Auditions for the 2019-2020 Season 

Wednesday, September 25, 2019, 7-9PM

As a community-based symphony orchestra, the Schenectady Symphony Orchestra consists of both paid and volunteer musicians. Individuals who wish to become a paid member or paid substitute must successfully pass an audition. We hold blind annual auditions for open seats and/or placement on the substitute list.

This season’s auditions will be held on Wednesday, September 25, 2019 from approximately 7 to 9 pm, by appointment. The auditions will take place at Proctors, The Addy Orchestra room. The 3rd floor orchestra rehearsal space at Proctors.  Access via elevator across from Box Office on the main level.

Auditions are held before Artistic Director, Glen Cortese and several orchestra members.

The following positions are currently open:


We will also hold auditions for our substitute list. Musicians auditioning for the sub list should prepare and play a selection(s) of their choice that best demonstrates their level of musical performance. We suggest preparing one or more orchestral excerpts for part of your audition. Additionally, your performance should demonstrate contrasting musical performance styles (technical and lyrical).

Regular musicians who wish to perform on an unpaid basis may petition to join the orchestra without a formal audition.  Please send us a resume with current address, contact information, music training, playing experience and at least one reference (teacher or SSO member) who can be contacted for a recommendation, either by email  or snail mail: Schenectady Symphony Orchestra,  Proctors, 432 State Street, Schenectady, NY 12305

To schedule an audition please email our Personnel Manager at


Tax-Deductible Gifts

Did you know that when you attend a special event supporting the Schenectady Symphony Orchestra, a portion of the ticket price is tax-deductible?

If you are a GE employee, retiree or spouse of an employee or retiree, that portion is also eligible to be matched by the GE More Gifts…More Givers Foundation.

The tax-deductible portion of each $100.00 ticket to our recent event “Tasting Notes” is $50.00.

Please email or call 518-372-2500 if you need more information.


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