2021 Auditions

Details of the Audition:

Auditions that were originally scheduled for June 2020 have been postponed until February 2021.

Assuming safe conditions, auditions will be held in one or both of the following dates and locations:

February 9, 2021 – in Phoenix, AZ (location TBA)
February 10, 2021 – in Prescott, AZ (location TBA)

Positions being auditioned are:

  • Concertmaster
  • Principal Violin II
  • Section Violin
  • Section Viola
  • Section Cello
  • Section Trumpet
  • Section Horn
  • Principal Trombone
  • Principal Percussion

All auditioning individuals not placed in an open position will be considered for the substitute list.

Excerpts for the audition can be found here.

To Register for the Audition:

Registrations for auditions are only accepted through this online form.

In addition to an application, please send a $50 deposit (refundable at audition) made payable to:

Arizona Philharmonic

and sent to the address:

AZ Phil Audition
406 Arena Drive
Prescott, AZ 86301

All applications must be submitted online and deposits received by January 16, 2021.  Shortly after that time you will receive a location and time for your audition.

Due to the unpredictable future of COVID-19, you may cancel your audition and request a deposit refund as late as January 26, 2020 (two weeks prior to the audition). On the day of the audition, Arizona Philharmonic will expect all representatives and participants to maintain safe distancing so that we are able to meet any CDC recommendations active at that time. If the audition is rescheduled, you will have the option to receive a deposit refund.

Who We Are:

Arizona Philharmonic is a professional orchestra based in Prescott, AZ that draws musicians from around the region. We will be entering our third season in 2020-2021. Peter Bay (Austin Symphony) is our principal conductor.

What We Offer:

Our next season has been shortened yet still includes one full orchestra concert, two chamber orchestra concerts, and three chamber ensemble concerts. We are fiscally conservative in our planning, allowing our seasons to grow each year. While the number and instrumentation of concert cycles will vary from year to year, our multi-year plan envisions our season growing to four or more full orchestra concerts, several chamber orchestra concerts, and supplemental chamber ensemble concerts.

Compressed Concert Cycles:

Concert cycles are compressed: typically, two rehearsals are on Friday, two rehearsals on Saturday, and a concert on Sunday. Musicians are expected to arrive to the first rehearsal fully prepared for professional performance. We arrange local housing for musicians who wish to stay in town over the weekend.

Musician Pay:

For concerts with a conductor, our 2020-2021 season pay rates are:

  • Concertmaster: $115 / service + extra
  • Principal: $101 / service
  • Section: $72 / service
  • Modest pay for cartage and doublings
  • Mileage and per diem are not yet offered

Note that these rates are slightly lower than we had announced prior to the COVID-19 wave and to the shortening of our season, yet they still are an increase over the 2019-2020 rates.


Questions not answered here may be emailed to audition@azphil.org.



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