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Director of Artistic and Music Administration

(Year-round, full-time position)

Founded in 1984, Opera San José is a $4.5M budget house located in the Bay Area of California. Currently producing four mainstage operas and numerous civic and education engagement programs annually, Opera San José is committed to incubating talent and innovation across the field. In the coming seasons, company priorities will focusing on the advancement of the art form and industry through several key areas: the cultivation of the next generation of musicians, artists, craftspeople and entrepreneurs; the creation of innovative artistic projects, both on and off the mainstage; and the development of best business practices that will re-examine the industry’s current conception of funding solutions, community engagement, civic practice, community partnerships and audience growth.

Reporting to the General Director/CEO and working in close collaboration with the Music Director, the Director of Artistic and Music Administration is a vital member of the producing team of Opera San José. This position serves a strategic partner to the executive team in the expansion of the company’s residency program and innovation initiatives as the operatic art incubator in Silicon Valley.

This position serves as the key point person for artists and musicians and is responsible for managing the Artistic and Music Coordinator. S/he oversees principal artists in residence, guest artists, chorus, dancers, supernumeraries, and supertitle operators. This position’s primary duties include spearheading casting for the company, and is responsible for artist recruitment, negotiations, artistic and music budget management, interdepartmental communication, audition strategy and industry interface. S/he serves as a liaison to creative teams, city contacts, artist managers and senior staff and collaborate cross-departmentally on key strategic initiatives that include civic and audience engagement activities.

Working in collaboration with the General Director and Music Director, the position will serve on the future season planning team and provides input into the creation of the rehearsal schedule and annual orchestra call schedule. The Director of Artistic and Music Administration oversees the daily operations of both departments and will attend necessary rehearsals, sitzprobes, serving performance duty as needed.

Interested applicants should email cover letter and resume to careers@operasj.org

Opera San José is an equal employment opportunity employer.



Artistic and Music Coordinator

(Seasonal, full-time position)

The Artistic and Music coordinator supports the daily in-season operations of the Artistic and Music departments. This position reports to the Director of Artistic and Music Administration and works collaboratively across the full organization. 

Key Functions:

  • General administrative support to the Artistic department.
  • Assists with scheduling, logistics for auditions, including: visiting and resident artists, orchestra, chorus, dancers and supers. Organizes and proctors auditions as needed.
  • Assists with artist housing and travel arrangements.
  • Distributes daily schedules, assists with scheduling coaching and costume fittings.
  • Maintains department master calendar.
  • Attends rehearsals and performances as needed. 
  • Works closely with the Director of Marketing and Development for final dress rehearsal logistics.
  • Makes wellness calls prior to mainstage and civic engagement activities.
  • Maintains updated database of marketing materials for artists and creatives.
  • Creates artist welcome packets. 
  • Assists with research for outseason budget forecasts.
  • Handles personal needs of artists and production teams when needed.
  • Logistics and Set-up for orchestra rehearsals.
  • Assists with day-of coordination for development and audience engagement events.
  • Coordinate regular maintenance of pianos and harpsichord, including facilitating movement to and from performance venues when needed, and execute rental of special instruments.
  • Coordinates contracts and payroll for artistic and music departments as needed.


Minimum job requirements:

  • Two years+ experience in music/artistic departments of performing arts organizations.
  • Own vehicle that can accommodate transportation of electronic keyboard.


Interested applicants should email cover letter and resume to careers@operasj.org

Opera San José is an equal employment opportunity employer.