Mill City Summer Opera is made up of a diverse group of people committed to creating great opera for all. If you have a passion to become part of a world-class opera that attracts a more diverse audience, please check below for information regarding positions currently available.



Teaching Artist - Seasonal/Contract Position

POSITION: Teaching Artist
REPORTS TO: Education Program Director
STATUS: Seasonal/Contract

Mill City Summer Opera is seeking Teaching Artists with professional vocal and teaching experience for the upcoming 2019 season. Employment may begin as early as April 2019, with most hours in late June/July 2019.


Mill City Summer Opera collaborates with community partners to deliver our Opera is Epic workshop program to young adults grades K-12 with little to no exposure to the arts. Through the workshop series, youth see themselves—often for the first time—as part of a broader artistic community. This exposure has the potential to diversify future opera companies, inspires participants to pursue careers as artists, and instills an appreciation and understanding of opera and theatre from a young age.

We invite students and their family members from our program partnerships to attend our final dress rehearsal performance and young audiences performance and experience live opera under the stars. Sharing this cultural experience together serves as a starting point for rich conversations about how opera relates to their lives. With these partnerships, our teaching artists help students from a variety of cultures and backgrounds make connections on how theatre and opera can help build empathy, foster self-confidence, and build vital skills in their daily lives. This approach allows us to go beyond the workshops and performances, and provide a basis for building community around arts.


  • Create and deliver a customized curriculum that achieves Mill City Summer Opera’s learning goals.
  • Develop learning activities in the following arts disciplines: music, drama, movement, and music theatre history.
  • Present material relating to the current Mill City Summer Opera Main Stage production (Summer 2019 - Così fan tutte)
  • Create and deliver customized classroom lesson plans for each session with the other teaching artists.
  • Collaborate with piano accompanists as needed to rehearse musical selections before the final presentation.
  • Continually assess the progress of program participants through formal and informal assessment strategies.
  • Attend final dress rehearsal and young audiences performance at Mill City Summer Opera with participating programs (not required - but ideal).
  • Attend meetings and rehearsals as may be required for program development.
  • Communicate regularly with Mill City Summer Opera Education Program Director.


This position functions primarily in Minneapolis and surrounding cities, with occasional events at the Mill City Museum where Mill City Summer Opera currently performs.


  • Bachelors degree in vocal performance, music education, or related field
  • Knowledge of and passion for opera
  • Professional vocal performance experiences in opera or musical theater
  • Experience working with groups of children grades K-12 in diverse educational settings
  • Experience developing and delivering lesson and/or rehearsal plans
  • Ability to solve problems with creativity and flexibility
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills
  • Comfortable communicating with school teachers and administrators
  • Flexible weekday schedule/ability to commit to set schedule determined in advance
  • Must have reliable transportation


  • Teaching Artists are hired as independent contractors for Mill City Summer Opera
  • Pay rates are hourly and vary based on the type of program being delivered and experience
  • Employment may begin as early as April 2019 and will continue through July 2019 with potential to extend into Fall of 2019 and renew for the next season


Interested applicants should submit cover letters and resumes to by April 1st, 2019

Potential candidates will be asked to submit supplementary materials.


Additional questions? Let us know!




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