Auditions and Employment - Michigan Opera Theatre


Michigan Opera Theatre announces the following vacancy

Second Trombone

Audition date:  November 21, 2019. Application deadline: October 1, 2019. Auditions will be by invitation only. Position to begin Fall 2020.
  • Please submit your one-page resume by October 1, 2019 to
  • Invitations to audition will be emailed by October 9, 2019.
  • An audition deposit of $75.00 will be required from invited applicants.
Audition Repertoire - Download List PDF Audition Excerpts - Download PDF     Michigan Opera Theatre 2019-20 Season October 7 – December 1, 2019. March 16 – May 17, 2020. The MOT orchestra performs four operas and one ballet each season, with an average of 10 services per production. A typical MOT Orchestra schedule for an opera production:   Week 1 Three-four Rehearsals. Week 2 Two Dress Rehearsals. Opening Night - Saturday. Week 3 Three Performances; usually Wednesday evening, Friday evening and a Sunday matinee. Rates for 2019-20 Season Michigan Opera Theatre 2019-20 Season $167.11/Rehearsal, $181.01/Dress rehearsal, $222.11/Performance. Principal Premium 25% Doubling 20% A.F.M. pension fund 11.99%. MOT orchestra members are occasionally utilized for other presentations at the Detroit Opera House that may occur outside of the regular MOT season schedule. There is a separate scale for these services, which is shown below. Detroit Opera House 2019-20 Season $130.50/Rehearsal, $202.26/Performance. Premiums and Doubling 12%.  A.F.M. pension fund 13.99%. The Michigan Opera Theatre audition committee reserves the right to dismiss immediately any candidate not meeting the highest professional standards at these auditions. Musicians of the Michigan Opera Theatre Orchestra are members of the A F of M, Local 5. Michigan Opera Theatre is an equal opportunity employer

Information for Michigan Opera Theatre Chorus Members

ABOUT: The Michigan Opera Theatre Chorus is hired on a per production basis.  Michigan Opera Theatre engages its artists under an American Guild of Musical Artists contract. Michigan Opera Theatre holds auditions for the chorus once per calendar year for the following opera season.  Chorus members must audition each year.  If offered a chorus position in one or more operas, the following information will apply.


PAY SCALE: Chorus Pay levels: (as of 9/01/19) B (1st– 8thproduction): $18.00 per rehearsal hour; $138.29 per performance. A (9th+ production): $19.00 per rehearsal hour; $164.68 per performance.                   Chorus is paid every 2 weeks  


ABSENCES: All conflicts with the rehearsal and performance schedule must be submitted when you accept the position, and the Company retains the right to excuse or not excuse the conflict(s).  In the event of unexcused conflicts, the Company reserves the right to withdraw the contract offer.   Any subsequent conflicts must be submitted with explanation to Elizabeth Anderson in the Production Department (313.237-3405). The Company retains the right to excuse or not excuse any subsequent conflicts. Any absence not previously excused by the Company is considered unexcused. Late arrival for rehearsals and unexcused absences will be documented with a letter designating your tardy or absence.  A copy of this letter will be kept in your file at Michigan Opera Theatre. The following sections of the current collective bargaining agreement address tardiness &/or absences as follows: Paragraph 28(j)(1) of the AGMA basic agreement: “Frequent and repeated unexcused tardiness is disruptive to the rehearsal and performance process, and may be considered a breach of contract.  Accordingly, frequent and repeated tardiness may result in discipline or dismissal.” Paragraph 28(j)(2) of the AGMA basic agreement: “Frequent and repeated unexcused absences are disruptive to the rehearsal and performance process.  Three (3) or more unexcused absences within a season may constitute a breach of contract, and, accordingly, may result in discipline or dismissal.” Paragraph 28(j)(5) of the AGMA basic agreement. “The COMPANY reserves the right to dismiss a CHORISTER from any production if the CHORISTER’S absence makes continuing in the production impractical.”  


AMERICAN GUILD OF MUSICAL ARTISTS American Guild of Musical Artists (AGMA) is the union that represents our musical artists including the chorus. The Company engages musical artists under an AGMA Standard Artist’s Contract for Employment.  Each artist engaged will have the right to join or refrain from joining AGMA in accordance with Michigan’s right to work law.  Regardless of whether you join AGMA, the terms of the CBA with AGMA will apply to your work with MOT. AGMA elects local representatives. The current representatives noted below, are fellow members of the chorus and are available to answer any questions as well as give you a copy of the contract between MOT and AGMA so you are fully aware of your rights, responsibilities, and protections. Please address all questions regarding the union to your AGMA representative or to AGMA directly.


