AuditionsThe Tempe Symphony Orchestra is a dedicated group of musicians who volunteer their time and efforts in order to perform challenging literature from both the standard repertoire and more contemporary sources (past performance list). No members of the orchestra receive payment for playing in the group. Seating order is based, in part, on length of service in the orchestra, with final seating decisions at the discretion of the Music Director.

Auditions are held annually in August. The next audition is scheduled from 6-9 p.m. on Aug. 23 at the Tempe Center for the Arts. Musicians wishing to audition must choose and supply their own audition music. Please select orchestral excerpts from the standard repertoire lasting approximately three minutes, as well as a short solo or solo excerpt (no longer than two minutes). Your selections should demonstrate both your technical and musical skills to best advantage.

The TSO has the following openings for the coming season.

  • 1 - concertmaster (violin)
  • 2 - violin 2
  • 3 - violin 2
  • 1 - viola
  • 2 - bass
  • 1 - harp
The Tempe Symphony Orchestra rehearses from 7:30-9:30 p.m., most Mondays, September-May in the Tempe Center for the Arts (Lakeside). There are four Monday evening concerts each season, with a dress rehearsal from 4-6 p.m. on the Sunday preceding each concert. Attendance is expected at all rehearsals, with few exceptions.

We are always pleased to listen to auditions on any instrument, as we keep a list of substitute musicians and a limited waiting list for membership.