Seating Auditions

Philadelphia Sinfonia (PS) Strings:
Excerpts for 2019-20 Seating Auditions will be available by August 1, 2019.
Every string player will receive the excerpts by email as soon as they are available, or they can be downloaded from this webpage after August 1.

Seating Auditions will take place during either the second or third Saturday rehearsal in the fall (September 21 or 28, 2019).

Seating Audition Tips & Advice from the Music Director


Philadelphia Sinfonia Players (PSP) Strings, Woodwinds, and Brass:
Please prepare a solo concerto or sonata of your choice for the seating audition.
You will NOT need to play scales or sight-read.

PSP String auditions will take place during rehearsal (9:50 am - 12:00 noon) on Sept. 21 and Sept. 28, 2019. Please be prepared to audition on either date. 
PSP Woodwind & Brass auditions will take place on Sept. 21 from 11:00 am - 1:00 pm - winds and brass, please be prepared to stay an extra hour on Sept. 21.

Seating Philosophy

Our goal when assigning seats is to create the best possible sound for each section while giving our members the best possible experience. This is accomplished by having our string players take a seating audition at the beginning of each season. The results of the seating audition should not be interpreted as a ranking of our players from strongest to least experienced; rather the more experienced players are spread throughout the section and may be paired with players who are less experienced. This encourages a depth of richness to Sinfonia's orchestral sound created by an even and strong section from back to front - one reason Sinfonia has always had such a mature sound.

This model is based upon a professional orchestra situation in which having a strong, even section from back to front is critical. Every player is an important, vital, and valued part of our orchestra whether in the front, middle, or back. All work together to create the mature sound that Sinfonia has come to be known for.

Strings will be required to take a seating audition at the beginning of each season. Auditions typically happen during regular scheduled rehearsals. PS string players will be asked to prepare 2-3 orchestral excerpts drawn from the current repertoire and chosen by the conductors. Excerpts will be emailed to you as well as posted here in the Members Section of the website by the end of July. PSP string players should prepare a solo or concerto of your choice for your seating audition.

Woodwinds, Brass, Harps, and Percussion rotate seating as determined by the conductors with assistance from the section leaders. This season, we are asking all Woodwinds and Brass in PSP to prepare a short audition to help the conductors determine each player's current abilities to more evenly assign parts for the season.