Orchestra Manager

The Metropolitan Opera

New York, New York

Work Location: In-office


Website The Metropolitan Opera

Department: Orchestra

Available: October 2021

Position Summary:

The Orchestra Manager is responsible for managing and coordinating all employees and activities for the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra Musicians. The Orchestra Manager works closely with the Music Director, Director of Music Administration, and the Chief Librarian to ensure that the Met Orchestra achieves the highest musical standards. This position serves as a liaison between administration and musicians and is responsible for overseeing the execution and enforcement of the relevant collective bargaining agreements.


Primary Responsibilities:

·         Manage, coordinate, and supervise all musician services

·         Collaborate with and oversee the work of the Assistant Orchestra Manager and the Office Manager, Orchestra

·         Ensure compliance with the relevant collective bargaining agreements

·         Balance the workload of the musicians through rotation plans

·         Coordinate leaves and maintain attendance records for musicians

·         Work with Assistant Orchestra Manager to hire substitute and extra musicians

·         Oversee the audition and tenure evaluation processes

·         Prepare and manage the orchestra budget

·         Act as a “trouble shooter” in all employee-related and performance-related situations concerning the orchestra and orchestra members, and take appropriate action

·         Implement updated scheduling and payroll systems

Qualification and Skill Requirements:
·         Bachelor’s degree

·         A minimum of 5 years of prior orchestra personnel and production administrative experience or a combination of relevant education, training, and experience

·         Thorough knowledge of opera/orchestral repertoire and instrumentation

·         A commitment to a diverse and inclusive work environment

·         Strong aptitude for handling personnel situations directly and adroitly

·         Advanced technological proficiency

·         Excellent communication skills, written and oral

·         Keen attention to detail and the ability to maintain comprehensive documentation

Physical Demands:

·         The Metropolitan Opera is a performance venue that requires employees working in the building to be fully vaccinated. Due to the nature of this role, you must be fully vaccinated at the time your employment is scheduled to start.

·         Regularly required to sit, talk, and hear.

·         Frequently required to use repetitive hand motion and to stand, walk, reach, bend.

·         Occasionally required to lift up to 20 pounds.

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The Metropolitan Opera believes that diversity is critical to our success and growth as a leading performing arts institution and we seek to recruit, develop and retain the most talented people from a diverse candidate pool. Our goal is to be a diverse workforce that is representative, at all job levels, of the communities we serve.

The Metropolitan Opera is an equal opportunity employer. We are committed to providing an environment of mutual respect where equal employment opportunities are available to all applicants and existing employees without regard to race, color, religion, sex, pregnancy (including childbirth, lactation and related medical conditions), national origin, citizenship status, age, physical and mental disability, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, genetic information (including characteristics and testing), military and veteran status, or any protected category prohibited by local, state or federal laws.

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