Chorus Auditions

Chorus Auditions
Each summer, Spoleto Festival USA selects singers through nationwide auditions to form the Spoleto Festival USA Chorus led by Director of Choral Activities, Joe Miller. Vocal fellows perform major choral works; serve as the choir for Spoleto’s mainstage operas, with select singers performing small roles; and take part in special projects, such as Music in Time and small ensemble concerts. To meet the broad needs of the Festival, vocal fellows will be asked to draw on versatile skillsets including choral background, opera and other stage experience, and (as needed) knowledge of diverse genres. In 2022, members of the Festival Chorus performed in a chamber work by Nico Muhly, a large-format choir concert, as the feature of the Lift Every Voice program, as the chorus of La bohème, and in the world premiere of the opera Omar. Programming specifics for the 2023 Festival will be available early in that year.

Fellows receive:

  • A weekly salary of $600
  • A travel assistance stipend of $250-$350 (depending on departure location)
  • A housing assistance stipend OR free housing in dorms at the College of Charleston
  • A Festival access badge for attending other eligible events and performances at the Festival

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Click HERE to apply.
Application deadline: September 30, 2022

Pre-screening requirements:

  • Applicants will submit links to videos of 2 contrasting works.
    • One selection should be in English and one selection should be in a language that is not English.
    • At least one selection should be an aria from an opera or oratorio.
  • OPTIONAL: you may additionally provide a third selection that represents a musical style or genre outside of your previous selections that is a part of your performance practice.

Links may be to YouTube videos (public or unlisted), Dropbox, Google Drive, or a similar filesharing service. Please label all videos with your full name and voice type before uploading and ensure that sharing permissions are set to allow anyone with the link to view them.

Fellows must be able to reside in Charleston, SC for the duration of the Festival and rehearsal period (usually early May through mid-June). Releases may be considered on an extremely limited basis, but no releases are possible during the rehearsal period before opening or if they conflict with any performance.

All fellows must be authorized for work in the US prior to April 1, 2023. Foreign nationals holding a student visa (F-1) may apply for the fellowship if they can obtain work authorization through Curricular Practical Training (CPT) authorized through a domestic college or university. Optional Practical Training (OPT) status will also be accepted if it is approved no later than April 1, 2023. Note that the timeline for applying to OPT when graduating in spring of 2023 is not usually feasible for the dates of the Festival due to long processing times at most USCIS locations.

If you have any questions, please contact Philip Snyder at [email protected]