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

Audition Dates

Los Angeles: October 29, 2022

New York: November 5 and 6, 2022

Houston: November 11, 2022

Charleston: November 12, 2022

Cincinnati: November 19, 2022

Applicants unable to attend live auditions may request to submit a recorded audition. Requests should be submitted through the 2023 Spoleto Festival USA Chorus Application.


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Applications for the 2023 Spoleto Festival USA Chorus are now closed. Information regarding the 2024 season will be posted in August 2023.

Live Audition Requirements:

Applicants will prepare three contrasting pieces in at least two languages, one of which must be English. At least one selection must be an aria from an opera or oratorio. Sight reading will be asked at the audition.


If you have any questions, please contact Edward Kass at [email protected].