Principal Singer positions are available by audition to outstanding choral singers with professional training and choral experience. While some Principal Singers are also soloists, all must excel in ensemble singing and be able to blend with a choir.
Eligibility: A Principal Singer is expected to have
· A four-year degree in music, preferably in voice
· Exceptional sight-reading skills
· A broad knowledge of historical styles
· Experience singing in Latin and German
· A commitment to choral excellence
· There is no age limitation for Principal Singers
Principal Singers are expected to come to each rehearsal fully prepared to lead the volunteer singers by example. They also advise the conductor of musical passages – especially in their own section – that require more attention. They sing in all performances of the Bach Society Chorus, including extra run-out concerts.
Funding: Principal Singers are paid a minimum of $30 per service, including rehearsals, concerts and run-out performances. They are asked to volunteer only for exceptional situations. Paychecks are due monthly, usually 15 days after the end of each month, beginning in October. Principal Singers are engaged as independent contractors.
Auditions: The regular Chorus audition is expanded to fifteen minutes to include three selections; one each in English, German and Latin (or Italian). Selections should demonstrate the applicant's range, timbre, flexibility, diction, expressiveness and stage presence. An accompanist will be available.
Returning singers are required to sing only one selection.
Evaluation: Applicants will be judged on vocal quality, musicianship and sight-reading. A letter of reference (usually from a voice teacher or choral director) will be required that includes a professional evaluation of the applicant's musicianship, leadership abilities, dependability and vocal potential.
Application: To apply, call the Bach Society Office, (314) 652-BACH. The audition information sheet can be downloaded from this website and completed prior to the audition.