Akron Symphony Auditions


The Akron Symphony Orchestra & Music Director Christopher Wilkins announce the following vacancies for the 2019-2020 season:




SECTION VIOLIN I & II (5 positions)

SECTION VIOLA (2 positions)


NON-ROTATING SECTION BASS (second chair, 1-year position)*†

*If this position is won by a current ASO contract member, the resulting vacancy may be offered to the next best-qualified candidate.

† 1-year positions may become permanent.

Audition Dates

  • Monday, September 16, 2nd Bassoon
  • Tuesday, September 17, Non-Rotating Cello
  • Wednesday, September 18, Non-Rotating Bass (1-year)
  • Thursday, September 19, Section and Principal 2nd Violin
  • Monday, September 23, Principal Clarinet
  • Tuesday, September 24, Section Viola


2019-20 base compensation is currently being negotiated. The 2018-19 rate was 105.51 per service. Principal compensation rate is $131.89 per service. The Akron Symphony does not offer travel per diems or mileage payments.

2019-20 Season Schedule and Minimum Service Requirements

Our season schedule can be accessed here. Contract musicians are required to play a minimum of 4 classics concerts and 1 pops/gospel concert. Summer, educational and other additional concerts are not required.

Repertoire Lists

Repertoire lists are available at the links below. Please check back as this section may be updated.

Principal Clarinet

Second Bassoon

Principal Second and Section Violin

Section Viola

Non-rotating Cello

Non-rotating Bass


All applicants are required to demonstrate either U.S. Citizenship or a legal eligibility to accept employment with ASO.

As a large volume of candidates is expected, please do not schedule an appointment if you are not certain you can adequately prepare for and attend the audition. If you are not certain, please wait until closer to the audition date to schedule your time.

Committed applicants may schedule an audition appointment after August 11 by contacting the Akron Symphony Office via email to ssmith@akronsymphony.org. Please send an attached résumé with your request.

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: Can I schedule my audition appointment thorough the Personnel Manager?

A: No. The sign-up list is managed by Sharon Smith at the ASO Office. Contact her with your audition appointment request at ssmith@akronsymphony.org.

Q: Can I choose my audition time?

A: No. Auditions are scheduled late to early. If you wish an earlier time you should wait to schedule your appointment.

Q: Are there multiple rounds?

A: Yes. Unless you are auditioning for sub list only, plan to remain or return for final rounds. Your audition confirmation will provide all necessary details.

Q: I am not available on the advertised audition date. Can I schedule an individual appointment at another time?

A: No. Our collective bargaining agreement requires the symphony to convene and compensate an audition committee. It is too costly and time intensive to organize private auditions.

Q: Can I audition for the sub list only?

A: All candidates will be considered for the sub list, though you must attend the appropriate audition as the committees are constructed from the instrumental area we are auditioning.

Q: My instrument is not being auditioned. How can I schedule a substitute audition?

A: We can only accept your résumé and send it to the section principal.

Q: Do I need to supply a résumé?

A: Yes. Please plan to send one with your appointment request.

Q: Will you supply excerpt music at the audition?

A: Yes, though feel free to use your own.

Q: If I win a position do I have to join the union?

A: As per our contract, all ASO contract musicians must join Akron Federation of Musicians Local 24. Other questions regarding union membership can be answered by Gary Davis, Secretary-Treasurer of local 24 at info@akronmusicians.org.

Q: If I take work as a substitute musician with the Akron Symphony Orchestra am I required to join Akron Federation of Musicians Local 24?

A: Not at first. You can play 16 services with the orchestra before you are required to join the union. Other questions regarding union membership can be answered by Gary Davis, Secretary-Treasurer of Local 24 at info@akronmusicians.org.

Please address all other questions to Jerry Miskell, Personnel Manager, via email at miskeljp@mountunion.edu.

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