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16. Orchestral Opportunities

American Federation of Musicians — the musicians' union resources and links

Boston Symphony Orchestra's Doug Yeo's website has a wealth of information on auditions

Civic Orchestra of Chicago — professional training orchestra

Conductors Guild

Flutist Leone Buyse speaks about orchestral careers and stage deportment, Rice University

International Musician — the union paper from the American Federation of Musicians

League of American Orchestras

Musical Chairs — for overseas & U.S. audition listings 

New World Symphony — professional training orchestra

Polyphonic: the Orchestra Musician Forum


Becoming an Orchestral Musician: A Guide for Aspiring Professionals. Davis, Richard. London: Giles de la Mare, 2004.

Orchestra Audition Book. Frisch, Roger. Self-published, 2006

Starting Minimum Salaries for US Professional Symphony Orchestras 2007

Data from the American Federation of Musicians
Alabama Symphony $34,494 Milwaukee Symphony $54,210
Atlanta Symphony $34,494 Minnesota Orchestra $90,168
Baltimore Symphony $70,100 Nashville Symphony $42,183
Boston Symphony $118,040 National Symphony $103,792
Buffalo Philharmonic $40,209 New Jersey Symphony $41,360
Charlotte Symphony $36,000 NYC Ballet Orchestra $64,000
Chicago Lyric Opera $54,210 New York Philharmonic $112,060
Cincinnati Symphony $88,260 Oregon Symphony $40,941
Cleveland Orchestra $107,640 Philadelphia Orchestra $114,400
Colorado Symphony $44,333 Phoenix Symphony $35,877
Columbus Symphony $54,372 Pittsburgh Symphony $99,501
Dallas Symphony $77,376 Rochester Philharmonic $37,630
Detroit Symphony $98,800 Saint Louis Symphony $75,000
Florida Orchestra $30,090 St. Paul Chamber Orchestra $63,950
Fort Worth Symphony $55,182 San Antonio $26,000
Indianapolis Symphony $72,800 San Diego Symphony $46,412
Jacksonville Symphony $38,036 San Francisco Ballet $41,959
Kansas City Symphony $39,359 San Francisco Opera $66,178
Kennedy Center Orchestra $57,840 San Francisco Symphony $114,400
Los Angeles Philharmonic $117,520 Syracuse Symphony $30,282
Louisville Orchestra $25,575 Utah Symphony $57,720
Metropolitan Opera $125,320 Virginia Symphony $24,750

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