Chicago Opera Theater Mission Statement:
Chicago Opera Theater
expands the tradition of opera as a living art form
by engaging lovers of music and storytelling
through innovative experiences
predominantly of new and rarely performed works.
Chicago Opera Theater Core Values:
The Music Director is responsible for the selection and quality of all musical elements of the company’s programming and performance activities. This includes working closely with the General Director to select repertoire for the mainstage season and any additional events (gala, salons, bonus events) and being the primary leader responsible for all of the company’s conductors, musicians and singers.
The Music Director is tasked with accomplishing the Board-approved mission of the company from a musical perspective, and for providing oversight and accountability of all musical staff and artists throughout the season. The Music Director will personally conduct at least one opera in each season, and may conduct more as appropriate.
The Music Director reports to the General Director, and is expected to work collaboratively with the General Director, the Board, and the heads of other company departments as requested. The Music Director is also expected to create and participate in a working environment that is respectful of the staff and artists of Chicago Opera Theater and that inspires creativity and productivity, encourages the role of the Company in the training and development of young artists, and builds an artistic network of relationships that draws artists of high caliber to participate with Company productions and activities.
The Music Director is evaluated in an annual review by the General Director, who manages the Music Director’s employment agreement and compensation. The Music Director is expected to be a part-time position that allows the Music Director to also conduct or serve as Music Director at other companies simultaneously. The position will require on-site activities (conducting, casting, public events, oversight) in Chicago, activities in other cities (auditions, travel to see new productions) and regular collaboration that can be on-site or done remotely.
The position is salaried and exempt.