Membership in AGMA:: AGMA initiation fee is $1000.  This amount can be worked out on a payment plan through the union directly.  AGMA requires you to pay dues in the amount of $79 per year as well as a 2% fee deducted from every paycheck.  The $79.00 is billed annually beginning in December and will be due and payable by January 31. A copy of the agreement between Michigan Opera Theatre and AGMA is available in the Production Department upon request. You may find more information at  Please make sure that you review the page marked “Member Info”  


Contact info:                                                                                                                                           American Guild of Musical Artists 1430 Broadway, 14th floor New York, NY 10018 Toll free: 1-800-543-AGMA 212.265-3687 212.265-1314



The schedule you receive with your offer of employment is subject to change.  You will continue to receive schedules from the Opera as dates or times are updated to adjust to the production schedule for the show.  Per our union contract, we are required to notify you of any change of schedule 48 hours in advance. You may notice dates that are followed with “(option)”.  This means that the Opera is holding that date and that time for a rehearsal and reserves the optionto cancel it.  You will be notified in advance if the rehearsal is to be cancelled. Costume fittings are scheduled during the rehearsal period for each show.  Fittings are scheduled by the Costume Shop utilizing a web-based scheduling system. If your measurements were not returned to the company when you signed your contract or have changed dramatically since your previous work with MOT, please contact Suzanne Hanna,, to have new measurements taken.



Sheets

Sign in sheets will be posted on a bulletin board outside the rehearsal space before every rehearsal or performance.  You are required to sign in upon arrival. If you do not sign in you cannot be paid.  Please make sure you sign in legibly prior to every rehearsal.



Michigan Opera Theatre will provide you with the chorus parts for the opera you are involved in.  You will be notified via email when those parts are available to you. Parts are signed out from the Production Department, located on the 3rd floor of the Detroit Opera House.  If you are interested in purchasing a full piano vocal score for the opera you are in, you may contact the Production Coordinator for information on the edition being used. Music is to be returned before the final performance of the show being performed.  If your copy is not returned by that time you will be responsible for the cost of its replacement. It is not an option to “purchase” your chorus score as a memento.



Rehearsals are held in the Detroit Opera House.  Every time you enter the building, you will enter at the Stage Door, located on the Madison Street side under the smaller of the two red awnings.  You are required to sign in prior to each rehearsal downstairs at security and sign out when you leave (in ADDITION to the sign in sheets posted outside your rehearsal location). Depending on other events being held in the building, your rehearsal space may change.  Please refer to your schedule to notify you of where to go in the building.


BUILDING ETIQUETTE: Rehearsals and performances are restricted to those involved in the show only.  This applies as well after a production moves from the rehearsal space to the stage.  No chorus guests or family are allowed backstage at any time. Food and drink are not allowed in the rehearsal room or on stage.  Water is acceptable if in a closed container.



Michigan Opera Theatre will provide you with a parking pass to park in the Detroit Opera House Parking Center. If you lose this parking pass, you will be charged $5 for a replacement.



Michigan Opera Theatre communicates with the chorus through email.  While on contract (first rehearsal – last performance) you are expected to check email on a regular basis for any updates or communicationfrom the theatre.  Following the initial offer of employment from MOT, all correspondence comes from the following address: Please make sure to add it to you address book so that you receive all information coming from the company.


Memorization Expectations

Michigan Opera Theatre requires that your music be memorized 2 rehearsals PRIOR to your first rehearsal with the conductor for the production.


Complimentary & Discount Tickets

The Company provides each Chorister 2 complimentary tickets to a performance designated by the Company, in which the Company is the sole producer, for each production in which he/she appears.  In order to receive these tickets each Chorister is required to sign up for the tickets on a form provided by the Company.  This sign-up sheet shall be available no later than one week before opening night of said production.


AGMA Artists receiving complimentary tickets may be required to pay the ticket administrative fee uniformly charged for all tickets, which fee shall not exceed $4.00.


The Company provides each Chorister employed in at least one production during the season a 25% discount on the purchase of tickets for all opera production during that season.  This discount is based on availability, and limited to 2 tickets per production unless otherwise approved by the Company.
Michigan Opera Theatre has completed chorus auditions for our 2019-2020 season. The Michigan Opera Theatre Chorus is a professional group of diverse men and women of all professions and backgrounds. Choristers rehearse select weekday evenings and weekends for each production period. We are always looking for professional singers to join our roster. If interested in receiving future notification of chorus auditions please complete the form below to be added to our mailing list. You may contact Michigan Opera Theatre directly with questions regarding our chorus at

Be notified of Chorus auditions

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AUDITION: Monday, September 30 – 7:00pm

An all-time favorite returns! Legendary lover. Sadistic manipulator. Cold-blooded villain. Has there been a more irrepressible scoundrel than Don Juan? Mozart’s legendary opera follows Giovanni as he deceives his way into the hearts of women and taunts the men who love them. When an attempted conquest ends in murder, Giovanni receives a ghostly visitor who delivers retribution. More information on the production including a synopsis may be found here.

