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2nd Bass

Danish National Vocal Ensemble

Chief Conductor: Martina Batič


The Danish National Vocal Ensemble (the full-time professional chamber choir of DR – Denmark’s national public-service broadcaster) has a vacancy for a permanent full-time 2nd bass from May 2024 or by agreement. We are looking for a professional singer with a well-developed second bass range, dynamic flexibility, and wide musical experience.


Auditions for selected applicants will take place on Monday 4th of March 2024 from 11.00 at DR Byen (DR’s headquarters) in Copenhagen. A second round for selected singers will take place the same afternoon.


In the first instance, singers wishing to apply for the post are requested to submit a recent recording (CD / DVD / MP3), together with a copy of the score, before 5th of February 2024.


Non-Danish speakers are welcome to apply. DR cannot pay travel expenses for those selected for audition.


Singers selected for audition in Copenhagen will be asked to perform:

*  a sacred aria by Handel, J.S.Bach, Haydn, Mozart or Mendelssohn (in original language). A copy of the vocal score must be submitted with the application form.

*  a pre-prepared extract from a choral piece selected by DR, which can be downloaded after 19th of February from www.foresyngning.dk In the audition, the extract will be performed accompanied by piano.

*  vocal exercises supervised by the chief conductor, to demonstrate vocal range and flexibility.


The remainder of the audition will consist of:

*  a pre-prepared extract from a choral piece selected by DR, which can be downloaded after 19th of February from www.foresyngning.dk - to be performed in the audition together with the 4 full-time basses of the DR Vocal Ensemble.

*  a Danish strophic song or hymn (Danish lyrics) to be performed a cappella.

*  a sight-reading exercise.


Application forms can be completed online here 


Deadline for initial applications, including recent recording and copy of the vocal score, is no later than

12.00 midday, 5th of February 2024.

The recording and score can be emailed to Choir Manager Peter Tönshoff Peto@dr.dk or posted to him at:

Emil Holms Kanal 20 opg 5-3, DK-0999 Copenhagen C. Telephone: +45 3520 6377


The Danish National Vocal Ensemble consists of 18 professional singers, and the current membership includes singers from Denmark, Sweden, Poland, the UK and Korea. The advertised position is a permanent one (after a probation period) and is a full-time job with 16 paid weeks off per year and 20 weekdays off every year. The choir is in service 36 weeks p.a. The 16 weeks without service are determined no later than 30 September of any given year for the following year. Monthly salary and conditions of employment are in accordance with the union agreement between the Danish Association of Professional Choruses and the Danish Broadcasting Corporation. Employment is subject to confirmation of residence and work permit in Denmark. The current  annual salary is approx. DKK 372.000 (approx. € 50000).


The DNVE’s repertoire is wide-ranging, with particular emphasis on music from the Renaissance and the 20th/21st centuries, for small vocal ensemble or solo voices as well as full choir. The singers also regularly join with the Danish National Concert Choir (56 singers or more) to perform large symphonic works for orchestra and choir. In addition to working with their chief conductor, the Danish National Vocal Ensemble works with a range of prominent Danish and international conductors, and tours regularly, both throughout Denmark and abroad.


Further information about DR, the Danish National Concert Choir and the Danish National Vocal Ensemble: www.dr.dk/drve


Auditions will take place at:  DR Byen, Emil Holms Kanal 20, 5-3, DK-0999 Copenhagen C

Peter Tönshoff
København - DR Byen
DK-0999 København C
M +45 2854 6377