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, September 16 (5 p.m.). Please submit your video audition by September 9 for review in advance of the September 16 live audition.

An audition for Horn II and Oboe III/English horn will be held on Sunday, October 28 at 5 p.m. in Bloomington. Videos for that round are due by October 14 at 5 p.m.

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

Oboe III and optional English horn

Horn II

Percussion – Section (1 permanent chair and 2 substitute positions for the 2018-19 season)

Winds, Brass & Timpani: Substitute positions (only)

Audition Interest Form