Symphoria is always looking for talented individuals who can help expand our mission to influence and educate the Syracuse community through the power of music.  View the information below to learn about our available positions and how to apply.  Thank you for your interest in Symphoria!


All winning candidates are required to show proof of US citizenship or eligibility to work in the United States.


Symphoria holds auditions for Substitute and Extra Musicians periodically. To be considered please send a one page resume to Arvilla Wendland at

*Acceptance to Symphoria’s Substitute and Extra List does not guarantee employment.

Symphoria is proud to be a partner orchestra of the National Alliance for Audition Support (NAAS), an unprecedented national initiative to increase diversity in American orchestras. It will do so by offering Black and Latinx musicians a customized combination of mentoring, audition preparation, financial support, and audition previews. Learn more at


Job Title: Stagehand for Symphoria

Reports to: Orchestra Manager 

Job Description  

Responsible for assisting with the physical operation of the orchestra that includes staging, set-up  and strike, physical stage conditions and the moving, storage and maintenance of all orchestra  equipment for selected services in multiple venues. Responsible for assisting with the  preparation and appearance of the stage for rehearsals and performances; assist in the production  of orchestra services as determined by the Orchestra Manager and/or Stage Manager by  performing the following duties.  


  • Assist with the set-up of the orchestra — chairs, music stands, percussion, large  instruments, and other equipment – as assigned. This may include assisting with set  changes for concerts. It also includes providing the best possible working conditions for  musicians on and off stage, and assisting our staff in anticipating logistical problems. 
  • Assist with implementation of stage logistics in all venues, to ensure the  rehearsal/performance space meets all criteria outlined in the CBA contract 
  • Load and unload the truck at the rehearsal/concert venue in a safe, efficient manner.  
  • Assist the stage manager with addressing musician working condition concerns as they  pertain to the CBA, such as temperature, lighting or safety. Help implement pro-active  strategies to minimize musician concerns. 
  • Assist with maintaining inventory of all our equipment, making periodic checks on  conditions and performing minor repairs or arranging necessary repairs if needed as  assigned. 
  • Other duties as required by the Orchestra Manager, Stage manager, and other Symphoria  staff as needed. 
  • Conduct oneself with professional decorum at all times, to include language and physical  appearance 


  • Minimum 1 year of orchestra or theater stage experience preferred 
  • Working knowledge of orchestral instruments, percussion instruments, and orchestral  seating conventions helpful 
  • Ability to lift, carry and move up to 50 lbs. 
  • Ability to work efficiently as a team member in a deadline-oriented environment
  • Ability to work evenings and weekends  

Working Conditions  

Hours – Symphoria presents a series of concerts throughout the season, with each set  consisting of performances at a variety of venues. Typical concert calls are usually Saturday nights and Sunday afternoons and will run between five and ten hours.  Rehearsals are usually held at any time during the day and are typically 6-8 hours . Run outs (out of town concerts) times lengthen the call times and vary depending on the  location of the event. This position is part time on an AS NEEDED BASIS with advance  notice. 

Physical Demands – The stagehand will have to lift supplies, instruments and equipment.  This person may also need to stand for long periods of time while preparing and running concert events.  

Pay Rate is $16.50/hr with a minimum 2 hr call

How to Apply: 

Please email a letter of interest, references and resume to: 
Sabrina DeVos
Orchestra Manager 

Or send a hard copy to:
Attn: Sabrina DeVos
250 Harrison Street, Suite 304
Syracuse, NY 13202


Join the Symphoria team and experience the excitement of a growing arts nonprofit! Located in downtown Syracuse, Symphoria is Central New York’s professional symphony orchestra and features a core of 50 experienced musicians who are committed to Central New York. Founded in December 2012, Symphoria operates as a professional co-op – one of only two orchestras structured this way in the U.S. – with musicians at the heart of the organization. Symphoria currently reaches more than 100,000 Central New York community members of all ages through more than 50 concerts each year in venues large and small, including a summer season of up to 10 free outdoor performances in parks throughout the region.

Our mission is to engage and inspire community members throughout CNY through outstanding orchestral and ensemble performances, and innovative education and outreach initiatives.

MARKETING, including managing social media, post-concert surveys and analysis, website updates and content enhancement, materials distribution, and targeted audience development;

DEVELOPMENT, including donor and sponsor benefit fulfillment and tracking, event coordination and support, on-line foundation and corporate research, and database support;

CONCERT PRODUCTION, including assisting with concert set-up and strike, hospitality for guest artists and conductors, and a variety of pre- and post-concert responsibilities;

EDUCATION & OUTREACH, including communicating with area educators, assisting with the development and distribution of program materials, research and development of program assessment tools, and on-site support for Symphoria outreach initiatives.

MUSIC LIBRARY, including preparing music for distribution, expanding our music library database, ordering, copying, and bowing parts, and assisting Symphoria’s music librarian as needed.

The successful candidate(s) will demonstrate a commitment to excellence, and the capacity to work both independently and as part of a team. Interns must demonstrate excellent organization skills, computer literacy in all standard programs (graphics expertise a plus), attention to detail, and well developed communication and interpersonal skills. Must be able to lift up to 25 lbs. Symphoria offers a flexible schedule, with a minimum commitment of at least 10 hrs/wk.


Interested candidates please email a cover letter, resume, and contact information for 3 references to: Pamela Murchison, Managing Director, at Please include INTERN in the subject line. Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis until these positions are filled.


If you are interested in volunteering as an usher for our Spark, Casual or Kids concerts, please contact Emily Bass at or call the Box Office at (315) 299-5598 x201.