Principal Cello

Pay per service: $70 plus a travel allowance if applicable (at least 40 services per season and growing)

Deadline for application: March 27, 2020

Live audition date: Monday, April 13, 2020 and Thursday, April 17, 2020

Location: TBA

Audition Application

The live audition will have multiple rounds.

Highly-qualified applicants will be expected to:

  • Communicate well
  • Lead the cello section, guide and motivate the players
  • Be a team player who plays a connecting role within the orchestra
  • Complete bowing in a timely manner
  • Have a positive and flexible attitude
  • Be willing to participate in chamber music opportunities as they arise

Only highly qualified applicants should apply. The contract is initially for a probationary period of one year starting with the 2020-21 season, becoming a permanent position if both parties are in agreement.

Audition excerpt list

Please prepare a standard concerto of your choosing, along with the below excerpts.

Beethoven-Symphony No. 5-Mvt. 2-Complete, Mvt. 3-Complete

Beethoven-Symphony No. 8-Mvt. 3-Measures 45-78

Brahms-Symphony No. 2-Mvt. 2-Beginning m. 32, Mvt. 2 Measures 42-55

Debussy-La Mer-Mvt. 1-2 measures before Rehearsal 9 to 6 measures after Rehearsal 9

Mendelssohn-Midsummer Night’s Dream-Scherzo-Rehearsal N to Rehearsal O

Mozart-Symphony No. 35-Mvt. 1-Beginning to Measure 34, Mvt. 4-Beginning to Measure 37, Mvt. 4-Measures 134-181

Strauss-Don Juan-Beginning to Measure 49

If your resume is selected, you will be asked to send a $50.00 refundable check to secure your live audition.  The check will be returned to you when you come to the live audition or if you cancel within 72 hours of the audition.

For additional questions, please contact Cara Pittenger at