Being an extra with Michigan Opera Theatre provides the perfect “backstage” opportunity. See how it all happens without any of the pressure of the STARS! Michigan Opera Theatre is looking for extras in our upcoming production of DON GIOVANNI.
Typical supernumerary work
Supernumeraries are usually amateur character artists who train under professional direction to create a believable scene. They almost become part of the props and give a sense of credibility to scenes where crowds, court assistants, lackeys, peasants or a variety of period characters are needed.
At the audition the director will explain the super roles as they apply to the opera and choose those potential supers they feel would fit the role (and the costume) the best. Auditions are VERY informal and only require your attendance.
In addition to an unforgettable experience as an extra you will receive free parking, 2 complimentary tickets to a performance, 2 passes for guests to attend the final dress rehearsal, and a small stipend.
If you are available during the rehearsal/performance period listed below and would like to attend the audition on Monday, September 30 at 7:00pm, please register using the form below.
NEEDED 8 men/3 women                                                                                                                             

Gentlemen:  Looking for men of all ages to cover roles of Footmen, Priests, an Innkeeper, & Flagellants.
Women: Looking for women of all ages to cover the roles of a chaperone, a strumpet, and a nun.
SCHEDULE – Schedule is tentative and may be adjusted as necessary.


Monday September 30 7:00p AUDITION
    8-10p Rehearsal for Innkeeper & Chaperone chosen
Staging Rehearsals Limited evenings & weekends between October 1-October 11 as determined by the


DRESS/TECHNICAL REHEARSALS:                                                                                                              

Monday October 14 7:00-10:00p Rehearsal on stage
Tuesday October 15 7:00-11:00p Dress rehearsal on stage
Wednesday October 16 6:30-11:00p Orchestra Dress #1
Thursday October 17 6:30-11:00p Final Dress Dress Rehearsal



Saturday October 19 7:30pm Performance 1
Wednesday October 23 7:30pm Performance 2
Friday October 25 7:30pm Performance 3
Sunday October 27 2:30pm Performance 5

Be advised that you must to be available for ALL technical rehearsals and performances.  

If you are available during the rehearsal/performance period and would like to attend the audition on September 30 7:00p, please register below.

Nutcracker Children Cast Auditions 2019

BalletMet - Michigan Opera Theatre

. Use the form, below, to sign up for an audition . When
Friday, September 27, 2019
Detroit Opera House
Broadway Street – Ford Center for Learning Entrance
3rd floor – Boll Hall
• 4:00 - Girls & Boys currently taking ballet classes with at least 4 years previous ballet training Ages 12 and up, Height 5'8" and under
• 5:30 – Girls & Boys currently taking ballet classes with at least 2 years previous ballet training Ages 8-12, Height 4'9"-5'6"
• 7:00 –     Girls & Boys currently taking ballet classes with at least 2 years previous ballet training   Ages 8-12, 4'8" and under
Please arrive 15 minutes prior to your scheduled audition time.
Call Backs
All dancers called back need to return at 8:15 p.m.
If needed, dancers should be prepared to stay for more than one audition
All dancers must be age eight (8) by Sept.27, 2019 in order to audition
First Rehearsals (MANDATORY) at the Detroit Opera House:
Saturday, Sept. 28 Between 10:00am – 5:00pm
Sunday, Sept. 29   Between 10:00am – 5:00pm
More specific times for each role/each day will be handed out at the audition
All following rehearsals will take place on Saturdays and/or Sundays at the Detroit Opera House.
Please note additional mandatory rehearses and fittings will be scheduled the week of Thanksgiving.
Audition Attire
Girls: Dark leotard, pink tights and ballet slippers, hair pulled back in a bun.
Boys: White T-Shirt, dark tights, ballet slippers
Please Note
No parents admitted into the audition
Nutcracker Hotline (313) 961-3500 press 6 then ext. 3290
Performances Nov. 30 & Dec. 1, 2019 at the Detroit Opera House Sat, Nov. 30, 2019 | 2:30PM Sat, Nov. 30, 2019 | 7:30PM Sun, Dec. 1, 2019 | 2:30PM

Michigan Opera Theatre Pianist Auditions

We are in search of flexible and collaborative pianists in the Detroit area to play rehearsals, musical events, and accompany shows that may take place in the daytime or evenings.

