Principal Accompanist

Reporting to the Artistic Director (AD), the Principal Accompanist is a part-time “as-needed” role that provides piano accompaniment for rehearsals, season performances, and additional events. The Principal Accompanist also provides support and artistic partnership to the AD, in addition to other administrative tasks to assist in the rehearsal and creative process.

Additional responsibilities may include running rehearsals in the AD’s absence, leading sectional rehearsals, preparing rehearsal recordings, assisting with choral or instrumental arrangements, and taking the lead with additional instrumentalists utilized in performances.

As a member of the South Coast Chorale artistic staff, the Principal Accompanist is expected to demonstrate a commitment to the organization’s mission, vision, and values.

Individuality is celebrated at the South Coast Chorale, and the Principal Accompanist should have a well-rounded set of musical and non-musical competencies that bring a unique perspective to the organization.

Minimum qualifications:

  • Self-driven – get things done and meet deadlines without regular oversight.
  • People person – find joy in collaboration and working with others.
  • Tech savvy – proficient in standard computer programs and electronic communication tools.
  • Passionate – understand, embody, and demonstrate a passion for the basic principles of diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) which help drive the Chorale’s mission, vision, values, and Harmony and Belonging initiatives.
  • Ambitious – willingness to continue learning and growing as an accompanist & performer.
  • Patient – understanding towards all levels of musical skills, abilities, and experiences.
  • Inspirational – engage others and encourage participation through a shared vision.
  • Clear communicator – speak, listen, and write in a clear, thorough, and timely manner.
  • Professional – model ethical behavior, tact, and courtesy.
  • Creative and flexible – able to think and work outside of the box in presenting unique performances and musical themes.
  • Enthusiasm and humor – also crucial and appreciated!

    Desirable qualifications:

  • Advanced piano skills in accompanying and performance
  • Ability to play in various styles, tempos, and rhythms, including syncopated jazz, rock, pop, etc.
  • Ability to sight read advanced musical scores
  • Ability to play four part choral staves & parts
  • Ability to transpose music on the fly
  • Ability to transcribe and arrange choral and instrumental music
  • Reliable transportation around the greater Southern California area

    The South Coast Chorale requires employees to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19. Please see our current health & safety protocols by visiting

    Accompany all Chorale rehearsals, including:

  • Regular weekly rehearsals (currently Mondays from 7:00-9:30pm)
  • 3-4 Saturday rehearsals each season
  • 2-4 soloist or Guest Artist rehearsals in preparation for each concert
  • Orchestra/Band rehearsals
  • Dress and Tech rehearsals
  • Accompany and lead sectional rehearsals, as needed
  • Provide accompaniment for auditions (twice each season)

    Accompany Chorale performances

  • Three season concerts – typically Fall/Winter, Spring and early Summer
  • Up to three performances and one dress rehearsal per concert.
  • Additional community and event performances, as scheduled

    Artistic Assistance & Consultation

  • Meet and consult with the AD, as needed
  • Assist with concert theme ideas and music selection
  • Prepare rehearsal recordings, as needed for all vocal parts
  • Provide choral or instrumental arrangements, as able
  • Take a lead role with additional instrumentalists in performances

    Part-time, “as-needed” hourly employee with an estimated 5 hours per week (3 hours chorale rehearsal and 2 hours personal rehearsal/prep time).
    Benefits: No health insurance provided. Paid sick time available.
    Pay: $30/hr, plus a $50/month home office allowance (*conditions apply).

    Email a resume and a brief statement describing why you should be selected for this position to Applications are due by Friday, September 2, 2022.

    Phase 1
    Application Review

    Phase 2
    Virtual Interview
    September 6 – September 9, 2022

    Phase 3
    In-person audition

  • Prepare a song of your choice
  • Sight read a selection
  • Accompany SCC in rehearsal
    Mid-September, 2022
  • For audition information, please visit