Auditions

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.

Announcing auditions for the 2019-2020 season
Sunday, April 14, 2019
2019 Audition Rep List
2019 Application

Job Postings:

None available at this time.

Openings in:

Assistant Concertmaster (email personnel@billingssymphony.org to audition)
Principal Bassoon
Principal Percussion
Principal Tuba
Principal Harp – candidate must provide own harp
Section Flute/Piccolo – primarily second with obligation to piccolo*
Section Trumpet – rotating between 2nd and 3rd*
Section Violin
Section Cello
Section Bass
Substitutes in all sections

2019-2020 Repertoire Includes:

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.

Per service rates for 2019-2020 are as follows:

  • Principal and Assistant Concertmaster $80/service
  • Non-string section $64/service
  • Section string $56/service
  • Intern (high school) $40/service

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.

 

Audition procedure

Applicants (except for assistant concertmaster) should send the audition application to auditions@billingssymphony.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!

About the Billings Symphony Orchestra

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.

Move to Montana!

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

Chorale Auditions

Check back for dates and times of auditions. Audition are held at The Lincoln Center and are by appointment only. Please contact Candy candy@billingssymphony.org 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.

 

 

 

International Spy Gala

Break out your poodle skirts & saddle shoes & join us at the hop, for our Annual Gala, The Fabulous 50’s!

Start the night with cocktail hour in Bernie’s, the Northern Hotel’s authentic 1950’s diner. Then head upstairs to the Grand Ballroom for a 50’s inspired formal dinner followed by dancing with music provided by the Midlife Chryslers!

Single Tickets and Tables are available (see below for details).

Help us continue to enrich lives through music by purchasing your tickets today!
The BSO&C performs over 90 outreaches each year benefiting our community. These outreaches  include nursing home and school visits, community programs to lower income areas, and so much more!
Thank you for your continued support and unyielding generosity!
For more information about becoming a sponsor, please contact Sandy Contesano at 406-294-3713 or sandy@billingssymphony.org

 

Live Auction Packages:

 

Sponsor Opportunities:

$10,000 (can be shared, $5,000 each)

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.

$3,500 ( 2 available)

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

$3,500 (can be shared $1,750)

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.

$2,500

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.

$2,500

Benefits include: Logo placement in centerpiece, in ballroom, online, social media, & recognition from stage. Includes 8 tickets to Gala.

$1,750

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)

$1,000

Benefits include: Logo placement on program, online, social media, & recognition from stage. Includes 2 tickets to Gala.

$750

Benefits include: Logo placement on invitations, online, social media & recognition from stage.
Includes 2 tickets to Gala.

Table Sponsorship Options:


$1,500

Recognition at table, in program & from stage, name recognition online. Includes 8 tickets to Gala.


$750

Recognition at table, in program & from stage, name recognition online. Includes 4 tickets to Gala.

 

 

Family Concert, Adventures in Music Day

Single tickets on sale NOW!


Join us at the Alberta Bair Theater Saturday, January 19 at 12 p.m. for our annual Family Concert: Symphony in the Wild! You’ll hear some of your favorite animal themed music and see special visitors from ZooMontana.

Tickets are $6.50, general seating.

Ever want to test out a trombone? Beat on a drum or pluck on a bass? Adventures in Music Day and the Instrument Petting Zoo is the perfect opportunity to try them out. This event is FREE to the public! Thanks to Eckroth Music, Hansen Music, Kirk’s House of Music,  Billings Public Library, and Galt String Gallery for making this day possible!

9-11:30 a.m. | Billings Public Library
Listen and watch musical workshops by members of the Billings Symphony. Try out instruments provided by local music stores.

12-1 p.m. | Family Concert: 
Alberta Bair Theater
The BSO&C presents our annual family concerts. Tickets are $6.50.

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Holiday Tour of Homes

We wish you a very merry holiday season filled with the wonder and joy that is reflected in the homes on our tour.

We at the Billings Symphony Orchestra and Chorale are delighted to host our annual Holiday Tour of Homes! We hope this holiday tradition helps get you in the spirit of the season. Join your friends and neighbors to see holiday decorations in beautiful homes around our community and listen to wonderful music.

Tickets can be purchased by calling 252-3610,
through this web page, or at these fine businesses: all
Gainan’s locations, The Base Camp,  First Montana Title,
Cricket Clothing Co., Wetzel’s Quality Cleaners, &
Berkshire Hathaway Home Sevices/ Floberg Real Estate.

 

Homes on the Tour this year:

1. Eisenbarth Home: 2222 Virginia Lane:

This home began as a vision of its owners. It has a Mediterranean/Tuscan style
throughout. The owners were inspired by the original home design which they enhanced with a major expansion. Their Christmas decor compliments the architecture with a very traditional holiday style. It touts four Christmas trees in various rooms and Santa’s a-plenty. Guests will be able to tour both the main house and guest house.

2. Eisenbarth Home: 2220 Virginia Lane:

The guest house sits next door to 2222 Virginia Lane on the same property. It is truly a home all of its own in both size and stature. You’ll
enjoy walking through and seeing the
comparisons and contrasts between the two homes in both design and decor. Where the main house gives you a feeling of upscale
tradition, the guest house will show you a
modern flair. You won’t want to miss these
special residences.

3. Gainan’s Holiday Dream Home: 1603 Grand:

Gainan’s is debuting the first holiday season at their Midtown location. Get ready to be inspired for your holiday decor plans. Weave your way through the forest of trees and throughout the store to see the beauty of the holidays in a variety of settings. Don’t forget to bring your Holiday Tour of Homes ticket in with you for your 15% discount.

4. Avenue C Apartments: 1607 17th St. West:

You will not want to miss this stop on the tour…for many reasons. Avenue C is a tour all on its own. Start out through the main doors with the sights and sounds of Christmas welcoming you in. If the weather allows, take a stroll around the holiday lights surrounding the courtyard pool before you head upstairs. Then enjoy walking through the fully decorated model home on the 3rd floor. Next, join our Billings Symphony volunteers ready to serve you holiday drinks and snacks on the 4th floor in the Sports Lounge. Come see the new Modern Montana at Avenue C.

5. Anderson Home: 3375 Gregory Drive W.

This Tuscan inspired home was the 2006 Parade People’s Choice winner. One step inside you will see why! The homeowners compliment the design of the home with traditional holiday
décor. Enjoy the abundance of holiday trees complete with lots of Santas, garlands, and lights.

6. Royer Home: 2613 Westfield Dr.:

Though this home was just built in 2007 you will love walking down memory lane with their holiday decor. The family’s Christmas Tree is a beautiful reminder of holidays past as it is
decorated with antique ornaments collected from prior generations. Be mesmerized by the vintage feel of decorations throughout the home. The family loves their traditional decor,
equally matched by its Montana roots and rustic charm.

7. Stanaway Home: 6144 Masters Blvd.:

Nestled in the beautiful neighborhood
overlooking the back side of Yellowstone
Country Club, this home is fairly new; however, the Stanaway’s holiday decor is meant to take you back in time with traditional reds & greens,
Santas and snowflakes.