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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 remaining 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

The next auditions for Symphony Chorus will be held on the evenings of August 29, 31, and September 5 at Powell Hall. 

Online Sign-up Procedure

On August 1, online sign-up opportunities will become available. When you click on the preferred date, you will be taken to “Sign-up Genius”. Click on the slot, add your voice type, create an account with your name and email address if you wish. If nothing convenient remains for that particular day, return to this page and click another. You can click the check box to have an iCalendar file sent to add to your online calendar. You will be sent a reminder email two days prior to your selected audition date.

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)