If you're like most people, you probably had no idea that there are singers who make a career out of singing in choirs. These professional singers travel the country to join their colleagues for a week of rehearsals to produce a top-level choral performance, before getting on a plane to the next city to start it all over.
The professional choirs and music festivals that employ these expert singers are located in New York City, Boston, and LA, but also Tucson, Miami, Austin, Santa Fe, and Atlanta. It is a contracted job, so a singer's income will vary, and many of the singers also teach singing and perform as professional soloists.
Singers must be expert musicians and sight-readers, with flexible vocal instruments that can sing a wide variety of styles. Miami's professional choir, Seraphic Fire, offers a professional choral institute to train singers for the high expectations of these organizations.