Employment and Auditions

Video Internship

Marketing/Operations/Production Internship

Auditions: Professional Ensemble

Auditions:  High School Internship Program

 

VIDEO INTERNSHIP

[Winter/Spring 2018]

Chicago a cappella is seeking an intern to spearhead video content creation for its 2018 season. Interns have the opportunity to learn how small nonprofit arts organizations operate, particularly in the areas of marketing and fundraising, interacting with administrative staff, educators, students, patrons, and artists.

RESPONSIBILITIES:
The video intern will create at least eight short videos promoting concert performances and educational outreach work, in support of marketing and fundraising goals. 

Video planning will be done in conjunction with the Marketing Manager and Executive Director, who will provide opportunities for video shoots and clear parameters and goals for each project. Resulting videos will be used on social media, emails, and other online platforms, as well as at our annual gala event on May 18.

The video intern will work largely offsite, communicating regularly with staff via phone and email.  Two monthly in-office meetings will be scheduled to coordinate video planning, shoots, and review.

This is an unpaid internship, but reasonable transportation costs will be covered.

QUALIFICATIONS: Skills in video creation and editing required; camera equipment and access to editing software highly desirable.  Ability to work independently, make sound judgments, and utilize strong interpersonal skills.

SCHEDULE: Position runs from January 2 through May 30, 2018.  We anticipate the internship requiring an average of 2-4 hours per week, but as a project-based internship, weekly hours will vary greatly depending on video shooting and editing activity, as determined by deadlines.  A two hour launch meeting in January will be followed by two monthly meetings (1 hour) in the Chicago a cappella office.  

COMMENTS: We are a dynamic, well-run arts organization, recognized by our peers for both our artistic reputation and our organizational achievements. Our interns are not only exposed to every aspect of a nonprofit arts organization, but will make contacts with a wide range of people in Chicago’s arts community.  Previous staff members have secured jobs at Chicago Shakespeare Theatre, the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, WFMT, Museum of Science and Industry, and elsewhere.

CONTACT: Email cover letter and resume to Cait Williams at CWilliams@chicagoacappella.org; or mail or fax cover letter and resume to Cait Williams at:

Chicago a cappella

2936 N Southport Ave. 

Room 226

Chicago, IL 60657

 

 

INTERNSHIP 2017-18
Marketing/Operations/Production

Chicago a cappella is seeking two interns to assist with marketing, concert production and general operations during the 2017-18 season.  Interns have the opportunity to see from the inside how a small nonprofit arts organization is run, including exposure to nonprofit management, fundraising, marketing and P.R., board development, production and planning, finance and budgeting. Tasks will include interaction with staff, board, volunteers, vendors, patrons, and artists.

RESPONSIBILITIES
• Marketing:  Provide support in all marketing and P.R. efforts for Chicago a cappella’s 2017-18 season; spearhead target marketing and promotional campaigns, including creating flyers and other promotional materials; create photo and video social media content; update social media and calendar listing websites; analyze marketing efforts and organize/analyze audience surveys; research and spearhead other marketing opportunities.
• Concert Production: Act as Assistant House Manager or Stage Manager for Chicago a cappella’s concerts. Responsibilities include 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 mandatory.
• Box Office/Customer Service: Take ticket and subscription orders by phone and online; answer customer inquiries and provide information; fulfill complimentary ticket requests; utilize PatronManager database to process and fulfill orders.
• General Operations: Assist staff with all aspects of day-to-day office administration and operations; tasks will potentially include work in fundraising, board communications, education/outreach, music library, and general administration.
• Event Planning: Assist with event planning for our gala fundraiser, including researching, soliciting, tracking, and acknowledging silent auction and raffle donations; working with vendors and volunteers to coordinate logistics; and staffing at the event.

QUALIFICATIONS: Interest in nonprofit arts administration and motivation to learn. Excellent oral and written communication skills and general computer competence. Skills in video creation and editing highly desirable.  Ability to work independently, make sound judgments, and utilize interpersonal skills in working with a variety of staff, board members, artists, and volunteers. Customer service and production experience and access to a vehicle are preferred but not required.

SCHEDULE: Position begins in September 2017 and runs through June 1, 2018.  Position includes 15 office hours per week, plus attendance at concerts and a few additional off-hour events (particularly the Gala).  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.

ACADEMIC REQUIREMENTS: We will work to fulfill any college/university academic requirements. Hours may be adjusted to cover academic requirements.

SALARY: Stipend of $100 for each month of work (November-May).

COMMENTS: We are a dynamic, well-run arts organization, recognized by our peers for both our artistic reputation and our organizational achievements. Our interns are not only exposed to every aspect of a nonprofit arts organization, but will make contacts with a wide range of people in Chicago’s arts community.  Previous staff members have secured jobs at Chicago Shakespeare Theatre, the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, WFMT, Museum of Science and Industry, and elsewhere.

CONTACT: Email cover letter and resume to Cait Williams at cwilliams@chicagoacappella.org; or mail or fax cover letter and resume to Cait Williams at :

Chicago a cappella

2936 N Southport Ave.

Room 226

Chicago, IL 60657

 

 

 

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. 

QUALIFICATIONS

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.