Philadelphia Sinfonia Association accepts musicians by audition.
Placement into our orchestras is determined by the audition.
Philadelphia Sinfonia (PS) - advanced orchestra, conducted by Gary D. White
Philadelphia Sinfonia Players (PSP) - advanced-intermediate orchestra, conducted by Danielle Garrett
Philadelphia Sinfonia Chamber Orchestra (PSCO) - advanced string orchestra, conducted by Gary D. White
Click here for samples of past repertoire performed by each orchestra.
Auditions for the 2020-21 Season continue on a rolling basis. We ask auditionees to pre-record your audition video, upload it to YouTube, and submit it to us following the guidelines below.
While our program remains online due to COVID-19, we have opened up our orchestras to Sinfonia Associate Members. Sinfonia Associates may join the online sessions without any audition needed. Click here for more information and to enroll in our Associate Program!
To audition, complete the Registration Form below to inform us of your intent to audition. We will then email you information on how to submit your Audition Video.
Please email or call us with any questions.
Click here for full details on Audition Requirements and Video Guidelines.
Click here to access the Sight Reading Excerpts.
Submit Video Auditions as follows:
1) Please complete the Audition Registration Form below.
-You will receive an email confirmation within a day, including a link to submit your Video Audition when ready.
2) To create the best possible pre-recorded Video Audition, simply follow our guidelines and requirements, and upload it to YouTube.
-Submit the Video Audition YouTube link using the link we emailed you.
4) You should hear back from us with the results of your audition within 3 days.
Scroll down and use the form below to register for an audition for our 2020-21 season.
Contact us with any questions about audition requirements or about the orchestras
There is no fee to audition. Tuition levels for 2020-21 are pro-rated based on when a student is accepted.
Full Season (Sept. - May) Tuition maximums for the 2020-21 season are as follows:
PS - $1,450
PSP - $1,250
PSCO - $350
Applicants should be prepared to:
--Play two contrasting movements of a solo work, concerto, or sonata without an accompanist
--"Contrasting" refers to one faster, more technical movement and one slower, more melodic movement
-- Contrasting solos can come from two movements of the same work, OR from two separate works.
-- Play up to 2 minutes of each solo, starting at the soloist's first entrance and stopping at the end of a phrase near the 2-minute mark (we would like to hear the exposition of your piece.)
--Percussionists should prepare an appropriate solo work / etude on snare drum and timpani (and mallet keyboard if possible)
--Perform major scales up to 4 flats and 4 sharps - see Audition Requirements for specific scales for each instrument
--Sight-read music provided - click here to download the Sight Reading Excerpts
--Percussion and Harps: In addition to your solo, please prepare an orchestral excerpt of your choice.
Instrumental Openings as of Winter 2021:
We have particular openings in the following sections; however, ALL INSTRUMENTS are welcome to audition.
PS - Viola, Bass, Oboe, Bassoon, Horn, Trombone, Bass Trombone, Tuba
PSP - Viola, Bass, Horn, Trombone, Percussion, Harp