Vacancy | Orchestra & Chorus Manager

Monday, 31 July, 2023

Irish National Opera is seeking a motivated and dynamic individual to join the company as Orchestra & Chorus Manager.

Reporting to the Head of Planning and working closely with the Artistic Director, the Artistic Administrator and the Head of Production, the Orchestra & Chorus Manager is a key member of the INO’s team responsible for a range of duties within the company’s artistic department.

The primary focus of this role is the management of orchestra, chorus and music library. The role will be of interest to arts professionals that already have high-level experience and who wish to be part of a growing team in one of Ireland’s largest and most dynamic artistic organisations.

Principal Duties and Responsibilities:


  • Book players and manage relationships within the Irish National Opera Orchestra and compile seating lists for players in consultation with orchestra leader and Artistic Director
  • Recruit on-stage and off-stage musicians as needed
  • Where INO works with a guest orchestra, act as principal point of contact for guest orchestra
  • In collaboration with Head of Production, agree orchestra layout for all rehearsals and performances
  • Arrange for hire/loan/transport of instruments not provided by players such as percussion, keyboard or specialist instruments
  • Oversee contracts, schedules and communication of information to INO Orchestra
    and guest orchestras
  • Manage the Irish National Opera Orchestra at all rehearsals, recordings and performances


  • Recruit members of the Irish National Opera Chorus in consultation with the Chorus Director and Artistic Director
  • Recruit Children’s Chorus where needed
  • Liaise with relevant third level institutions on the integration of students in Irish National Opera Chorus and other activity
  • Oversee contracts, schedules and communication of information to chorus and children’s chorus
  • Manage the Irish National Opera Chorus / Children’s Chorus at rehearsals, recordings and performances as required


  • Source all necessary performance materials for company activities, hiring or purchasing as necessary.
  • Negotiate hire, grand rights, and synchronisation rights agreements with relevant publishers for live performances and any recording / broadcasting or other digital dissemination of works where needed
  • Oversee the preparation of performing material – e.g., inserting cuts, bowing, rehearsal marks, transpositions etc
  • Provide full and/or vocal scores to creative team / cast / chorus / répétiteurs / stage management / production team as required
  • Provide practice parts to orchestra musicians as required
  • Prepare and distribute orchestra parts at all rehearsals, recordings, and performances
  • Ensure the return of any performance material provided at the end of a production
  • Keep INO library ordered and filed 


  • Create and maintain a comprehensive database of chorus and orchestra members
  • Develop intelligence in relation to younger emerging professional singers and


  • Schedule auditions for chorus (in consultation with Artistic Administrator) and
    orchestra on a regular basis. Provide information and feedback to applicants as required


  • Attend INO rehearsals and performances as necessary
  • Where INO productions involve children, provide support to the company’s Child
    Protection and Garda Vetting activities
  • Provide support as required in the artistic and production departments
  • Provide support to other areas of INO work as needed, particularly where artistic
    expertise is required

Person Specification

The ideal candidate will be an excellent communicator with great attention to detail. They will have the ability to manage multiple projects simultaneously and keep impeccable records. They will show talent and capacity for building and maintaining relationships with artists and key partners.

The candidate will have a track record in working in opera, classical music or related field. They will have a passion for the arts and a desire to contribute to the growth, development and success of Irish National Opera. A knowledge of opera or the willingness to learn about the opera sector is essential.

Experience and Skills:

  • Minimum 5 years' experience working in the opera, classical music or related sector
  • Proficiency in music reading
  • Excellent organisational skills
  • A full driver’s licence
  • Attention to detail
  • Strong interpersonal and diplomatic skills
  • Ability to manage multiple projects simultaneously
  • Creative thinking and entrepreneurial spirit
  • Personal accountability, high level of integrity, ability to work under pressure
  • Focused self-starter with ability to work collaboratively with teams
  • Strategic mindset


Closing Date for Applications: Friday 25 August 2023 5pm