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Description: The House Manager is responsible for coordinating and managing volunteer ushers, and for the comfort and safety of Philharmonia’s patrons. Specific responsibilities include: coordinating usher sign-ups at the end of the prior season; confirming ushers for each upcoming set of concerts; training and supervising ushers; setting up and managing the front of house for all Berkeley and Palo Alto performances; communicating with the box office and stage manager prior to and during performances; and ensuring the safety of all patrons during performances. The House Manager is a part-time job of approximately 10-15 nighttime and weekend hours/month.

Preferred Skills/Attributes: Experience in dealing with the public; sensitivity to the needs of patrons; upbeat, enthusiastic attitude in public relations; ability to enforce safety regulations and communicate the same to the public; ability to manage multiple tasks with attention to detail; ability to work independently without much direct supervision; strength to lift 50-lb. boxes and other heavy items; First Aid and Adult CPR certification (provided by Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra & Chorale upon hiring, if needed).

Preferred Experience: At least one (1) year experience with managing others (volunteer or otherwise). Prior experience as House Manager preferable, and knowledge of classical music is desirable.

Compensation: $20/hour.

Location: Berkeley, Palo Alto, and possible other concerts throughout San Francisco Bay Area.


    • Coordinate usher sign-ups prior to season; confirm ushers 2 weeks before each concert
    • Report to venue 3 hours prior to concert start time.
    • Upon arrival and departure check in/out with the stage manager and PBO concert
      manager on duty.
    • Review Front of House Manager clipboard for any concert specific information, last
      minute changes or updates such as program changes, guest artist changes, late seating
      breaks, program inserts needed, cd-signings at intermission or after concert, etc.
    • Review list of confirmed ushers and make usher assignments, making sure to
      appropriately assign critical jobs such as Will-Call Tickets and Boutique Sales.
    • Set up and break down front of house including table arrangements, boutique elements,
      program books, etc.
    • Walk-through the backstage, house, lobby, bathrooms, etc., to ensure good working
      order prior to, during intermission, and following concerts; note venue exits; ensure
      doors are locked following concert.
    • Check to ensure lecture venue is adequately lit and heated, and that chairs have been
      arranged to allow maximum occupancy and efficient access/egress.
    • Orient and manage volunteer usher core 90 minutes prior to concert.
    • Manage opening and closing of lecture and concert venues for start, intermission and
      closing of concert.
    • Seat late concert arrivals.
    • Be visible in lobby and concert venue prior to concert, during intermission and postconcert
      to provide patron support, to help ushers, and in case of an emergency.
    • Assist with boutique sales and/or cd-signing prior to concert, during intermission and
      post-concert as needed.
    • Turn in lost and found items to venue host/manager.
    • Develop and maintain a list of boutique and concert supplies on House Manager
    • Communicate with venue host/manager on duty in case of emergency.

Application Deadline: Until position is filled.

Application Procedure: Mail or email résumé and three references to:

Myles K. Glancy
Director of Concert Production
Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra & Chorale
414 Mason Street, Suite 606
San Francisco, CA, 94102

No phone calls please.

Organization Description: Under the musical direction of Nicholas McGegan for 30 years, Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra & Chorale (PBO) is recognized as America’s leading historically-informed ensemble. Using authentic instruments and stylistic conventions of the Baroque to early-Romantic periods, the Orchestra engages audiences through its signature Bay Area series, national tours, recordings, commissions, and education of the highest standard.
Founded in the San Francisco Bay Area 35 years ago, the ensemble is the largest of its kind in the United States and is known for its versatility in programming and joyful performances. PBO’s musicians are among the best in the country and serve on the faculties of the Juilliard School and Harvard University, among others. The Orchestra performs an annual subscription season in four venues throughout the Bay Area and has its own professional chorus, the
Philharmonia Chorale. It welcomes eminent guest artists including mezzo-soprano Susan Graham, countertenor David Daniels, mezzo-soprano Anne-Sofie von Otter, fortepianist Emanuel Ax, maestro Richard Egarr, to name a few.

The Orchestra enjoys numerous collaborations, including a regular partnership with the Mark Morris Dance Group. PBO gave the U.S. premieres of Morris’ highly-acclaimed production’s of Purcell’s King Arthur, and Rameau’s ballet-opera Platee. In April 2014, PBO gave the U.S. premiere of MMDG’s Acis and Galatea at Cal Performances. It was reprised in August 2014 with three performances at the David Koch Theatre at Lincoln Center. PBO also returned to
Tanglewood and the Mostly Mozart Festival that August to reprise its acclaimed 2013 production of Handel’s opera Teseo. The Orchestra appears regularly at the Weill Concert Hall at the Green Music Center, the Bing Concert Hall at Stanford University, Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, and Walt Disney Concert Hall.

Among the most recorded orchestras in the world, PBO boasts a discography of more than 40 recordings and launched its own label in 2011, on which it has released nine recordings, including a coveted archival performance of mezzo-soprano Lorraine Hunt Lieberson singing Berlioz’s Les Nuits D’ete, and received a GRAMMY nomination for its recording of Haydn symphonies. The Orchestra just released its modern North American premiere of Alessandro
Scarlatti’s La gloria di primavera that coincided with its May 2016 tour. PBO comissioned its first work, a one-act opera, To Hell and Back, by acclaimed composer Jake Heggie, in 2002. Audiences heard the world premiere of Red, Red Rose by Pulitzer Prize winning composer Caroline Shaw at Walt Disney Concert Hall in May 2016. The piece was written for and was performed by mezzo-soprano Anne-Sofie von Otter. This unique tour also included works by
Handel, Purcell and Arvo Pärt. The Orchestra’s alternative concert series for younger and new audiences – PBO SESSIONS – has regularly sold-out since its inception in 2014.



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