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24 Aug 2018

Full-Time Operations and Production Manager

Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival  Santa Fe, New Mexico, United States

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Job Description

The Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival is an internationally acclaimed classical music festival which gathers the world’s finest chamber music artists together each year in Santa Fe, New Mexico, to produce over 40 concerts in six weeks.  Founded in 1972, the Festival is dedicated to artistic excellence and innovation.

Guided by the artistic leadership of composer/pianist Marc Neikrug, the Festival invites scores of distinguished musicians, along with emerging young talent, during its six-week season. Thousands of enthusiastic patrons return year after year to enjoy the Festival’s offerings, presented in the historic St. Francis Auditorium at the New Mexico Museum of Art and The Lensic Performing Arts Center, in Santa Fe.  In addition, in the off-season the Festival reaches out to young people in Santa Fe schools with innovative and inspiring musical adventures.

Since 1980 the Festival has commissioned over 90 works from such eminent composers as Aaron Copland, Ned Rorem, Ellen Taaffe Zwilich, John Harbison, Gunther Schuller, Mark-Anthony Turnage, Steven Stucky, Brett Dean, Magnus Lindberg, William Bolcom, Roberto Sierra, and Kaija Saariaho among many others, thereby contributing significantly to contemporary chamber music repertoire.

Beginning in 1981 Festival performances have been broadcast on national radio networks, including the WFMT Fine Arts Network, American Public Radio, Minnesota Public Radio, and National Public Radio (NPR). The Festival currently produces a series of 13 hour-long broadcasts distributed by the WFMT Radio Network to radio stations worldwide. Performances are also heard on Performance Today.

The Position

The Operations and Production Manager works as an integral member of the Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival’s departments of artistic planning and production.  The position is a full-time, year-round position in Santa Fe, NM.

The Operations and Production Manager reports to the Director of Artistic Administration and manages a seasonal production crew. S/he is responsible for instrument rentals and moving, as well as lighting, sound, and equipment needs.  In the off-season months, this position coordinates with artists and management to arrange artist housing, rental cars, and CD sales, assists with artist contracting, and tracks artist travel expenses.  Prior to the start of the season, the Operations and Production Manager prepares a seasonal Artistic Administration Intern to manage day-to-day adjustments to artist travel and housing as well as artist comp requests and the distribution of welcome materials.

In the position’s first season, the Operations & Production Manager will be a member of the three-person seasonal production crew and be trained in Festival practices by the Festival’s Production Manager of 23 years.  In future seasons, the Operations & Production Manager will take over as the Festival’s primary stage manager.

Duties and Responsibilities


  • Assist Director of Artistic Administration in artist contracting and payment
  • Communicate with artists on their travel, track expenses for reimbursement
  • Arrange artist housing and cars, track costs and arrange payments
  • Manage Artistic Administration Intern on artist travel and housing adjustments during the season, coordination of artist comp tickets, CD sales, and distributing welcome materials to artists


  • Act as stage manager for concerts, or assign production crew where appropriate
  • Manage production crew on rehearsal supervision
  • Arrange for instrument rentals
  • Arrange moves of pianos, instruments, and equipment
  • Coordinate with venues on lighting and sound requirements
  • Arrange for equipment rentals
  • Maintain Festival equipment


A successful candidate must have at least two years previous experience in classical music production, including working with world class artists and stage managing classical music concerts.  Some technical knowledge and experience of lighting and sound is required, as are excellent written and verbal communication skills, extremely strong organizational skills with great attention to detail, and the ability to multitask and prioritize effectively with little supervision.  S/He must be willing to work extended hours during the Festival season, including weeknights and weekends, in addition to weekday hours. Bachelor’s degree or equivalent in education and experience.

Salary and Benefits

Salary commensurate with experience; medical and dental insurance, 401(k) retirement plan, liberal vacation and holiday policy, opportunity to live and work in a beautiful, historic location.

To Apply

Please email cover letter, resume, salary history, and references to:

Valerie Guy
Director of Artistic Administration
Reference “Operations & Production Manager” in the subject line.


Job Categories: Music. Job Types: Full-Time. Job Tags: administration, assistant, manager, music, and production. States: New Mexico.

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