There are several ways that you can be involved with The Billings Symphony Orchestra and Chorale. We welcome your participation in one or more of the following opportunities and look forward to having you as part of our organization and our community.
2019 Audition Rep List 2019 Audition Application
Announcing auditions for the 2019-2020 season
Sunday, April 14, 2019
None available at this time.
Assistant Concertmaster (email email@example.com to audition)
Principal Harp – candidate must provide own harp
Section Flute/Piccolo – primarily second with obligation to piccolo*
Section Trumpet – rotating between 2nd and 3rd*
Substitutes in all sections
Gershwin’s American In Paris
Debussy’s Prelude to the Afternoon of a Faun
Stravinsky’s The Rite of Spring,
Mozart’s Symphony No. 35 and Requiem
Rachmaninoff’s Symphony No. 2
The Billings Symphony Orchestra and Chorale is a part time, per service orchestra. There are currently 40 services in 2019-2020 concert season. but the number of services offered to each player are determined by orchestration. *Wind rotation and part assignment is determined by the principal. See the audition application for schedule and instrumentation to determine the number of services per musician.
A travel stipend (.42/ mile up to $400 per concert or airfare reimbursement up to $400) and homestay lodging is also provided for out of town musicians. No per diem is provided. Musicians are responsible for their ground transportation while in Billings.
Tenured members are expected to perform all subscription concerts in a season for which there is need for their position. If there is a conflict, 1 concert per year will be excused for principal and 2 for section players. Substitutes are contracted on an annual basis.
Applicants (except for assistant concertmaster) should send the audition application to firstname.lastname@example.org as soon as possible and not later than Thursday, April 4, 2019. Audition slots are limited and may be closed before that date if full. Discounted hotel rates may be available – contact the BSO&C office for more information.
Tenured membership is available to both residents and non-residents of Billings. The Billings Symphony Orchestra is a professional orchestra and all musicians must successfully complete a double-blind (“behind the screen”) audition prior to engagement. Double-blind auditions are held with the auditionee performing behind a screen where s/he cannot see the audition committee and in the same fashion, the audition committee does not know her/his identity.
Please note: For assistant and section positions (i.e., all non-principal positions), preference will be given to qualified musicians living within 250 miles of Billings. The Assistant Concertmaster position is a principal level position. Qualified musicians are defined as musicians who have passed into the final round of auditions. Musicians seriously considering relocating to Billings should indicate this on their application. All information will be shared anonymously.
All auditions for tenured positions must take place in person. Tenured auditions are held behind the screen and may or may not have two rounds. Applicants must be authorized to work in the U.S.
If you are interested in a substitute-only audition you may elect to submit an online audition via YouTube link. Please note that acceptance to the Billings Symphony Orchestra’s Substitute and Extra list does not guarantee employment.
Thank you for your interest in the Billings Symphony Orchestra and Chorale!
The Billings Symphony Orchestra and Chorale is widely regarded as one of the finest orchestras in the region. Many different talents and skills are needed to provide management and support for this cultural treasure. The Billings Symphony Orchestra and Chorale is an equal opportunity employer.
The Billings Symphony Orchestra is a part-time per service professional orchestra offering tenured membership to its players. The Orchestra performs a six-concert subscription series, an annual Family concert, The Nutcracker, a free outdoor concert, several run-out concerts, chamber music concerts and educational outreaches.
Many of our musicians have moved to the area because of the beauty of the landscape, the quality of life, and the unique culture of our community. The Montana/Wyoming area offers many opportunities to professional musicians, including performance opportunities in several orchestras, extensive chamber music and Symphony outreach opportunities and many opportunities for private teaching. There is an especially strong need for bassoon, cello and bass private teachers in the area.About Living in Billings
Check back for dates and times of auditions. Audition are held at The Lincoln Center and are by appointment only. Please contact Candy email@example.com to schedule your audition.
Auditonees are required to perform one solo vocal literature (classical only), an complete a vocal range. An accompanist will be provided. Please bring 2 copies of the solo vocal material.
The Billings Symphony Chorale welcomes new singers. Rehearsals take place Monday evenings from 7-9 pm, and auditions are scheduled throughout the year. Contact the Billings Symphony office to schedule an audition.
Single Tickets and Tables are available (see below for details).
Live Auction Packages:
Benefits include: logo predominately displayed on everything that goes out for the event from start to finish. This includes save-the-date cards, spring playbill, slide before each concert, invitations, television, Billings Gazette ads, posters, and any additional advertising acquired leading up to event. At event, logo predominately displayed on all posters and signage throughout venue, recognition from stage, logo recognition in event
program, online & social media. Includes VIP Reserved table of 8 at Gala with name/logo recognition at table.
Benefits include: logo placement on stage, in event program, advertising, online & social media, recognition from stage. Includes VIP Reserved table of 8 at Gala with name/logo recognition at table
Benefits include: Logo placement on Bar, on drink tickets for guests, in advertising, online, social media & recognition from stage. Includes VIP Reserved table of 8 (4 for each sponsor) at Gala with name/logo
recognition at table.
