Michigan Opera Theatre

To announce auditions for the following positions:
(select a tab, below)

concertmaster

Michigan Opera Theatre seeks highly qualified individuals for the position of Concertmaster beginning Fall 2014:

Auditions will start at 10am according to the following schedule:

May 12, 2014: Concertmaster (May 13th reserved for finals if needed.) 

Concertmaster pay and benefits are negotiable and commensurate with qualifications.

The M.O.T. orchestra performs four operas and one ballet each season, with an average of 10 services per production. Season pay rate as of September 2013: $144.12/rehearsal, $156.12/dress rehearsal, and $191.55/performance, Principal 20%, Doubling 12.5%. AFM pension fund 10.9%.

2014-2015 Season services

October 7 – November 30, 2014

March 31 – May 17, 2015

MOT orchestra members are occasionally utilized for other presentations at the Detroit Opera House.. Detroit Opera House service pay rate as of September 2013: $113.64/rehearsal, $176.13/performance. 

Finalists may be invited to play one or more opera productions during the 2014-15 Season to complete the audition process.

Auditions will be by invitation only. To apply:

  • Send a one-page resume, no later than March 7, 2014, to orchestra.auditions@motopera.org.

  • Audition invitations will be issued along with repertoire selections on or before March 17, 2014.

  • A refundable deposit of $50.00 (payable by check only) must be postmarked by March 28, 2014 in order to accept an audition invitation. Once a deposit has been received details regarding the audition will be distributed. 

Audition Repertoire List:


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.

Section Cello

Michigan Opera Theatre seeks highly qualified individuals for the position of Section Cello beginning Fall 2014:

Auditions will start at 10am according to the following schedule:

May 8, 2014: Section Cello

The M.O.T. orchestra performs four operas and one ballet each season, with an average of 10 services per production. Season pay rate as of September 2013: $144.12/rehearsal, $156.12/dress rehearsal, and $191.55/performance, Principal 20%, Doubling 12.5%. AFM pension fund 10.9%.

2014-2015 Season services

October 7 – November 30, 2014

March 31 – May 17, 2015 

MOT orchestra members are occasionally utilized for other presentations at the Detroit Opera House.. Detroit Opera House service pay rate as of September 2013: $113.64/rehearsal, $176.13/performance.

Auditions will be by invitation only. To apply:

  • Send a one-page resume, no later than March 7, 2014, to orchestra.auditions@motopera.org.

  • Audition invitations will be issued along with repertoire selections on or before March 17, 2014.

  • A refundable deposit of $50.00 (payable by check only) must be postmarked by March 28, 2014 in order to accept an audition invitation. Once a deposit has been received details regarding the audition will be distributed.

Audition Repertoire List


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.

 

Second Bassoon

Michigan Opera Theatre seeks highly qualified individuals for the position of Second Bassoon beginning Fall 2014:

Auditions will start at 10am according to the following schedule:

May 15, 2014: Second Bassoon

The M.O.T. orchestra performs four operas and one ballet each season, with an average of 10 services per production. Season pay rate as of September 2013: $144.12/rehearsal, $156.12/dress rehearsal, and $191.55/performance, Principal 20%, Doubling 12.5%. AFM pension fund 10.9%. 

2014-2015 Season services

October 7 – November 30, 2014

March 31 – May 17, 2015 

MOT orchestra members are occasionally utilized for other presentations at the Detroit Opera House.. Detroit Opera House service pay rate as of September 2013: $113.64/rehearsal, $176.13/performance.

Auditions will be by invitation only. To apply: 

  • Send a one-page resume, no later than March 7, 2014, to orchestra.auditions@motopera.org.

  • Audition invitations will be issued along with repertoire selections on or before March 17, 2014.

  • A refundable deposit of $50.00 (payable by check only) must be postmarked by March 28, 2014 in order to accept an audition invitation. Once a deposit has been received details regarding the audition will be distributed.

Auditions Repertoire List: 


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.

 

Principal Timpani

Michigan Opera Theatre seeks highly qualified individuals for the position of Principal Timpani beginning Fall 2014: 

Auditions will start at 10am according to the following schedule:

May 20, 2014: Principal Timpani (May 21st reserved for finals round if needed.) 

The M.O.T. orchestra performs four operas and one ballet each season, with an average of 10 services per production. Season pay rate as of September 2013: $144.12/rehearsal, $156.12/dress rehearsal, and $191.55/performance, Principal 20%, Doubling 12.5%. AFM pension fund 10.9%.

2014-2015 Season services

October 7 – November 30, 2014

March 31 – May 17, 2015

 MOT orchestra members are occasionally utilized for other presentations at the Detroit Opera House.. Detroit Opera House service pay rate as of September 2013: $113.64/rehearsal, $176.13/performance. 

Auditions will be by invitation only. To apply: 

  • Send a one-page resume, no later than March 7, 2014, to orchestra.auditions@motopera.org.

  • Audition invitations will be issued along with repertoire selections on or before March 17, 2014.

  • A refundable deposit of $50.00 (payable by check only) must be postmarked by March 28, 2014 in order to accept an audition invitation. Once a deposit has been received details regarding the audition will be distributed.

Audition Repertoire List

 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.

 

Timpani Audition Frequently Asked Questions


Q: Will candidates be allowed to bring their own timpani?

A: No.

 

Q: What model of timpani will be provided?

A: Yamaha 7200 Series.

 

Q: What are the sizes of timpani that will be provided?

A: 23”, 26”, 29”, 32”

 

Q: What types of heads will be on the timpani provided?

A: Evans Strata plastic timpani heads.

 

Q: What is the height of the drumhead to the floor?

A: Approximately 33 inches.

 

Q: Are the drums going to be tilted or level to the floor?

A: More or less level, i.e., no added tilters.

 

Q: Will there be a stool provided or do I need to bring one?

A: There will be at least two stools available including a height adjustable swivel stool. Candidates may bring their own stool.

 

Q: Will German style players be accommodated?

A: The drums may be positioned in any way to accommodate the needs of each candidate.

 

Q: Where will the audition be held?

A: In the rehearsal room (Boll Hall, 3rd floor) of the Detroit Opera House.

 

Q: Will the auditions be screened to protect anonymity?

A: Yes, including final round.

 

Q: In Salome's Dance, are we expected to play the "E" notes (and D#'s) in the upper staff?

A: Yes.

 

Q: What will the top note be set to on each drum?

A: It is the intent to set drums' lowest pitch to a standard tuning: 32" = D, 29" = F, 26" = B-flat, 23" = D. All drums will reach a minimum range of a perfect fifth and we will ensure that the top range of the 29” drum will reach at least a C-sharp and the top range of the 32” drum will reach at least an A-sharp (B-flat).

 

Q: Can we use our own excerpts for the audition?

A: Yes.

 

Q: Will electronic devices be allowed? (tuner/metronome)

A: No.