2020-2021 Open Positions

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. All rounds are held behind a screen.

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).

Click here to download the Audition Application Form.

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 Luck’s Music at 800-348-8749. They accept major credit cards and offer several shipping options. Many parts are also available online for free at www.imslp.org.

Contract Information
In addition to its seven Classics Series concerts, the NHSO annually produces four Pops programs, Young People’s concerts, outdoor concerts in the summer, and other special concerts and educational services. Rehearsals are usually held on consecutive weekday (and some Sunday) evenings in the day(s) immediately prior to the performance day.

The pay for the Bass Trombone position in the 2020-2021 season will be $140.10 per service. Successful candidates will be offered a minimum of 35 services per season. Contracted members are required to play a minimum number of series per season depending on number of series offered. 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).

The substitute list may be updated with results from any audition. To perform with the New Haven Symphony Orchestra, you need to be a member in good standing with your local musicians’ union (A. F. of M.). If you are offered more than 6 services within a season you must join local 400, even if you are a member of another local.

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

National Alliance for Audition Support

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One of our organization’s priorities is to build an inclusive artist community and as such we are committed to JEDI work and reimagining a new orchestral collective of today. We are proud to support The National Alliance of Audition Support (NAAS) as an Orchestra Partner. NAAS is an unprecedented national initiative to increase diversity in American orchestras. It will do so by offering Black and Latinx musicians a customized combination of mentoring, audition preparation, financial support, and audition reviews.

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