Employment and Auditions
JOB TITLE: Artistic Operations Manager (AOM) - Part-Time
JOB DESCRIPTION: As the Artistic Operations Manager (AOM), you will ensure that the scheduling and production of all Chicago a cappella events run smoothly, effectively, and professionally; carry out administrative duties related to the artistic operations of the company; and assist as a vital member of our small administrative team.
Specifically, you will interface with venues and handle logistics, transport, and stage management for all events; schedule rehearsals, concerts, auditions, and other events; secure all necessary licenses; take a lead role in production for fundraising and cultivation events; compile and proof content and oversee production for program books; and oversee all aspects of music library.
ABOUT US: We are a dynamic, well-run arts organization, recognized for both our artistic reputation and our organizational achievements. Our staff operates in a cooperative and supportive environment and works to ensure a friendly and highly professional identity with patrons, donors, vendors, volunteers and artists.
ABOUT YOU: The ideal candidate will have a passion for the arts; skill for and enjoyment of hands-on concert production work; and the ability to work independently and reliably, make sound judgments, and utilize interpersonal skills with a variety of staff, artists, vendors, and volunteers. Valid driver’s license is required, as are excellent communication skills.
SCHEDULE: The position includes 20 office hours per week, in addition to concerts and other off-hour events. Office hours can be crafted to fit the successful candidate’s schedule and some remote work is possible; however, work in the office will be required at least two days per week, between the hours of 9-5. The position begins mid-September 2021.
SALARY: $20/hour. Benefits include paid holidays, vacation, and sick days.
SUBMISSION: If you are ready to become part of our Chicago a cappella family, please email a cover letter and resume to Sara Badger at SBadger@chicagoacappella.org; or mail cover letter and resume to Sara at Chicago a cappella, 2936 N. Southport Ave., Chicago, IL 60657. In your cover letter, please explain why you believe you can succeed in this role, and why a part-time position is a good fit for you personally.
Nonprofit Arts Operations-Marketing-Production (Paid/Part-time)
Chicago a cappella is seeking an intern 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., production and planning.
• Marketing: Provide support for 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 for Chicago a cappella’s concerts. Responsibilities could include front-of-house setup and clean up, on-site box office, will call, audience services, seating, and merchandise sales.
• 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 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.
NOTE: Concert and event attendance is an important part of the internship, and dates will be conveyed to candidate prior to the internship.
QUALIFICATIONS: Interest in nonprofit arts administration and motivation to learn. Ability to work independently and reliably, make sound judgments, and utilize interpersonal skills in working with a variety of staff, board members, artists, and volunteers.
SCHEDULE and TERM: Position includes 10 office hours per week, plus attendance at concerts and a few additional off-hour events. Office hours can be crafted to fit the successful candidate’s schedule and some remote work is possible; however, work in the office will be required at least one partial day per week, between the hours of 9-5. The position is available for the entire 2021-22 season (Sept. 2021-June 2022); a partial-year internship is possible.
SALARY: $15/hour paid bi-weekly, including office hours and events. We will do our best to accommodate any college/university 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 exposed to many aspects of nonprofit arts organizations, and they have the opportunity to make contacts with others 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 late Fall 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.