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 Assistants

Three positions available

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. Must be available for Saturday evening concert dates: October 29, December 3, January 28, February 25, May 6 & 7.

Pay: $18 per hour

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Performance Publicity Assistant

Description: Primary responsibilities include general administrative work for the Performance Program, related both to concert promotion and to concert production. Employee will assist with all areas of concert publicity, ranging from social media marketing to distribution of publicity materials on campus and in the community. Assist with evening concerts, including ushering, receptions, clean-up, etc., as needed. This position offers an opportunity for students with appropriate qualifications and experience to specialize in marketing, communications and media work. Combination of remote and in office work. Must be available to work two weekend/night concerts per quarter.

Pay: $17 per hour

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Performance Videographer

Description: Primary responsibility of Videographer include the creation and development of concert video for the Performance Program in livestream and recorded formats. Employee will attend 3-5 concerts per quarter, work with concert venue staff to set up and record live stream concert feeds, and create edited recorded video projects for the Performance Program. This position offers an opportunity for students with appropriate qualifications and experience to specialize in video and media work. Combination of remote and in person concert/event work. 

Pay: $17 per hour

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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. Must be available for the following concert dates: November 6, February 18, April 29

Pay: $17 per hour

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Choral Setup Assistant

Description: The primary responsibility is Monday set-up and tear-down of Fulton Hall for choral rehearsals. Set-up is between 2:00 and 4:00pm. 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.

Pay: $17 per hour

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Goodspeed Practice Room Security Monitor

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. According to COVID-19 protocols, monitors may be asked to keep a counter of building entrants or wipe down surfaces. 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 floor 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.

Pay: $16 per hour

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UChicago Presents House Manager

Description: The University of Chicago Presents (UChicago Presents) seeks an individual interested in being a vital and important part of a respected organization dedicated to the presentation of classical, jazz, world, and contemporary music. Provides exposure to the world’s best musicians and involvement with audience development.

The House Manager coordinates the front of house for University of Chicago Presents events. Concert responsibilities include instructing and overseeing volunteer ushers (UChicago students and through The Saints organization), communicating with and assisting patrons, coordinating the start of the concert and intermission, and assisting with set up and clean up before and after the concerts.

Events typically take place on Friday evenings and Sunday afternoons, with some exceptions. 

Pay: $17 per hour

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UChicago Presents Usher

Description: The University of Chicago Presents (UChicago Presents) seeks students interested in being vital and important parts of a respected organization dedicated to the presentation of classical, jazz, world, and contemporary music. Provides exposure to the world’s best musicians and involvement with audience development.

The Usher assists the House Manager with front of house concert duties for University of Chicago Presents events. Concert responsibilities include communicating with and assisting patrons, scanning tickets, distributing program books, and assisting with set up and clean up before and after the concerts.

Events typically take place on Friday evenings and Sunday afternoons, with some exceptions. 

Pay: $17 per hour

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UChicago Presents Production Assistant

Description: The Production Assistant will assist University of Chicago Presents (UChicago Presents) staff with the production and operations of 25+ regular concerts and events during the academic year. The Assistant's primary responsibilities will include overseeing stage setup, managing hospitality needs, serving as a UChicago Presents representative on-site during rehearsals, and fulfilling possible stage management or front of house needs during events. In addition, the Assistant may provide related administrative support to UCP staff.

5-10 hours per week estimated depending on concert schedule, with the possibility of more during periods with more concerts. Regular hours may be scheduled during campus business hours (M-F, 8:30-5), but frequent evening and weekend presence at events is required.

Pay: $18 per hour

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