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Music Auditions

Thank you for your interest in The Philadelphia Orchestra. The Philadelphia Orchestra is an Equal Opportunity Employer. You can receive information regarding all Orchestra (musician) openings by contacting us at:

The Philadelphia Orchestra
One South Broad Street | 14th Floor 
Philadelphia, PA | 19107
Fax: 215.985.0191
E-mail: auditions@philorch.org


Upcoming Auditions:

Second Horn

Preliminary rounds will take place on June 3rd, 2019
Semi-Final rounds will take place on June 10th, 2019.
Final rounds will take place on June 16th, 2019.

Employment will begin based on the winner’s availability and The Philadelphia Orchestra schedule.

Please submit a one-page resume with the subject “Second Horn Audition” by email or mail, postmarked no later than Monday, April 22nd, 2019. Complete audition information will be e-mailed after May 4th, 2019.

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The Philadelphia Symphonic Choir

The Philadelphia Symphonic Choir is a professional ensemble that performs exclusively with The Philadelphia Orchestra. The Choir is holding auditions in April! Positions are paid per performance run.

Audition dates and locations:
Sunday, April 14, 2019, 12:00 PM-6:00 PM
Westminster Choir College, Cullen Room #2
101 Walnut Lane, Princeton, NJ 08540

Saturday, April 27, 2019, 10:00 AM-6:00 PM
The Kimmel Center, Rendell Room
321 S. 15th Street Philadelphia, PA 19102

Please sign up for an audition time here: https://philadelphiasymphonicchoirre-audition.as.me/2019PhiladelphiaSymphonicChoirAudition

Please do not contact the Orchestra or the Kimmel Center directly.

Please come prepared with the following:

  • A headshot and a resume.
  • One piece of your choosing in English, excerpted no longer than two minutes.
  • One piece of your choosing in either French, Italian, or German, excerpted no longer than two minutes.
  • You will be asked to sight read.
  • If time allows, there will be a brief interview.

An accompanist will be provided.

2019-20 performance dates/times are below: (rehearsals are tbd)

Handel: Messiah
Sunday, December 22: 2:00 PM

Strauss: Elektra
Friday, May 15: 8:00 PM
Sunday, May 17: 2:00 PM
Tuesday, May 19: 7:30 PM

Bruckner: Motets TBD
Thursday, June 4: 7:30 PM
Friday, June 5: 2:00 PM
Saturday, June 6: 8:00 PM

Instructions for each venue

Westminster Choir College
Auditioners should park in the "D lot" at the rear of the school, accessed by two driveways on Franklin Ave. Walk south (direction towards Nassau St./Downtown Princeton) until you get to the side door of the Playhouse/Cullen Center. There are a few steps and/or an access ramp used to get to this door. Enter this side door and walk down the hall of the Cullen Center until you reach Room #2 where auditions will take place.

Kimmel Center
Enter at the backstage entrance on South 15th Street. The security guard will buzz you in. Take the elevator on the left up to the 1st floor. The Rendell Room is on your far right.

Candidates must be 18 years old or older, and prerequisites for auditioning include U.S. employment eligibility, previous high-level choral experience, excellent sight-reading ability and availability to meet the schedule.

If you have any questions, please contact choir@philorch.org.