Lyric Opera of Kansas City brings the best the opera world has to offer to Kansas City.


As the premier performing arts institution in Kansas City, the Lyric Opera strives to hire the best in the field. That is, individuals with a great work ethic, sound values, and a drive for excellence. Our employees are passionate believers in the power of art to impact community, and the importance of opera in the artistic cultural ecosystem.

Lyric Opera of Kansas City is a Company that celebrates diversity, and continually strives to foster a positive, flexible, engaging work environment; a place where building relationships and empowering colleagues is encouraged.

Full time, part-time, intern and volunteer opportunities will be listed below, click the title for details.  If you don’t see a job opportunity for your specialty, you can still submit your resume for consideration.  Submit all inquiries for opportunities at the Lyric Opera by email or mail. No calls please.

  • Email: HR@kcopera.org
  • Mail:  Lyric Opera of Kansas City, Attn: Human Resources, 1725 Holmes St., Kansas City, MO 64108

The Lyric Opera is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Available Positions

Head of Music Staff/Chorus Master

The Position:

The Head of Music Staff is a new position that will undertake various musical aspects of the organization. S/he will serve as chorus master and play principal main stage musical rehearsals, keyboards in performances as needed, and conduct offstage banda and chorus selections. Duties range from mentoring the Resident Artist Coach-Accompanist to curating musical programs for the Resident Artists, the Explorations Series, and Education and Outreach Departments. S/he will also be instrumental in planning schedules for the Resident Artists, and making music staff assignments, as well as playing Company auditions. S/he may also be called upon to create and/or host Company lectures, presentations and musical events.

Essential Functions of the Position:

Main Stage Productions

  • Serves as chorus master for rehearsals, and participate in the chorus audition process
  • Principal main stage production accompanist.
  • Conducts banda/offstage chorus/and plays keyboards or continuo when called for by the score.
  • Assists guest conductors by taking orchestra and artist notes as well as balance notes.
  • Music staff assignments as needed

Explorations Series

  • Helps to research and curate appropriate works and programs for the Explorations Series.

Resident/Apprentice Artist Programs

  • Serves as primary mentor for Resident Artist Coach-Accompanist.
  • Assists in repertoire selections and in creating musical programs for the Resident Artists.
  • Plan schedules as needed

Overall Organization

  • Creates, hosts and serves as a representative of the Company for public education/outreach performances and events.

Working Conditions and Physical Demands: Some of the work is of a sedentary nature, sitting at a desk (or piano), using a computer, phone and other office equipment. Work will also require standing and directing chorus during rehearsal periods. Must be able to move and lift items up to 50 pounds. While most of work occurs in relation to a long-term plan, will be required to be flexible to changing priorities and additional projects that can require overtime and must have the ability to manage short term deadlines.

Position Type and Expected Hours of Work: This position is full-time, exempt, regular (nine months of the year, typically occurring from mid-August to mid-May), in which residency in the Kansas City metro area is required. Regular office hours are 9am to 5pm, Monday through Friday. Rehearsals, performances, and other Company events are often held during evenings, weekends, and holidays, as well as during the regular work day. Work will take place during each of these times. Work will require attendance at performances and other Company events.

Performance Measures:

The following are key items that will be utilized to evaluate performance of the work:

  • Quality of musical performance at rehearsals and mainstage productions and in role as chorus master
  • Ability to contribute to our team in a timely manner with well-researched and considered plans
  • Ability to research and curate high quality programming for Explorations and Resident Artists
  • Successful mentoring of Resident Artist Coach-Accompanist
  • Ability to be an effective representative of the Company for public events.

Required Education, Professional Skills and Abilities:

  • Master’s degree in collaborative piano, piano, with experience in choral conducting.
  • Three to five years of experience in a professional opera setting, including choral conducting.
  • Excellent pianist required with previous coaching experience
  • Experience coordinating musical programs.
  • Ability to collaborate with staff, professional colleagues, and supporters.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office (including; Word, Excel, Outlook, and Power Point)
  • Residency in Kansas City required during Nine-Month period


Salary is commensurate with experience and qualifications. Lyric Opera offers a rich and varied benefits package.

Application Process:

Interested candidates are invited to submit a cover letter and resume with a list of references and salary requirements in confidence to hr@kcopera.org. Candidates must pass a background screening. Lyric Opera of Kansas City is an Equal Opportunity Employer.


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