Auditions

The Abilene Philharmonic is a part-time per service orchestra, that is proud to employ some of the best musicians in the state of Texas. If you are interested in an audition, please review our openings and procedures.

Upcoming Auditions:


Friday, February 21, 2020 Starting at 2:00 PM at the Abilene Convention Center

The following positions will be auditioned, please click the position for required excerpts:
Principal Viola
Section Viola

Applications for Viola due Friday, February 14, 2020 by 5 PM


Friday, April 17, 2020 Starting at 9:00 AM at the Abilene Convention Center

The following positions will be auditioned, please click the position for required excerpts:
Principal Cello
Section Cello

Applications for Cello due Friday, April 10, 2020 by 5 PM



How to Apply:

Please submit the following by the stated deadline above.

  • Online Candidate Information Form and résumé – Please only submit one response, if you need to adjust a submission please contact Abilene Philharmonic Personnel Manager, Brent Phillips.
  • $25 Check Deposit (no money orders or Venmo) – All deposits are refundable unless the candidate fails to cancel a week prior to the audition date.

Please send your $25 check deposit to the following address:

Abilene Philharmonic Association
ATTN: Audition Committee
1102 North 3rd Street Suite C
Abilene, TX 79601


Audition Process:

The Abilene Philharmonic will notify you once your materials have been received. Incomplete submission of materials may result in a cancellation of your reservation.

The order of auditions will be randomly determined. Please arrive at least 15 minutes prior to your audition time to check in backstage at the Abilene Convention Center (1100 N 6th St, Abilene, TX 79601). Those who do not check in may forfeit their time and deposit. You will be given a private practice space 5-10 minutes prior to your audition. Audition times will be sent to each candidate the week of the audition.

Abilene Philharmonic auditions consist of two rounds. The first round is screened, and the committee will be unable to view the candidate. Candidates are asked to refrain from speaking during the first round. Candidates who advance to the second round will be visible by the committee, and the committee will be able to review the candidates’ resume.

Please address any questions to Abilene Philharmonic Personnel Manager, Brent Phillips at bphillips@abilenephilharmonic.org, or 325.677.6710.

Contracts for the 2020/21 season will be offered in May with the season beginning in September of 2020.

Abilene Philharmonic Concert Season:

4 Masterworks Concerts (paid at 5 services)
3 Pops Concerts (paid at 4 services)
1 set of Student Concerts (paid at 3.5 services)

Rehearsals:

Masterworks (Thursday - Saturday Rehearsals) - Saturday Performance
Pops (Friday - Saturday Rehearsals) Saturday Performance (occasionally a matinee and evening program)
Student Concerts - Wednesday - Friday (Paired with a masterworks concert)
Travel Pay and Lodging Provided


Sub List Consideration:

Please submit the following materials in order to be considered.

  • Youtube link or digital file of a recorded performance of the audition excerpts for your instrument
  • One-page résumé

The Abilene Philharmonic is ONLY accepting Sub List applications for the following sections:

Violin | Viola | Cello | Bass

Please send all materials to our personnel manager Brent Phillips at bphillips@abilenephilharmonic.org.

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