Qualified candidates will have:

  • Experience working with singers
  • Knowledge of the operatic repertoire
  • Sight reading ability

To apply, Send a resume to




Immerse yourself in music and theater while working in the most beautiful building in Detroit as a Part-time Human Resources Assistant at the Michigan Opera Theatre (MOT). Michigan’s premiere opera company has a rich legacy in Detroit, restoring two historic theaters and stimulating the transformation of a once-desolate neighborhood into the city’s now thriving entertainment district. Be part of a team that continues to support the revitalization of Detroit by presenting the world’s best singers and dance companies to Southeast Michigan.

MOT, a non-profit organization, has an opening for a part-time Human Resources Assistant to assist with the day-to-day duties of our Human Resources Department. This is an excellent opportunity for someone with strong attention to detail and follow-through.  Must have exceptional organizational skills, motivated, works well with all levels of staff.


  • Work closely with the HR Director on various aspects of recruitment and hiring: job postings, tracking/pre-screening resumes, scheduling interviews, and creating offer letters;
  • Able to work confidentially and independently;
  • Process new hire paperwork to ensure that all documents are completed;
  • Ensure that all personnel files are complete, up-to-date and in audit-ready condition;
  • General administrative duties which includes filing, copying, scanning;
  • Create and prepare packets for new hires, trainings, meetings, etc.;
  • Distribute monthly birthday cards
  • Assist in organizing employee relations activities such as holiday party and other company events;
  • Additional duties as assigned.


  • Previous experience in HR is required.
  • Excellent computer skills including Microsoft Word, Excel and Outlook.
  • Experience working in busy office, handling a variety of tasks; work independently.
  • Solid inter-personal skills.


Hourly rate dependent on experience. There are no benefits accompanying this position.


Schedule for this part-time employee will be 3-4 days a week, approximately 20-25 hours/week.

If you are interested in the position and have the necessary skills and qualifications, please send your resume, cover letter, and salary expectations to Do not apply if you do not possess the required skills. If you would like additional information about our Company, please peruse this website.


Michigan Opera Theatre is committed to diversity in its programming and in creating a staff reflective of the populations of the Detroit metropolitan area. We encourage and actively recruit applicants representing diversity of color, age, sex, race, religion, national origin, physical ability, sexual orientation or political affiliation

October 9, 2019

The Patron Services Associate for Michigan Opera Theatre is responsible for assisting patrons with all ticketing and purchase needs. He/she acts at all times as a steward of Michigan Opera Theatre. The Patron Services Associates serves patrons efficiently, accurately and politely at all points of contact, understands and implements donor retention strategies and ensures the highest level of patron satisfaction. This is a part-time position.


Specific Responsibilities:


  • Greets and serves all patrons in a positive, supportive, friendly and polite manner in accordance with MOT’s patron-centered culture of excellence.
  • Working with Patron Services Manager, monitors sales to sales goals, works with the Patrom Management Team to develop strategices and monitors implementation of action plans to achieve sales revenue goals for subscription and single tickets.
  • Contributes to the maintenance of a supportive and fulfilling work environment.
  • Sells subscription and single tickets to all Opera and Dance events by phone and in person in the box office.
  • Assists customers with internet ticket purchases.
  • Performs data entry of phone/mail/telemarketing/complimentary ticket orders using Tessitura ticketing system.
  • Manages patron complaints and concerns on behalf of MOT, assuring each patron a timely and thoughtful response.
  • Work at theatres during theatre box office hours and show times, selling tickets, processing comp requests and assuring that patrons are comfortably in their seats prior to curtain time, including working the will call booth if necessary.
  • Prints will call tickets prior to show time.
  • Answers phones as required in the box office and, as needed, in the main office.
  • Develops positive working relationships with staff from every department, assuring clear lines of communication and the continued effective knowledge base of current MOT events and activies.
  • Performs other duties as assigned.



Position Qualifications:


  • Must posess exceptional interpersonal skills, both in person and by phone, with patrons, board, staff members, volunteers, performers, other MOT constituents and the general public.
  • Previous ticketing and/or phone center experience required.  Proven sales and customer service experience required.
  • Demonstrated record of experience in cash handling, customer service and salesmanship is required.
  • Possess the ability to work well in an extremely fast paced, ever changing environment.
  • Ability to problem-solve and think quickly on one’s feet.
  • High degree of flexibility in response to daily shifting priorities.
  • Knowledge of the Michigan Opera Theatre’s season programs and offerings.
  • Prior experience with a ticketing system is necessary; functional knowledge of Tessitura is a plus.
  • Must be able to handle the physical demands commensurate with an active box office and concert schedule. Ability to spend up to three hours on your feet with no break and some occasional lifting of 25+ pounds.
  • The ability to work a flexible schedule including regular weekdays as well as evenings and weekends is required for this position.
  • High energy and passion for MOT’s mission is important for this role


Note: The job description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties or responsibilities that are required of the employee.



Position Reports to:           Ticket Office Manager

Classification status:          PART-TIME, non-exempt, hourly