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.

Update on the 2020-2021 Auditions

In light of the COVID-19 virus and continuing quarantine of state and federal governments, we will no longer be holding live auditions for tenured positions on April 24, 2020. The Billings Symphony Orchestra will be offering full-season substitute contracts to any applicant who successfully completes an online-only audition. The adjusted audition process includes the completion of the online application, submitting a video audition via YouTube, and approval from the audition committee.
2020-2021 Audition Rep List

Audition Application

Audition packets will be sent following the submission of the online application. All recordings should be a single-continuous video with zero edits and include all the excerpts as provided in the audition packet. An auditionee may choose to perform any excerpts listed as optional, but these are not required in the recording. Video auditions should be uploaded to YouTube and the link of the video must be sent to production@billingssymphony.org. The deadline for video audition submission is June 1, 2020.  Applicants will be notified of the audition committees’ decision as of July 1, 2020.

Please direct any questions to the Manager of Artistic Operations at production@billingssymphony.org.

 

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.

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.