Music Director for "Orpheus in the Underworld"

Music Director

The Gilbert & Sullivan Very Light Opera Company is seeking a Music Director for its fall 2017 production of Jacques Offenbach’s Orpheus in the Underworld

General Duties

The Music Director will work in collaboration with the Stage Director, Lesley Hendrickson, in their respective spheres, as a team of equals.  While the overall concept of the show is to be shared between both Directors, the Music Director will be primarily responsible to develop a musical concept of the production and to realize that concept throughout the entire run of the production. 

The Music Director will meet with the Stage Director, Producer and other production staff at meetings to be scheduled during the summer of 2017.

The Music Director will lead all music rehearsals with the principals and chorus during the rehearsal process, following a schedule to be determined with the Stage Director.

The company performs with a full orchestra, to be conducted by the Music Director.  The orchestra is assembled by an Orchestra Manager.  The Music Director will rehearse with the orchestra prior to the Sitzprobe, currently scheduled for Thursday, October 19th.  The Music Director will lead the orchestra in rehearsal with the company in theater on Friday, October 20th, Monday, October 23rd, and Wednesday, October 25th (Dress Rehearsal).

The Music Director will conduct the orchestra for all performances.

The Music Director will be paid half of the stipend of $ 3000.00 on Opening Night, $1500.00, and the other half, $1500.00 after the final performance.  There is no additional stipend for mileage. 

Auditions and Rehearsals

Auditions are scheduled for Saturday, June 3rd, 1:00 to 5:00 pm, and Sunday, June 4th, 5:00 to 9:00 pm, with all Backs held on Monday, June 5th, starting at 7:00 pm.  The Music Director and Stage Director will cast the show in collaboration, both Directors’ opinions weighing equally in the casting decision. 

Rehearsals begin on Tuesday, September 5th and take place Monday, Tuesday, Thursday evening from 7:00 to 10:00 pm, and on Saturdays from 10:00 am to 1:00 pm, through Wednesday, October 26th.  The final two weeks of rehearsal are Tech Weeks.

The chorus generally rehearses on Mondays and Thursdays.  The chorus will be called to rehearse on Tuesdays, as necessary.  The principals will be scheduled by the Directors, and generally rehearse on Tuesdays and Saturdays.  Principals will be called on Mondays and Thursdays, as necessary. 

Auditions and rehearsals are held at Lake Harriet Methodist Church, Minneapolis, with Tech Week Rehearsals held at the Howard Conn Fine Arts Center, Minneapolis.

Performances (at the Howard Conn Fine Arts Center, Minneapolis)

Thursday, October 26, 7:30 pm,  Preview Performance
Thursday, November 16, 7:30 pm,  Evening Performance

Fridays, October 27, November 3, 10,17, 7:30 pm,  Evening Performances
Saturdays, October 28, November 4, 11,18, 7:30 pm,  Evening Performances
Saturday, November 11, 2:00 pm,  Matinee Performance
Sundays, October 29, November 5, 12, 19, 2:00 pm,  Matinee Performance


If you have questions, please contact Stephen Hage, Producer, at [email protected].

If interested in applying for the Music Director position, please submit your resumes at [email protected].

Contact information

The Gilbert and Sullivan Very Light Opera Company
Stephen Hage
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