Principal Second Violin Audition

The Bloomington Symphony Orchestra announces an audition for Principal Second Violin in January 2023. The successful candidate will begin as early as March 5, 2023.

The Principal Second Violin, in addition to musical leadership, provides administrative leadership as well. The Principal Second assigns seating for rotating section members, marks bowings and sends scans for posting on the website, and if needed, leads sectionals.

First round videos are due January 15. Invited candidates will audition live on January 29. Materials are posted here. Direct questions to

A black and white picture of a woman with glasses playing the violin, taken from the backside of the instrument.
Photo by Leslie Plesser

String Audition Date Announced – September 16

For more information, visit our Auditions page or email


String Auditions :: July 25

The Bloomington Symphony will hold string auditions on July 25. To be considered for the live audition, please submit your video by July 10. We are looking for an associate principal (2nd chair) second violin, principal bass and string players in all sections. We’d love to see your video or answer any questions you might have.


Audition Date Scheduled

The Bloomington Symphony will hold auditions for Principal Trumpet and Percussion on Sunday, May 21. If you are interested in either of these positions, please send an email to for more information.

We will have a string audition date announcement shortly. We will be holding auditions for all string sections including leadership chairs in the first and second violins, violas and bass. We encourage all players to submit a video at your earliest convenience to be included in the early summer audition date.

All successful candidates will be invited to join the Bloomington Symphony at the Arts in the Park concert on Thursday, August 10 (rehearsals will begin on August 3).

The Bloomington Symphony Orchestra performs at Arts in the Park, August 2016


Substitute Percussion Audition

Photo by Leslie Plesser

Photo by Leslie Plesser

The Bloomington Symphony is holding an audition for a one-season substitute position in the percussion section. The temporary appointment will begin at the end of August 2015 and run through at least the April 2016 concert. The successful candidate will be expected to commit to performing the entire season, as required by repertoire and need. For more information, download the materials here.


Audition Information Updated

BSO musicians chat during a rehearsal break

BSO musicians chat during a rehearsal break

Are you a musician who is looking for a fantastic ensemble to play with in the Twin Cities metro area? Perhaps you are a recent college graduate looking for a place to keep up your chops, or a parent who has recently launched their child into the world. Maybe you have taken a year or two off from playing in an ensemble or you miss the experience of making great music under a fabulous conductor every week.

If this (or something else!) describes you, please take a look at the Bloomington Symphony’s newly updated Auditions page. There, you will find information on our new two-part audition process with a first-round video and a second-round live performance. You can also fill out a form to let us know about you and check out the Audition Materials page where you can find the excerpts.

If you have any questions about auditioning for the Bloomington Symphony or want to know more about what joining the BSO means, please contact our General Manager, Sara Kleinsasser Tan at


Auditions to be held July 14

The Bloomington Symphony Orchestra will hold auditions on Monday, July 14, 2014 from 6:30 – 9:30 p.m. at the Bloomington Center for the Arts. Interested musicians are invited to visit the Audition page for more information. Musicians may also download the audition letter here.Bassoons

Open positions include: Principal Second Violin, Assistant Principal First Violin (two chairs), Associate Principal Viola, Associate Principal Cello, Principal Bass, section violin, viola and cello, Flute III & Piccolo II (must play both) and Oboe III with optional English horn. Other instruments are invited to audition for place on our substitute roster.

We asked a few of our current players why they play with the Bloomington Symphony. Here is what they said:

“The Bloomington Symphony provides the opportunity for its musicians and its audience to really meet classical music where it is meant to be encountered…at close quarters with your neighbors and friends.”

“Performing with the BSO is a joy for me! I began learning how to play violin at the age of 6 and played with various orchestras all the way up through my college years. After graduating from college, I wondered if I’d find an orchestra that would challenge me and keep me growing as a musician. The BSO has done just that!”

“I feel incredibly fortunate to be playing in my 25th season with the BSO. I continue to carve out time to play in this fantastic organization because of the enthusiastic reception from our audiences, wonderful friendships both old and new, and the experience of making music. Music enhances nearly everything I do, and the BSO is an integral part of my life.”



Violin Auditions on February 1

The BSO invites all interested violinists to audition for a section seat, principal second violin or assistant principal (fourth chair) first violin on Saturday, February 1. Auditions will begin at 2 p.m. and will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis. The materials are available for download here (Violin Audition). To reserve your time, send an e-mail to or complete the contact form here.


Auditions for Violin – Saturday, February 1

The Bloomington Symphony Orchestra is announcing auditions for the following positions: Principal Second Violin, Assistant Principal (first) Violin (4th chair) and Section Violin. We invite any interested violinists to audition on Saturday, February 1, 2014, beginning at 2 p.m.

The audition packet is available here and candidates are invited to send an e-mail to to reserve an audition time or ask further questions. Times will be assigned on a first-come, first-served basis.

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