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Benefits & Perks at Utah Symphony | Utah Opera
Full-time staff receive health coverage (USUO pays 100%), 401(k) contribution plan, and paid time-off and holidays.
Staff receive complimentary and discounted tickets to Utah Symphony and Utah Opera performances.
Work that Matters
Music touches lives for good and enriches our community. Be part of an organization that brings beauty and happiness to the lives of people all over the state.
The staff supports USUO’s mission to connect the community through great live music by doing everything from promotion and fundraising to artistic planning and operations. View and apply for open positions below.
Utah Symphony | Utah Opera – Search for the Chief Executive Officer – Salt Lake City, Utah
The Board of Trustees of the Utah Symphony | Utah Opera (USUO) invites nominations and applications for the position of President and Chief Executive Officer (CEO). The largest arts institution in the state of Utah with a unique multidisciplinary focus, USUO is one of the country’s preeminent arts and cultural institutions.
With a mission to “Connect the Community through Great Live Music – Perform. Engage. Inspire,” the USUO reaches 450,000 residents in Utah and the Intermountain region through its four distinctive programming and artistic product lines, including a 52-week orchestra, an opera company with four productions per season, a popular summer concert series in Deer Valley, and one of the largest educational outreach programs in the country that brings classical music to more than 150,000 students annually.
The Utah Symphony, which celebrated its 75th anniversary at Carnegie Hall in 2016, is one of the most engaged orchestras in the nation. Built as the home of the Utah Symphony in 1979 and named for Maurice Abravanel, the long-time Music Director of the Symphony and champion of classical music throughout Utah, Abravanel Hall is an architectural and acoustic treasure in the heart of downtown Salt Lake City. Under the leadership of the esteemed Music Director Thierry Fischer, the orchestra has completed two tours across Utah’s five national parks and other major landmarks, records extensively, and attracts guest conductors and artists from around the world. A part of the Salt Lake City community for over 40 years, Utah Opera has engaged Utah residents in inspiring operatic performances and annually performs for 80,000 students in Salt Lake City’s Capitol Theatre and in schools throughout Utah. With the 1995 purchase and 2002 expansion of the Production Studios, music, education and all facets of production, including the design and construction of sets, costumes, and properties, are housed under one roof. The Deer Valley Music Festival, produced in partnership with Deer Valley resort in a beautiful mountain setting, attracts 45,000 concert-goers each summer and will celebrate its 20th anniversary year in 2023.
The CEO will join a dynamic, ambitious, and immensely talented organization at a time of important growth and transition. Leading one of the only combined symphony and operas in the nation, the CEO can leverage capabilities across the organization, finding new areas of synergies and collaborations that will continue to attract committed audiences. Moreover, the USUO is located in vibrant Salt Lake City, one of the fastest growing cities in the country with access to an exciting art, food, outdoor and cultural scene and an incredibly diverse ethnic, racial, faith based and LGBTQ population. Utah boasts an extremely healthy economy, and is the third fastest-growing state for arts and culture according to The National Arts Endowment. Salt Lake City’s booming tech scene in the “Silicon Slopes,” home to Utah’s startup and tech community and spanning north and south from the Salt Lake City metropolitan area, provides unique opportunities for USUO to capture an increasingly diverse and youthful community, tap into an abundant philanthropic capacity, and strengthen its role as a cultural cornerstone of the state.
Together with the Board of Trustees, the musicians, artists, staff, and other key constituents, the next CEO will lead USUO in actualizing its unique values and important position as the premier provider of orchestral and operatic art forms in Utah. The CEO will be an organization-builder with a passion for music, an appreciation for performing arts, and an ambition to amplify the impact of USUO across the state of Utah and beyond.
Utah Symphony and Utah Opera has retained Isaacson, Miller, a national executive search firm, to assist in this search. Screening of complete applications will begin immediately and continue until the completion of the search process. For more details, including the full position profile and to submit inquiries, nominations, referrals, and applications, please see the Isaacson, Miller website for the search: www.imsearch.com/search-detail/S7-391. Electronic submission of materials is required.
We are looking for friendly and energetic individuals with a genuine passion for music and the arts to maximize ticket revenue through the sale of USUO season subscription packages, and assist in our annual fundraising efforts.
This is a part time position that offers a great deal of flexibility to create your own schedule. Our sales office is located in Bountiful, and our office hours are Monday-Friday from 10:00am-6:00pm; we are closed on Saturday and Sunday. A minimum of 20 hours (maximum 29 hours) is required each week.
Sales Associates are paid an hourly wage and earn weekly bonuses for meeting various individual and team sales goals. The Sales Associate position offers a rewarding and unique opportunity to learn and expand your musical knowledge in a fun and friendly environment. Complimentary tickets to Utah Symphony & Opera performances are another great benefit!
