Employment & Auditions

Senior Manager, Individual Gifts

Cincinnati Opera is seeking candidates for the position of Senior Manager, Individual Gifts. This is a full-time, salaried, exempt position that reports to the Director of Development and works with all members of the Development Department and many members of the Opera staff.

Function
The Development Department includes four functional areas: annual giving, major and planned giving, institutional giving, and events. The ideal candidate will be a highly proactive, hands-on, and effective fundraiser who is comfortable working directly with and soliciting donations from individuals and some family foundations for annual gifts.

Primary Responsibilities Include

  • Develop a comprehensive donor-centric solicitation plan to meet or exceed budgeted income goals for individual gifts.
  • Manage all aspects of Cincinnati Opera’s individual giving program including direct mail, online campaigns, Guild, major donors, family foundations, and Center Stage Board Associates (CSBA).
  • Develop and implement strategic initiatives in order to grow Cincinnati Opera’s individual giving program.
  • Manage the work of all volunteer members of the Major Donor committee.
  • Works closely with the Development Associate, Research and Data Management on database management, prospecting, and moves management in Tessitura.
  • Develop fundraising strategy and implement gift solicitation plan to meet budgeted goals for the Opera Ball – Cincinnati Opera’s annual fundraiser.
  • Manage all aspects of Cincinnati Opera’s Center Stage Board Associates (CSBA), including meetings, board assessment solicitation, and events, and serve as the liaison between CSBA and Opera Association Board.
  • Create Development content for the Season program book.
  • Manage web content for Cincinnati Opera’s Development Department.
  • Manage design projects for all Development Department fundraising materials.
  • Work with the Manager of the New-Century Campaign and the Director of Development to conduct donor research on an annual basis.
  • Manage benefit fulfillment as related to distribution of benefits and the following events: major donor party, donor lunches, cast parties, donor appreciation events, and backstage tours.
  • Participate in all Development Department and company events.

Qualifications and Desired Attributes

  • Minimum of 6 years of successful fundraising experience, preferably in individual giving
  • Knowledge of Tessitura software is required
  • Previous experience working with volunteers and managing volunteer committees
  • Experience with donor engagement
  • Previous budgeting experience
  • Superb communication and people skills
  • Knowledge of performing arts and/or the operatic art form is preferred
  • Exemplary diplomacy, problem-solving, and teamwork skills
  • Must be able to set priorities, coordinate multiple projects simultaneously, and meet deadlines
  • Proficient with Microsoft Office products and PowerPoint
  • Must be able to work flexible hours including some evenings and weekends

Compensation
Salary commensurate with experience. Employee benefits package includes health, life insurance, dental, vision, 403(b) plan with employer match and parking.

Application Deadline
November 7, 2014, or open until filled. To apply, submit cover letter, resume, references, and salary requirements to hr@cincinnatiopera.org or Human Resources, Cincinnati Opera, 1243 Elm Street, Cincinnati, OH 45202. No phone calls please.

About Cincinnati Opera
Fou­n­ded in 1920 and the second oldest opera company in the U.S., Cincinnati Opera presents a thrilling roster of world-class artists and conductors, important company debuts, stunning sets and costumes, and the spectacular Cincin­nati Symphony Orchestra. Today the c­ompany is hailed as Cincinnati’s “prime summer arts festival,” attracting a passionate regional audience as well as opera tourists from throughout the U.S. and Canada.­ The company also produces Opera Outbound activities for the community throughout the year including touring performances and Opera Raps.

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Chorus Auditions for 2015 Summer Festival

Auditions for Cincinnati Opera’s 2015 Summer Festival Chorus will be held at the Corbett Opera Center in Music Hall, 1243 Elm Street, Cincinnati, Ohio on October 30 & 31 and November 1 & 2.

Audition times must be scheduled in advance. Interested persons may schedule an audition by emailing Lauren Bailey. Audition times will be assigned beginning October 6, 2014.

