for the Holland Community Opera Fellowship
Opera Omaha is seeking a teaching artist for the position of 2021-2022 Holland Community Opera Fellow - Open to Artists of Any Discipline.
Full job description and application instructions: https://operaomaha.org/community/holland-community-fellowship/application
Candidates who submit materials by Monday, June 14, 2021 will be prioritized.
You do not need to be a singer, artists of any discipline who have an interest in opera and understanding of how their art may engage with opera are encouraged to apply.
The Fellow will join Opera Omaha at a critical time in the Company’s history, building on a radical program that redefines how an opera company serves its community. Launched in 2017, the Holland Community Opera Fellowship leads the opera field in civic practice - building deep relationships outside of the performance venues. These relationships and the programs co-created with our partners have proven to be our strengths in these unprecedented times. Four Holland Community Fellows are engaged each season to bring their skills as artists and trained civic practitioners in service to individual creative growth within partner organizations, through a combination of long- and short-term co-created programs.
A strong interest in serving community through the arts and teaching artist experience, an interest in opera, a team orientated work style, and a collaborative and creative thinker are the primary qualities in the successful candidate. Opera Omaha values staff diversity that represents Omaha’s racially diverse communities and seeks candidates who reflect this value.
This full-time position will be for the 2021/2022 season beginning August 9, 2021 through May 2022, with a salary of $40,000 for a 40-week contract. The position may be renewed for the 2022/2023 season. The typical length of a Fellowship is two years.
About the Position
The Holland Community Opera Fellow will act as a primary teaching artist in the company’s engagement programming initiative as part of a team of four Fellows. They will contribute meaningfully to the success of the Community Opera Fellowship team and serve as an ambassador of the company by developing relationships with community leaders and partners. They will design and implement unique projects combining artistry and creativity, leadership, advocacy, and citizenship. They will represent Opera Omaha while serving a broad and evolving community through engagement with civic and community organizations and institutional leaders; programming for community members; the development of educational resources; and the development of partnerships and programs with community institutions. The ideal candidate will be a practicing, professional artist interested in community collaboration and learning in a broad social context with experience as a teaching artist. Opera Omaha will identify with the successful candidate support for and deepening of their individual artistry, creative practice and professional development. Recognizing that opera is a multidisciplinary art form, artists of all associated disciplines are invited to apply including but not limited to: directors, conductors, singers, instrumentalists, costume and scenic designers, composers, librettists, writers, dancers, actors, and visual artists.
In partnership with the Fellowship team, major responsibilities include:
- Bring creative programming to diverse communities and demonstrate a commitment to community engagement that extends Opera Omaha’s footprint.
- Create and sustain social value through community-based programming in collaboration with partner organizations, empower communities through multidisciplinary art, music and creative culture.
- Collaborate with partners serving populations including: individuals with disabilities, seniors, immigrants and refugee populations, incarcerated youth, adults experiencing homelessness, youth, among others.
- With the Community Opera Fellowship Manager and Director of Engagement Programs, the Fellow will conceive and realize projects rooted in their art and engage participants with varied demographics. They will contribute and manage creative programming ideas.
- Research, coordinate, and execute artistic needs related to engagement programming.
- Design and adapt arts programming that supports partnering organizations’ objectives and goals.
- Serve as a teaching artist for collaborative programming in community-based partnerships.
- Develop and maintain relationships with community members, artists, partners and leaders
Keys to Success
To succeed in this position, the Fellow will bring experience working as an artist in and with community, demonstrated cross cultural life experience and competency, demonstrated interest in and commitment to community and a proactive growth mindset. Specific characteristics necessary for a Fellow are curiosity and initiative, openness to vulnerability, socio-emotional skills, adaptability, response to feedback, compassion, and empathy.
Key Skills and Experience Include:
- Experience developing and teaching arts programming for community audiences including adults, youth, and/or families
- Experience working with populations served by HCOF including individuals with disabilities, seniors, immigrants and refugee populations, incarcerated youth, adults experiencing homelessness, and youth is desirable but not required
- Extensive art knowledge in any discipline with an understanding of how that may engage or interact with opera
- Demonstrated experience developing and managing independent projects
- An effective team player with team-oriented work style and desire to collaborate
- Ability to engage people in activities both in-person and virtually
- Excellent organizational, written and verbal communications skills
- Works well under pressure
- Highly self-motivated
- Sense of fun and playfulness
Professional experience will be considered in lieu of an academic degree.
The position is based in Omaha, NE and work will occur in the Opera Omaha offices and rehearsal spaces, community partner locations, and virtually.
Candidates may be subject to background checks as required by community partner organization policies and must have a valid driver’s license.
It is important that the Fellowship team reflects the diverse populations we serve. In such, a BIPOC-identifying artists are encouraged to apply.
The Fellow is a full-time exempt position with a salary of $40,000 for a 40-week contract, which would be prorated based on contract start and end date. The Fellow receives benefits including: a professional development stipend, a health insurance stipend, and paid time off.
Apply online at operaomaha.org/fellowship-application
Candidates who submit materials by Monday, June 14 will be prioritized.
Necessary Documents for a complete application include: Resume, Artist Work Samples and Essay Questions. More details about what these documents should include and Fellowship FAQs are available on operaomaha.org/fellowship-application
About Opera Omaha
Opera Omaha, the only professional opera company in Nebraska, began in 1958 as the Omaha Civic Opera Society, a volunteer association. With tremendous community support, it became a fully professional opera company by 1970. Opera Omaha produces a season of original mainstage productions, presented at the historic Orpheum Theater, and smaller productions and musical events throughout the community. Opera Omaha is internationally known for its productions of eight world premieres and four American premieres of classical masterpieces and is highly regarded regionally for an extensive community engagement programs that annually reach thousands of individuals.
The Holland Community Opera Fellowship is the centerpiece of Opera Omaha’s strategic vision for the future. In today's world, the arts play a pivotal role in shaping our communities and the quality of life of our citizens. In service to the community, we are bringing opera into new environments illustrating and promoting the value of creativity in both the arts and non-arts sectors. The Holland Community Opera Fellowship (HCOF) brings community-minded, entrepreneurial artists to live and work in Omaha. Fellows serve as ambassadors of the company by developing relationships with community leaders and to design and implement unique projects combining artistry and musicianship, leadership, advocacy, and citizenship.
The Fellowship engages in meaningful dialogue with the community on issues and ideas of social relevance, fulfills unmet needs in the community for arts experiences, education, and appreciation, empowers communities through music and culture, creates reciprocal relationships between Opera Omaha and different sectors and neighborhoods benefitting residents and communities, expands Opera Omaha’s civic impact and relevancy to the community, and diversifies and grows Opera Omaha’s impact through performance and social interactions. The HCOF Community Panel represents a cross-section of the community including organizations, businesses, neighborhoods, and community groups. Those serving on the Community Panel develop a partnership with Opera Omaha to engage in meaningful conversations around community issues, program development, potential partners and opportunities across different neighborhoods and sectors. The panel considers high level strategic decisions and priorities, helping set the direction of the Fellowship and is a critical part of the Fellow selection process, With the panel, residents from neighborhoods across the greater Omaha metro area have a voice in choosing who and how artists interact with their diverse districts and constituent groups.