Benefits include: logo/name predominately displayed in ballroom, recognition from stage, logo recognition in event program, advertising, online, & social media. Includes VIP Reserved table of 8 at Gala with name/logo
recognition at table.
Benefits include: Logo placement in centerpiece, in ballroom, online, social media, & recognition from stage. Includes 8 tickets to Gala.
Benefits include: Private lunch with Maestra Anne Harrigan, seating with Anne at Gala, recognition online, social media, & from stage. Includes 2 tickets to Gala. (lunch to be coordinated directly with Anne)
Benefits include: Logo placement on program, online, social media, & recognition from stage. Includes 2 tickets to Gala.
Benefits include: Logo placement on invitations, online, social media & recognition from stage.
Includes 2 tickets to Gala.
Recognition at table, in program & from stage, name recognition online. Includes 8 tickets to Gala.
Recognition at table, in program & from stage, name recognition online. Includes 4 tickets to Gala.
March 20, 2021 | 7:30 pm
Alberta Bair Theater
This lightly-staged production of Frank Loesser’s musical comedy tells of two young couples betting against the odds in Depression-era New York City. Full of heart and humor, this Broadway hit features classics such as Sue Me, Luck be a Lady, and Sit Down, You’re Rockin’ the Boat.
February 13, 2021 | 7:30 pm
Alberta Bair Theater
Rafael Aguirre guitar
Images by Michael Sample
Rodrigo Concierto de Aranjuez
Copland Appalachian Spring
Our salute to extraordinary places begins with celebrated guitarist Rafael Aguirre performing Rodrigo’s jewel for Spanish guitar, Concierto de Aranjuez, and ends with Copland’s quintessentially-American Appalachian Spring.
April 24, 2021 | 7:30 pm
Alberta Bair Theater
David Kim violin
Billings Youth Orchestra
Beethoven Violin Concerto
Mussorgsky Pictures at an
The BSOC’s season comes to a close with Mussorgsky’s Pictures at an Exhibition, showcasing the brilliant colors of the orchestra. Philadelphia Orchestra concertmaster David Kim takes the stage to perform Beethoven’s revolutionary Violin Concerto.
“clear, free flying and of exciting timbre” “thrilling…exquisite…with gorgeous top notes.” These are but two critic descriptions of coloratura Diane Penning’s voice.
Equally at home in classical repertoire and pops, Diane has performed with over thirty orchestras around the country in programs of each genre. Symphony appearances include concerts with the Arkansas, the Dayton Philharmonic, Calgary Philharmonic, Elgin, Firelands, Grand Rapids, and Grant Park Music Festival Symphonies; the Greensboro and Interlochen Arts Academy Symphonies; the Las Cruces, Mobile, Ocean City Pops, Pensacola, Phoenix, Pueblo, Rockford, Tacoma, Traverse and West Michigan Symphonies as well as others.
Her musical theatre credits include Cunegonde in Candide, Marian in The Music Man, Amalia in She Loves Me, and Maria in the concert version of West Side Story as well as “the grouch” in Robert Kapilow’s Green Eggs & Ham. Diane’s work in oratorio includes David Fanshaw’s African Sanctus, Bach’s Bm Mass and Christmas Oratorio; Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony and Mass in C minor; Fauré’s Requiem; Handel’s Messiah; Haydn’s Creation, Harmonie Messe and Lord Nelson Mass; Mozart’s Requiem and Coronation Mass; Orff’s Carmina Burana; Poulenc’s Gloria; Rutter’s Magnificat and Requiem, and Vaughan Williams’ Dona Nobis Pacem, with such organizations as the Apollo Chorus in Chicago’s Orchestra Hall and the Kalamazoo Bach Festival. Her opera roles include Adele in Die Fledermaus, Frasquita in Carmen, Musetta in La Bohéme, Lola in Cavalleria Rusticana, Pamina, Papagena and Queen of the Night in The Magic Flute. Diane’s professional recordings include Phantom Phantasy with the Grand Rapids Symphony; Christmas Festival with the Czek National Orchestra; Simply Gershwin with pianist Paul Bisaccia; Everything Under the Sun with pianist Rich Ridenour and Sacred Space with Composer/Performer Nicholas Palmer.
Here are a few examples of what you will here:
Growing up right here in Billings, MT, Mark Soueidi began his trombone studies early on with BSO Trombonist, Larry Lynam, and former BSO Principal Trombonist, the late Jim Robertson. After graduating from Billings Senior High in 1990, Mark continued his studies with Lance Boyd at the University of Montana, earning his Bachelor of Music in Trombone Performance. His professional experiences began early on in Montana with performances with the Billings, Bozeman, and Glacier Symphony Orchestras, including a four-year appointment with the Missoula Symphony Orchestra. Mark continued his studies at Northwestern University with Chicago Symphony Orchestra trombonists, Frank Crisafulli and Michael Mulcahy, earning his Masters in Music. He is currently pursuing a Doctorate of Music at Indiana University.
