Employment and Auditions
Internship - 2019-20 season internships currently available.
Chicago a cappella is currently seeking a talented marketing manager to lead its efforts to expand audiences. You will report to the Executive Director in this multi-faceted position and will spearhead direct mail, digital 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-five years.
Specifically, your responsibilities will include planning and creating direct mail and email marketing efforts, developing and executing subscription campaigns, planning and executing digital and traditional advertising, 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. The position requires 32 office hours per week, plus 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, MailChimp, and digital advertising (Google/Facebook) desirable.
- Highly flexible and team oriented.
The position includes a salary of $30-35k plus a health reimbursement account and paid time off. Please send a cover letter and resume to Matt Greenberg at firstname.lastname@example.org, or mail to Chicago a cappella, 2936 N. Southport Ave., Room 226, Chicago, IL, 60657.
Chicago a cappella is seeking interns to assist with marketing, concert production and general operations. 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.
• Marketing: Provide support in all marketing and P.R. efforts for Chicago a cappella’s concert 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, procuring, 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 includes 12-15 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.
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 Matt Greenberg at MGreenberg@chicagoacappella.org.
Due to our upcoming artistic director transition, the next auditions for Chicago a cappella will take place in early 2021. Details of those dates will be available here by November 1, 2020.
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 which is decidedly not classical (to show stylistic flexibility; sight-reading may also be a part of the audition, possibly with another singer on a different voice part. A second-round audition may include singing with other signers for purposes of blend.
The ensemble is fully professional, with singers paid for each rehearsal and performance. Typically our series concert programs each involve 8 rehearsals.