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Summer Production Staff

Early response is encouraged; notifications for phone and in person interviews will start to go out mid-January. Deadline for applications is April 1, 2015.

If you are currently in undergraduate looking for experience as an intern check out open positions in Des Moines Metro Opera Design and Production Internship Program.

DMMO Crew Heads and crews are paid hourly, receive free housing and a travel stipend.

All crew/department head and some assistant positions (marked with *) require at least 2+ years professional experience and/or work in a BFA/MFA program. All other positions require professional experience and/or work in a BA/BFA/MFA program. Special consideration will go to those who have previously worked in summer stock rep. All Stage Management applicants must be able to read music.

DMMO has the following position open for the 2015 summer season:

Carpentry Department: Modification and construction of scenery. No run crew.
Master Carpenter* (1 positions open): May 20 – July 24
Shop Carpenter (2 positions open): May 22 – July 24

Stage Department: Technical and dress rehearsals, work notes, repertory changeovers, and run crew.
Assistant Stage Supervisor* (1 position open): May 26 – July 24
Flyman (1 position open): May 26 – July 24

Properties Department: Construct, alter, and fabricate all props. Run Crew Chief and Interns run shows and assist properties artisans in notes and repairs.
No current positions are available for 2015, please check back after December 15, 2014

Wardrobe Department: Fittings and alterations for seasonal costume rental. Some costume construction. Run crew.
No current positions are available for 2015, please check back after December 15, 2014

Electrics Department: Hang, circuit and focusing of the season plot; perform daily changeovers; run special effects during productions; assist with the set up of audio/visual equipment.
Stage Electrician (1 position open): May 26 – July 24

Stage Management Department: 3.5 weeks of rehearsal, technical rehearsals, running shows.
Stage Manager* (1 position open): May 26 – July 21
Assistant Stage Manager* (1 position open): May 26 – July 21

Hair & Makeup Department: Daily maintenance and setting of wigs, pre-performance application of wigs and makeup and assist with chorus quick changes.
No open positions available for 2015

To apply for a position:
Submit an online application at 2015 Production Staff Application
Send filled out Employment Application form (download link here), resume with 3 references, and a cover letter to:
Des Moines Metro Opera
ATTN: Christopher Brusberg
106 West Boston Ave.
Indianola, IA 50125

Production Staff
Position: Opera Iowa Technical Director (Winter/Spring Educational Tour)

Des Moines Metro Opera, Inc., seeks a Technical Director for its 2015 Educational Tour with OPERA Iowa. The tour includes performances of Davies' THE THREE LITTLE PIGS and Donizetti's THE ELIXIR OF LOVE. Contract dates are mid-January through mid-April 2015. The Technical Director's responsibilities include, but are not limited to, assisting in the creation of the touring scenery, creating props for all productions, and supervising/participating in load-in and load-out of scenery at each tour site. Loads are done with the assistance of a volunteer crew. Must feel comfortable driving a box truck (16' - 26' in length). DMMO provides a travel stipend for travel to and from Indianola and covers housing with per diem while on the road with the tour.

Hourly, Based on Experience

Application Information:
To apply send the following to
-Cover Letter (Please discuss how your experiences and skills will make you a good candidate)
-Resume with 3 References

You can also send a cover letter and resume to: Christopher Brusberg, Production Director, Des Moines Metro Opera, Inc., 106 West Boston Ave, Indianola, IA 50125

Music/Directing Staff

Des Moines Metro Opera, Inc., seeks a Music Director for its 2016 OPERA Iowa Educational Touring Troupe. Dates of the engagement are from early January through mid-April 2016. Performances will include Rossini’s “La Cenerentola” and Davies’ “The Billy Goats Gruff”. Both productions are sung in English. Responsibilities of the position include, but are not limited to: musical preparation and piano accompaniment for all productions, and participation in educational workshops. The ideal candidate will possess proven leadership abilities, the ability to make decisions under pressure, and demonstrate adaptability to scheduling changes, in addition to excellent coaching skills. DMMO provides a fee ($500/week), travel stipend for travel to and from Indianola and housing and per diem while on the tour.

Ideally, the musician selected for the Music Director position, would
return to DMMO during the summer season of 2016 as the Apprentice Musical Coach. As a member of a talented staff of musical coaches and stage directors, the Apprentice Musical Coach contributes in the preparation of scene assignments within the Apprentice Artist Program for singers as well as assisting as a pianist on the mainstage rehearsals of the Summer Festival. This position provides significant professional experience and learning opportunities for talented young musicians.

To apply, please send a resume with references and cover letter to: Michael Egel, General & Artistic Director, Des Moines Metro Opera, For more information call 515-961-6221.

Des Moines Metro Opera, Inc is accepting resumes for the position of Associate Conductor/Coach for its 2015 Summer Festival. This position reports to the Principal Conductor/Music Director and to the Director of the Apprentice Artist Program. Duties include, but are not limited to: associate conducting Janáček’s Jenůfa during the festival season, musical preparation/coaching of several scenes for performance within the Apprentice Artist Program, musical coaching with members of the Apprentice Artist Program. Keyboard skills are a must. The candidate will also conduct operatic excerpts on a concert with the Festival Orchestra and members of the Apprentice Artist Programs. The ideal candidate will have professional experience as an operatic conductor or significant experience as an associate conductor, as well as have experience working with young singers in a high-level training environment. Duration of employment is May 23 through July 14, 2013. Des Moines Metro Opera’s 2015 Summer Festival includes performances of Mozart’s Die Entführung aus dem Serail, Puccini’s La Fanciulla del West and Jenůfa.

Interested candidates should email materials to David Neely, Music Director and Principal Conductor to