Holland Community Opera Fellowship Application

Applications will open in September 2020

for 2021-2023 Holland Community Opera Fellows!

The Holland Community Opera Fellow will act as a primary performer/artist in the company’s engagement programming initiatives. They will contribute meaningfully to the success of the Community Opera Fellowship and serve as an ambassador of the company by developing relationships with community leaders and members of the Community Artist Panel. They will design and implement unique projects combining artistry and musicianship, 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 adult, family, and 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.


Application Guidelines

The Application for the Holland Community Opera Fellowship is unique and made up of multiple elements. The goal of the Fellowship application is to get a sense of the whole person, not just you as a singer, but what drives you as a person.

A full application consists of 4 documents

Your completed Application Form

Your Professional Resume
Including: Education and Training, Professional Work, Volunteer Experience, Other Training and Skills–Performance Training, Other Artistic/Musical Skills beyond Singing, Backstage or Production Experience, Teaching or Training Experience, Language Skills

Your Performance History and Selected Repertoire
Including: Performance History, 5 Standard Audition Arias, 2 Additional Selections from any genre, or non-standard repertoire

Your Essay Questions
What pulls you toward community engaged work?
What do you do and why do you do it?
When you think about engaging communities through the arts, how do you imagine utilizing your creative practice or skill?

To Submit Your Application
Please email all application materials to fellows@operaomaha.org with Fellowship Application in the subject line.

Deadlines & Interview Process

Candidates will be considered on a rolling basis. Preference will be given to candidates who submit materials by November 1, 2020 with second preference given to candidates who submit materials by December 1, 2020 and applications will close January 1, 2021.

The interview and audition is a multi-step process.
The first round is an interview with the Fellowship staff. (Rolling, September-December)

Candidates will be contacted by Opera Omaha to arrange an audition if being considered.
The final stage is a site visit to Omaha at the end of February for auditions and interviews with staff and community partners. (Late February/Early March, Date TBA)

Current Holland Community Opera Fellows

Meet the Team

Frequently Asked Questions

What should my resume include?
Opera Omaha is looking for highly skilled artists who have a passion for community-engaged work- in or outside of the arts. What volunteer experiences have you had? What work experiences have you had outside of being an artist? We want to know.
We also like to know what makes you you. What are your interests? What are your talents and skills outside of your musical profession? Tell us!

What does a typical day look like?
It may be easier to tell you what a typical week looks like! In a given week, Fellows will:
Plan and develop creative programming
Participate in staff & community partner meetings
Facilitate programming in the community—programming varies based on community partner needs and can occur once or over multiple months
Reflect and report on their work as a team and individually
Take part in professional training experiences (non-music), practicing (daily), coaching with the Head of Music (weekly)
Perform in a community concert/recital

The Fellow must be available Aug – May for a two-year period (40-weeks per year)

Who are the Community Partners and what does programming consist of currently?
Great question! The Fellowship is currently in partnership with approximately 40 Community Partners who have been identified by the Community Artist Panel, a cross-section of community leaders who offer high level guidance for the Fellowship.

For Fall of 2019 the Fellows are facilitating creativity workshops for a homeless shelter’s substance abuse program, the State Youth Correctional Facility, and a residential facility for adults with brain and spinal injuries. They are also providing musical support to an elementary school and an all-abilities choir, and so much more!

What is Omaha like?
Omaha is a surprising gem in the middle of the United States. Here in the heartland, Omaha is the largest city in the state of Nebraska with a rich culture of arts, music, food, and more all while holding on to the charming feel of a tightly knit community. Omaha offers a comfortable standard of living with a vast array of things to do on any given night. It may not be recognized globally for its charm, but it’s a favorite for any who venture here!

Check out the We Don’t Coast Magazine for insight into the culture of Omaha. Don’t miss Page 36 which highlights the work of Opera Omaha’s Community Opera Fellowship within the community!

For a full resource guide to the rich city of Omaha, check out the We Don’t Coast Campaign Website

Are there mainstage performance opportunities?
Because the role of the Fellow is to be a resource and provide a consistent, meaningful presence in the community, they are not scheduled in mainstage productions. That type of commitment would pull the Fellow away from the primary purpose of them being here. Fellows do perform throughout the year in a variety of venues, including concerts and performances with community partners like Omaha Area Youth Orchestra, recital series at galleries and museums, and concerts as part of National Opera Week and the ONE Festival. Additionally, the Fellow performs as a Principal Artist in Opera Outdoors, the company’s annual outdoor staged performance, and as a Featured Artist in an annual concert series with contemporary composers–past series have included Missy Mazzoli and Ellen Reid.

What is the compensation?
Fellows are full time staff members with an exempt salary of $40,000/year (40-week contract)

What are opportunities for professional development?
Fellows receive a professional development stipend per season to use towards continuing education and/or professional development. Funds can be used for things such as coachings, lessons, seminars, conferences, and travel and housing to and from said engagements.

Opera Omaha provides professional development opportunities for Fellows in order to develop them into well-rounded, civically engaged artists. It is a goal of the Company to set Fellows up for success in their professional careers and as they work in our community.

Training opportunities may include the following subjects:
Program development & implementation
Working with youth
Working with various populations—trauma, physical disability, mental disability, culturally diverse backgrounds and economically diverse backgrounds

Artistic Training includes opportunities to work with visiting artists throughout the season.

Opera Omaha does not and shall not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion (creed), gender, gender expression, age, national origin (ancestry), disability, marital status, sexual orientation, or military status, in any of its activities or operations.
It is important that the Fellowship team reflects the diverse populations we serve. In such, persons of color are highly encouraged to apply.