position title: stage manager reports to: orchestra manager with supervision by the production & education manager
part time position/non-exempt
position purpose: The stage manager is a key member of the Artistic Operations team. Together with the production & education manager, orchestra manager and artistic assistant, the stage manager will oversee and implement all stage setup and logistics for LACO services, ensuring the smooth and safe operation of all rehearsals and concerts in a timely and professional manner. The stage manager works closely with venue house crews, musicians, production & education manager, personnel manager, orchestra manager, librarian, music director, guest conductors, and soloists.
scope & responsibilities
Stage and Backstage:
Ensure stage and backstage areas are prepared for rehearsal and performance at least one hour before service start and at least thirty minutes before the front of house is opened to the public.
Ensure that all stage requirements specified by conductors, artists and the LACO Master Agreement are met.
Stage mange all orchestral services including main series, baroque series, run-outs, tours and chamber music services as scheduled.
Coordinate with local stage crews to ensure appropriate work duties are assigned and smooth workflow is maintained during all LACO services.
Coordinate and schedule with Production & Education Manager, rental and transportation agencies and local crew to ensure timely and accurate delivery and pickup of all necessary instruments and equipment.
As stage manager, in coordination with Personnel Manager, Production & Education Manager and house staff, call all production and show-related cues, and communicate all show-related information such as timing sheets, audience late seating breaks, intermission lengths, etc.
Load out stage setup and related equipment, as necessary, in a timely, effective, and efficient manner, in coordination with the local crew, following every service.
Make stage calls for conductor, soloist and as necessary.
Assist artistic operations department with auditions, community events and other activities as scheduled.
Hire assistant stage personnel for LACO services when necessary, as approved by Production & Education Manager.
Attend all required production meetings for every orchestral concert set, as scheduled by Production & Education Manager.
In consultation with Conductors and Production & Education Manager, prepare stage plots for orchestral services using industry standard programs.
Work with Production & Education Manager to compile, create and distribute schedules, information and concert timelines for stage crew and operations artistic staff
Address any musician requests for change of staging, in consultation with Personnel Manager and Production & Education Manager
Maintain and monitor a LACO email address to ensure timely and professional internal and external correspondence.
Work with Production & Education Manager to document stage set-ups, production notes and information for archives.
Serve as the primary point of contact for all technical, audiovisual and multimedia production information. Prepare quotes for special projects and productions.
Other production duties as assigned.
Position requires at least 5 years of professional experience in stage management and/or orchestra operations with a similar institution, and thorough knowledge of orchestral rehearsal and concert procedures. Bachelor’s degree preferred but not required. Experience working with union contracts, rules and regulations. Must have technical knowledge of performance venues, audio, video and multi-media platforms. Stage manager must be able to lift and/or move up to 100 pounds. Stage manager must exhibit a respectful, professional, and amenable attitude, have the ability to work in a fast-paced environment, and exhibit excellent interpersonal and communication skills. Must understand the needs of a professional musician and be a creative problem solver who represents the interests of LACO in a variety of services and programs. LACO schedule includes nights, weekends and potential travel.
about los angeles chamber orchestra
Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra (LACO), proclaimed “America’s finest chamber orchestra” by Public Radio International, "one of the world's great chamber orchestras" by KUSC Classical FM and “resplendent” by the Los Angeles Times, has established itself among the world’s top musical ensembles. Entering the Orchestra’s 50th anniversary, LACO maintains its status as... a preeminent interpreter of historical masterworks and a champion of contemporary composers. Acclaimed American composer Andrew Norman, whose works have been commissioned and performed worldwide, expands his work at the Orchestra as Creative Advisor & Composer-in-Residence and Mahan Esfahani continues his three-year residency as Baroque Conversations Artistic Partner, each one bringing excellence in programming as well as through community and education presentations each year. Since its founding, the Orchestra has made 31 recordings, toured Europe, South America and Japan, performed across North America, earning adulation from audiences and critics alike, and garnered eight ASCAP Awards for Adventurous Programming.
LACO celebrates its 50th anniversary season in 2017-18 through the presentation of eight Orchestral Series concerts in collaboration with Glendale Arts and CAP UCLA; five Baroque Conversations concerts in collaboration with The Colburn School; and three In Focus chamber music concerts in partnership with The Huntington Library at Rothenberg Hall and Moss Theatre at New Roads School. LACO values its partnerships with the Inner City Youth Orchestra of Los Angeles and Renaissance Arts Academy and proudly presents education and community programs such as Meet the Music, Community Partners, Campus to Concert Hall and the LACO/USC Thornton Strings Mentorship Program, that reach thousands of young people annually, nurturing future musicians and composers as well as inspiring a love of classical music.
Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, headquartered in downtown LA, was founded in 1968 as an artistic outlet for the recording industry’s most gifted musicians. The Orchestra’s artistic founder, cellist James Arkatov, envisioned an ensemble that would allow these conservatory-trained players to balance studio work and teaching with pure artistic collaboration at the highest level. With the financial backing of philanthropist Richard Colburn and managerial expertise from attorney Joseph Troy, who also became the Orchestra’s first president, LACO presented its first performances. Kahane continues the standard of excellence set by the Orchestra’s first four music directors, Sir Neville Marriner, Gerard Schwarz, Iona Brown and Christof Perick.