As a member owned orchestra, the Seattle Phil offers musicians a rare opportunity for participation within the organization. Being a musician for the Philharmonic is more than rehearsing and playing music, it is an entry into one of the longest running orchestra communities in the Puget Sound Region.
Formal Auditions are held each fall with Music Director Adam Stern, personnel director Dick Griffith, and selected section principals. The orchestra will hold immediate ad-hoc auditions for sections with more pressing needs.
The Seattle Philharmonic is a volunteer orchestra and positions in the orchestra are un-paid.
To request an audition, or for more information, please visit our contact form.
Two great Russian composers who chose utterly different creative paths bring the Philharmonic season to a close. Sergei Rachmaninov, who remained true to his romantic ideals until his death in 1943 ("I cannot cast out the old way of writing"), completed his radiant Symphony No. 3 in 1936. Twenty-three years earlier, Igor Stravinsky had shattered all concepts of what orchestral music could be in his ballet masterpiece The Rite of Spring, regarded by many as the single most important and influential piece of music of the 20th century.
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.
Symphony No. 3
The Rite of Spring