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Production Assistant

Properties Master

Title: Production Assistant
Reports to: Director of Recitals and Master Classes
Department: Artistic Programs and Performance
Status: Exempt

The Production Assistant is a full-time position with weekend and evening hours. This position offers both logistical and administrative support for a wide range of activities overseen by the Department of Artistic Programs and Performance (DAPP).

Essential Functions:

Recital Production

  • Management of student crew with guidance from Director of Student Recitals and Master Classes
    • Recruitment, Hiring, Training, Scheduling, and Payroll for Curtis recital crew
  • Oversight of student recitals
    • Lead staff supervisor for backstage and front of house operations
    • Audience greetings and opening announcements
    • Providing feedback and updates to the Director of Recitals and Master Classes
  • Logistics
    • Coordinating and supervising non-orchestra and non-opera instrument moves
  • Outside Engagements Coordination
  • Person of contact for Curtis regarding outside recital engagements not related to Curtis on Tour or community outreach
  • Performer consultation with selected DAPP and Advancement staff
  • Contracting students and alumni
  • Maintaining a database of students and alumni eligible for outside engagements
  • Entering and maintaining outside engagement information in OPAS
  • Providing and sharing reports about outside engagements with Curtis staff
    • Associate Dean of Student Services and International Affairs; Registrar; Senior Director of Finance; Director of Human Resources; Dean of Faculty and Students; Director of Recitals and Master Classes; Orchestra and Production Manager
  • Producing contracts for all outside engagements
  • Communication with presenters and performers
  • Coordination with the business office for performer payment

Guest Artists

  • Support and hospitality for Curtis Symphony Orchestra guest artists, as well as visiting residency and master class artists
  • Transportation of guest artists (requires a valid driver’s license)
  • Preparation of guest artist contracts and itineraries, including organizational logistics and hotel bookings
  • Proctoring of selected master classes
  • Collaboration with DAPP Systems Coordinator to implement OPAS and other database programs for contracts, itineraries, payroll, and scheduling


Bachelor’s degree plus experience with stage management preferred.


  1. Candidate should be prepared to work in a fast-paced environment, both in and out of the office, with a strong adherence to punctuality and deadlines
  2. Position requires preparedness and thoroughness with flexibility
  3. Willingness to work as part of a team, but also comfortable with autonomous problem solving
  4. Ability to supervise small crews of up to five students
  5. Knowledge of classical music preferred
  6. Comfortable with patron engagement
  7. Familiarity with Microsoft Office including Outlook, Adobe, and OPAS

Working Conditions/Physical Demands:

Routine for office environment. Some light physical labor involving instrument moves. Must have a valid driver’s license. The employee will be required to perform the essential functions of the job during evening and weekend hours.

To Apply:

For best consideration, interested and qualified applicants should electronically submit a cover letter, resume, two professional references, and salary requirements to: by July 10, 2015. Curtis offers a competitive salary, commensurate with experience, and an attractive benefits package. Position open until filled. No phone calls, please. EOE.

Title: Properties Master
Reports to: Managing Director, Vocal Studies and the Curtis Opera Theatre
Department: Vocal Studies Department
Status: Exempt


Curtis Institute of Music Opera Theatre is seeking a Properties Master for its four opera productions at fee of $2,000 per opera running mid-October to mid-May.  The Prop Master is responsible for purchasing, acquiring, and/or manufacturing any props needed for a production and will manage their use.  They are also responsible for the tracking and accounting of the budget for the props for the production. The props master will work closely with the scene designer and the stage manager to fully and successfully complete the properties as designed for the production.

To Apply

For best consideration, interested and qualified applicants should electronically submit a resume and two professional references to: by July 31, 2015. Position open until filled. No phone calls, please. EOE.