Auditions – September 2017

General Information

The PSO is currently accepting resumes for:

Principal Violin II (temporary – possible permanent)

Section Violin

Section Viola

Section Horn


“Groups like the Princeton Symphony Orchestra give concerts as satisfying as any, and you don’t need refined big-city ears to know that. A good performance… is something you feel in your gut.” – David Patrick Stearns, The Philadelphia Inquirer

Led by Music Director Rossen Milanov, the Princeton Symphony Orchestra is an outstanding regional orchestra performing five or six Classical Series subscription concerts each year. A typical season also includes two or three pops concerts and a number of education programs. Performances are in beautiful Richardson Auditorium on the Princeton University campus. All rehearsals and performances are accessible by train from Manhattan or Philadelphia.


Based on a review of resumes received, a limited number of highly qualified candidates will be invited to audition. IMPORTANT: If you do not currently live in the metropolitan tri-state area, or have a prior commitment bringing you to the area, your resume will be excluded from consideration.

Click here for the 2017-18 rehearsal schedule and pay scale.

Winning candidates should be available for at least three of the remaining five subscription series concerts offered in the 2017-2018 season. The Audition Committee reserves the right to select an alternate winner if this requirement cannot be met. The current attendance requirement for rostered players is 62% of the subscription concerts over any three-year period.

Principal Violin II and Tutti Section Violin Auditions

The required repertoire for Principal Violin II and tutti section violin are the same with the exception of the final round. You will have the opportunity to state which position you are auditioning for should you advance out of the preliminary round.

Preliminary and final rounds: Tuesday, September 12th, 2017

The Princeton Symphony Orchestra tunes to A = 440

Click here for required repertoire.

Section Viola Auditions

Preliminary and final rounds: Monday, September 11th, 2017

The Princeton Symphony Orchestra tunes to A = 440

Click here for required repertoire.

Section Horn Auditions

There is one tenure track position (horn II) available.  However, single season contracts may be considered for other positions on the basis of this audition.

Preliminary and final rounds: Wednesday, September 13th, 2017

The Princeton Symphony Orchestra tunes to A=440

Click here for required repertoire.

To apply

Please complete both of the following steps:

  1. Email a one-page resume by August 15th, 2017 to the appropriate address below

2. Complete this contact form


Please be sure that your email address is on your resume. All communication will be via email.

You will be notified no later than August 20th as to the disposition of your application. Once invited, you will be asked to make a deposit which will confirm and reserve your audition time.

Do not e-mail or telephone the PSO office.

You are welcome to direct inquiries to: Elizabeth Thompson, Orchestra Personnel Manager, at the above e-mail addresses corresponding to your instrument.