Orchestral Vacancies

2017 Auditions

The following permanent, full time positions will be auditioned by the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra in 2017. Should you not be able to attend these dates in person, the MSO accepts recorded auditions. Please see below for further information on each position. Positions not listed below are not yet open for application and further information will be posted when available

Section Viola
Section Principal Horn
Section Trumpet
Principal Timpani

Section Viola

Tuesday 31 January & Wednesday 1 February 2017

Candidates must be available for both days, in entirety.

  • Stamitz or Hoffmeister Viola Concerto, first movement
  • Bartok or Walton Viola Concerto, first movement
  • Cadenzas should be prepared for concertos where applicable
  • PLUS orchestral excerpts, available Monday 19 December 2016

Closing date: Friday 30 December 2016
Please note: the MSO auditions coordinator will not be available from 23 December 2016 – 2 January 2017 inclusive, it is suggested that all enquiries are received by 21 December 2016 to allow for timely response.

This position is a full time position and is only open to Citizens of Australia or New Zealand, and Australian Permanent Residents.

Section Principal Horn

Expressions of Interest

Exceptional musicians are invited to submit an expression of interest for the position of Section Principal Horn.
Interested parties must submit a resume with relevant contact details and experience and supporting recordings including:

  • First movement of Strauss horn concerto no.1 or no.2; or Mozart horn concerto no.2 or no.4, with piano or orchestral accompaniment, and;
  • Orchestral excerpts as specified (provided by MSO)

Concerto and excerpts may be supplied as live concert recordings with orchestra or studio recordings. Recordings must be recorded in the last five years.

Following an initial shortlisting process, a small number of musicians will be invited to Melbourne for a pre-trial including 3-4 weeks orchestral performance and presentation of the required audition repertoire (as above) live for the audition panel. Following the conclusion of all pre-trials, a full trial will be offered to the preferred candidate. Full details of this process will be provided upon application.

Interested musicians are encouraged to submit applications as soon as possible. The panel will begin assessing applications in February 2017 and applications will close 18 March 2017.

This position is a full time position and is open to candidates of all nationalities.

The Melbourne Symphony Orchestra offers an attractive salary package for the successful candidates. Applicants wishing to send a recording should advise this upon application and as soon as possible.

Section Trumpet

Monday 14 & Tuesday 15 August 2017

This position is not yet open for application. Further information will be posted once available.

Principal Timpani

Audition dates to be confirmed

This position is not yet open for application. Further information will be posted once available.

Application Details

To apply, please send a CV (including mailing address, phone number and email address) to:
Auditions Coordinator
Melbourne Symphony Orchestra
GPO BOX 9994
Tel: 03 9626 1126
Fax: 03 9626 1122