Employment and Auditions


Marketing Internship

Auditions: Professional Ensemble





Chicago a cappella is seeking an intern to assist with marketing and public relations for its 2016-17 season.  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 marketing, concert production, general administration, fundraising and development, board development, finance and budgeting. Tasks will include interaction with staff, board, volunteers, vendors, patrons, and artists.


Marketing:  Provide support in all marketing and P.R. efforts for Chicago a cappella’s 2016-17 concert performances and Gala benefit event; spearhead target marketing and promotional campaigns, including designing flyers and mailing promotional materials; update website content; update social media and calendar listing websites; analyze marketing efforts and organize/analyze audience surveys; carry out press release mailings; research and spearhead other marketing opportunities.

Concert Production: Assist with staffing at all concert performances, including stage and front-of-house setup and tear down. (Concert dates are required and can be found on our website at www.chicagoacappella.org/concerts)  

General Operations: Assist staff with day-to-day office operations, including potential tasks in customer service (taking ticket and subscription orders by phone, answering customer inquiries); fundraising and development (particularly in support of our annual gala fundraising event), and general administration. 


Excellent oral and written communication skills and general computer competence.  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.


Position is available immediately and concludes May 26, 2017.  Hours include 15 office hours per week (three partial days preferred) plus attendance at all concerts and the gala event.


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 upon successful completion of each half of the internship (December and May).


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, 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 will be hearing auditions for all voice parts in January 2017.

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. 

To request an audition, e-mail a note of interest and resume, indicating your voice part, your preferred audition day, relevant experience, and highlights of ensemble and solo experience, to Rob Karel at rkarel@chicagoacappella.org.  Requests from qualified applicants will be accommodated on a first-come, first-served basis.

Auditions take place:

·         Tuesday, Jan. 10, 2017, 4:30-6:45pm in Oak Park

·         Tuesday, Jan. 17, 2017, 4:30-6:45pm in Oak Park

Successful auditionees will be asked to attend section callbacks, held in early May (sopranos/altos on May 15, tenors/basses on May 16).


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).


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.