Auditions

Welcome to the San Diego Symphony's Auditions Page.

Our 2019-20 Season is now under way, and we’re looking forward to many wonderful concerts this season, featuring works such as Richard Strauss’s Don Quixote and Beethoven’s Eroica. We are thrilled to have our new Music Director Rafael Payare with us for his first season, as well as Edo de Waart in his new role with us as Principal Guest Conductor. Thank you for considering an audition for our orchestra!


Current Auditions:

Section Cello (2 Vacancies)

As of September 4, 2019: Please note that the Section Cello audition dates (originally November 4-6, 2019), have been rescheduled as shown below.

Auditions to be held on February 16-18, 2020 at the Jacobs Music Center.

The application deadline for this audition is January 16, 2020.

Click Here for Full Audition Repertoire!

Preliminary round repertoire list will be posted at least thirty (30) days in advance of the audition.

Thank you for your interest!

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Section Double Bass (2 Vacancies)

As of September 4, 2019: Please note that the Section Bass audition dates (originally February 16-18, 2020), have been rescheduled as shown below.

Auditions to be held on May 16-19, 2020 at the Jacobs Music Center.

The application deadline for this audition is April 16, 2020.

Click Here for Full Audition Repertoire!

Preliminary round repertoire list will be posted at least thirty (30) days in advance of the audition.

Thank you for your interest!

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Second Oboe

Auditions to be held on May 22-24, 2020 at the Jacobs Music Center.

The application deadline for this audition is April 22, 2020.

Full Audition Repertoire Coming Soon!

Preliminary round repertoire list will be posted at least thirty (30) days in advance of the audition.

Thank you for your interest!

 


To Apply for Any Current National Audition:

Follow this link to apply for any current (non-sub) audition ›

For inquiries regarding the audition process, please email: auditions@sandiegosymphony.org. No phone calls, please.

(Note: national audition applications are only accepted through the online form, which is active during valid acceptance periods. Applications must be received by the published application deadline. Please do not mail any applications.)
 

Audition Times

All auditions take place at the Joan and Irwin Jacobs Music Center in downtown San Diego (750 B Street, 92101, NE corner of Seventh and B). Preliminary Auditions will be scheduled by the hour. A deposit is required to reserve an audition time. (The amount will be indicated in your confirmation letter.)
 

Sheet Music 

Below are two sources when looking for public domain sheet music:


Musician Employment

Employment will begin based on the winner’s availability and the San Diego Symphony schedule.

The current San Diego Symphony Orchestra CBA states the following for the 2019-20 Season:

  • Contract: 37 playing weeks plus 5 vacation weeks. 
  • Minimum scale is $74,485 plus $2,000 EMG (Electronic Media Guarantee).
  • Overscale for Principals: 33.5%.
  • Overscale for Associate Principals: 20%.
  • Benefits include: medical and dental insurance, long and short-term disability insurance, life insurance, instrument insurance and a pension plan contribution.
  • Season includes: Jacobs Masterworks Classical Series, Fox Theatre Film Series, Berton Family Young People’s Concerts, Family Concert Series, Bayside Summer Nights (outdoor series), Military Concerts and Music Connects Series. The San Diego Symphony Orchestra is the pit orchestra for the San Diego Opera and the California Ballet’s annual production of The Nutcracker.