Auditions - San Diego Symphony

Welcome to the San Diego Symphony's Auditions Page.

We are thrilled to have Rafael Payare as our Music Director, as well as Edo de Waart in his role with us as Principal Guest Conductor. Thank you for considering an audition for our orchestra! The following auditions are announced:


Audition Dates: November 6-7, 2023
(final schedule may be less than two days)

Application deadline: October 12, 2023

Interested cellists are invited to audition for the San Diego Symphony cello sub list, particularly musicians based in, or able to travel frequently to, Southern California.

Further details will be provided to applicants on receipt of application,
and repertoire will be made available no later than October 1.

A successful audition is not a guarantee of future work.

To Apply for Any Current Audition:

Follow this link:

A complete audition application must include:

  • Online Application
  • Resumé (Submitted via application form)
  • Refundable Audition Deposit (include audition instrument on memo line)

Applications and deposit checks must be received by the published application deadline. Please do not mail any applications. All candidates that submit a completed application will receive an audition time.

Musicians with diverse backgrounds, identities and experiences are encouraged to apply. For questions regarding the audition process, please email:

Regarding COVID-19 Safety: At this time there are no additional requirements safety protocols in place for these auditions, however COVID-19 safety requirements remain subject to change.

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 2023-24 Season:

  • 42 Week Contract: 37 playing weeks plus 5 vacation weeks. 
  • Minimum scale is $92,021 plus $3,000 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.

The San Diego Symphony encourages applications from persons of all backgrounds, and all applicants will be invited to audition without shortlisting.