Head of Music

Lyric Opera of Chicago

Chicago, IL

Work Location: In-office


  • Full Time
  • Chicago, IL (Remote)
  • Wed, Feb 1, 2023
  • Work Location: In-office
  • Opera
  • $82,000.00
  • $95,000.00

Lyric Opera of Chicago

REPORTS TO: Senior Director, Music Administration

STATUS: Full-time, exempt

Through artistic excellence coupled with innovative, relevant programming; initiatives to connect with and grow new audiences; engagement with communities to ignite creativity across Chicago; and a modernized Opera House that is the setting for truly great experiences, Lyric is leading the advancement of opera. This collaborative vision will deliver ever more exciting, thought-provoking, and inclusive audience and community experiences – while increasing the gravitational pull of our art form, our company, and our city.

The Head of Music is critical in ensuring that Lyric Opera of Chicago achieves the highest musical standards. The position is responsible for monitoring and securing the preparedness and success of artists and music staff, organizing cuts and musical versions, and providing general musical supervision of rehearsals and performances. This position also plays an integral role in creating newly commissioned works. This position will report to the Senior Director of Music Administration with direct operational relationships to the Music Director and Chief Artistic Administration Officer.


-Demonstrate leadership in alignment with Lyric’s mission and vision.
-Collaborate with the Music Director, Chief Artistic Administrative Officer, and Senior Director of Music Administration to maintain exceptional musical standards across Lyric Opera of Chicago.
-Monitor musical preparation for all casts, including principals and covers, including Ryan Opera Center Ensemble members with mainstage assignments. Consult with the Assistant Conductors assigned to each opera and relay information regarding the status of artists and covers to the General Director, Music Director, Chief Artistic Administration Officer, and Vice President, Artistic Planning.
-Attend rehearsals and performances to maintain productions’ musical quality and integrity.
-Collaborate with the Music Director and Senior Director of Music Administration to audition, recruit, hire, and supervise all music staff members, including assistant conductors (répétiteurs, prompters, and cover conductors), diction coaches, and ballet pianists.
-Communicate with conductors and directors to coordinate each production’s musical versions, cuts, and stage bands. Coordinate with the Department of Music Administration to disseminate materials to internal and external parties.
-Report all budgetary needs to the Senior Director of Music Administration for inclusion in the music administration budget.
-Collaborate with composers and conductors on all aspects of newly commissioned works to be performed.
-Coordinate with the Senior Director of Music Administration and artistic leadership to ensure that the artist and management’s compositional and contractual needs are addressed.
-Work with Company Management regarding the scheduling of individual coaching sessions.
-Possess a thorough knowledge of applicable collective bargaining agreements.
-In coordination with the Music Director, supervise and evaluate music staff members.
Assist the Music Director or other conductors with work on orchestrations or musical scores.


-Bachelor’s Degree from an accredited college or university in Music or equivalent, with advanced training in opera, piano accompaniment, and vocal coaching.
-Minimum of five (5) years’ experience working with opera singers as a coach and assisting conductors with preparing opera performances.
-Vast knowledge of operatic repertoire and all periods of opera and performance practice is critical.
-Exceptional skill set as a collaborative pianist, répétiteur, and/or conductor is critical.
-Fluency in spoken/sung English. In-depth working knowledge of spoken/sung Italian, French, and German. -Working knowledge of Russian is a plus but not required.
-Experience working in a union environment is preferred.
-Ability to manage multiple competing priorities.


-Ability to adeptly work with a variety of personalities.
-Ability to thrive in a fast-paced, rapidly changing environment.
-Willingness to work long hours and travel domestically and internationally, as required.
-Sitting for extended periods.
-Ability to operate a computer keyboard and mouse and to handle other office equipment with or without accommodation.
-Ability to oversee evening or weekend functions, deployments, or performances.
-Ability to lift 30 pounds.

The Lyric Opera of Chicago is committed to enhancing our diverse work environment and is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. Lyric does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, gender identity, religion, sexual orientation, age, disability, parental status, veteran status, or any other protected status under applicable laws. We encourage individuals of all backgrounds to apply.

To apply for this job please visit lyricopera.applytojob.com.