Auditions

Auditions to play in our orchestra are listed below.

For information about administrative staff positions, click here.

For information about the NHSO’s music director search, click here.

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Audition Information

Please complete the following items:

  1. A signed Audition Application Form;
  2. Deposit check in the amount of $30 payable to the NHSO
  3. Updated resume (including dates of experience)
  4. Proof of full COVID vaccination. COVID-19 safety protocols will be observed, including proof of boosted vaccination, and wearing masks.

Click here to download the Audition Application Form.

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

The deadline for receiving all materials is April 4, 2022. Forms may also be emailed to: audition@newhavensymphony.org

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.

The full repertoire list and copies of the required music will be sent as soon as completed application materials are received. The NHSO does not provide any travel expense reimbursement for any audition.

The New Haven Symphony Orchestra, a Regional (per service) Orchestra, is committed to diversity, equity, and inclusion; an Equal Opportunity Employer; and a National Alliance for Audition Support member. All audition rounds are held behind a screen.

The audition committee of the NHSO reserves the right to immediately dismiss any candidates not meeting the highest professional standards. Qualified musicians may be placed on the substitute/extra list. Winning candidates must be eligible to work legally in the U.S. and must provide proof of this before accepting a position.

Contract Information

In addition to Seven 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 weekend) evenings, averaging three or four rehearsals per Symphony Series. The current pay for Section players is $119.00 per service. The pay rates and number of services are currently being renegotiated. In addition, there is a travel pay allowance for players living more than 15 miles from New Haven (maximum of $35 per day). In general, players are offered at least 35 services per season. Some series use reduced numbers of players and may not be offered to all contracted players.

To perform with the New Haven Symphony Orchestra, musicians need to belong to their local musicians’ union (A. F. of M.). If playing more than 6 services within a year musicians must join local 400, even if they are a member of another local.

National Alliance for Audition Support

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. Click here to learn more.

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