NEW Bag Size Restrictions starting 1/1/2023: The Phoenix Convention Center and Venues are implementing a restricted bag size policy at Symphony Hall and The Orpheum.

No bags larger than clutch size (4.5″ x 6.5″) will be permitted. Medical and diaper bags will be allowed. Thank you for understanding.

 

2nd Horn & 4th Horn Auditions

 Application information

Thank you for your interest in the 2nd Horn and 4th Horn positions with The Phoenix Symphony. Both are tenure track positions.

The 2nd Horn audition will take place on 

Monday, March 27, 2023

The 4th Horn audition will take place on

Tuesday, March 28, 2023

Both auditions will be held at 

The Orpheum Theatre
203 W Adams St
Phoenix, AZ 85003

Anticipated start date for the winning candidates is October 2023.

Application deadline is Monday, February 27, 2023.

To apply, please email your resume to auditions@phoenixsymphony.org and include “2nd Horn (and/or) 4th Horn Audition” in the subject line. Please be sure to specify whether you are auditioning for 2nd Horn, 4th Horn, or both in your application email.

Applications and inquiries will be received by TPS Orchestra Personnel Manager, Lawson Malnory.

The repertoire lists and any excerpts that are within the public domain are available for download below. Please send requests for copyrighted excerpts, or any questions you may have about this audition, to the email address listed above.

2nd HORN AUDITION REPERTOIRE LIST AND EXCERPTS (pdf)

4th HORN AUDITION REPERTOIRE LIST AND EXCERPTS (pdf)

About auditions at The Phoenix Symphony

Your audition will be heard by a committee of seven tenured orchestra members, including (whenever possible) the Principal player of your instrument and (whenever possible) three other members of that section. 

By our policy, any candidate who insists on an audition must be allowed to participate. After reviewing your application materials, the committee may recommend that you do not take the audition. If that occurs and you still desire to audition, you will be included.

Audition times are decided in advance by random draw. Once the application deadline passes, you will be notified of your approximate start-time for your individual preliminary round audition. This audition time is subject to change. If it changes, it will almost certainly be moved earlier in the day due to a cancellation or withdrawal by another candidate. We will do everything in our power to notify you of a final audition time at least a week in advance of the audition. If you apply for both auditions, you will receive a separate audition time for each day.

Preliminary rounds of TPS auditions are always held behind a screen for anonymity. Upon entering the audition space, you will be allowed to play a few notes to get a feel for the acoustics. Once you are ready to begin, the proctor will announce your candidate number or letter to the committee before you start playing. Once you are announced, the committee is required to give you at least five minutes before they can ask you to conclude your audition. 

The committee is not required to provide comments, but many are often willing to do so. Reach out to the Personnel Manager after the audition if you would like to request comments.

TPS auditions take place in three rounds: Preliminaries, Semi-Finals, and Finals. Typically, you will be notified within an hour of your performance in any of these rounds whether or not the committee has determined to advance you to the next stage. If you apply to both auditions, you will be expected to participate in the preliminary round on both days.

About The Phoenix Symphony

The Phoenix Symphony (TPS) is Arizona’s only full-time, professional symphony orchestra and the state’s largest performing arts group. Founded in 1947 as a part-time orchestra in a city of fewer than 100,000 people, the Phoenix Symphony performed at Phoenix Union High School for the first 25 years of its existence. The Symphony came of age in 1972 when it moved into the newly built Symphony Hall and hired Mexico City native Eduardo Mata as conductor. In 1983, the orchestra achieved full-time status. Throughout the years, there have been many celebratory milestones. In 1989 when TPS named James Sedares as director, he became the youngest music director in any major symphony in America. In 1992, TPS, under his leadership recorded an album of the music of Aaron Copland and earned many accolades from the music industry, including an ECHO Award, continental Europe’s equivalent of the Grammy award.

In February 2014, the Symphony hired Tito Muñoz as its 11th music director and the orchestra continues to receive praise and opportunities through his leadership and vision. The Phoenix Symphony’s programs feature world-renowned conductors and guest artists performing classical, chamber and pops concerts, as well as performances for families and children. The national and international recognition the orchestra has achieved in recent years has helped attract many of the world’s top musicians to the Valley. Guest artists over the years have included Yo-Yo Ma, Emanuel Ax, Evelyn Glennie, Isaac Stern, Placido Domingo, Itzhak Perlman, and Anne-Sophie Mutter. Pop artists have included Marvin Hamlisch, Sandy Duncan, Bobby McFerrin, Andrea Marcovicci, Flash Cadillac, and Mark O’Connor.

The Symphony aspires to perform live symphonic music of excellence, beauty, and vitality at a consistently high level and to address the needs of communities throughout the Valley, meeting their needs through music-based programs. Concerts follow a selection of seasonal programs – Classics, Pops, and special presentations; designed to attract a diverse audience.

In addition to our mainstage concerts, The Phoenix Symphony education and Community Engagement department operate   a varied group of programs that reach over 125,000 students, adults, and families every year. Programs cover many other activities, including school-based concerts, brown bag series at local college campuses, a cross-cultural music residency and a professional development model to train teachers and Symphony musicians to collaborate on STEM lessons that leverage music concepts. Our B-Sharp Health and Wellness Initiative provides live, interactive performances presented by Symphony musicians in healthcare settings, shelters, hospice and palliative care.  

The orchestra participates in collaborative efforts with organizations such as Ballet Arizona, AZ Science Center, Arizona Theatre Company, Heard Museum, Phoenix Art Museum, Phoenix Bach Choir and Boys Choir, and Arizona State University.