Careers/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.

Auditions for the 2020-2021 season will take place in September or October, 2020 (date tba). We will update this page as information becomes available
2020-2021 Audition Rep List
2020-2021 Audition Applications

 

Job Postings:

None available at this time.

Openings in:

Assistant Concertmaster
Principal Percussion
Assistant Principal Bass
Principal Harp
Section Horn (primarily 3rd Horn)
Section Strings
String Interns
Substitutes in all sections (online auditions only)

2020-2021 Repertoire Includes:

Beethoven Symphony No. 9
Saint-Saens Symphony No. 3
Handel Messiah
Mozart Symphony No. 40
Copland Appalachian Spring
Guys and Dolls
Mussorgsky Pictures at an Exhibition

The Billings Symphony Orchestra and Chorale is a part-time, per-service orchestra.  There are currently 10 concerts with 43 services in the 2020-2021 concert season but the number of services offered to each player is 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 2020-2021 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 a need for their position.  If there is a conflict, 2 concerts per year will be excused for principal and 3 for non-principal players.

Audition Procedure

Applicants should complete the online Audition Application as soon as possible and no later than Sunday, September 13, 2020. 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.

An optional prescreening video (YouTube link) or audio audition may be submitted in place of a preliminary on-site audition. Please send the optional prescreening to production@billingssymphony.org. Applicants will be notified of the audition committees’ decision within 10 days of their submission. Following a successful audition, applicants will be invited for the final-live rounds. The deadline for optional prescreening is Sunday, August 30, 2020, by 5:00 PM mountain time.

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 they cannot see the audition committee and in the same fashion, the audition committee does not know their identity.

All auditions for tenured positions must take place in person. Tenured auditions are held behind the screen and may or may not have multiple rounds. Applicants must be authorized to work in the U.S.

If you are interested in a substitute-only audition you must submit an audio or videotape (via YouTube) with the Sub Audition Application. Following the submission of your application, please send the YouTube link or audio file to production@billingssymphony.org. Please note that acceptance to the Billings Symphony Orchestra’s Substitute list does not guarantee employment.

In-person auditions will be held at Montana State University – Billings Campus.

Thank you for your interest in the Billings Symphony Orchestra and Chorale!

 

The Dude Rancher Lodge is offering discounted rates for those auditioning for the BSO&C. Please be sure to mention you are in town to audition.
Call 406-545-0121.

 

 

 

 

 

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

Special auditions for the 2019-2020 season are Monday, November 25. Auditions are held at The Lincoln Center and are by appointment only. Please email auditions@billingssymphony.org to schedule your audition.

Vocalists 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.