String Audition Date Announced – September 16

For more information, visit our Auditions page or email


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.


Auditions Announced

The Bloomington Symphony will hold auditions for the 2013-14 season on Monday, July 29 at the Bloomington Center for the Arts (1800 West Old Shakopee Road), 6:30-9:30 p.m. The BSO is seeking a principal viola and principal bass as well as an Oboe II & English horn player. The BSO will listen to auditions for all other instruments for placement in the orchestra or on the substitute roster. For more information on the auditions including PDFs of repertoire, please visit our audition page or send an e-mail to

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