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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2020 Spoleto Festival USA Orchestra dates: May 12 – June 7, 2020
Orchestra members receive housing and a stipend.

Thank you for your interest in Spoleto Festival USA. While the General Application Deadline for the 2020 Festival Orchestra has passed, late applications will be accepted while we complete our audition tour. Click here to complete the late application.

2020 Audition Guidelines

Audition Schedule:

Miami – December 16, 2019 | New World Center
New York – January 17* and 18, 2020 | Location TBA (*percussion January 17 only*)
Houston – January 25, 2020 | Shepherd School of Music, Rice University
Boston – January 31, 2020 | New England Conservatory
Chicago – February 3, 2020 | Fine Arts Building
Los Angeles – February 16, 2020 | Colburn School
Charleston – February 21, 2020 | Location TBA

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