Email requests for an audition should include the following:

  • Name
  • Voice type
  • Phone number
  • Availability on audition dates (October 30 & 31 and November 1 & 2)
  • Resume detailing performance experience
  • Headshots appreciated but not required

Singers should prepare two (2) contrasting arias in the original languages. An accompanist will be provided.

NOTE: Please be aware that the chorus staging for Turandot involves extended periods of kneeling, which may pose difficulty for singers with mobility concerns.

Please note that there is a separate application and audition process for those interested in the 2015 Young Artist positions. Visit the “About Us” section of the company website (www.cincinnatiopera.org) for more information.

About the Cincinnati Opera Chorus
The Cincinnati Opera Chorus is a paid, professional chorus under the jurisdiction of AGMA, the American Guild of Musical Artists. Rehearsals for the 2015 Summer Festival will begin in mid-May (exact start dates TBD) and run through July 31.

Residents from outside of the greater Cincinnati area are welcome and encouraged to audition. However, applicants should be aware that most chorus members tend to be cast locally.

2015 Season
The 2015 Summer Festival, which runs from June 18 to July 31, will open with Giuseppe Verdi’s dark tale of revenge, Il Trovatore. Next, Cincinnati Opera presents the world premiere of Ricky Ian Gordon and William M. Hoffman’s Morning Star, with seven performances in the Corbett Theater at the School for Creative and Performing Arts. The season continues with two productions at Music Hall: Gaetano Donizetti’s delightful Don Pasquale, and a stunning new production of Giacomo Puccini’s Turandot. Cincinnati Opera will kick off the season with Opera in the Park, a free concert in Washington Park, on June 7. All performances feature the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra.

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Auditions for 2015 Season Young Artists

Auditions for Cincinnati Opera’s 2015 Young Artist positions will be held at the Corbett Opera Center in Music Hall, 1243 Elm Street, Cincinnati, Ohio on October 30 & 31 and November 1 & 2.

Young Artist positions are specifically for young, up-and-coming singers who wish to gain professional experience and exposure in the opera industry. Young artists will be engaged as Choristers in Cincinnati Opera’s 2015 Summer Festival productions. In addition to their chorus duties, Young Artists will perform at various donor and patron events and programs during the season, and may also be engaged to cover principal roles in rehearsals or perform comprimario roles in mainstage performances. Young Artists have the opportunity to work with distinguished professionals in the field, as well as experienced staff members, to build and enhance repertoire through private coachings. Rehearsals for the 2015 Summer Festival Season will begin mid-May (exact start dates TBD) and run through July 31.

Audition Process

Auditions are by invitation through an application process. Not all applicants will receive an audition. Applicants who receive an audition are also eligible for positions in the 2015 Summer Festival Chorus.

Application Process

  1. Complete the online application and submit the $25 application fee at https://www.yaptracker.com/applications/cincinnati-opera-2015/
  1. Completed applications must be submitted electronically no later than 11:59 p.m. on Wednesday, October 1, 2014. Late or incomplete applications will not be accepted.
  1. Prepare four (4) arias in the original languages. An accompanist will be provided.

Please email Lauren Bailey with any questions.

Please Note: Positions in the Cincinnati Opera Summer Festival Chorus and principal cover roles in season productions are under the jurisdiction of AGMA, the American Guild of Musical Artists.

2015 Season
The 2015 Summer Festival, which runs from June 18 to July 31, will open with Giuseppe Verdi’s dark tale of revenge, Il Trovatore. Next, Cincinnati Opera presents the world premiere of Ricky Ian Gordon and William M. Hoffman’s Morning Star, with seven performances in the Corbett Theater at the School for Creative and Performing Arts. The season continues with two productions at Music Hall: Gaetano Donizetti’s delightful Don Pasquale, and a stunning new production of Giacomo Puccini’s Turandot. Cincinnati Opera will kick off the season with Opera in the Park, a free concert in Washington Park, on June 7. All performances feature the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra.