CAREER OPPORTUNITIES

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!

ARTISTIC JOB OPENINGS

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

SUBSTITUTE AND EXTRA MUSICIANS

Symphoria is accepting video auditions from qualified applicants for our Substitute & Extra Musician List.

Audition Deadline October 24, 2021.

Video Requirements:

  • Record all repertoire in one take with a single camera. All recordings must be unedited. *applicants auditioning on more than one instrument may record each instrument separately
  • Upload audition video to YouTube, with privacy set to “unlisted”.
  • Complete Application. Include the link(s) to your video audition.

Please contact Arvilla Wendland at AWendland@ExperienceSymphoria.org if you have questions.

Please note: all repertoire is subject to change.

VIOLIN

Exposition of the first movement of a major Romantic or 20th Century Concerto

All First Violin Parts

  • Brahms – Symphony No. 4, 4th movement: m. 33 to Reh. D (m. 80)
  • Mozart – Symphony No. 29 in A major, 2nd movement: Beginning to downbeat of m. 27
  • Prokofiev – Classical Symphony, 1st movement: Beginning to Reh. H
  • Schumann – Symphony No. 2, 2nd movement: Beginning to m. 48 (with repeat)
  • Strauss – Don Juan, 1st page (Beginning to m. 66)

VIOLA

Exposition of one movement from a major concerto OR one movement from an unaccompanied Bach Sonata or Partita

  • Beethoven – Symphony No. 5, 2nd movement: mm. 1-10, 23-37, 49-59, 78-86, 98-106
  • Brahms – Symphony No. 1, 2nd movement – mm. 28-39 (downbeat only) & mm. 53-62, 3rd movement: mm. 87-108 (downbeat of 1st ending)
  • Mendelssohn – Scherzo from Midsummer Night’s Dream, beginning to Reh. D
  • Mozart – Symphony No. 40, 4th movement: pick up to m.48 to m.66 & pick up to Reh. C to m.205
  • Strauss – Don Juan – Beginning to Reh. D

CELLO

Exposition of the first movement of a standard concerto

  • Beethoven – Symphony No. 5, 2nd movement – theme and 2 variations
  • Brahms – Symphony No.2, 2nd movement, beginning thru m.16
  • Mendelssohn – Midsummer Night’s dream, Scherzo, N to O
  • Mozart – Symphony No. 35, movements 1 and 4
  • Strauss – Don Juan, Beginning to D

BASS

Solo of choice (2-3 minutes of a concerto, Bach, etc)

  • Mozart – Overture to “The Magic Flute” – 6 before Reh. A to the downbeat of Reh. B
  • Struss – Don Juan – Reh. A to Reh. C & Reh. F to Reh. G
  • M. von Weber – Der Freishütz Overture – Reh. A to 5 after Reh. B
  • Wagner – Prelude to “Die Meistersinger” – Reh. J to the downbeat of Reh. N

FLUTE

Mozart Concerto in G Major – 1st movement, exposition

  • Beethoven – Leonore Overture No. 3 – mm. 1-36 and mm. 328-360
  • Brahms – Symphony No. 4 – 4th movement – mm. 89-105
  • Mendelssohn – Midsummer Night’s Dream – Scherzo, 12 before P to the end
  • Ravel – Daphnis et Chloe – Reh. 176 to 2 after Reh. 179

Piccolo*

  • Beethoven – Symphony No. 9, last movement solo mm. 343-374 or 16 before H through 16 after H
  • Rossini – Overture to Semiramide, 5 after G through 3 after H and 8 before U through letter U
  • Ravel – Bolero – 3 after Reh. 8 to Reh. 9 (2nd flute part, doubling piccolo)

*Flutists are encouraged to audition on flute and piccolo, but may specify flute only. 

OBOE

Mozart Concerto in C major, K. 314, 1st movement: beginning to m. 97

All First Oboe Parts

  • Brahms – Concerto for Violin, 2nd movement: beginning to m.32
  • Stravinsky – Pulcinella, Serenata – beginning to 1 measure after Reh. 10
  • Ravel – Le Tombeau de Couperin, 1st movement – beginning to Reh. 2 & 6 after Reh. 8 to Reh. 9
  • Tchaikovsky – Symphony No. 4, 2nd movement: beginning to m.21 & 3rd mvmt: Meno mosso (m.133) to downbeat of m.144
  • Mendelssohn – Symphony No. 3 “Scottish”, 2nd movement: pickup to Reh. A to downbeat of m.100
  • Rossini – La Scala di Seta: pickup to m.6 to downbeat of Reh. 3

English Horn (optional)

  • Berlioz – Roman Carnival: Andante sostenuto to Reh. 4
  • Dvorak – New World Symphony, 2nd movement: mm.7-18
  • Debussy – Nocturnes – 1st movement: pickup to 3 after Reh. 8 to 2 before Reh. 10 AND 2nd movement: m.3 to 7 before Reh. 1 & un peu plus animé (after Reh. 1) to 7 before Reh. 4
  • Respighi – Pines of Rome, 4th movement: 11 after Reh. 18 to Reh. 20

CLARINET A/Bb

Mozart Concerto, 1st movement exposition mm.57-155

All First Clarinet Parts

  • Beethoven – Symphony No. 6, 1st movement: mm. 474- 492 (2 before Reh. K to 17 after Reh. K) & 2nd movement: mm. 68-78 (1 before Reh. D to Reh. E)
  • Beethoven – Symphony No. 8, 3rd movement – trio section
  • Mendelssohn – Scherzo from Midsummer Night’s Dream, Beginning to Reh. B (mm. 1-48)
  • Rachmaninoff – Symphony No. 2, 3rd movement – opening solo
  • Rimsky-Korsakov – Scheherazade, 2nd movement: cadenza (Reh. F to Reh. G), 3rd movement: Reh D. to Reh. F & 4th movement: Reh. I to Reh. K

Eb Clarinet (optional)

  • Berlioz – Symphonie Fantastique, 5th movement – mm.40-65 (Reh. 63 to five after Reh. 64)
  • Ravel – Daphnis et Chloe Suite No. 2, “Big Solo” only (Reh. 200 to Reh. 204)
  • Ravel – Bolero
  • Strauss – Till Eulenspiegel’s Merry Pranks, cadenza only (Reh. 40 for thirteen measures)

Bass Clarinet (optional)

  • Stravinsky – Rite of Spring, 1st part – Reh. 11 to Reh. 12
  • Grofé – Grand Canyon Suite On the Trail – 3 after Reh. 2 to Reh. 3
  • Ravel – Daphnis et Chloe Suite No. 2 – Reh. 156 to 3 after Reh. 157
  • Strauss – Don Quixote – Reh. 14 to 5 after Reh. 16 and Reh. 72 to Reh. 74

SAXOPHONE

Solo of choice

  • Mussorgsky – Pictures at an Exhibition – 2nd movement (complete) “Il Vecchio castello” (alto saxophone)
  • Prokofiev – Romeo and Juliet. Suite No. 2 – 1st “Montagues and Capulets” Reh. 9 to Reh. 10 (tenor saxophone)
  • Ravel – Bolero – Reh. 6 to Reh. 7 (tenor saxophone solo) & Reh. 7 to Reh. 8 (soparano saxophone solo)

BASSOON

Mozart Concerto, 1st movement exposition mm. 35-71

All First Bassoon Parts

  • Mozart – Marriage of Figaro Overture: mm. 1-24 & mm. 101-123
  • Prokofiev – Peter and the Wolf: 1 bar before Reh. 15 to bar 4 of Reh. 16
  • Ravel – Bolero: m. 3 of Reh. 2 to downbeat of Reh. 3 (solo)
  • Rimsky-Korsakov – Scheherazade, 2nd movement: m. 5 to Reh. A (solo) & bar 2 of Reh. L to Reh. M (cadenzas)
  • Tchaikovsky – Symphony No. 4 – 2nd movement: m.274 to the end
  • Tchaikovsky – Symphony No. 6 – 1st movement: mm. 1-12

Contrabassoon (optional)

  • Beethoven – Symphony No. 5 – 4th movement: mm. 374-436

HORN

Mozart Concerto No. 2 or No. 4, 1st movement (exposition only)

  • Beethoven – Symphony No. 6, 3rd movement, Horn 1: mm.132-161 (50 after A – 77 after A)
  • Brahms – Symphony No. 3, 3rd movement, Horn 1: mm.98-110 (F – 12 after F)
  • Tchaikovsky – Symphony No. 4, 1st movement, Horn 1 & 2: mm.1-20 (beginning – 6 after A)
  • Tchaikovsky – Symphony No. 5, 2nd movement, Horn 1: mm.8-28 (8 before A – 13 after A)
  • Strauss – Til Eulenspiegel, Horn 1: beginning to Reh. 1 AND 12 after Reh. 28 – 2 before Reh. 30
  • Shostakovich – Symphony No. 5, 1st movement, Horn 1: Reh 17 – 1 after Reh. 21

TRUMPET

Haydn – Concerto in E flat, 2nd movement

First Trumpet Parts

  • Bizet – Carmen, Prelude
  • Stravinsky – Petrouchka, Ballerina’s Dance
  • Mussorgsky  – Pictures at an Exhibition, Promenade
  • Mahler – Symphony No. 5, opening
  • Respighi – Pines of Rome, off stage trumpet solo
  • Schumann – Symphony No. 2, opening section

TROMBONE

David – Concertino, 1st movement (no cadenza)

  • Mozart – Requiem, Tuba Mirum mm. 1-18 – Second Trombone
  • Saint Saens – Symphony No. 3 “Organ”, Reh Q – Reh R
  • Wagner – Ride of the Valkyries, pick up to 4 before Reh 10 – 5th bar of Reh 12
  • Bernstein – Symphonic Dances from West Side Story, mm. 669-701

BASS TROMBONE

Lebedev – Concerto in One Movement (beginning to Meno mosso tranquillo on page 2)

  • Respighi – Fountains of Rome, 5 before Reh. 11 – 2nd bar of Reh. 14
  • Schumann – Symphony No. 3 “Rhenish”, mm. 1-18
  • Wagner – Ride of the Valkyries, pick up to Reh. 6 – 3rd bar of Reh. 7

TUBA

Vaughan Williams – Concerto, 1st movement: beginning to 5

  • Mahler – Symphony No. 1: slow movement solo
  • Wagner: Ride of the Valkyries: pickup to Reh. 11 to 5th bar of Reh. 12

PERCUSSION*

Xylophone

  • Kabalevsky – Colas Breugnon Overture
  • Copland – Hoe-Down from “Rodeo”

Snare Drum

  • Rimsky-Korsakov – Scheherazade – 3rd & 4th movements
  • Rimsky-Korsakov – Capriccio Espagnol – 3rd & 4th movements

Cymbals

  • Tchaikovsky – Romeo and Juliet – 2 before Reh. O to 7 before Reh. P
  • Rachmaninoff – Piano Concerto No. 2 – 2nd movement: Reh. 32 to Reh. 33

Tambourine

  • Dvorak – Carnival Overture
  • Bizet – Aragonaise from “Carmen”

Bass Drum

  • Mahler – Symphony no. 5 – 1st movement: 9 before Reh. 7 to Reh. 7 & 3rd movement Reh. 30 to Reh. 31
  • Berlioz – Symphonie fantastique: m.485 to the end

Triangle

  • Brahms – Symphony No. 4
  • Bizet – Danse Boheme from “Carmen”

Timpani

  • Beethoven – Symphony No. 1 – 3rd movement
  • Beethoven – Symphony No. 9 – 2nd movement: Reh. R to Reh. T
  • Hindemith – Symphonic Metamorphosis – 2nd movement: 5 after Reh. S to Reh. T & 2 before Reh. Z to the end
  • Tchaikovsky – Symphony No. 4 – 1st movement: 2 before Reh. T to 3 before Reh. U

*Percussionists are encouraged to audition on all instruments, but may choose to audition for percussion only or timpani only.

HARP

Handel Concerto in B flat – 1st movement exposition

All First Harp Parts

  • Tchaikovksy – Nutcracker – Waltz of the Flowers Cadenza
  • Berlioz – Symphony Fantastique – Un Bal: beginning to 4 after Reh. 23
  • Mahler – Adagietto from Symphony No. 5: beginning to Reh. 1
  • Debussy – The Afternoon of a Faun: Reh. 2 to Reh. 4 & Reh. 7 to Reh. 8
  • Ravel – Tzigane: Reh. 4 to Reh. 5
  • Stravinsky – Firebird – Bercuese: 1 before Reh. 4 to Reh. 10
  • Rimsky-Korsakov – Capriccio Espagnol: Cadenza

KEYBOARD

Piano

  • Copland – Appalachian Spring (13 instrument version) – Reh. 6 to Reh. 14 & Reh. 47 to Reh. 51
  • Saint-Saens – Carnival of the Animals – Aquarium and Finale (Piano 1)
  • Saint-Saens – Symphony No. 3, Movement 2 – 6 before Reh. D to Reh. E & Reh. S to the end (Primo Piano)
  • Stravinsky – Petrouchka (1911) – Reh. 2 to Reh. 5, Reh. 33 to Reh. 47, Reh. 48 to Reh. 49, and 1 before Reh. 52 to 4 after Reh. 58
  • Stravinsky – Firebird Suite (1919) – Variation of the Firebird (complete)

Celeste

  • Holst – The Planets – Mvmt. 3 Mercury (complete)
  • Tchaikovsky – Nutcracker, Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy (complete)
  • Shostakovich – Symphony No. 5, Movement 3 – Reh. 96 to the end

*For video auditions: celeste excerpts may be performed on piano, 1 octave up, if celeste is not available.

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

APPLY NOW

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 http://www.auditionalliance.org.

STAFF OPENINGS

There are no openings at this time.

INTERNSHIP OPENINGS

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.

TO APPLY

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

VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES

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