Michigan Opera Theatre, a non-profit organization, is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Michigan Opera Theatre is supported by private donations, foundation and corporate grants, the State of Michigan through the Michigan Council for the Arts and Cultural Affairs, and by the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal Agency.

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Director of Resident Prgrms



 Director of Resident Programs


The Director of Resident Programs is responsible for the implementation and operation of Michigan Opera Theatre’s training and performance programs for young artists, and the company’s educational outreach initiatives.  The Director of Resident Programs will manage and be instrumental in launching the MOT Studio, a resident artist program scheduled to begin with the 2015-2016 season, and will oversee MOT Community Programs, whose central focus is educational programming through a variety of in-school and community based offerings.  The Director of Resident Programs is expected to work closely with the Artistic Director, Assistant Music Director and Artistic Administrator of MOT.


Specific Responsibilities:

MOT Studio

  • Works closely with President & CEO Wayne Brown and Founder & Artistic Director David DiChiera, and other leadership to establish, launch and build this program.
  • Creates budgets and maintains financial accounting and forecasting.  Manages program expenses including payroll and accounts payable.
  • Develops revenue streams through both performance opportunities and non-traditional activities.
  • Develops program curricula; engages and coordinates guest faculty; organizes master classes and career development initiatives.
  • Develops individual curricula for Studio artists, supervises their work and serves as principal career advisor.
  • Supervises Studio performance activities, including concerts, recitals and donor events involving Studio artists.
  • Organizes and supervises auditions for the Studio program and participates in the selection of Studio artists.
  • Participates in researching and selecting repertoire suitable for Studio productions.
  • Works closely with staff from production, music and artistic administration in planning and implementation of Studio productions.
  • Works with staff from the patron team to promote, market, and fundraise on behalf of the Studio program and its artists.
  • Participates in developing long range plans to secure the program’s sustainability.


MOT Community Programs

  • Creates budgets and maintain financial accounting and forecasting.  Manages program expenses including payroll and accounts payable.
  • Assists in selection and/or creation of in-school and adult education programs and productions, and supervises their implementation.
  • Creates educational materials and teaching aids in support of program offerings.
  • Engages all necessary artists and staff to implement programs.
  • Oversees sales and marketing of programs.
  • Works with educators to identify long-term objectives and ensure the adaptability of the program to meet the changing needs of the education system.
  • Works with staff from development, marketing and public relations on behalf of Community Programs and its artists and staff.
  • Develops long range plans to secure the program’s sustainability.
  • Performs other duties as assigned.



Required Position Qualifications:

  • Demonstrated success managing the full functions of productions, performances, and/or community education programs for an opera company or similar performing arts entity.
  • Experience in working with and mentoring young opera singers.
  • Advanced degree in music strongly preferred.
  • 5–10 years of senior management experience strongly preferred.
  • Demonstrated ability to build and manage a department budget, department accounting, and payroll for performers.
  • Excellent management and administrative capabilities.
  • Exceptional public-speaking abilities.
  • A willingness to travel.
  • Must be a highly motivated self-starter with the ability to meet deadlines and solve problems independently.
  • Demonstrated ability to communicate effectively at all levels.
  • Demonstrated ability to lead, motivate, mentor and coach staff.
  • Must be a team player who works cooperatively and effectively with colleagues from all departments.
  • Position requires some work on nights and weekends.


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:               President and CEO

Classification status:             Salaried, Exempt, Full Time

 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: Patricia Walker at P.Walker.LLC@gmail.com


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

Phone rep

Be a voice for the Michigan Opera Theatre.

Michigan Opera Theatre is looking for a few outstanding phone reps to call opera patrons for our Fund Raising Campaign.

This is an immediate part-time position. Mondays-Thursdays, 5:00 p.m.-9:00 p.m. (may start as early as 3:00) and Saturday mornings.

This position evolves into Subscription Sales after a few months.

  • Creative, exciting atmosphere
  • Ideal second job. Ideal job for recently retired professional.
  • Perks include free tickets.

Similar experience preferred but not necessary.
A passion for the Arts, and for Opera in particular, a plus!

If you are a great communicator, motivated and dependable, please call (313) 961-3500, Option 6, Extension 3208, and leave a message. Send NO resumes by fax or email.

Part-Time Opportunities

Maintenance, Ushers, Bar Staff and Security

To apply for part-time maintenance, security, bar staff or staff usher positions, please pick up an application at the security desk at the Madison Avenue stage door entrance.

All other applicants–please send a resume to:

Human Resources
Detroit Opera House
1526 Broadway
Detroit, MI 48226

Or fax to: 313-237-3412.


Thank you for your interest in Michigan Opera Theatre and the Detroit Opera House.