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

--- Trumpet

--- Percussionist

--- Sub positions for all other sections

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






Upcoming Concert:

SPO 75th Anniversary Opening Gala

October 26, 2019 at 2 pm | Benaroya Hall

The Philharmonic's gala 75th season opener will present music spanning from the 18th century to a fanfare especially written for the occasion by acclaimed composer Gina Gillie. The concert will include (appropriately enough) Joseph Haydn's Symphony No. 75, and conclude with three works by Aaron Copland which were all composed at the same time the Philharmonic came into being (the early 1940s); renowned actor Tom Skerritt will be the featured narrator in Copland's Lincoln Portrait. The program will also spotlight the artistry of saxophone virtuoso Erik Steighner, in a rare performance of Fernande Decruck's haunting and atmospheric Sonata for Saxophone and Orchestra.

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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Philharmonic Fanfare (SPO Commission)


Symphony No. 75 in D


Sonata in c-sharp for Saxophone and Orchestra
• Erik Steighner, saxophone


Fanfare for the Common Man
Appalachian Spring (suite from the ballet)
Lincoln Portrait
• Tom Skerritt, narrator

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