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Connect our community with great live music.

Join our team and help support unforgettable musical experiences for our community at a 501(c3) non-profit organization that values excellence, integrity, trust, and communication.

OPEN POSITIONS

Opera Chorus Master Accounts Payable Specialist Opera Education Assistant Shop Manager / Head Carpenter Technical Director

About Utah Symphony | Utah Opera

Utah Symphony | Utah Opera (USUO) connects Utah communities through great live music, serving as the premier provider of the orchestral and operatic art forms in the Intermountain West. The Utah Symphony, which performs at Salt Lake City’s Abravanel Hall and is led by Music Director Thierry Fischer, is one of the most engaged orchestras in the nation. In addition to numerous regional and domestic tours, it has embarked on seven international tours and performed at Carnegie Hall in 2016 coinciding with the orchestra’s 75th anniversary celebrations. Since 1978, Utah Opera has provided Utah’s citizens with distinguished productions at the historic Janet Quinney Lawson Capitol Theatre that showcase emerging and established artists, celebrate traditional works, and champion the American operatic tradition. USUO reaches 450,000 residents annually in Utah and the Intermountain region through its performances and educational programs, which serve more than 155,000 students annually. USUO produces four full operas and more than 175 symphony performances in each season throughout Utah and an annual summer festival – the Deer Valley® Music Festival – in Park City, Utah.


Equal Employment Opportunity Statement

Utah Symphony | Utah Opera (USUO) is committed to connecting our community through the performance of great live music. In service of that goal and to create an incredible place to work, USUO prohibits discrimination and harassment of any type and affords equal employment opportunities to employees and applicants without regard to race, color, national origin, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, age, religion, disability, genetics, protected veteran status or any other characteristic protected by federal, state, or local laws.


Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964

Utah Symphony | Utah Opera is in compliance with Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 which maintains that no person in the United States shall, on the ground of race, color, or national origin, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any program or activity receiving Federal financial assistance. If you have questions concerning USUO’s compliance with Title VI, please contact the office of the President & CEO.


National Alliance for Audition Support

Utah Symphony | Utah Opera is proud to be a partner in the National Alliance for Audition Support (NAAS), an unprecedented national initiative to increase diversity in American orchestras. The Alliance does so by offering Black and Latinx musicians a customized combination of mentoring, audition preparation, financial support, and audition previews. NAAS is a partnership between the Sphinx Organization, League of American Orchestras, New World Symphony, and over 100 orchestras across the nation and is funded by a generous grant from the Mellon Foundation and contributions from the member orchestras. Learn more at www.auditionalliance.org.


Benefits & Perks at Utah Symphony | Utah Opera

Benefits: Full-time staff receive health coverage (USUO pays 100%), 401(k) contribution plan, and paid time-off and holidays.

Free Tickets: 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.


Open Positions

Opera Chorus Master

JOB OVERVIEW

The Opera Chorus Master is a crucial leader on our team and will use their energy, knowledge, and expertise to select, develop, and assist the Utah Opera Chorus.  Under the supervision of the Opera Artistic Director and with regular collaboration alongside the Principal Coach/Accompanist, Opera Company Manager, and Production Coordinator, this consummate professional will demonstrate a deep knowledge of all aspects of the Opera Chorus’s role in every USUO production.  Through their mastery of music, this individual will be responsible for managing the chorus to success in each step of the production process.  As a collaborator, we desire an individual who seamlessly transitions from the needs of the artists to the administrative functions of the department and greater USUO staff.  The Chorus Master will be as comfortable with backstage processes as they are with leading from the front.

ESSENTIAL RESPONSIBILITIES INCLUDE:

  • Actively recruit the highest quality talent possible for Utah Opera Chorus.
  • Prepare Utah Opera Chorus for all Company needs.
  • Assist guest conductors for all Company needs including backstage conducting as necessary.
  • Cover conductor for all main stage productions.
  • Liaison with Utah Symphony Library.
  • Participate in casting and repertoire planning.
  • Assist Artistic Director in any administrative duties as necessary.
  • Communicate regularly with Company Manager, Technical Director, and Costume Director for all musical needs.
  • Participate in coaching and development of Resident Artists as necessary.
  • Other duties as assigned.

REQUIRED SKILLS / ABILITIES:

  • Strong musical (specifically operatic) knowledge.
  • Choral and symphonic conducting skills and experience required.
  • Language skills in Italian, French, German required.
  • Strong keyboard skills preferred.

