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? 

We are placing more musicians as members or substitute players with the video process. Before the first round video process began, 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 their best performance for review. The live audition is an opportunity to have that playing ability confirmed in person.

When is the next audition?

Our next audition is December 2020, for second trumpet.

We review videos on a rolling basis for all instruments and schedule auditions on an as-needed basis, so prepare those videos and send them in!

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?

Violin – Section First & Second

Viola – Section

Cello – Section

Oboe and optional English horn (two chairs)

Second Trumpet

Percussion (1 permanent chair)

All other Winds, Brass & Timpani: Substitute positions (only)

Audition Interest Form