Orchestra Auditions

Each year the Spoleto Festival USA Orchestra, under the direction of Resident Conductor and Director of Orchestral Activities John Kennedy, takes on a dynamic new identity with the participation of both returning and new musicians. Through nationwide auditions, an extremely talented group of young professionals is selected to form the Festival’s resident ensemble. The Spoleto Festival USA Orchestra is central to the international excellence of performances at Spoleto Festival USA and has over the years proven to be one of the finest opportunities for young musicians to gain extensive performance experience. Alumni of the Spoleto Festival USA Orchestra can be found in almost every professional orchestra in the United States and many abroad.

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Thank you for your interest in the Spoleto Festival USA Orchestra. While the general application deadline for the 2019 Festival Orchestra has passed, late applications may be submitted and will be considered case by case.

Click here to complete the late application.

Audition Dates:

Miami – December 9, 2018 | New World Center
NYC – January 12 and 13, 2019 | Pearl Studios (percussion January 13 only)
Chicago – January 18, 2019 | Fine Arts Building
Boston – January 20, 2019 | New England Conservatory
San Francisco – January 23, 2019 | San Francisco Conservatory of Music
Houston – January 27, 2019 | Shepherd School of Music, Rice University
Charleston – February 8, 2019 | Location TBA (no percussion)
Los Angeles – February 11, 2019 | The Colburn School
San Francisco – Date TBD | San Francisco Conservatory of Music

2019 Audition Guidelines

*Video auditions are accepted on a case by case basis. For more information, please contact Edward Kass, Orchestra Personnel Manager, at [email protected].

Deadline: Applications will be accepted until 11:59pm EST on January 1, 2019. (The Miami audition application deadline is 11:59pm EST on December 1, 2018.)