Performance Assistant

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Performance Assistant




moCa Cleveland seeks Attendants to Assist with Sonic Blossom,

a Unique Performance-based Art Project



Sonic Blossom is an interactive performance installation by renowned artist Lee Mingwei. The work features a vocalist who circulates the gallery, selects a guest, and publicly gives them “the gift of song” by performing his or her choice from a repertoire of five Franz Schubert Lieder. The work seeks to generate intimate moments of catharsis, joy, and connection among strangers.


Sonic Blossom has been presented in Seoul, Tokyo, Beijing, Boston, Taipei, New York, Sydney, Auckland, Frankfurt, Singapore, Washington DC, Paris, and Jakarta. It was selected as “The Best Classical Music of 2015” and “The Best in Art of 2015” in The New York Times for its presentation at The Metropolitan Museum of Art. For more information about Lee Mingwei, including project details and photos, visit


Lee talks about the project Sonic Blossom in these YouTube videos:

Museum of Fine Arts, Boston (2015):

Museum of Contemporary Art, Australia (2016):

National Gallery Singapore (2017):



The Attendant plays a vital support role in Sonic Blossom, accompanying the vocalist through the gallery, playing the required accompaniment on an MP3 player, and assisting the singers in putting on and taking off an elaborate performance cloak.



The ideal candidate will be:

  • Reliable and committed.
  • Must be familiar with use of an MP3 player and Bluetooth speakers.
  • Fluent in English: speaking and understanding.
  • Enjoy interacting with the public.
  • Curious and enthusiastic, with an open-minded outlook.



  • Regular weekend hours required.
  • Will be standing and walking for extended periods of time on concrete floors.
  • Able to climb and descend stairs while accompanying the vocalist.
  • Able to hear and speak clearly and audibly to visitors.
  • Able to raise arms above head and assist with lifting off the vocalist’s costume.
  • Exceptional attention to detail.



Lee Mingwei: You Are Not a Stranger will be on view March 15 – August 11, 2019


Sonic Blossom performance schedule:


Saturday, April 27 – 5-11pm (debut at moCa 50th Anniversary Gala)

Sunday, April 28 – 1-4pm

Friday, May 3 – Sunday, May 5 – 1-4pm

Friday, May 10 – Sunday, May 12 – 1-4pm

Friday, May 17 – Sunday May 19, 1-4pm



Please send a letter of interest, resume or CV, and completed availability survey (below) to no later than March 31, 2019.



An honorarium of $50 per performance day will be provided ($100 for Saturday, April 27).




Availability Survey


Please indicate the dates you would be available to participate in Sonic Blossom:


Day Date Start time End time Available?
Saturday April 27 5:00 PM 11:00 PM
Sunday April 28 1:00 PM 4:00 PM
Friday May 3 1:00 PM 4:00 PM
Saturday May 4 1:00 PM 4:00 PM
Sunday May 5 1:00 PM 4:00 PM
Friday May 10 1:00 PM 4:00 PM
Saturday May 11 1:00 PM 4:00 PM
Sunday May 12 1:00 PM 4:00 PM
Friday May 17 1:00 PM 4:00 PM
Saturday May 18 1:00 PM 4:00 PM
Sunday May 19 1:00 PM 4:00 PM