Student Employment

The Department of Music is seeking reliable, detail-oriented people for a number of student work positions. Read the job descriptions below, and apply on Handshake or by sending your resume and cover letter to musicstudentjobs@uchicago.edu.

Instrumental Set-Up Assistant

Description: Arrange stage equipment and instruments for all University Symphony Orchestra rehearsals and concerts in Mandel Hall and break down stage set-up after rehearsals. Ensure proper care and storage of Music Department instruments. Work during all concerts on stage set-up, backstage management, reception assistance, clean-up, and other duties as specified. Some assistance with set-up and instrument moving for other Department-sponsored concerts may be requested. Wednesday late afternoon/evening availability required, with occasional Sundays and Mondays; weekend work for USO concerts: see below for dates. 

Qualifications: Ability to handle physical component of job, which requires some heavy lifting and moving (of chairs, music stands, stage platforms, sound panels, etc.) Knowledge of orchestral set-up procedures, proper care of musical instruments, and standard concert protocol. Ability to work effectively under pressure and meet firm deadlines. Applicant must have a strong sense of responsibility, excellent communication skills, good practical sense, and unfailing dependability. 

Public Notes: IMPORTANT: This is a full academic year position; candidates must be available to work Autumn, Winter, and Spring Quarters. Students who plan to study abroad, graduate early, etc. should not apply. Must be available for Saturday evening concert dates: Oct. 26, Dec. 7, Feb. 1, Mar. 7, Apr. 25, May 30 & 31 (Sunday pm).

Assistant Performance Librarian

Description: Maintain the Performance Program’s extensive instrumental music library. Catalogue all music purchased and used during the year. Handle distribution, collection, re-filing, and proper care of all music library materials, as well as inventory and return of rental music. Assist Director of Performance Program in marking string parts and other music for performance, and in entering editorial markings as specified. Other clerical and office work (distribution of publicity materials, etc.) as necessary. Occasionally additional hours may be available for assisting with concert operations, including ushering, reception set-up & clean up.

Qualifications: General office skills, including word processing and database experience, plus fastidious attention to detail required. Knowledge of basic library operations and ability to read music required. Knowledge of standard concert protocol. Attention to detail, reliability, commitment to quality in all work, plus ability to follow directions and work independently required. Ability to work effectively under pressure and handle lifting 25 lbs. required.

Public Notes: IMPORTANT: This is a full academic year position; candidates must be available to work Autumn, Winter, and Spring Quarters. Students who plan to study abroad, graduate early, etc. should not apply.

Goodspeed Hall Practice Room Monitors

Description: Primary responsibility is to serve as after-hour monitor for Goodspeed Hall first floor practice room area. Open and close/secure building at designated times. Supervise entrance and exit (sign in & out) of students. Ensure proper uses of instruments and building facilities; report any problems. May also be required to provide access to and assist in monitoring security in other areas of building (i.e. 4th fl. Recital hall) for special events as directed. Occasionally additional hours may be available for assisting with concert operations, including ushering, reception set-up & clean up. Other duties as assigned. 

Qualifications: Dependability. Building hours must be kept exactly. This position entails responsibility for Goodspeed Hall facilities and occupants. Applicants must be trustworthy and willing/able to work without supervision. Evening and/or weekend shifts required; must maintain consistent schedule throughout each quarter. IMPORTANT: This is a full academic year position; candidates must be available to work Autumn, Winter, and Spring Quarters. Students who plan to study abroad, graduate early, etc. should not apply.

Public Notes: Scheduled shift hours are as follows: M, T, Th—5 pm–10 pm, Wed—5 pm–10:30 pm, Sat—10 am–3 pm & 3 pm–8 pm, Sun—12 pm–5 pm & 5 pm–10 pm. No work hours on Fridays or during interim breaks.

Jazz Ensemble Assistant

Description: Assist the Director with weekly set-up and break down of instruments and equipment for rehearsals and concerts. Ensure proper instrument care. Distribute and collect all music for rehearsals and concerts. Serve as central information contact person between members of ensemble, Director, and Music Department staff. Communicate with Music Dept. staff regarding course registration and publicity information. Maintain databases of ensemble instruments, equipment, and musical scores and parts. Assist with the set-up and clean-up of post-concert receptions. Wednesday late afternoons/evenings required for weekly rehearsals. Occasionally additional hours may be available for assisting with other Music Dept. concert operations, including ushering, reception set-up & clean up.

