The United States Army Band “Pershing’s Own,” the U.S. Army’s premier musical organization, announces a vacancy for BARITONE VOCALIST AND SOLOIST 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.
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.
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.
A high quality video recording of the following. Video materials should demonstrate applicant’s range, versatility, and strength as a featured soloist:
All application materials must be submitted electronically to the Auditions Coordinator, Sergeant First Class Tim Sutfin.
An audition repertoire packet will be sent to those selected and invited to a live audition.
Applicants with questions or concerns regarding the BARITONE VOCALIST AND SOLOIST vacancy may contact: Sergeant First Class Tim Sutfin.