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.

During the 2023 season, orchestra fellows will perform opera and major orchestral works, with some fellows taking part in special projects including the Music in Time series.

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Live Audition Dates (all dates 2023)

January 13 | Chicago, IL

January 15, 16 | New York, NY

January 18 | Boston, MA

January 19 | Miami, FL

January 21 | Houston, TX

January 23 | Los Angeles, CA

February 10 | Charleston

Applicants unable to attend live auditions may submit a recorded audition. Requests should be submitted through the 2023 Spoleto Festival USA Orchestra Application.

Note: There will be no percussion auditions scheduled for January 15. Percussionists in NYC must audition on January 16.

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2023 SFUSA Orchestra Application

2023 SFUSA Orchestra Audition Guidelines

Fellows receive:

  • A weekly salary of $600
  • A travel assistance stipend of $250-$350 (depending on departure location)
  • A housing assistance stipend OR free housing in dorms at the College of Charleston
  • A Festival access badge for attending other eligible events and performances at the Festival

Fellows must be able to reside in Charleston, SC for the duration of the Festival and rehearsal period, approximately May 15 through June 11 (exact dates TBD).

The application deadline is 11:59 PM, Eastern Time, January 1, 2023.

For questions, please contact Edward Kass at [email protected] or (408) 891-0524.