For Musicians

2020 Audition Information can be found here.

Information for Musicians
Updated April 5, 2020
Arizona Philharmonic is a professional orchestra based in Prescott, Arizona. We draw musicians from around the region, both within and outside of the Prescott metropolitan area. Our goal is to grow the vitality of Prescott arts by introducing new audiences, musicians, donors, and volunteers to our lively music scene.

2018-2019 was Arizona Philharmonic’s inaugural season.

Orchestra Sizes
Concerts will use use ensembles of different sizes depending on the program of the performance. The Full Orchestra typically employs more than 50 musicians. The Chamber Orchestra is smaller but still able to play much of the standard repertoire. The Chamber Ensemble is a fairly small subset of the orchestra, frequently used for accompanying some choral concerts and tailored to the music being programmed.

Fee Schedule for 2020-2021
Musicians are paid: $115/service plus one extra service for concertmaster, $101/service for principals, $78/service for section members. In some concerts using smaller ensembles, every musician will be paid at principal rates. Rehearsals and Concerts will be paid the same. A modest cartage honorarium is offered, and doubling honorariums may be offered. (Percussionists and timpanist will need to provide their own instruments for most, possibly all, rehearsals and concerts.)

To assist those traveling from out of town, rehearsal and concert schedules usually are compressed into consecutive days. For our full-orchestra concerts, there may be two rehearsals per day.

Currently we are not able to pay travel nor per diem. We seek to offer host family housing for musicians who travel to Prescott.  Rehearsal, Concert, and Fee schedules for each concert will be finalized before contracts are offered.

The Contracting Model
We are building a core group of musicians who are given first call for available gigs. Remaining seats are offered to substitutes from both Prescott and around the region.

Regardless of expected annual income, all musicians must complete a W-9.

Arizona Philharmonic performances will be held in Prescott, AZ. The orchestra will perform in different venues depending upon the nature of the concert and the collaboration involved. Currently, these venues include:

  • Yavapai College Performing Arts Center – a professionally run hall that seats 1,100.  Most of the concerts will be held here.
  • Elks Theater – a recently renovated and historical 500+ seat hall in downtown Prescott.
  • Crystal Room – Sitting on the third floor of the Elks Performing Arts Center, this intimate venue has large windows overlooking downtown to Granite Peak and Thumb Butte. We typically set up the space with tables for 80 people.
  • Jim and Linda Lee Planetarium – a 106 seat state-of-the-art planetarium.

Chamber Opportunities
Arizona Philharmonic also organizes several chamber music opportunities that involve Arizona Philharmonic musicians. Currently these include Fridays with AZ Phil, house concerts, and our collaboration with the Jim and Linda Lee Planetarium.

Chaired Positions
Arizona Philharmonic plans to reach a stage where about half our musicians are Chaired. In most cases, Chaired players are given first opportunities to play a concert.

Chaired positions may be offered through audition or by recommendation by our conductor after performing with Arizona Philharmonic in our standalone concert.

Other Positions
Playing opportunities not filled by Chaired individuals are offered to players whose C.V. demonstrates a professional level of training and/or experience. Recommendations by other professionals and a history of professionalism are both considerations. When all else is equal, preference is given to local professionals.

Further auditions will be offered in the future. All auditions are blind, and participation and results are fully confidential.


  • This is a musician-run orchestra with minimal administrative budget. We aim to provide fair working conditions and compensation to our fellow musicians.
  • We are largely volunteer run so that the vast majority of our funds support paying our musicians.


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