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Audition Information

2017-2018 Open Positions:

Principal Flute, Audition Date: Sunday, Sept. 3, 2017 (daytime)

Assistant Principal/Second Clarinet, Audition Date: Thursday, September 14, 2017 (evening)

Principal Percussion, Audition Date: Sunday, September 10, 2017 (daytime)

Section Violin (3 positions), Audition Date, Thursday, September 7, 2017 (evening)

Section Viola (1 position), Audition Date, Friday, September 8, 2017 (evening)

Assistant Principal Bass, Audition Date: Sunday, Sept. 17, 2017 (daytime)

Application Deadline for all auditions is August 4, 2017. Please click on each instrument to view repertoire and audition requirements.

Audition Information
The NHSO does not provide any travel expense reimbursement for any audition. The NHSO reserves the right not to invite an applicant to the audition they have applied for. Audition invitations may be based on submitted application forms and resume.

A refundable $30.00 deposit is required to secure an audition time. Please complete the following items:

  1. A signed Audition Application Form;
  2. A deposit check made payable to the NHSO;
  3. An updated resume (including dates of experience).

Send these to: Audition Committee, NHSO, 4 Hamilton Street, New Haven, CT 06511.

Your deposit check is refundable and will be returned to you at the audition. Cancellations must be received at the symphony office by noon two days prior to the audition to be refundable. If you do not notify us of cancellation and you do not appear for the audition, then your unclaimed check will be cashed. This system is designed to minimize no-shows. Music may be obtained from your local music dealer or by calling either Kalmus Music Co. at 800-434-6340 or Luck’s Music at 800-348-8749. Both accept major credit cards and offer several shipping options. Many parts are also available online for free at

Contract Information
In addition to its Six Classics Series concerts, the NHSO produces four Pops series, a Young People’s Series, outdoor concerts in the summer, and other special concerts and educational services. Rehearsals are usually held on consecutive weekday (and some Sunday) evenings, averaging three or four rehearsals per Symphony Series. Concerts are usually on Thursday nights. The pay for Principal players is $148.50 per service. Assistant Principal pay is $132.00 per service and Section pay is $110.00 per service. The NHSO is a per service orchestra.

In addition, there is a travel pay allowance for players living more than 15 miles from New Haven (maximum of $35 per day). Newly contracted players are offered available series for the remainder of the season. For the 2017-18 season, there may be up to 45 services offered. Some Classics series and Pops series use reduced numbers of players and may not be offered to all contracted players.

If a current member of the NHSO wins a position, then an alternate position may also be offered. The substitute list may be updated with results from any audition. To perform with the New Haven Symphony Orchestra, you need to belong to your local musicians’ union (A. F. of M.). If you are offered more than 6 services within a year you must join local 400, even if you are a member of another local.

Email:  If you are including your resume, please attach using pdf file format (one page).

The New Haven Symphony Orchestra is a Regional (per service) Orchestra and an Equal Opportunity Employer.

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