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STL Symphony Chorus Audition Information


Preparing for the Audition

Singers are asked to perform a classical selection from memory (art song, opera or oratorio aria, sacred piece or classical music theater solo).   The piece may be in any language.  Singers will also be asked to sight read and vocalize. The sight reading selection is usually a brief excerpt from an 18th or 19th century choral work.  Vocalizing will further demonstrate range and flexibility and help determine possible placement in the chorus. Auditions are heard by the chorus director and chorus manager and an accompanist is provided.  The entire audition will last ten minutes.

Please click here to learn more about the audition process, view a calendar of the coming season, access a form to be completed and brought along to the audition, and sample sight reading excerpts used in previous audition cycles. 

Scheduling an Audition

There are limited openings in the St. Louis Symphony Chorus for qualified singers to perform Beethoven, Bernstein, Orff, Rachmaninov and Verdi this season and work with David Robertson and other distinguished, internationally-known conductors. Call the manager at 314-286-4108 or email susanp@slso.org to arrange an audition. This will be a special season for the chorus -- you don't want to miss it!

Paid Positions

A limited number of paid positions are available.  These are reserved for singers with strong experience as soloists with large ensembles. The St. Louis Symphony is a world-class orchestra; anyone selected as a paid singer should be able to perform as cover soloists at this level. The symphony performs mainly in the 2,700-seat acoustic of Powell Hall, without amplification. Paid singers must be strong enough to project over the orchestra. Paid singers also must have excellent musical skills, including sight reading, and must be available for all performances.

2017-2018 Repertoire

The chorus will participate in the following projects:

  • Beethoven, Missa Solemnis (David Robertson, conductor)
  • Vivaldi, Gloria (Nicholas McGegan, conductor)
  • Bernstein, Chichester Psalms (Bramwell Tovey, conductor)
  • Orff, Carmina Burana (Bramwell Tovey, conductor)
  • Rachmaninoff, The Bells (Hannu Lintu, conductor)
  • Verdi, Four Sacred Pieces (David Robertson, conductor)