Section First Violin (2 Positions)

Application process closed.

Virtual preliminary round to be held October 7-10, 2022.  Click here for the three pre-determined excerpts for this round and for the complete repertoire list to be used at the live rounds to be held November 20 and 21, 2022.

Employment to begin at earliest mutually agreed upon date, no later than September 2023. Minimum compensation is $69,039 for the 41 week 2022-2023 season.

Highly qualified candidates should apply through Acceptd.  This will be the platform used for the virtual audition.

The Audition Committee of the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra reserves the right to dismiss immediately any candidate not meeting the highest professional standards at any point during this audition process.



Sub auditions for violin, bass, flute, oboe, clarinet, saxophone, bassoon, horn, trumpet, trombone, tuba, timpani, and percussion will be held in the fall of 2022.

To apply, please fill out this Google form by September 25 and email a copy of your resume to subject line Substitute + Instrument, for example Substitute Saxophone.  Once we have an idea of numbers we will specify dates and times for your instrument, but for planning purposes, we are looking at the following possible dates: October 16-evening, October 17-all day, November 6-evening, November 7-all day.  With all of these moving parts, do not plan on requesting a specific day or time.  Thanks for your understanding in advance.

The repertoire for each instrument is listed on the Repertoire for Substitute & Extra Musician Auditions page.

Please note that the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra generally hires substitute musicians who live within a 100 mile radius of Milwaukee. Acceptance to the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra's Substitute and Extra list does not guarantee employment.

Thank you for your interest in the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra!


Vaccination Policy

To ensure the health and safety of our employees, their families and members of our communities, the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra has decided to require proof that musicians (and other employees) are fully vaccinated as a condition of work.  According to the CDC, an individual is not considered fully vaccinated until two weeks after s/he has received the final shot.  We also will continue to follow any further recommendations for boosters by the CDC.