Mark enjoys making his way home each summer to teach and work at the Red Lodge Music Festival, under the direction of Billings West High teacher and BSO Bass Trombonist, Steve Patton. When Mark’s not spending time with his family, he can be found cycling or “teaching” bicycles in the bike shop. His passion for bicycles included leadership positions in both the non-profit group, TrailNet, and the Billings Chamber of Commerce, where he helped to further develop an effective bicycle infrastructure in the Billings community.
Trombone Concerto in C
Nino Rota (1911-1979) Composed his Trombone Concerto in 1966. It first premiered in 1969 at the Conservatorio di Musica in Milano, Italy. It was performed by Bruno Ferrari. It will be performed by Billings Symphony Orchestra trombonist, Mark Soueidi.
Mussorgsky’s Night on Bald Mountain
Night on Bald Mountain was written by Modest Mussorgsky (1839-1881.) He wanted to paint a musical picture of the events of St. John’s Eve ( the celebration of the birth of Saint John the Baptist) on Bald Mountain (a hill in Poland known as a place for Pagan rituals to be held.) It is one of the first tone poems by a Russian composer. His mentor, Mily Balakrev, refused to play it. It was never played during Mussorgsky’s lifetime. It wasn’t until 5 years after his death did his friend Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov publish his own arrangement of Night on Bald Mountain. This is the popular version most played today.
Night on Bald Mountain:
Dukas’s Sorcerer’s Apprentice
The Sorcerer’s Apprentice was written in 1897 by French composer Paul Dukas (1865-1935.) It was inspired by the 1797 poem by Wolfgang Von Goethe of the same name. It is a story of an old wizard who leaves his young apprentice to clean up his mess. The apprentice, deciding he doesn’t want to do the work, enlists the help of an enchanted broom. It soon becomes apparent the apprentice cannot control the wizards magic and things quickly spiral out of control. Eventually the wizard returns and takes over the magic. The apprentice must then do all the chores himself, under the disapproving eye of the old wizard.
Respighi’s Pines of Rome
Composer, violinist, and musicologist Ottorino Respighi (1879-1934) wrote Pines of Rome in 1924. It was first performed on December 14, 1924 at the Augusto Theatre in Rome. It is the second of three pieces composed about the city of Rome. Pines of Rome, as the name suggests, tell about the pine trees around Rome and how they look at different times of the day.
Pines of Rome:
Born in Rostov-on-Don, Sergey Pospelov is a graduate of the Moscow Conservatory studying under Eduard Grach (2014). He won the 1st David Oistrakh International Violin Competition in Moscow (2006), the 41st Concertino Praga International Competition for Young Musicians (2007), the 15th Alberto Curci International Violin Competition in Naples (2008), and the 6th Abram Yampolsky Competition in Moscow (2012). He performs regularly in Russian cities, as well as in Italy, France, Poland, Israel, China, and Japan. He collaborates with the Novaya Rossiya Symphony Orchestra, the Moscow Philharmonic Symphony Orchestra, and the Svetlanov Symphony Orchestra among others.
Tchaikovsky’s Violin Concerto in D Major
Tchaikovsky’s Violin Concerto in D Major was written while Tchaikovsky was on vacation at Lake Geneva. The concerto only took a month to compose. He was joined by his pupil (and lover) Iosif Kotek. Together they played and composed. Moreover, they played Édouardo Lalo’s Symphonie espagnole. They fell in love with the beautiful melodies and the overall lightness of the piece. It was a stark contrast to the darkness of the piano concerto he was previously working on.
Tchaikovsky wanted to dedicate his violin concerto to Kotek but he was afraid of the gossip that would surround them. He decided to dedicate it to Leopold Auer . However despite already having the premiere scheduled and the copy published, Auer refused to play it. He didn’t think it was good enough and didn’t want to hurt his career. Tchaikovsky had to postpone the premiere until he could find another soloist. That soloist was Adolph Brodsky who performed Tchaikovsky’s Violin Concerto in D Major for the first time on December 4, 1881 in Vienna.
It has become known as one of the most important violin works in the history of Romantic music.
Allegro moderato (D major)
Canzonetta: Andante (G minor)
Finale: Allegro vivacissimo (D major)
Hailed by the Houston Chronicle as a composer whose music reflects a charging, churning celebration of the musical and cultural energy of modern-day America, Cindy McTee brings to the world of concert music a fresh and imaginative voice. cindymctee.com
Zoltán Kodály: Dances of Marosszék
Zoltán Kodály (1882-1967) is the inventor of the Kodály System of Musical Education and the composer of Dances of Marossék. He began working on it in 1923. he put it aside to work on Psalms hungaricus. He picked it up again and finished it in 1927. It was initially written for the piano, which surprised those who knew him because he played the cello and was not known for his piano playing abilities. Dances of Marossék is based on Hungarian folk songs that originated in the Székeley province of Hungary.