As a freelance muso it is always reassuring to have more than one string to your bow as you navigate the highs and lows of inconsistent work. My extra string is music administration. I have always been interested in the 'behind the scenes goings on' of companies and productions that I have been a part of, and since 2014 I have been lucky enough to have worked for various companies and trust organisations in Melbourne.
I first dabbled in this field as an administration assistant for Opera Scholars Australia/Australian Music Events. I had just started my first year with the trust organisation as a scholar/singer and was thrilled to be asked if I was interested in sorting through their extensive music library. Organisation and filing has always been a nerdy trait of mine as it brings calm to my environment. Although, this is absolutely not to say that my entire life is in order!
I have always said that the performers of a company, may it be an opera company, orchestra or trust organisation, are but small cogs in a much larger machine. If it weren’t for the numerous individuals working hard behind the scenes to prepare the venue, ensure there are bums on seats and successfully help to prepare the artists – the show could not go on.
After singing with Opera Scholars Australia for three years notably in their large outdoor event Opera in the Alps, last week I had the incredible experience of seeing the event from the other side.
The mighty coordination of 1 golf course, 3 artists, 60 choristers, 60 children choristers, 40 piece orchestra, 20 young opera singers, 1 conductor, 3000+ audience members, 1 massive stage, 2000 chairs, 20 marquees and 12 food and beverage vendors is incredible. I am very lucky to have been privy to the many conversations and planning sessions that we had to ensure that an event of such scale is executed with ease and success.
When I was a scholar, you are so blissfully unaware of the mammoth effort it takes to ensure the success of an event of this scale, and I am extremely grateful to have holistically observed this process having contributed to its planning every year.
Now on to our next event – Opera in the Market!