Employment and Auditions
Chicago a cappella accepts intern applications on a rolling basis 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.
SCHEDULE: Position includes 10-15 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.
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 Sara Badger at SBadger@chicagoacappella.org.
Audition plans for Chicago a cappella are currently on hold; we aim to have an update available in early spring of 2021.
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 singers 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.