Auditions and Employment - Michigan Opera Theatre


Michigan Opera Theatre announces the following vacancy:
Principal Cello
Audition date:  May 14, 2019.
Application deadline: March 8, 2019.
Auditions will be by invitation only.
Position to begin Fall 2019.
  • Please submit your one-page resume by March 8, 2019 to
  • Invitations to audition will be emailed by March 19, 2019.
  • An audition deposit of $75.00 will be required from invited applicants.
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Michigan Opera Theatre 2018-19 Season
September 26 – November 25, 2018.
March 24 – May 19, 2019.
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
Rehearsal 1– Sunday
Rehearsal 2– Tuesday
Rehearsal 3– Thursday
Rehearsal 4– Saturday
Dress Rehearsal 1 – Tuesday
Dress Rehearsal 2 – Thursday
Performance 1 – Saturday
Week 3
Performance 2 – Wednesday
Performance 3 – Friday
Performance 4 – Sunday
Rates for 2018-19 Season
Michigan Opera Theatre 2018-19 Season
$162.24/Rehearsal, $175.74/Dress rehearsal, $215.64/Performance. Principal Premium 25% Doubling 20% A.F.M. pension fund 10.9%.
MOT orchestra members are occasionally used for other presentations at the Detroit Opera House that may occur outside of the regular MOT season schedule.
Detroit Opera House 2018-19 Season
$126.70/Rehearsal, $196.37/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.

Michigan Opera Theatre is not scheduling Chorus auditions at this time. If you are interested in receiving notification of future audition opportunities, please email your contact information and voice part to:

Elizabeth Anderson, Production Coordinator,


Working for the Michigan Opera Theatre Chorus

The Michigan Opera Theatre Chorus is hired on a per production basis. Michigan Opera Theatre engages its artists under an agreement with the American Guild of Musical Artists.

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 6/15/15

  • A-level $153.86 per performance, B-level $129.05 per performance
  • A-level $15.66 per rehearsal hour, B-level $14.57 per rehearsal hour


All conflicts with scheduled rehearsal must be submitted when you accept the position. After that point, you may submit a conflict to the Production Coordinator. Excusal is at the discretion of the company. 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

AGMA is the American Guild of Musical Artists and the union that represents our chorus.

You are required to become members of AGMA after 30 days of engagement. This means that application to become a member needs to happen no later than 30 days after your first rehearsal. Payment plans are available for the membership fee. Please address all questions regarding the union to your chorus AGMA representative or to AGMA directly.

Your local representatives are listed below. They are elected AGMA representatives here at Michigan Opera Theatre. They are also 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 and protections.

AGMA initiation fee is $500. This amount can be worked out on a payment plan through the union directly. AGMA also requires you to pay dues in the amount of $79 per year. There is also a 2% fee deducted from every paycheck. The $79.00 will be billed annually beginning in December and will be due and payable by January 1.

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 Information

American Guild of Musical Artists
1430 Broadway, 14th Floor
New York, NY 10018
Toll free: 800.543.AGMA

Local AGMA Reps

Yvonne Friday
Richard Jackson, Jr.


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 option to cancel it. You will be notified in advance if this is going to happen.

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.


Rehearsals are held in the Detroit Opera House. Each 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 Herman Frankel | Opera House Parking Centerr. 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 communication from 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.


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

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

Be an Extra

Being an extra with Michigan Opera Theatre provides the perfect "backstage" opportunity. See how it all happens without any of the pressure the stars have!

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.

Join us
To be notified of the next supernumerary opportunity, please submit the form, below.

Jobs & Part-Time Opportunities


The Data Resources Coordinator develops, supports and manages data and data processes critical to the success of Michigan Opera Theatre’s management of its patrons. He/she will support systems and processes including data integrity, event creation/setup, and reporting.


  • Lead the configuration, maintenance, development and set up of ticketing systems for MOT productions, seasons and other ticketed events within Tessitura and Ticketmaster. Build and maintain events on the Ticketmaster system and the Tessitura ticketing system as assigned
  • Establish and maintain best practices around the use of data within Tessitura ticketing, ensuring and maintaining accurate data entry into Tessitura and training staff across the organization on data entry and extraction.
  • Participate in establishing and enforcing Data Protection policies and PCI compliance regulations
  • Deliver reporting and administration within Tessitura, including sales reporting and analysis.
  • Support third party applications that interface with Tessitura including T-stats and Shopping Cart, and NScan in 2019.
  • Provide data-driven business intelligence support to Marketing, Development and Finance departments and interpreting analytics
  • With direction, work to devise and implement new integrated CRM and ticketing strategies
  • Facilitate generation of lists, advanced data extractions, custom reports and ad hoc queries. Assist in list management, functionality, Tessitura integration, and custom workflows.
  • Work proactively with colleagues to drive Tessitura and data management initiatives.
  • Maintain the integrity of the data base.
  • Provide training for team members to facilitate individually produced, regularly needed data tracking and reporting. Develop and document processes and procedures to educate and train staff
  • Provide data to inform marketing decisions, grant reports, and other business information needs.
  • Create complex mailing lists and reports supporting direct mail for marketing, events and fundraising solicitations.
  • Project a professional image at all times and provide responsive, high quality follow-up to internal and external inquiries in a manner that is complete and timely.
  • At all times demonstrate cooperative behavior with supervisors, subordinates, colleagues, and members of the community.
  • Assist when needed with answering phones, reminder calls, or event registration.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.


  • Three to five years of experience working with and managing a relational database required.
  • Proficiency in Tessitura revenue management system highly preferred.  Experience building events in Tessitura and/or Ticketmaster or other ticketing system highly preferred.
  • SQL programming knowledge and experience preferred.
  • Ability to work well under pressure, meet multiple and often competing deadlines is essential.Must be able to coordinate multiple projects simultaneously.
  • Demonstrated ability to learn new tools and technologies quickly and comprehensively.
  • Ability to take initiative and work independently.
  • Excellent troubleshooting skills; must be able to communicate effectively with all levels of staff members and understand their business requirements.
  • A detail-oriented penchant for and a love of precision.
  • Well-rounded interpersonal and clear communication skills.

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

Salary is commensurate with experience and qualifications. Excellent benefits package


Application Process:

To Apply for this position in confidence, send resume and cover letter to:

Michigan Opera Theatre is an Equal Opportunity Employer.  We value diversity in our workforce.