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Open Positions

Employment Opportunities  Opportunities for employment at Houston Grand Opera are posted here regularly. Houston Grand Opera is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Candidates for employment are considered without regard to race, color, sex, creed, religion, national origin, sexual preference, age, non-job-related disability, or marital status.

  • Annual Fund Manager

    Location: Houston, TX

    Department: Development

    Type: -unspecified-

    Min. Experience:

    Job Title: Annual Fund Manager

    Department: Development

    Reports to: Director of Development

    Classification: Fulltime, Exempt


    As Annual Fund Manager at Houston Grand Opera, you will join an energetic, high-performing Development team, passionate about securing the future of opera.

    This position will have a primary-focus on (1) the management and execution of HGO's Direct Response fundraising program, including two annual campaigns, monthly renewals, donor collateral, and a quarterly donor newsletter and (2) the renewal and retention of a portfolio of 150-200 current annual donors contributing between $1,000 and $10,000 each season.

    This position requires someone who is personable, energetic, motivated, hard-working, disciplined, and team-oriented. Candidates must possess excellent writing and project management skills, be comfortable soliciting for money, masterful in building personal relationships, and highly organized.


    • Create and implement a detailed Direct Response plan, inclusive of timetable, budget, and campaign performance metrics. The Development department’s Direct Response program consists of direct mail, e-mail, web-based, social media, and telefunding campaigns, across acquisition, renewal, and upgrade strategies
    • Cultivate, solicit, and steward an assigned renewal portfolio of 150-200 donors, regularly re-qualifying for upgrade potential, and if found, working with fellow gift officers to obtain increases in annual support
    • Maintain detailed and up-to-date records of all donor activity through Tessitura, HGO’s Customer Relationship Management (CRM), using Plans and Donor Information Sheets
    • Manage the creation of Individual Giving Team donor collateral for all giving levels, including benefits listings, brochures, and Inside the Circle, HGO’s donor e-newsletter
    • Assist the Development team in staffing special events and performances, as required


    Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university with at least three years of non-profit fundraising experience required. Proven success in face-to-face solicitations and relationship building. Knowledge of principles of fund raising and sales techniques. Experience with direct mail or membership campaigns a plus. Experience with Microsoft Office and relevant fundraising software, preferably Tessitura.


    This position requires excellent interpersonal, verbal, and written communication skills, project management experience. Ability to maintain confidentiality. Evening and weekend work hours required. Enthusiastic belief in the mission of Houston Grand Opera. While a specific knowledge of opera is desired, active curiosity and an eagerness to learn about this magical art form can be sufficient.

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  • HGO Artistic and Studio Summer Internship

    Location: Houston, TX

    Department: Internship

    Type: Part-Time

    Min. Experience:

    Program Objectives


    • Work closely with the HGO Artistic and Studio Departments on department projects and day-to-day operations.
    • Understand ethics, compliance, and business conduct issues pertaining to nonprofit arts administration.
    • Become acquainted with the management process at HGO through the observation of meetings and other activities.
    • Understand time management requirements when working with projects.
    • Assist the Studio Administrator in managing the schedule and logistics for the Young Artists Vocal Academy (YAVA).

    Social Media/Marketing

    • Assist Studio Administrator in planning Social Media strategies for 2017-2018.
    • Learn how to apply marketing skills and tactics to social media presence.
    • Develop presentation skills.
    • Become familiar with graphic design software programs.
    • Become familiar with creative briefs and project proofing.


    • Assist Company Office in contracting supernumeraries and preparing super orientation materials and payroll schedules.
    • Become acquainted with the process for filing visa petitions and submitting financial paperwork for foreign artists.
    • Learn how to produce a production calendar for a show within the context of a larger season.


    • Research and produce materials for the HGO Studio.
    • Create, design, and maintain databases of information for HGO Studio reference on multiple artistic fields in the opera industry.
    • Assist in the contracting of HGO Studio faculty and staff for 2017-18 season.
    • Create and maintain database of YAVA alumni.
    • All other duties as needed.

    Personal Development

    • Develop planning, organizational and time management skills.
    • Increase knowledge of computer skills and technology.
    • Develop team-based work competencies.

    Selection Criteria

    • Undergraduate or graduate students studying Music, Administration, Business, or related fields; an interest or previous studies in classical music is preferred.
    • Must demonstrate professional maturity and possess excellent interpersonal skills.
    • Attention to detail, strong communication and writing skills and computer literacy required.
    • Proficiency in Excel and Word required.
    • Your own transportation is required.

