Employment and Auditions
Chicago a cappella seeks interns to assist with marketing, general operations, concert production, and other aspects of our work. Interns have the opportunity to see from the inside how a small nonprofit arts organization is run, with exposure to all aspects of nonprofit management including concert production, general administration, fundraising and development, board development, finance and budgeting. Tasks include interaction with staff, board, volunteers, vendors, patrons, and artists.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
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 to work with a variety of staff, board members, artists, and volunteers. Customer service experience is preferred but not required.
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.
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, 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 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.