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 2018 Festival Orchestra has passed, late applications may be submitted and will be considered case by case. CLICK HERE to complete the late application.

CLICK HERE for audition guidelines.

Application deadline: January 1, 2018
(*Miami application deadline: December 1, 2017)


Miami | December 10, 2017 | New World Center*
NYC | January 11 and 12, 2018 | Nola Rehearsal Studios (*percussion Jan 12 only)
Boston | January 19, 2018 | New England Conservatory
Houston | January 27, 2018 | Shepherd School of Music, Rice University
Los Angeles | February 4, 2018 | The Colburn School
Cleveland | February 8, 2018 | Cleveland Institute of Music
Chicago | February 9, 2018 | Roosevelt University Chicago College of Performing Arts
San Francisco | February 15, 2018 | San Francisco Conservatory of Music
Charleston | February 23, 2018 | Location TBA (*no percussion)

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