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Announcing an immediate vacancy for:

Clarinet

Announcing an immediate vacancy for:

Clarinet

Preliminary recordings due: February 13th, 2023
Electronic submission must be received by: 11:59 PM EST
Live round: May 8th, 2023
Applicants invited to live round will receive paid airfare, lodging, and food stipend provided by U.S. Army (pending approval for military service)

Salary & Benefits

- Annual salary $77,732 - $88,480 upon promotion to Staff Sergeant (accelerated promotion via Army Civilian Acquired Skills Program)
- Full military benefits (medical/dental/retirement plans)
- 30 days paid vacation yearly
- Post 9/11 GI Bill and Tuition Assistance
- Stabilized duty assignment at the U.S. Military Academy in West Point, New York

Application packets

Audition packets must include a resume with date of birth, cover letter, and high-quality audio recordings no more than six months old with the following music in this order (separate files for each excerpt preferred):

  • Mozart: Clarinet Concerto in A Major, K. 622 - Exposition
  • The Official West Point March - opening to end of first strain (first note of 2nd ending, without repeats/1st ending); measure 52 of Trio to the end
  • Coleridge-Taylor: Clarinet Quintet - Mvt. 2, opening to 5th measure of N
  • Gershwin: Rhapsody in Blue - opening clarinet solo (first 16 measures)
  • Additional excerpts on Bb/A clarinet or auxiliary clarinets that showcase musical expertise
  • Excerpts on additional instruments and/or voice to showcase doubling abilities, if applicable.

    Recording should not exceed 30 minutes total.
Download Excerpt Packet

Live round excerpts will be sent to selected candidates via email.

Your resume should include education, performance/work/teaching experience, and references.

Your cover letter should augment your resume, describing what additional skills you bring to the position beyond playing clarinet. This might include skills in arts administration, arranging, audio mixing/engineering, other instrument/vocal proficiencies, marketing, computer skills (graphics/video editing/Microsoft Office/other), etc.

Your completed application can be submitted via the form at the bottom of this page.

Job Description

The West Point Band is a U.S. Army premier band whose main duty is to perform for local, national, and international audiences in support of the West Point community, the U.S. Military Academy, and the U.S. Army.

Section Clarinet in the concert and marching bands of the West Point Band.

Perform with chamber ensembles that range in musical genre.

Secondary duties related to the day-to-day functioning of the West Point Band will be assigned based on experience, knowledge, interest, and/or needs of the unit.

Questions about this job listing or music list should be directed to Sergeant First Class Kristen Mather de Andrade: kristen.matherdeadrade@westpoint.edu

Qualifications

Professional performance level; Bachelor of Music degree or higher preferred (not required). Ability to meet Army initial entry requirements and maintain a professional appearance. The hired candidate will be required to march in ceremonial formations and stand for prolonged periods of time. Must be a U.S. citizen or other qualified resident. Position requires at least a four-year service contract; candidate will be informed of acceptance prior to enlistment.

Upon accepting employment with the West Point Band, the hired candidate will be required to complete Army Basic Training.

Military Personnel

Military personnel must also submit their Soldier Record Brief (or equivalent) without photo, three years of performance evaluation reports, and a Commander’s Intent to Release memo.

Electronic Submission

  • Submit your application by filling out the form below and uploading the necessary documents and/or files.
  • Only high-quality sound recordings will be accepted and evaluated.
  • Separating files for each excerpt is permitted and preferred.
  • Upon submitting your application, you will receive a confirmation email sent to the email you have provided.

If you encounter any issues submitting your application, please email: bandauditions@westpoint.edu