EDUCATION / EXPERIENCE

  • Bachelor’s degree in music, opera, or a related field.
  • Master’s degree in Music/Opera preferred.
  • Experience in an organizational role at a performing arts organization preferred.
  • Knowledge of symphony and opera repertoire preferred.
  • Previous professional opera company experience preferred.

PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS

  • Prolonged periods of remaining stationary and working on a computer.

EXPECTED SALARY RANGE

Beginning at $40,000-$45,000

TO APPLY

Please apply online. Application materials should include a cover letter, résumé, and references.

Apply Online


Accounts Payable Specialist

JOB OVERVIEW:

The Accounts Payable Specialist is a vital member of our team and will use their attention to detail, knowledge, and expertise to lead the clear, timely, and effective functioning of payables and internal charge processing.  Using their experience and under the guidance of the Controller, the specialist will provide high levels of service to the entire organization to lead all aspects of accounts payable while providing additional general support to the accounting department. This individual will build professional relationships with members of USUO’s staff in order to support the needs of many personalities.  The Accounts Payable Specialist will be a professional with the ability to firmly yet kindly help our entire staff meet financial deadlines and be able to understand, explain, and help advise the department on clear financial policies.  Often acting as the direct point of contact between the organization and vendors, this individual will occasionally serve as a company ambassador in a forward-facing manner.

ESSENTIAL RESPONSIBILITIES INCLUDE:

Accounts Payable

  • Prepare, analyze, and input all invoices including verification of proper documentation (third party evidence, GL coding, and department approvals)
  • Preparation of check processing, issuing, and mailing
  • Reconcile credit cards and prepare for payment
  • Manage Divvy system, including training of new organization members
  • Manage purchase orders system
  • Manage sales tax reimbursements
  • Collect, manage, and file appropriate tax documents (W-9 and W-8Ben)
  • Storage and organization of historical financial records.

Support Accounting Department

  • Resolve uncashed check payments
  • Assist with annual audits
  • Develop a streamlined process for accounts payable
  • Support management through ad hoc data collecting, reporting, analysis
  • Special projects as assigned

REQUIRED EDUCATION/EXPERIENCE/SKILLS:

  • Two or more years’ experience in an accounting environment and/or an associate degree in a business-related field.
  • Strong Excel skills (formulas, pivot tables, etc.)
  • Working knowledge of Great Plains software preferred.
  • Ability to interact with department managers to resolve financial or data discrepancies.
  • Strong analytical, problem-solving skills.
  • Excellent organizational skills with the ability to prioritize details and requests.
  • Excellent time management skills with a proven ability to meet deadlines.
  • Capacity to work both independently and collaboratively with the team and across functions.
  • Experience interacting with and providing support for customers.
  • Ability to keep information confidential.

PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS:

  • Prolonged periods of remaining stationary and working on a computer.

TO APPLY:

Please apply online. Application materials should include a cover letter, résumé, and references. Applications without a cover letter will not be considered.

Apply Online


Opera Education Assistant

JOB OVERVIEW

The Opera Education Assistant is a vital member of our team and will use their energy, knowledge, and expertise to tie together the administrative and practical functions of our department. Often acting as the direct point of contact between the organization and schools, community venues, and vendors, this individual will serve in a forward-facing and active role. Using their experience and under the guidance of the Director, the assistant will manage important agreements for schools, oversee department publications and media, and maintain department databases. As one of the friendly faces in the department, the assistant will also give public tours of our physical spaces to groups as well as direct presentations in schools for students and/or teachers. We desire an Education Assistant who will be flexible with an evolving department and welcome change with eager energy and creative functioning.

ESSENTIAL RESPONSIBILITIES INCLUDE:

Scheduling and School Liaison Work
• Schedule opera school presentations (nearly daily performances).
• Create, manage, and send contracts and Education materials for opera school presentations
• Publish education calendars for company and Opera Resident Artists; maintain continually.
• Assist in planning and executing opera community residencies and tours.
• Coordinate schedules and releases with resident artists, Education department, and Opera Music staff.
Website Development and Management
• Regularly update Education website with current Education offerings.
• Meet regularly with company website manager to review issues and receive training.
• Manage surveys and applications for education events.
• Contribute Education content to social media (Facebook, Instagram, twitter).
Assist at concerts, performances, activities
• Assist as needed at Opera-tunities Nights and Children’s Opera Showcase.
• Oversee ticketing at select events.
Record-keeping
• Keep accurate records of education department activities.
• Prepare reports of education department activities as needed; help with reports to Development and USOE.
• Keep records of our rotation plan of events around the state and at school.
Public Presentations
• Give building tours of Production Studios, Capitol Theatre, & Abravanel Hall as requested.
• Give presentations in schools for symphony and for opera, and as needed in presentations to teachers.
Education Office Management
• Keep computer and office hard files organized.
• Order supplies as necessary.