    Program Incentives

    • The primary incentive of this internship is the opportunity to investigate a career opportunity in artistic administration with hands-on experience. Once completed, the intern will have knowledge to help determine whether a career in artistic administration is something to pursue.
    • The intern will participate in actual opera production administration, social media campaigns, and program administration.
    • Intern will develop skills vital to today’s nonprofit performing arts environment including team-based interaction, and an in-depth knowledge of the operas, companies, and singers working in the industry.


    Internships for Houston Grand Opera are unpaid, but offer a great deal of hands on experience. College credit is available upon request and school approval. Interns will gain and/or improve upon his or her:

    • Research, writing, editing, networking and general communication skills
    • Understanding of administration for a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization
    • General computer, database and organizational skills
    • Ability to work in a fast-paced, mission-driven organization

    A parking pass will be provided for the duration of the internship.

    Work Schedule

    Interns are expected to work at the Houston Grand Opera’s office 15 or more hours/week during office hours (9:00 am – 6:00 pm, Monday – Friday). Schedule is flexible as agreed upon by the supervisor and intern. Failure to complete hours as scheduled may result in termination of the internship.

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  • Internships at HGO

    Location: Houston, TX

    Department: Internship

    Type: -unspecified-

    Min. Experience:

    Houston Grand Opera's goal is to develop a well-rounded internship program to encourage individuals to learn the standards and experience the demands of Technical Theater and Arts Administration. Houston Grand Opera is committed to providing the necessary time and training through in-depth, hands-on experience to aid the development of an individual from promising student to practicing professional. Interns become valuable members of the department in which they are assigned, and given lifelong resources from which to grow. Houston Grand Opera internships are unpaid.


    Due to the variable hours of the program and the intense nature of the work, all interns must abide by a mutually agreed upon schedule that each intern and respective supervisor determine together. These and other commitment issues are discussed in more detail during the interview process.

    All Houston Grand Opera internships are unpaid. However, it may be possible to arrange for academic credit through your school. Please check with your school adviser to see if this applies.

    Internships are done on an "as needed" basis. Please submit your interest through our online application process. Should a department have an internship need or availability, we will review applications submitted.

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  • HGOco Community Initiatives Coordinator

    Location: Houston, TX

    Department: HGOco

    Type: Full-Time

    Min. Experience:

    Job Title: HGOco Community Initiatives Coordinator

    Department: HGOco

    Reports to: HGOco Sr. Producing Manager

    Classification: Full time, Non-Exempt


    The Community Initiatives Coordinator supports HGOco's efforts in the facilitation of community programming under the Song of Houston and Seeking the Human Spirit initiatives. This is an excellent opportunity to be part of the dynamic HGOco team that provides community and learning programming throughout the greater Houston area.


    • Coordinates logistics, expenses, scheduling and marketing of HGOco Community Programs.
      • Maintain detailed and accurate expense reports.
      • Compile detailed timelines and schedules for events.
      • Fulfill logistics for program execution.
      • Execute marketing and communications plans for events and contribute content when necessary.
    • Maintains established community partnerships through frequent communication and event invitations.
    • Represents HGOco prior to mainstage performances, at local and regional festivals and at public events to promote programming.
    • Supports auditions, casting and onboarding processes of performers (for productions and special performances).
    • Assists program managers by scheduling transportation and housing for guest artists and presenters.
    • Supports data collection and survey maintenance of programs.
    • Special projects may be assigned that align with a candidate's particular skill set and interests.

    Note: This job description represents the essential functions of the position, but is not all-inclusive. Additional duties related to the mission and goals of the department and organization may be assigned as needed.


    A Bachelor degree or at least four years of professional experience is required in the performing arts or arts administration fields. The candidate must be highly motivated and able to work both independently and as a cooperative member of the HGOco team. Strong organizational skills and the ability to meet deadlines while creating high-quality, detailed work is required. Experience with event coordination and planning is highly preferred. The candidate must have excellent oral and written communication skills and be proficient in Microsoft Suite. The candidate is required to work some nights and weekends, have their own reliable means of transportation and be physically able to lift and carry weight up to 25 lbs.


    The position requires the candidate to possess excellent time management skills and be able to coordinate multiple projects simultaneously. The successful candidate must be extremely comfortable communicating with others and with pro-actively reaching out to community organizations to promote programming. The candidate will be required to independently move materials and set up HGOco’s promotional table at off-site events. Candidates who are fluent in one or more of Houston’s most spoken languages will be given priority consideration.


    To apply for this position, please visit Houston Grand Opera’s job board at www.houstongrandopera.org/work. RESUMES ACCEPTED UNTIL FILLED.

    Houston Grand Opera is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Candidates for employment are considered without regard to race, color, sex creed, religion, national origin, sexual preference, age, non-job-related disability, or marital status.

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Audition Opportunities

Auditions for Houston Grand Opera are posted here regularly. Click on the links to the right to download audition information for current audition opportunities.