2017-2018 Auditions

The Jackson Symphony Orchestra announces open auditions for the 2017-18 season. Available contract positions include at least one (1) section viola, one (1) section cello, and Horn II. Winners will be offered a one-year contract effective immediately for the 2017-18 season. Musicians are also invited to audition for supplemental positions including harp, bassoon, violin, and clarinet sections. Those who pass this audition will gain hiring priority over non-auditioned substitute players.

Audition Location

Weatherwax Hall
215 W. Michigan Ave
Jackson MI 49201

Audition Repertoire

Audition list for all instruments can be found by clicking here. The candidate is responsible for providing their own music.


Auditions will be held on Saturday, September 30th in the Weatherwax Hall at the Jackson Symphony Orchestra building (see address below). Brass auditions will begin at 11a, woodwind auditions at 12:30p, and strings at 2p. Musicians may request a specific time within their instrument category, it not already assigned.

Please submit a one-page PDF resume via e-mail highlighting performance experience to JSO personnel manager David Lamse ( jacksonsymphonypm@gmail.com) by September 1, 2017 . No materials will be accepted after this date.

Please note: for the 2017-18 season, we will experience an unusual number of conflicting concert dates with the Lansing Symphony Orchestra. If you are currently a member of the LSO, please note these conflicts before requesting an audition time with us.

The Jackson Symphony Orchestra is a professional ensemble that performs 5 mainstage concerts and a number of various outreach, pops, and community concerts each season. 2017-18 section payrate for winds/brass is $53/service plus $25/travel per trip outside of a 25-mile radius of 49201. String payrate is $60/service plus $25/travel per trip outside of a 25-mile radius.

The audition committee of the Jackson Symphony Orchestra reserves the right to immediately dismiss any candidate that does not meet the highest professional standards at these auditions.