Rosemary Thomson conducting on a podium

Job posting: Projects Manager – Women in Musical Leadership, Canadian Opera Resource

Location: Toronto, ON
Type: Combination of part- and full-time, contract
Reports to:  Executive Director 
Salary range: $40,000/year full time (part time will be pro-rated)

Tapestry Opera is seeking a Project Manager for Women in Musical Leadership and Canadian Opera Resource

The role will be part-time until June 30th, 2021, full-time from July 1 2021 to June 30 2022, and reduced to part-time in July 2023. There is room for growth, negotiation, and retention into larger and longer term roles within the organization for the right candidate. 

Women in Musical Leadership is a national, partnership-based, multi-year fellowship program for emerging female-identified and non-binary conductors. Women in Musical Leadership is a program designed to offer opportunities to top Canadian talent and address the longstanding gender imbalance in music direction and conducting in opera and classical music. It’s an advanced three-year fellowship program for 6 music directors/conductors in cohorts of 2, beginning a year apart. With the support of like-minded organizations across Canada, the goal of Women in Musical Leadership is to provide multi-faceted practical conducting training, mentorship, and professional opportunities to promising conducting talent, allowing them to focus solely on conducting for three years. The Women in Musical Leadership program is supported by the Azrieli Foundation.

Canadian Opera Resource is a membership-based, user-driven database and rights management platform for Canadian Opera, directly benefiting Canadian composers, librettists, Canadian opera companies and other opera professionals. It is a living site, a promotional platform, and an online marketplace for works and recordings of works of Canadian opera – it’s a catalyst for the creation of a Canadian opera canon and a one-stop resource for anyone interested in Canadian operas. This project will enter its final year of development in July 2021 and will need to be stewarded through its final year.

We are committed to equity and justice in hiring and will prioritize applications from people from communities of colour, LGBTQ2S, Indigenous, disabled, and other equity-seeking communities to apply

Things that matter:

  • We make art that is socially engaged – you have an understanding or lived experience of principles of equity and anti-oppression, and/or are interested in and open to the process of learning
  • You have an understanding of and connection to opera as an art form
  • You have solid writing, analysing, and communication skills
  • You have proficiency with Google Suite, Microsoft Office, WordPress, and basic design skills (familiarity with one or more of the following preferred: InDesign, Publisher, Photoshop, Illustrator, etc.). 
  • You see challenge as an opportunity
  • You are looking for work you’ll love. We do this because we love the work, and we like each other.

What we Offer:

  • Comprehensive health benefits
  • Flexibility with hours, work-from-home days (even in non-pandemic times!)
  • Casual working environment
  • Unlimited vacation and paid time off 
  • Open, transparent, and communicative office culture
  • Professional development opportunities
  • Office located in a bright, beautiful heritage building in the Distillery Historic District.
  • Your expertise is valued and trusted, and you will have real input into decision-making
  • Tickets to all Tapestry productions.

What you will do:

This is a comprehensive but not exhaustive list, in which there is room for growth as the program takes shape. 

Women in Musical Leadership (WML) runs for 5 years, and Canadian Opera Resource (COR) will enter its final year of development and require shepherding through the completion of the project. Both programs are partnership-based, and require solid communication skills, provide good networking opportunities, and would be a good fit for someone looking to build relationships in the arts and opera sectors.  

Organizational Participation

  • Participate in and contribute to strategy sessions and long term planning
  • Develop relationships with staff, volunteers, and board members
  • Identify areas for Professional Development within and outside the organization
  • Contribute to board meetings and AGMs as required


  • Act as Internal Communications director for WML and COR
    • be first point of contact for Participants
    • liaise between Participants and Conducting Advisory Circle as needed
  • Disseminate information about placements, travel, schedules, and important information to Participants
  • Ensure that clear, proactive, and open communication channels are nurtured and supported between all Participants, Mentors, Conducting Advisory, Partner Organizations, and Program staff

Scheduling and Travel

  • Manage placement schedule for all participants
  • Liaise with relevant staff at Partner Organization to clarify timelines, travel dates, and other relevant information
  • Book all travel and accommodation arrangements for placements
  • Maintain, update, and communicate about placement calendars
    • ensure all upcoming confirmed or potential placements are listed
    • ensure clarity of communication of schedule with Participants

Relationship Building and Partnership Management

  • Communicate regularly with Partner Organizations
  • With the support and guidance of the Executive Director, research and outreach to organizations who may be interested in becoming Partner Organizations
  • Maintain responsive, open lines of communication with all Partner Organizations
  • Participate in outreach activities, fundraising campaigns,  on an as-needed basis

If this sounds like something that you could love, we’d like to hear from you.

Checklist:  Please include as one complete pdf file, in this order: 

  • Cover letter (hint, research the company) on why you’d like to work for Tapestry and why you think you’d make an excellent candidate for this role.
  • Up-to-date resume.

If you are invited for an interview, please bring two writing samples and two references that we can contact by phone and/or email. 

Email jmartino@tapestryopera.com with your pdf attachment
and include Project Manager in the subject line.

Deadline for Applications is February 12th, 2021

We look forward to meeting you!

Photo of Rosemary Thomson by Glenna Turnbull