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.

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Openings for 2021-2022

  • Principal Cello
  • Violin and Cello
  • Trumpet
  • Trombone
  • Percussion
  • Sub positions for all other sections

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