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 the inaugural season for our Music Director, Stéphane Denève. We work with Maestro Denève on a number of projects so this will be an exciting season for the chorus -- you don't want to miss it! Call the manager at 314-286-4108 or email if you have questions.

Next audition date will be Tuesday, February 18, 2020.

Please click on the date to sign-up for an audition slot.

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.

2019/2020 Repertoire

The chorus will participate in the following projects for the 2019-2020 season:

  • Mahler, Symphony No. 2 Resurrection (Stéphane Denève, conductor)
  • Mozart, Mass in C Minor (Masaaki Suzuki, conductor)
  • Beethoven, Symphony No. 9  (Stéphane Denève, conductor)
  • Berlioz, The Damnation of Faust  (Stéphane Denève, conductor)
  • Vaughan Williams, Dona nobis pacem  (Gemma New, conductor)