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Assistant Music Librarian & Supertitle Manager

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Houston Grand Opera - Houston, TX


Job Title: Assistant Music Librarian & Supertitle Manager


Job Highlights

The Assistant Music Librarian & Supertitle Manager supports the Houston Grand Opera music library, including all physical and digital materials. They research, procure, prepare, and distribute music materials for HGO productions and events. They also manage HGO supertitles for all productions and events, the HGO supertitle database and records, and supertitle rentals.

Join Us!

We are looking for talented, passionate, dedicated people who are eager to make contributions to our

community and our mission.


Concerned you do not meet every single requirement listed? Apply! We know that some people are less likely to apply for a job if they don’t think they meet 100% of the requirements.  At HGO, we are dedicated to building a diverse, inclusive, and authentic workplace.  So, if you’re excited about this position but your experience doesn’t align perfectly, we encourage you to apply!  You may be just the right candidate for this position or another role at HGO.


About the Houston Grand Opera

The mission of HGO is to enrich our diverse community through the art of opera. We do so by creating, curating, exploring, and producing outstanding experiences centered around the human voice.  HGO has received a Tony Award, two Grammy Awards, and three Emmy Awards – we are the only opera company in the world to win all three honors.


Our strategic focus is two-fold: creating profoundly enriching experiences for our diverse audiences and clearly defining and positively promoting the HGO brand.


We are passionate about building and sustaining an inclusive and equitable working environment for all company members.  We believe every team member enriches our diversity by exposing a broad range of ways to understand and engage our community and discover, design, and deliver enriching experiences.


Compensation and Benefits

The salary for this position is $45,000.00.  We offer robust benefits to full-time employees, including:

  • Comprehensive and affordable health benefits, including medical, dental, and vision insurance; a high-deductible healthcare plan with an employer funded health savings account; a flexible savings account; an employee assistance program; and employer-paid life, short term disability and long-term disability insurance
  • Generous paid time off including vacation, wellness, parental leave, and scheduled and flexible holidays
  • 403b retirement plan with employer match
  • Flexible work schedule
  • Professional development fund and opportunities
  • Discounted parking in the Theater District garage and nearby lots plus easy access to Metro transportation
  • Free tickets to our mainstage and community productions and events


Key Responsibilities

  • Supports the Music Librarian in sourcing, preparing, and distributing all musical materials needed by Houston Grand Opera for all productions, recitals, and events in a timely manner and in full compliance with HGO’s Collective Bargaining Agreements.
  • Edits vocal and orchestral materials for each production.
  • Researches instrumentation details for orchestral productions and events.
  • Attends orchestra room rehearsals and sitzprobes; serves on pit duty for performances as assigned.
  • Researches editions, rights, and materials for current and future seasons in consultation with the Music Librarian and Director of Artistic Partnerships & Music Planning.
  • Supports the Music Librarian in the creation of pit plots in collaboration with Artistic and Production colleagues, and orchestra rosters in collaboration with string principals for seating, for all orchestral projects.
  • Organizes and maintains the Houston Grand Opera music library, purchases new materials, and keeps accurate library holding records.
  • Creates new supertitles and/or edits existing HGO supertitles for all productions, concerts, and events which require titles.
  • Collaborates with stage directors to edit and adapt supertitles to fit a particular production. Attends all stage rehearsals where supertitles are used, editing titles as necessary through the rehearsal process.
  • Gathers and inputs pre-show and intermission content into the supertitle feed, in coordination with Philanthropy and Audiences colleagues.
  • In collaboration with the Music Administrator, hires personnel for supertitle cueing positions.
  • Coordinates the rental of supertitles to colleague companies, including responding to inquiries, creating rental agreements, reconciling payments, and ensuring proper crediting. Manages and keeps HGO’s supertitle database and records up to date.
  • Performs other duties as assigned.



Candidate should possess a music degree or equivalent professional experience, and 1 – 3 years of opera or orchestral library experience; experience with professional music notation software such as Finale, Sibelius, or Dorico; experience with photo editing software such as Photoshop or GIMP; familiarity with the standard musical databases and bibliographic resources; supertitle experience, foreign language translation experience, or demonstrated facility with standard operatic languages. Excellent research skills, copying techniques, attention to detail, and organizational skills are required. Candidate should demonstrate a positive and professional demeanor, and strong verbal and written communication skills.


Other Skills and Abilities

Requires a problem solver, who is independently motivated and excellent with time management and deadlines. Candidate must be able to work evenings and weekends. Requires the ability to roll large music cabinets and carry heavy score materials.


Physical Demands

The physical demands described here are representative of those we consider important for an employee to successfully perform essential functions of this job: extended periods of sitting, and performing tasks such as typing and using a computer mouse, with strong visual and auditory focus, occasional lifting (not exceeding 25 pounds), reaching for items, proficiency in keyboarding, effective communication skills, and fine motor abilities, being mobile within the office for activities like attending meetings. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.


Equal Opportunity

Houston Grand Opera is committed to the principle of equal employment opportunity for all employees and to providing employees with a work environment free of discrimination and harassment. All employment decisions at HGO are based on business needs, job requirements and individual qualifications, without regard to race, color, religion or belief, national, social or ethnic origin, sex (including pregnancy), age, physical, mental or sensory disability, HIV Status, sexual orientation, gender identity and/or expression, marital, civil union or domestic partnership status, past or present military service, family medical history or genetic information, family or parental status, or any other status protected by federal, state, or local laws or regulations. HGO will not tolerate discrimination or harassment based on any of these characteristics. HGO encourages applicants of all ages.