Seating Auditions

Philadelphia Sinfonia Players

STRINGS, September 17 & 24
Violin/Viola, September 17, 9:50 AM – 12:00 PM
Cello/Bass, September 24, 9:50 AM – 12:00 PM

WOODWIND/BRASS, September 24, 11:30 AM – 1:00 PM (please note extended time)

Philadelphia Sinfonia

Each member of the PS string section is required to take a seating audition. Auditions are held on September 17 & 24 as follows:
SEPTEMBER 17: Violin & Viola
SEPTEMBER 24: Any remaining Violin & Viola; Cello & Bass

All seating audition excerpts & instructions can be found by following this link.

Philadelphia Sinfonia Association 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.

StringsĀ in PS and PSP, and winds & brass in PSP, 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 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 players should prepare a solo or concerto of your choice for your seating audition.