Seattle Philharmonic Orchestra


Playing for the Philharmonic

Being a musician in the Philharmonic is more than rehearsing and playing music; it is an entry into one of the longest-running and highest-caliber community orchestras in the Puget Sound Region. Our members are from all backgrounds -- teachers, students, doctors, lawyers, engineers, and artistis -- with one common vision: to share the joy of creating music with our community.

At present, our season runs from September until June, during which we perform four subscription concerts at Benaroya Hall on Saturday afternoons at 2:00 p.m. Rehearsals are every Wednesday evening from 7:15 until 9:45 pm and are usually held at Roosevelt High School.

In addition to performing masterpieces from the standard repertoire, we are devoted to playing important works (often by women composers) that have been passed over by other orchestras and conductors. We strongly believe that surfacing and highlighting these pieces enriches both our membership and the community we serve.


General auditions are held in late August with Music Director Adam Stern, personnel manager Amy Werner-Allen, and selected section principals. The orchestra also holds ad-hoc auditions throughout the season for sections with more pressing needs.

Audition requirements consist of scales, orchestral excerpts, and a solo work or etude. Even though the Philharmonic is a volunteer orchestra, we maintain a high bar of musicianship and dedication, so our auditions are fairly competitive. 

To request an audition, email us at In your message, please include your name, instrument, email address, phone number, and some details about your musical background. We also welcome interested players to sit in on a rehearsal to meet our members and learn more about our organization.


Openings for 2019-2020 season

--- Violin, Cello, and Contrabass

--- Percussionist

--- Sub positions for all other sections

Note: The Seattle Philharmonic is a volunteer orchestra and positions in the orchestra are unpaid.






Upcoming Concert:

Legendary Women

January 25, 2020 at 2 pm | Benaroya Hall

A concert featuring first U.S. performances of music by two women who bucked the mores of their times and produced important bodies of work in spite of the prevailing prejudice against women as composers. Mel Bonis (1858-1937), a contemporary of her compatriots Claude Debussy and Ernest Chausson, wrote evocative music simultaneously Romantic and Impressionistic. The Philharmonic follows up its 2018 U.S. premiere of Ruth Gipps' (1921-1999) Symphony No. 2 with the like premiere of her Symphony No. 4, considered by many her masterpiece. Also on the program are selections from operas in which the central female characters are the stuff of legends: Ludwig van Beethoven's Leonore Overture No. 3, and a sampling of arias from French operas with local treasure, mezzo-soprano Jenny Knapp.

Benaroya Hall

Benaroya Hall houses two performance halls in a complex that is thoroughly integrated into downtown Seattle. Occupying an entire city block at the very core of the city, the development celebrates the vital role of performance events while maintaining the continuity of commercial life along one avenue and providing a much-needed public space, in the form of a terraced garden, along another.

Parking Information is available here.

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Leonore Overture No. 3, Op. 72b


Le songe de Cléopâtre (U. S. premiere)


Samson and Delilah: Mon cœur s'ouvre à ta voix


Cléopâtre: J'ai versé le poison


Carmen: Seguidilla and Habanera
• Jenny Knapp, mezzo-soprano


Symphony No. 4 (U. S. premiere)

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