The U.S. Navy Band has announced a harp audition for a full–time harpist in their ensemble. The position is open to harpists ages 18–39 who are fully qualified for U.S. military service. Based in Washington DC, the harpist selected for this job will perform with the concert and ceremonial band, rotating between duties with the two ensembles. The starting salary for new members of the U.S. Navy Band is $64,412–$67,472, and includes 30 days paid leave annually and full benefits for members and dependents. U.S. Navy musicians may also be eligible for a $10,000 enlistment bonus and the Student Loan Repayment Program. To be considered for the live audition, harpists must send a resume and a preliminary audio recording of two contrasting solos, plus excerpts from Debussy’s Danse sacrée et profane, Chabrier’s España, and the overture from Verdi’s Forza del Destino by August 30. The live audition will be scheduled by appointment following the recording round.
The position was previously held by Emily Dickson, who joined the ensemble in 1998 after graduating from the University of North Texas. Throughout her tenure with the band, she appeared as a national concert tour soloist and performed at the White House, vice presidential quarters, state department, Pentagon, and the chief of naval operations’ quarters.
To view the excerpt packet and find out more about the position, visit navyband.navy.mil/auditions.html.