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Vacancy - Low Bass Vocalist - The U.S. Army Chorus

LOW BASS VOCALIST, The U.S. Army Chorus

Application Deadline: January 08, 2018
Audition Date: March 13, 2018

The United States Army Band “Pershing’s Own,” the U.S. Army’s premier musical organization, announces a vacancy for LOW BASS VOCALIST with The U.S. Army Chorus.

In 1956, The U.S. Army Chorus was established as the vocal counterpart of The United States Army Band “Pershing’s Own,” and is one of the nation’s only professional men’s choruses. From its inception, The U.S. Army Chorus has established and maintained a reputation of excellence in the performance of male choral literature. Beyond the traditional military music and patriotic standards, the repertoire of the Army Chorus covers a broad spectrum which includes pop, Broadway, folk, and classical music.

The Army Chorus performs frequently at the White House, the Vice President’s Residence, the U.S. Capitol and the State Department. World leaders, such as former Presidents Nicolas Sarkozy of France, Lech Walesa of Poland, and Mikhail Gorbachev of the Soviet Union have been serenaded by the Army Chorus during state visits. In 2007, the group was featured at the State Dinner held in honor of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, and in 2008 at the State Arrival Ceremony for Pope Benedict XVI held on the south lawn of the White House.

Military benefits include medical and dental care; 30-days paid vacation each year; permanent assignment to Fort Myer, and educational benefits such as military Tuition Assistance and the Post 9/11 G.I. Bill.

All applicants must have U.S. citizenship due to a security clearance requirement. All invited applicants will be given instructions to coordinate pre-screening with their regional Military Entrance Processing Station to ensure they meet entrance requirements for enlistment in The U.S. Army prior to attending the live audition. Individuals who are offered the position following the live audition must enlist and begin Basic Combat Training prior to their 35th birthday.

AUDITION INFORMATION

Auditions will be held at Brucker Hall, home of The United States Army Band “Pershing’s Own” at 400 McNair Road, Fort Myer, Virginia 22211-1306.

Travel expenses for civilians will be paid for by The U.S. Army pending enlistment qualification and funding approval. Military personnel should refer to their respective units to request travel funding. The audition will include the performance of prepared excerpts and sight-reading.

TO APPLY FOR THE VACANCY PLEASE SUBMIT THE FOLLOWING ITEMS:

  • Resume including email address
  • Full-length photograph
  • Military applicants must include their Enlisted Records Brief, or equivalent, and a Commander’s letter of intent
  • An audio recording of the following:
    1. Two solo selections of your choice, in contrasting styles, demonstrating your range and versatility.
    2. An unaccompanied rendition of the first verse of “The Star-Spangled Banner” in the key of your choice.
    3. Wayfaring Stranger - first 21 measures (download)

PREFERRED APPLICATION FILE FORMATS:

  • PDF files for all documents including photos
  • audio files should be recorded at a high sampling rate and saved in a format with minimal compression to better enhance sound quality
  • if possible upload high quality audio files to a folder on Google Drive or Dropbox and share the link in your application email
  • save each excerpt as a separate file unless specified otherwise in the vacancy posting
  • ideally email all photos and documents as attachments in PDF format and then include the shared folder link to the audio files
  • no ZIP files

All application materials must be submitted by January 08, 2018 electronically to the Auditions Coordinator, Sergeant First Class Sean Chisham or to the address below:

Commander
The U.S. Army Band “Pershing’s Own”
Attn: Audition-LOW BASS VOCALIST
400 McNair Road
Ft. Myer, VA 22211-1306

REPERTOIRE

An audition repertoire packet will be sent to those selected and invited to a live audition.

FURTHER INFORMATION

Applicants with questions or concerns regarding the LOW BASS VOCALIST vacancy may contact: Sergeant First Class Sean Chisham or (703) 696-0206.