Qualifications:  Knowledge of concert set-up procedures, and standard concert protocol. Ability to diplomatically communicate with musicians and audience members. Strong sense of responsibility and unfailing dependability. Experience using Excel. Background in music, preferably Jazz, and ability to play a musical instrument preferred.  

Public Notes: Must be available for the following Thursday evening concert dates: December 5, March 12, June 4

Middle East Music Ensemble Assistant

Description: Assist the Director with weekly set-up and break-down of instruments and equipment for rehearsals and concerts, including concert receptions. Ensure proper instrument care. Distribute and collect all music for rehearsals and concerts. Maintain databases of ensemble instruments, equipment, and musical scores and parts. Manage the ensemble’s social media accounts and help capture content during rehearsals and concert preparations. Help coordinate the design and content of concert posters and program, and be the point person for marketing, facebook events, and email blasts, including maintaining the ensemble’s email lists. Thursday evenings required for weekly rehearsals. Occasionally additional hours may be available for assisting with other Music Dept. concert operations, including ushering, reception set-up & clean up.

Qualifications:  Knowledge of concert set-up procedures, and standard concert protocol. Ability to diplomatically deal with musicians and audience members. Strong sense of responsibility and unfailing dependability. Experience using Excel. Background in music preferred. 

Public Notes: Must be available for the following concert dates: November 23, February 29, May 23

Event House Manager

Description: Supervise operations for Performance Program concerts and events across campus, including regular ensemble concerts, private recitals, and other Departmental events. Assist with hall and stage set-up, post-concert receptions, distributing programs, and making concert announcements. Frequently used performance spaces include Fulton Recital Hall, Logan Center Performance Hall and Penthouse, and Mandel Hall. Manage security of performance space, monitor maintenance, and report problems as needed. 

This position is part of a 4-person team. The number of managers assigned depends on the location and scale of each event. Event Managers are required to work a minimum of 8 events per quarter, averaging 4 hours per event, plus at least 4 of the 7 University Symphony Orchestra performances over the course of the academic year. There is an average of 30 events per quarter, and there is no cap on the number of events one person can work.

Qualifications: Must be a responsible and mature member of Music Department team who is completely trustworthy and dependable. Excellent customer service and communication skills are required to deal with both performers and audience members. Knowledge of standard concert protocol and care of instruments preferred. Ability to handle physical component of job, which requires moving chairs and music stands. Observance of dress code for concerts and formal events. Flexible hours; nearly all shifts are during evenings and weekends. Comprehensive music event schedule must be covered by the 4 employees hired to share this position.

Public Notes: This is a full academic year position; candidates must be available to work Autumn, Winter, and Spring Quarters. Students who plan to study abroad, graduate early, etc. should not apply.

Choral Setup Assistant

Description: The primary responsibility is Monday set-up and tear-down of Fulton Hall for choral rehearsals. Set-up is between 2 and 4pm. Tear down begins at 9:30pm, when the final rehearsal ends. Additionally, this person will periodically organize the choral music holdings at the request of the choral directors, particularly at the beginning of each academic quarter. Occasionally additional hours may be available for assisting with concert operations, including ushering, reception set-up & clean up.

Qualifications: Knowledge of choral set-up procedures, basic library operations, and standard concert protocol is preferred. This individual must be of a conscientious nature and completely reliable. Must be available for Monday set-up and tear-down.

Public Notes: IMPORTANT: This is a full academic year position; candidates must be available to work Autumn, Winter, and Spring Quarters. Students who plan to study abroad, graduate early, etc. should not apply.

Music Department Office Assistant

Description: Work study strongly preferred. Assist music department office staff with daytime (M-F, 9-5) clerical tasks: event set-up (light catering);  classroom set-up; digitizing archival documents; inventory and organize department supplies; answer and route department phone as needed during staff breaks; some basic financial math. Weekly poster hanging (Thursdays or Fridays). Approximately 5-10 hours per week, weekday. May report to Logan Center for select projects. Occasionally additional hours may be available for assisting with other Music Dept. concert operations, including ushering, reception set-up & clean up.

Qualifications: Regular weekday daytime availability required. Desired experience: Spreadsheets, Google Drive, and experience using a multi-function document scanner. Desired competencies/abilities: phone etiquette, the ability to lift 25 pounds, adapting to changing daily priorities, strength in arithmetic, and excellent organizational skills.