The Bach Society of Saint Louis Principal Singers

Principal Singer positions are available by audition to outstanding choral singers with degrees in music, professional training and extensive choral experience. While some Principal Singers may serve as soloists, all must excel in ensemble singing and be able to blend with the chorus.

Eligibility: A Principal Singer has…

– A four-year degree in music, preferably in voice
– Exceptional sight-reading skills and musicianship
– A broad knowledge of historical styles and extensive choral singing experience
– Ease in singing in both Latin and German


Principal Singers are expected to come to each rehearsal fully prepared to serve as section leaders within the chorus and may advise the conductor of musical passages that require more attention. They sing in all performances throughout the concert season.


Principal Singers are paid $45 per service. “Services” include weekly and dress rehearsals, concerts and extra educational or community engagement performances. They are asked to volunteer only in exceptional situations. Principal Singers are engaged as independent contractors, and payment is distributed early in the month subsequent to a month’s service.