Orchestra & Opera Manager

Date Posted: Aug 26, 2019
Application Deadline: Aug 30, 2019

Salary Range: Other
Province: Ontario
Region: Metro Toronto Area
City: Toronto
Employee Benefits: N/A
Organization's Field/Discipline: The Arts
Job's focus: Administrative
Job Type: Full-time
Career Level: Middle management

Organization Description

The Royal Conservatory of Music
The Royal Conservatory (RCM) is one of the largest and most respected music education institutions in the world, providing the definitive standard of excellence in curriculum design, assessment, and teacher certification. Graduates of its two performance training programs, The Glenn Gould School and The Phil and Eli Taylor Performance Academy for Young Artists, regularly perform on major international stages. The RCM is also a leader in the development of early childhood education programs and arts-based social programs, and presents a diverse range of concerts featuring the finest Canadian and international artists in its magnificent performance space, Koerner Hall. Please visit www.rcmusic.com for more information.

Job Description

The Orchestra & Opera Manager (OOM) is responsible for the successful planning and production of the Glenn Gould School’s large student ensemble performances both onsite and offsite; primarily Royal Conservatory Orchestra and Opera productions.  This is achieved through the effective management of students, faculty, and contracted artists, and efficient collaboration with RCM Scheduling & Facilities, Performing Arts, and Marketing.
 Production Management 
  • Creates and maintains master production schedule as well as individual rehearsal, technical and audition schedules for Orchestra and Opera projects.
  • Oversees and coordinates all aspects of physical productions and the production process. 
  • Communicates all schedules to students, faculty, guest contractors, and production crew, and books all spaces for all related rehearsals, set builds, and meetings. 
  • Coordinates and oversees the installation, maintenance and inventory of technical equipment and facilities. 
  • Researches, orders and distributes all music in coordination with the library – negotiating and securing performance rights if required.  
  • Coordinates bowings, approved editions, surtitles, performance cuts as confirmed by artistic staff. 
  • Stage Manages all performances by arranging, supervising and undertaking all stage changes, including on-stage changes 
  • Supervises load out activities, storage and oversee all closing activities. 
  • Attends rehearsals and performances, ensuring their efficient operation in collaboration with musicians, conductors, creative artists and production team. 
  • Works with Marketing to create selling point and image of productions and assists in preparing concert program materials. 
Personnel Management 
  • Prepares all guest artist contracts and acts as liaison for contracted staff including Guest Conductors, Directors, extra musicians, and production staff.   
  • Negotiates and prepares artist and production team contracts with agents, Equity, ACTRA and ADC as required. 
  • Prepares and confirms guest artist paperwork, travel, and accommodation. 
  • Engages faculty and external guests for sections rehearsal. 
  • Sources and contracts all extra musicians. 
  • Collaborates with the Guest Conductor, Production and Technical Manager in creating and facilitating orchestral stage plans 
  • Facilitates artistic planning in collaboration with the GGS, Music Director, Stage Director, Designer and production team 
  • Provides a safe and healthy work environment and ensures work is completed in compliance with The Occupational Health & Safety Act and its regulations and the RCM’s policies.
  • Other duties as assigned.
Financial Management 
  • Assists with and monitors relevant budget and forecasting for all Orchestra and Opera activities.
  • Manages associated financial processes including cost estimates, petty cash, expense requisitions and payments.


  • Bachelor’s degree plus extensive musical knowledge and/or extensive event production experience, or an equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • Knowledge of orchestral repertoire and instrumentation
  • Knowledge of opera repertoire and requirements
  • Experience in orchestral setting
  • Demonstrated supervisory/leadership experience
  • Relevant experience in the logistical support of major concerts and events
  • Sound knowledge of occupational health and safety requirements as they apply to a performing arts environment.
  • An understanding of their technical requirements including staging, lighting and sound.
  • Ability to deliver high-quality work and achieve results in a timely manner
  • Requirement to regularly work outside standard normal business hours
  • Stage management experience highly preferred
  • Availability to work evenings and weekends when required.
  • Lifting of chairs and stands - rehearsal and stage set up

How to Apply:

The RCM is committed to a policy of equity and inclusion. In accordance with Ontario Human Rights Code, Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act, 2005, and the RCM’s Access and Equity policy, accommodation will be provided in all parts of the hiring process. Applicants are asked to make their needs known in advance.
Interested candidates are asked to submit a cover letter and current résumé online (please upload a single file combining both documents) at www.rcmusic.com/about-us/careers-royal-conservatory by Friday, August 30, 2019.
The RCM thanks all applicants for their interest in this position; however, only those selected for an interview will be contacted. Please note that this position may be filled prior to the application deadline if a suitable candidate has been identified.


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