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Rates for community choir accompanists

Greetings all!
Several years ago on this site there was a thread discussing rates for community chorus accompanists. Our chorale has just received the resignation of our long-time accompanist, and so we find ourselves needing to hire another. We are a community chorus founded in 1985. We sing with 50-60 singers each year, and perform a variety of repertoire. We perform a Christmas and a spring concert (two each time). Our former accompanist also served as the director of a small "pullout" ensemble from the larger chorale. This ensemble rehearsed one hour prior to each weekly rehearsal of the larger chorale. The newly hired person might or might not fill both spots, depending on their expertise and interest.
I'd love to hear what you think are the current going rates for well qualified accompanists! Thanks so much!
on June 5, 2014 5:40am
We are an auditioned 55-65 voice concert choir in the northwestern suburbs of Philadelphia.  We perform twice a year - once in the fall and once in the spring.  All classical repertoire meaing no pops/musical reveiws, etc.  Last fall we did Chichester Psalms.  The spring concert is always to a significant orchestra.  This year it is Elijah.  Last spring it was Bruckner's Mass in E Minor.  Spring before that was Bach Magnificat.  We require our accomapnist to be able to play everything, be able to read multiple staves and take sectional rehearsals.  We compensate the accompanist $135 per event.
David Spitko, Artistic Director
The Choristers
on June 6, 2014 4:55am
Our accompanist is on a salary. You might want to discuss that with them - tax purposes and all. Having a score of 1099's is often a pain. Also, if your director, office staff, and marketing/development folk are paid it might be just as easy.  Also, if your accompanist is also a director of an ensemble he/she should be listed as such and compensated separately from accompanying duties.
on June 6, 2014 7:45am
I can imagine it depends on where you are.  I accompanied a chamber choir of about 20 singers, a very good experience (tough but good).  I think I got $60/rehearsal and about $100/performance.  It wasn't a lot but I appreciated it and thought it was fair.
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