Director of Education
A newly designated as a full time position. This staffer will report to the Executive Director, with overall supervision by the General/Artistic Director.
EXPERIENCE: The ideal candidate will have at least a bachelor’s degree (master’s degree preferred) in music or music education, and will be a pianist with knowledge of the operatic repertoire and extensive background in accompanying singers. Time spent working as part of a team for other opera companies or organizations in both creating and performing education/outreach programming is desired. Computer/database skills are essential.
SKILLS: The ideal applicant will be genuinely committed to education and the role of the opera company in the 7-parish metro area and the Gulf Coast region. The ability to work both as a team member and independently, along with strong time management and organizational skills in order to meet deadlines, is critical. Excellent verbal and written communication abilities, with attention to detail and accuracy, are needed, as are a flexible personality and maturity to “roll with the punches” in handling a variety of situations, both at company events and out in the community.
RESPONSIBILITIES will include, but not be limited to, the duties listed below:
- Serve as assistant to the chairperson of the Education Committee of the board in directors in coordinating the annual Donald W. Wood, Sr. Youth Vocal Competition. This may involve: updating the data base or website for publication of competition details; processing of applications from high school sophomores, junior and seniors, and listening to submitted tapes to narrow down the number of contestants; personally accompanying young singers who cannot bring their own pianist; and working with the host organization and spearheading volunteer efforts before and during the day of the competition.
- Expand the number of MetroPelican (“the opera in the classroom”) bookings for students in grades pre-K through 12 by working with Young Audiences, and through personal email and phone contact with schools, universities, library systems, senior centers, and church and community organizations. Seek to expand the number of singers available for these performances and serve as accompanist for the bulk of the touring productions. Create new programming (and work with the Scenic Studio to create new props/sets/costumes) that may include both performances and in-school or community residencies.
- Coordinate and manage the “Student Night Out” (“the classroom at the opera”) dress rehearsals for students K-12, including communication with attendees re: pass pick-up at the box office, transportation, seating charts, etc. as well as serving as liaison with volunteers and the usher corps at the theater.
- Create study guides, programs, and brochures for #2 and #3. Document and report on data/numbers for #2 and #3 at staff meetings, board meetings, etc. Use these statistics to report to Opera America and possibly attend the annual conferences to remain current on trends and to be exposed to new ideas.
- Expand the popular “Opera on Tap” (adult outreach) series to include more venues and more concerts, using a wider base of singers more representative of the community. Personally accompany these concerts throughout the metro area and beyond. Work with Audience Development in creating new, adventurous programming and “opera events.”
- Assist in the design, organization and implementation of the 3 new youth-training initiatives: The High School Summer Voice Program in collaboration with Loyola University New Orleans; the College Opera Apprentice Program with the Louisiana State University (LSU) School of Music; and the Young Artist Residence Program (including processing applications, scheduling auditions, arranging housing and related activities).
- Attend/work at NOOA productions and other company events.
ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENTS: Ability to work nights and weekends.
Salary based on experience.
Submit a resume and cover letter to firstname.lastname@example.org.