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!

Current Auditions:

Principal Tuba

Auditions to be held on October 11-14, 2021.

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Application Deadline is September 3, 2021.

Cancellation Deadline is September 30, 2021.


Second Oboe

Auditions to be held on October 24-27, 2021.

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Application Deadline is September 10, 2021.

Cancellation Deadline is October 8, 2021.


Associate Principal 2nd Violin &
Section Violin (3 Section positions)

Auditions to be held on November 14-17, 2021.

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Application Deadline is October 1, 2021.

Cancellation Deadline is October 29, 2021.


(subject to change):

Second Clarinet
Section Bass (2 Section positions)
Section Viola (3 Section positions)
Section Cello (1 Section position)

To Apply for Any Current National Audition:

Follow this link to our Auditions Application Form.

We do not accept applications via email or mail. For inquiries regarding the audition process, please email: No phone calls, please.

Additional Audition Information and Requirements

A complete audition application must include:

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

Applications 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.

Regarding COVID-19 Safety: all safety protocols in place for these auditions will be communicated to applicants in September and will follow, at a minimum, all State and City requirements and guidelines in place at the time of the audition. The San Diego Symphony Orchestra reserves the right to require all applicants to:

  • Provide proof of vaccination -or- negative COVID test within 48 hours of their scheduled audition time.
  • Wear a mask that covers both nose and mouth for the duration of a candidate’s time in our facilities, including during the audition, if possible.

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's schedule.

The current San Diego Symphony Orchestra CBA states the following for the 2021-22 Season:

  • 42 Week Contract: 37 playing weeks plus 5 vacation weeks. 
  • Minimum scale is $76,000 (increase to $78,000 in Jan. 2022) plus $2,000 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.