REQUIRED SKILLS / ABILITIES:
• Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
• Excellent organizational and time management skills with a proven ability to meet deadlines.
• Strong attention to detail and ability to work independently.
• Ability to prioritize tasks and remain flexible to department urgencies when appropriate.
• Proficient with Microsoft Office Suite, especially Excel, and Google Suite Tools.
• Occasional evenings and weekends required.

EDUCATION / EXPERIENCE
• Bachelor’s degree in music, fine art, arts administration, communication, or related field or experience in an organizational role at a performing arts organization preferred.
• Knowledge of symphony and opera repertoire preferred.
• Experience with digital photography, social media design, and website maintenance preferable.
• Knowledge of Tessitura database preferable.

PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS
• Prolonged periods of remaining stationary and working on a computer.
• Able to move equipment weighing up to 30 pounds.
• Must have reliable transportation.

Beginning pay: $16.83 per hour, plus benefits

Tentative Schedule
• Application period: June 7-30, 2022
• Interviews of finalists: July 6-8, 2022
• Employment begins: August 1, 2022 or thereabouts

Please apply online. Application materials should include a cover letter, résumé, and references. Applications without a cover letter will not be considered.

Apply Online


Shop Manager / Head Carpenter

UTAH SYMPHONY | UTAH OPERA seeks candidates for Shop Manager / Head Carpenter to oversee and participate in running the Utah Opera Scenic Studios.  This position works with the Technical Directors to execute the construction of scenery for performing art and commercial productions.  They assist with the scenic bidding process, help select over hire, instruct and oversee building of scenic elements and assure that a high-quality standard is met.  Assists with load in and load out of the theater as needed.  Shop manager maintains inventory and general stock of building materials. 

Candidate must be proficient in the following responsibilities: reading and executing design & construction drawings, wood working, ferrous and non- ferrous metal fabrication, building with plastics and alternative materials, the proper use and maintenance of tools, theatrical rigging, and a working knowledge of AutoCAD preferred.  Candidate should be a graduate of an accredited technical theatre program or have relevant work experience.  Experience in a professional theatre producing large scale scenery preferred.  Candidate should be highly organized, detail oriented, have strong written and verbal communication skills, management experience, the ability to operate well under pressure, value a safe work environment and work well in a team atmosphere. Experience with IA union crews preferred. This is full-time, salaried, exempt position with competitive pay and excellent benefits.

Please apply online. Application materials should include a resume and cover letter.

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Technical Director

JOB OVERVIEW

The Technical Director is a detail-oriented individual with strong organizational and interpersonal skills to help coordinate and supervise all technical aspects of Opera productions, rental and construction projects, as well as occasional Symphony related productions and concerts.  Candidate should be self-motivated and willing to look for ways to improve the work environment. This job requires adherence to high standards, a strong sense of responsibility, enthusiasm, and ability to work nights and weekends.  Candidate 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. 

ESSENTIAL RESPONSIBILITIES INCLUDE:

  • Supervise Technical Department staff including, including but not limited to, Prop Master, Charge Artist, Carpenter(s)
  • Prepare and Supervise the load-in/out of all productions
  • Manage rehearsals and run of show in the Capitol Theatre
  • Serve as liaison with IA; manage crew calls and contract adherence
  • Prepare construction drafting for projects to be built in the shop
  • Prepare ground plans, sections and other technical drawings for productions
  • Manage contracts for scenery rentals
  • Supervise the scheduling and load-in/out of scenery rentals
  • Serve as show tech on scenery rentals
  • Advise on and analyze future build projects, rebuilds and stock inventory
  • Scene shop maintenance and improvement
  • Shop vehicle maintenance including fork lift and pickup truck
  • Other duties as assigned.

REQUIRED SKILLS / ABILITIES:

  • Self-motivation, looking for ways to improve collaboration and processes
  • Ability to work nights and weekends as needed for productions
  • Excellent time and priority management
  • Knowledge of following programs required: AutoCAD, VCarve or CNC programming equivalent
  • Proficient with Microsoft Office Suite or related software, Excel

EDUCATION / EXPERIENCE

  • BA (MFA preferred) in technical theatre or equivalent work experience in related field required

PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS

  • Must be able to lift 50 pounds at times.

Please apply online. Application materials should include cover letter, résumé, references and drafting sample (pdf acceptable). Applications without a cover letter will not be considered.

APPLY ONLINE