The Kennedy Center

WNO: Artistic Operations Intern

Washington National Opera produces opera at the highest artistic level, presenting classic, contemporary, and American operas to inspire and enrich our audiences and community. The Artistic Operations Department supports the Opera by planning and budgeting future seasons, contracting and managing all performing artists and production personnel, and scheduling all rehearsal needs. Ideal intern candidates will be detail orientated, organized, and open to learning about a variety of perspectives from within a producing company.

Learning Objectives

Contract Preparation
Assist artistic staff in drafting artist contracts and overseeing the contract process.

Database Management
Work with ArtsVision, a web-based scheduling, reporting, and contact list software, gaining wide usage in the performing and presenting Arts community.

Record Management
Maintain production record archive, including season show files, logs, sign-in sheets, and daily schedule.

Audition Management
Assist artistic and orchestra staff in planning and executing small and large-scale auditions.

Artistic Correspondence
Communicate with artist managers to facilitate artists’ engagements, arrivals in Washington, and correspondence.

Rehearsal Coordination
Gain hands-on experience planning and executing rehearsal planning in a busy studio setting.

Personnel Management
Learn about various aspects of personnel management by preparing orchestra rosters, developing show coverage schedules, observing payroll procedures, maintaining instrumentation lists, and shadowing the Orchestra Operations Manager during rehearsal and show coverage.

Placement Projects

In addition to administrative duties as assigned, the Washington National Opera Artistic Operations Intern will contribute to the following ongoing projects during their internship experience:

Project A: Chorus and Orchestra Auditions

Assist with the departments’ various auditions as they occur, including the annual Chorus auditions that occur at the beginning of the Spring semester. This will include preparing audition documents, assisting with the running of the auditions, and data processing following the audition. Additionally, orchestral and chorus auditions will include receiving and processing musician resumes, preparing audition material packets, receiving and tracking audition acceptance, and assisting with the setup and tear-down of auditions.

Project B: Contract Management

Assist the Contracts Coordinator and Artistic Operations Coordinator in preparing official documents and processing artist payments.

Key Dates

Fall 2018 Term

Application Available: May 1-July 15, 2018

Term Dates: September 10-December 14, 2018

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Summer 2018 Term

Application closed March 30, 2018

Term Dates: June 4-August 17, 2018

Spring 2019 Term

Application Available: August 1-November 2, 2018

Term Dates: January 21-May 3, 2019