Essential Responsibilities Include:
- Outbound calls selling Utah Symphony | Utah Opera season subscription packages
- Solicit donations from current and past patrons during our year-end Annual Fundraising Campaign
- Cultivate relationships with patrons in order to create repeat business and referrals
- Meet pre-determined goals for ticket sales, promotions, and contributions
- Identify the patron’s needs, present accurate product information and close the sale over the phone
- Keep detailed tracking records of revenue, contacts, calls per hour, and other sales metrics
- Maintain follow-up with patrons as needed
- Other duties as assigned by the Sales Manager
- Prior sales experience preferred
- Superior customer service and aptitude towards developing relationships over the phone
- Commitment to setting and achieving goals
- Excellent oral and written communication skills
- Outstanding organizational, problem-solving and multi-tasking abilities
- Qualified at working independently AND as part of a team
- High level of professionalism and grace under pressure
- Courteous attitude and strong listening skills
- Enthusiastic and positive personality; high energy level
Please apply online. Application materials should include a resume and references.
Utah Opera seeks a detail-oriented individual with strong organizational and interpersonal skills to help coordinate and supervise all technical aspects of five Utah Opera productions and rental and construction projects. Candidate should be self-motivated and willing to look for ways to improve the working environment. This job requires adherence to high standards, a strong sense of responsibility, enthusiasm, and working nights and weekends. You should possess the ability to operate well under pressure, with a positive and dedicated problem-solving attitude, while being adaptable to new situations and changing priorities. Responsibilities include but not limited to: preparing and supervising the load-in/load-out of all sets and props; the complete rehearsal and run of shows in the Capitol Theatre. This job also assists in the construction drafting for projects to be built in the shop. Preparing ground plans; sections, and other technical drawings for production. Software knowledge required to know; AutoCAD preferred, Excel, Word, Outlook. BA in technical theatre or related field required, MFA preferred. Position is available now. Offers a competitive salary and generous benefits package. This is a full-time, salaried, exempt position with competitive pay and excellent benefits.
Please apply online. Application materials should include a resume and cover letter.
Master Electrician / Shop Carpenter
UTAH OPERA seeks candidates for Master Electrician/Shop Carpenter. The Master Electrician/Shop Carpenter would oversee company lighting gear, lead electrics crews during the load in and load out of Utah Opera productions and assist in the building of productions as a carpenter in the Utah Opera Scenic Studio. Experience programming ETC consoles, hands-on experience with intelligent lighting, and working with union stage crews is preferred.
This job requires adherence to high standards, a strong sense of responsibility, enthusiasm, and working nights and weekends. You should possess the ability to operate well under pressure, with a positive and dedicated problem-solving attitude, while being adaptable to new situations and changing priorities.
Other responsibilities include: collaborating with technical department heads, collaborating with designers, tracking labor, maintaining equipment, fabrication of custom light fixtures and effects, MIG welding, and experience or the ability to learn projections and video editing. This position will work as a shop carpenter 8-9 months out of the year and 3-4 months as a master electrician. Candidates should be a graduate of an accredited technical theatre program or have relevant work experience. This is a full-time, salaried, exempt position with competitive pay and excellent benefits.
Public Relations Internship | Summer 2020
USUO is seeking a part-time Public Relations Intern to assist the Director of Communications and Digital Media with expanding media relations efforts and placement. Intern would be responsible for drafting press releases and blog posts, updating and managing media lists, distributing relevant press materials to media in advance of their deadlines, monitoring and tracking media clips into our library, assisting with content generation, creating posts and monitoring traffic on social media channels, conceptualizing and pitching unique story angles to the media and assisting the Marketing Department with any other projects as necessary. Hours are flexible and will be determined prior to the internship. Internship duration will also be determined based on mutual company and intern needs.
Duties include but are not limited to:
- Writing and distributing press releases for the Deer Valley Music Festival, the Utah Symphony’s six-week summer residency in Park City, UT
- Writing blog posts and social media content
- Conducting guest artist Q&As and interviews
- Research and content production for patron relations project
- Creating, updating and maintaining media lists
- Social media post and traffic monitoring to Facebook, Twitter, Instagram
- Monitoring and tracking media clips in an organized manner
- Conceptualizing and pitching unique story angles and human interest stories to media
Ideal candidate should be a recent graduate or current student of Public Relations, Journalism, Marketing or Communications at an accredited university and have excellent written and verbal communication, and familiarity with journalistic AP Style. Experience writing news stories or marketing copy is a plus. Other important qualifications include an ability to meet deadlines, an assertive and creative work approach, excellent organizational skills, attention to detail, reliability and consistency. Candidate should understand the value of producing effective results over mere efficiency. Knowledge of classical music is also a plus. Access to a vehicle is not mandatory, but would facilitate travel to Park City, where the organization’s summer efforts are centered.
This position is unpaid, but can be taken for college credit. Other benefits include complimentary and discount tickets to performances, experience working in media relations and an increased understanding of arts marketing and promotions. Internship months would be June 1 to August 30, with possible continuation into fall internship and the symphony’s regular season.
Applications are due March 31, 2020. Application materials include a resume, cover letter and writing samples.