Description: The Senior Manager, Concert Operations and Booking is tasked with supporting the Artistic Department to produce world-class performances and to find additional opportunities for the Handel and Haydn Society to perform in New England and beyond. This position works with the Vice President of Artistic Planning to create and present H+H's live performances, recording projects, tours, and other artistic initiatives. The position’s two main charges are to book runout and touring performances by the Handel and Haydn Society in New England and beyond and to provide concert-specific production support for all H+H’s concert activities, including H+H’s community concerts.
Reports to: Vice President for Artistic Planning
Seeking an engaged team member to perform a fulfilling, key role managing the artistic administration and organizational systems of the Handel and Haydn Society
Constant focus and proper execution of the organization’s booking plan is at the heart of this aspect of the position. Success will be defined through this individual’s ability to establish productive working relationships with presenting organizations.
Secure engagements by H+H, primarily in New England, by identifying prospective presenters
Develop relationships with prospective presenters through face-to-face meetings and booking conference attendance
Assist with negotiating engagement dates, fees and related details and be present at all activities
Assist with arrangement of all production and operational details for runouts and tours
This position provides high-quality, smooth-running operational support to concert production and related activities of the Artistic department.
Take lead responsibility for artistic aspects of house concerts and Community Engagement, including hiring of musicians, basic librarian work, and production elements
Provide backup operational support for Education activities involving Artistic personnel, as needed
Prepare artist contracts and arrange travel, lodging, itineraries, and visas for guest conductors and soloists
Maintain master performance schedule
Provide back stage and rehearsal support at all rehearsals and performances
Manage Artistic and Production related vendors and timely payment, including rental halls, artist fees, federal, and state withholdings.
Assist with orchestra and chorus payroll preparation and verification
Serve as liaison with all rental venues, including Symphony Hall and Jordan Hall
Provide support for planning and execution of tours and runouts
Other duties as assigned by Vice President for Artistic Planning
Salary is commensurate with experience. Competitive benefits package included.
Position requires occasional lifting of heavy printed materials, musical instruments, music stands, large boxes, chairs, and retail merchandise as well as the repetitive, daily use of a computer. The Handel and Haydn Society is an equal opportunity employer and is committed to diversity and inclusion in the workplace by maintaining a staff that represents the traditions and voices of contemporary Boston. Interviews will not be scheduled until we have a diverse pool of candidates from which to select.
Bachelor's degree required
Five years prior administrative experience or equivalent experience required
Knowledge of classical music required. Knowledge of Baroque music preferred.
Ability to work nights and weekends for concerts and events required
Ability to travel to performing arts conferences, runouts, and tours required
Proficiency in Microsoft Office (esp. Word, Excel and PowerPoint),
Excellent oral and written communication skills
Impeccable organizational and time management skills
Superior attention to detail
Ability to work both independently and as part of a team in a fast-paced environment
Professionalism in all settings
Display initiative and excellent judgment
Communication and impeccable organizational skills, an acute attention to detail and the ability to prioritize are essential.
About Handel and Haydn Society
The Handel and Haydn Society is internationally acclaimed for its performances of Baroque and Classical music. Based in Boston, H+H’s orchestra and chorus delight more than 50,000 listeners each year with a ten-concert subscription series at Symphony Hall and other leading venues in addition to a robust program of intimate events in museums, schools, and community centers. Under the leadership of Artistic Director Harry Christophers, the ensemble embraces historically informed performance, bringing classical music to life with the same immediacy it had the day it was written. Through the Karen S. and George D. Levy Education Program, H+H also provides engaging, accessible, and broadly inclusive music education to over 11,500 children each year through in-school music instruction and the Vocal Arts Program that includes six youth choruses.
Founded in Boston in 1815, H+H is among the oldest continuously performing classical music ensembles in the United States and is unique for its longevity, capacity for reinvention, and distinguished history of premieres. H+H began as a choral society founded by middle-class Bostonians who aspired to improve the quality of singing in their growi...ng American city. They named the organization after two composers—Handel and Haydn—to represent both the old music of the 18th century and what was then the new music of the 19th century. In the first decades of its existence, H+H gave the American premieres of Handel’s Messiah (1818), Haydn’s Creation(1819), Verdi’s Requiem (1878), and Bach’s St. Matthew Passion (1879). Since its founding, H+H has given more than 2,000 performances before a total audience exceeding 2.8 million.
In addition to its subscription series, tours, and broadcast performances, H+H reaches a worldwide audience through ambitious recordings including the critically-acclaimed Haydn The Creation, the best-selling Joy to the World: An American Christmas, and Handel Messiah, recorded live at Symphony Hall under Christophers’s direction.