Vacancy - Tenor Vocalist - The U.S. Army Voices

TENOR VOCALIST, The U.S. Army Voices

AUDITION DATE: November 2, 2020

We will continue to closely monitor all developments related to COVID-19 and CDC guidelines. Audition dates are subject to change.

The United States Army Band “Pershing’s Own” announces a vacancy for TENOR VOCALIST with the U.S. Army Voices.

The U.S. Army Voices provide musical support to the nation’s leadership and entertain a wide variety of audiences with the full breadth of classical and popular music, from the intimate setting of a State Dinner, to the floor show of international military tattoos, and the grand stage of major concert halls around the world.

Selected for their musical versatility and showmanship, this well-blended group is the frontline vocal ensemble of the Concert Band and other large ensembles of Pershing’s Own. They frequently collaborate with a piano accompanist to present a variety of styles, from the most sublime classical vocal works to the most exciting Top 40 hits, as well as the most cherished melodies of Broadway and the Great American Songbook. Adept as soloists and ensemble performers, they constantly adapt their sound in all possible vocal combinations to fit the occasion. They can replicate the timeless sound of The Andrews Sisters and the fresh dissonance of Pentatonix one night, then reverently perform “The Star Spangled Banner” and other traditional patriotic show pieces the next.

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 Forever G.I. Bill.

Annual starting salary for Staff Sergeant is $64,412 without dependents; $67,472 with dependents.

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.


A bachelor’s degree in music is preferred as the position requires superior musicianship. This tenor will sing the highest male part-and the lowest alto part when needed-in mixed ensemble literature. Group members are often needed as soloists with the Concert Band, Army Strings, Army Blues and the Army Chorus.

Applicants must demonstrate strong, versatile abilities in the following areas:

  • Solo and ensemble performance
  • Sight reading
  • Proficiency in varied musical styles
  • Disciplined, self-directed preparation in learning and executing music quickly.


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.


  • Resume including email address describing solo and ensemble experience and education
  • Full-length photograph
  • Military applicants must also include their Enlisted Records Brief, or equivalent, a Commander’s letter of intent, and last 2 NCOERs if applicable
  • A high quality, unedited video recording of two musical selections, one from each category:

NOTE: Musical selections may include but are not limited to the following songs/artists.

1. One Legit or Belt Musical Theatre, suggested repertoire:

  • Legit/Crossover: “Maria” West Side Story/ “Anthem” Chess / “Bring Him Home” Les Misérables
  • Belt: “Comeback” Dogfight
  • Jazz/Character: “You’ll Be Back” Hamilton/ “Sit Down You’re Rockin’ the Boat” Guys and Dolls

2. One Contemporary selection, suggested repertoire:

  • Pop - Sting, Justin Timberlake, Bruno Mars, Stevie Wonder
  • Jazz - Michael Bublé, Mel Tormé, Nat “King” Cole
  • Country - Rascal Flatts, Dan + Shay, Thomas Rhett


  • PDF files for all documents including photos
  • Video recordings should be uploaded to YouTube using ‘unlisted’ links
  • Each selection should be uploaded as a separate video file
  • Either submit the unlisted link to each video, or the link to your full playlist containing all videos.
  • Ideally, email all photos and documents as attachments in PDF format and then include the link to the video files
  • no ZIP files

All application materials must be submitted electronically to the Auditions Coordinator, Sergeant First Class Timothy Sutfin.


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

Further Information

Applicants with questions or concerns regarding the TENOR VOCALIST vacancy may contact Sergeant First Class Timothy Sutfin.