help this dynamic arts organization take its success to the next level. You will report to the Executive Director in this part-time (32 hours/week) multi-faceted position and will spearhead direct mail and email marketing, subscription and fundraising campaigns, and PR efforts. This is an opportunity to further develop your marketing and operational skills with a highly-respected classical vocal ensemble that has entertained Chicago audiences for over twenty years.
Specifically your responsibilities will include planning and creating direct mail and email marketing efforts, developing and executing subscription campaigns, planning paid advertising, planning and carrying out target marketing campaigns, developing and evaluating audience surveys, and measuring and evaluating marketing results. You will be the primary source for PR work and will oversee the website and social media efforts. You will also play a key role in the organization’s primary fundraising event each year and coordinate donor appeal campaigns.
On the operations side, you will help staff concerts and special events, and spearhead the preparation of program books. In addition to office hours, the position requires some weekend/evening hours during the concert season.
To be successful, you will need:
• Three years of administrative experience with an emphasis on marketing and communication.
• Bachelor’s degree in relevant field.
• Experience with an arts organization and knowledge of choral music is preferred.
• Strong written and oral communications skills, with skills or aptitude in marketing concepts and P.R. skills highly desirable.
• Proven ability to interact with the public and provide a high level of donor/customer support.
• Strong computer skills; experience with PatronManager and MailChimp desirable.
• Highly flexible and team-oriented.
Please send a cover letter and resume with salary history to Matt Greenberg at firstname.lastname@example.org, or mail to Chicago a cappella, 2936 N. Southport Ave., Room 226, Chicago, IL, 60657.
SUMMER INTERNSHIP 2017
Chicago a cappella is seeking an intern to assist with administration, box office functions, marketing, scheduling, and other responsibilities. 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.
Production/Planning: Assist staff in planning logistics for upcoming concert season, including contracting singers, ordering and distributing music scores, and scheduling rehearsals.
General Office Administration: Assist staff with all aspects of day-to-day office administration; assist with administration of board communication (meeting materials, scheduling); spearhead file organization, including purging and destroying old documents; assist with music library work, including researching, ordering, distributing, and filing scores.
Marketing: Assist with marketing campaigns, including 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.
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.
Position begins June 5 and runs through Sept. 1, 2017. Position includes 15 office hours per week, with possible attendance at a few off-hour events. Works 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.
We will work to fulfill any college/university academic requirements. Hours may be adjusted to cover academic requirements.
Stipend of $100 for each month of work (June, July and August), paid upon completion of the internship (Sept. 1, 2017).
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 cover letter and resume to Matt Greenberg at MGreenberg@chicagoacappella.org or mail or fax to Matt Greenberg, Chicago a cappella, 2936 N. Southport Ave., Room 226, Chicago, IL, 60657. Fax 773-435-6453.
Auditions (Professional Ensemble)
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 Artistic Director Jonathan Miller at JMiller@chicagoacappella.org, indicating your voice part, relevant experience, and highlights of ensemble and solo experience. Qualified candidates will be contacted in advance of future auditions; public announcements of auditions are generally available here by January 1 each year.
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.The audition will consist of singing two contrasting selections. One of your prepared selections should be a classical aria or art song, and the other a decidedly non-classical selection. Together these should showcase your technical prowess and stylistic versatility. Off-book performance is preferred though not required. An accompanist will be provided; please bring sheet music for the accompanist. Due to time constraints, we may not hear the entirety of both prepared pieces. You may also be asked to vocalize for range purposes and/or perform a short ear-training exercise.
The following musical skills are required from ensemble members:
Strong solo technique; technical ability to sing both fully-voiced (with healthy vibrato) and with no vibrato; strong sight-reading skills; minimum of 2 years singing at a professional level, with experience in Renaissance music, African-American spirituals, and contemporary music, as well as a strong ear for new styles that may be unfamiliar; expertise at holding a vocal line individually within a group; strong stage presence; ability to respond quickly to instruction in rehearsal; superb language skills (knowledge of IPA strongly preferred).
CHICAGO A CAPPELLA
Spanning a repertoire from Gregorian chant to the Beatles and beyond, Chicago a cappella is presenting its 23rd season under founding Artistic Director Jonathan Miller, with musical preparation by Principal Music Director John William Trotter and guest music directors. Known for creative programming and a personal connection to audiences, Chicago a cappella performs an annual series with concerts in October, December, February, and April. Each program is performed in Chicago, Evanston, Oak Park, and Naperville, with occasional guest appearances in town or on tour. Current pay rates are $190 per performance for series concerts and $30/hour for rehearsals, with higher rates paid for tour and guest appearances. Typically our series concert programs each involve 8 rehearsals.