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St. Louis 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 openings in the St. Louis Symphony Chorus for qualified singers to perform with the orchestra and chorus and work with distinguished, internationally-known conductors. This will be an exciting season for the chorus -- you don't want to miss it! We will gladly hear your audition at a mutually agreed upon date/time. Call the manager at 314-286-4108 or email susanp@slso.org to arrange an audition. 

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 Orchestra is a world-class orchestra; anyone selected as a paid singer should be able to perform as cover soloists at this level. The SLSO 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.

2018/2019 Repertoire

The chorus will participate in the following projects:

  • Haydn, The Creation (Nicholas McGegan, conductor)
  • Handel, Messiah (Matthew Halls, conductor)
  • Vaughan Williams,Serenade to Music (Stéphane Denève, conductor)
  • Prokofiev, Alexander Nevsky (Stéphane Denève, conductor)
  • Brahms, A German Requiem (Nathalie Stutzmann, conductor)
  • Bernstein, Symphony No. 3, "Kaddish" (Leonard Slatkin, conductor)