The Cincinnati Pops, which also performs as the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, is under the direction of John Morris Russell and presents a diverse array of musical styles, encompassing the world-renowned “Cincinnati Sound.” The Pops was officially founded in 1977 by Erich Kunzel, and since 1980, the Pops has sold ten million recordings worldwide.
The Pops has performed in recent years with contemporary artists such as Rhiannon Giddens, Idina Menzel, Boyz II Men, Kristin Chenoweth, Vanessa Williams, Audra McDonald, Ben Folds, Roseanne Cash, Bernadette Peters, and Smokey Robinson. These collaborations continue a tradition of working with legends including Aretha Franklin, John Williams, The Temptations, Ella Fitzgerald, Peter Frampton, Dave Brubeck, Mel Tormé, Henry Mancini, Rosemary Clooney, the Mormon Tabernacle Choir and Arturo Sandoval.
The Pops tours nationally and internationally, most recently in Shanghai and Taiwan for concerts in March 2017 and Florida for a week of performances in December 2014. The Pops traveled to Beijing as part of the Opening Festivities of the 2008 Summer Olympic Games, and in 2005, the Pops completed a historic tour to China and Singapore performing in the Great Hall of the People in Beijing. The Cincinnati Pops was the first U.S. Pops orchestra to perform in China. They have also performed to enthusiastic audiences in Carnegie Hall, Washington D.C., and multiple tours in Japan.
An estimated 30 million people have viewed national telecasts of the Cincinnati Pops on PBS, and the Orchestra has more than 100 available recordings, 55 of which have appeared on the Billboard charts, a record unmatched by any other orchestra. The Pops’ Copland: Music of America won a Grammy in 1997, and four other Pops recordings have been nominated for Grammy Awards.
In 2012, the Pops released its first recording under John Morris Russell, Home for the Holidays, on the Orchestra’s own Fanfare Cincinnati label. Subsequent recordings Superheroes! and Carnival of the Animals reached #8 and #15, respectively, on the Billboard charts. The most recent Pops release, American Originals: 1918, celebrates and reimagines American music of the post-World War I era, and is a successor to the Pops’ 2015 release of American Originals, which received national attention for its reimagining of the Stephen Foster songbook. In the spring of 2016, the Pops unveiled American Soundscapes, an online video series that features Pops performances captured live. It has already reached nearly a million viewers around the world. Position Summary
The Production Manager is an integral member of the Production Department of the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, reporting to the Director of Operations.
The Production Manager is a project manager, responsible for executing the day-to-day operations for rehearsals and performances produced by the Cincinnati Pops (CPO), with some concert production coverage for the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra (CSO) and the May Festival (MF). This position works intra- and inter-departmentally as an information gatherer, ensuring Pops production needs across all departments both internally and externally are seamlessly and effectively handled. Job Duties and Responsibilities
- Create, compile and distribute weekly Pops production schedules, outlining all pertinent rehearsal, concert and special event activity:
- Coordinate all production elements for each program, such as technical advances with road managers, scheduling piano/vocal & blocking rehearsals, instrument rentals, costume/props/decor procurement, media activity, piano tunings, warehouse/trucking needs, wardrobe/makeup personnel, show catering, etc.
- Archive weekly concert production files in OPAS and/or shared production drive, noting unusual stage setups and/or offstage locations, etc.
- Communicate regularly with Hall management outlining truck permit & bagged meter needs, open rehearsals, facility issues, repair needs, etc.
- Lead production meetings for assigned concerts
- Administer Pops artist contract servicing process and Pops Artistic Coordination:
- Prepare contracts and mark-ups, providing regular follow-up with management companies through to execution
- Distribute redacted Pops contract riders to designated staff members addressing any and all special requests and technical needs
- Arrange and coordinate Pops guest artist travel and hotel accommodations in consultation with artist management companies
- Provide Pops guest artist ground transportation to/from airport, hotels, rehearsals and concerts using the company vehicle and/or additional rental vehicles as required
- Generate and distribute Pops guest artist itineraries. Coordinate guest artist interviews, appearances and activities with Marketing, Communications, Philanthropy and Education
- Assist Pops artists backstage during rehearsals and performances. Provide special hospitality and/or rider requests for artists as necessary
- Manage and communicate piano tuning and keyboard schedules, maintaining orchestra’s relationship with piano technician and local piano dealers
- Coordinate seasonal musician uniform laundering with Assistant Personnel Manager
- Meticulously administer Company Calendar using Microsoft Outlook
- Manage assigned CSO & May Festival concerts and assist with artist care when necessary
- Prepare international tour documentation, such as instrument and equipment lists for carnet and CITES permits and other travel documentation
- Process production vendor invoices, obtaining W-9 and vendor forms from new vendors as needed
- Maintain strong relationships with existing production vendors, developing new as required
- Execute cross-departmental projects and other duties as assigned Reporting Relationship:
The Production Manager reports to the Director of Operations. Qualifications
- College degree in music or a directly related area
- Minimum two years’ experience of concert production for a professional orchestra
- Thorough understanding of modern concert and/or theater production, orchestral repertoire and performance practice, knowledge of and interest in orchestral Pops production
- Experience working with collectively-bargained stage labor
- Exceptional computer skills, literate in MS Office Suite especially Outlook, Word, Excel and Power Point, with desire to learn Microsoft Visio (or CAD) and orchestra database (OPAS) software
- Well-developed interpersonal skills, diplomacy and ability to work with a variety of personalities
- Detail-oriented, excellent time management skills with the ability to work successfully in a fast-paced environment while managing multiple projects; accuracy, flexibility and problem-solving are essential
- Excellent oral and written communication skills
- Valid U.S. driver’s license and good driving record
This is a full-time position regularly requiring extensive work on evenings and weekends. Compensation and Benefits
The Production Manager position garners a competitive salary. The CSO offers generous benefits including; medical, dental, long term disability, life insurance, health savings account contribution, 403(b) participation with employer contribution, up to 12 weeks paid maternity leave, flex time and the opportunity to work for an artistically thriving and financially stable nonprofit organization. A Commitment We Value
Music teaches us it is precisely in the harmonious blending of different notes, different pitches, different dynamics, different instruments, different musicians, and different voices, that we find comfort, satisfaction, and joy. We celebrate and practice these truths in music, in community and in our daily lives.
The CSO’s commitment to diversity and inclusion reflects its firm belief that diversity and inclusion are good and essential, and in our best interest. By standing together and working together in our differences, we can achieve more. We encourage minority and female candidates to apply. To Apply
Please send cover letter and resume to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Please put “Production Manager” in the subject line.
No third party applications will be accepted.