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Vacancy - Viola - The U.S. Army Strings

VIOLA, The U.S. Army Strings

Application Deadline: December 2, 2019
Audition Date: February 26, 2020

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

The U.S. Army Strings, a premier ensemble of the U.S. Armed Forces, provide a musical backdrop for many of the country’s most notable events. Their mission is to serve as musical ambassadors for high-level military and government events at home and abroad, as well as in concert for public audiences. The elite musicians that comprise this ensemble have been trained at the most prestigious music conservatories and universities in the country. This versatile ensemble performs as The U.S. Army Strolling Strings, mixed chamber ensembles, and The U.S. Army Orchestra.

The U.S. Army Strolling Strings are one of the most requested musical ensembles by our nation’s military leadership. Since its inception during the Eisenhower administration, the group has provided musical entertainment at the White House for every president. Missions include performing for the Department of Defense, the U.S. Capitol, the Supreme Court, kings, queens, and heads of state from countries worldwide. The Strolling Strings offer audiences the unique perspective of being amongst the musicians who elegantly move about the venue playing their instruments. The Strolling Strings offer a wide array of memorized repertoire, including patriotic, classical, international, jazz, Broadway, bluegrass, and exclusive music arrangements for special guests and events.

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 $62,065 without dependents; $66,925 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.

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:

  • One-page resume
  • 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 audio recording of the following selections:
    1. The exposition from the First Movement of a standard viola concerto, with or without piano accompaniment
    2. Berlioz- Roman Carnival Overture, Pickup to eight measures before Rehearsal 2 through beat two of Rehearsal 4
    3. Mendelssohn- Scherzo from A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Rehearsal B through the downbeat of Rehearsal D
    4. Strauss- Don Juan, Pickup to two measure before Rehearsal A through the downbeat of Rehearsal D

Download Application Music

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 December 2, 2019 electronically to the Auditions Coordinator, Sergeant First Class Timothy Sutfin

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 VIOLA vacancy may contact: Sergeant First Class Timothy Sutfin.