Auditions and Employment


The Portland Symphony Orchestra announces vacancies for the following permanent positions:

  • Second Horn
  • Section Bass

Auditions will be held:

  • September 25, 2014 – Second Horn
  • September 26, 2014 – Section Bass

**Please note: dates have changed!**

All auditions will take place at Woodfords Congregational Church.

Highly qualified applicants please send a one page resumé, including email address and telephone number to:

Portland Symphony Orchestra
ATTN:Leah Puleio, Orchestra Personnel Manager
50 Monument Square, 2nd Floor
Portland, ME 04101

Or Email:

Emailed resumés should be in Word or PDF format.


Resumés are due on or before September 1, 2014 along with a $30 refundable deposit to secure your spot.

Please make the $30 deposit check to the Portland Symphony Orchestra. Deposit checks will be returned upon audition check-in or will be mailed back if the audition is cancelled before Friday, September 5, 2014.

Employment will begin as soon as a winner’s availability and the Portland Symphony Orchestra’s schedule allow.

The Portland Symphony Orchestra Audition Committee reserves the right to dismiss any candidate not meeting the highest professional standard.

Audition Repertoire: Bass

Solo of choice
Bach Violin Concerto in E Major second movement
Mozart Symphony No. 40 first and fourth movements
Beethoven Symphony No. 5 third movement
Brahms Symphony No. 2 first and fourth movements
Strauss Ein Heldenleben
Britten Young Persons Guide variation H

Audition Repertoire: Second Horn

Bach Brandenburg #1  Entire work: 2nd horn part
Beethoven Symphony No. 3  3rd Movement: 2nd horn part
Beethoven Symphony No. 7  Entire work: 2nd horn part
Beethoven Symphony No. 9  3rd Movement: 4th horn part
Brahms Haydn Variations  Entire work: 2nd horn part
Mahler Symphony No. 1  Opening duet: 2nd horn part
Mozart Symphony No. 29  Entire work: 2nd horn part
Schoenberg Chamber Symphony No. 1  Entire work: 2nd horn part
Shostakovich Symphony No. 5  Entire work: 2nd horn part
Strauss Don Juan  Entire work: 2nd horn part
Tchaikovsky Symphony No. 5  2nd Movement: 1st horn solo
Wagner Das Rheingold  Opening: 2nd horn part
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