Bloomington Symphony Orchestra logoThe Bloomington Symphony Orchestra (BSO) is made up of highly qualified volunteer (unpaid) musicians who are selected through a competitive audition process.

The Bloomington Symphony has a rolling, two-part audition process. The first round is a video, prepared and submitted at your convenience. The second round is a performance of the same materials in front of our Music Director and committee in a live, in-person audition.

Why do you ask for a video? No other Twin Cities community orchestras require a video step.

We are finding a higher placement rate with the video process and are adding more players to the orchestra. Before the first round videos, we found that many candidates had not played auditions recently, and sometimes nerves were getting the best of a person. Preparing a video allows a candidate to submit his or her best performance for review and provides chance to have that playing confirmed in person.

When is the next audition?

String auditions will be held on Sunday, June 10 (afternoon). Please submit your video audition by June 1 for review in advance of the June 10 live audition.

What should I do if I have more questions that are not answered on this page? 

You can explore our website (check out the About page!), complete the form below, or send an email to We would love to hear from you and see a video come to our inbox!

Where are your audition materials?

Audition materials for all instruments can be found on this page.

What are your current openings (2018-19 season)?

Violin – Section First & Second

Viola – Section

Cello – Section

Bass – Section

Percussion – Section

Winds, Brass & Timpani: Substitute positions (only)

Audition Interest Form