For Musicians

Information for Musicians
Updated August 2, 2019
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.

Our Model
We break from the standard orchestra model in several ways:

  • While the Arizona Philharmonic is a standalone institution, it collaborates with other organizations to assemble a season that is a mixture of stand-alone orchestral concerts and combined choir and instrumental concerts.
  • We have at least one full-orchestra concert each year that is in August, and aim to maintain a second full-orchestra concert in late May. We call this the “shoulder season” since it resides between the summer festival season and the traditional September – May concert season.
  • Our full-orchestra concerts are conducted by a professional conductor.
  • When we are collaborating, the orchestra is usually conducted by the music director the host organization.

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
Musicians are paid: $110/service plus one extra service for concertmaster, $100/service for principals, $70/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 very 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
Concerts are opt-in. We do not expect every musician to be available for all concerts.

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.
  • St. Luke’s Episcopal Church – a more intimate space with warm acoustics. At least one chamber ensemble and choral concert will be held here.

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.


  • While our season is a collaborative effort with other performing organizations, contracts will made be with Arizona Philharmonic.
  • This is a musician-run orchestra with minimal administrative budget. We aim to provide fair working conditions and compensation to our fellow musicians.
  • Contracts give Arizona Philharmonic permission to record the concerts and limited permission to use these recordings.
  • The musician roster is available to other organizations for for use in hiring for concerts held in the Prescott area.


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