Grant Park Orchestra Auditions

Announce the following vacancies beginning with the 2018 season:


The Grant Park Orchestra season is currently scheduled to begin June 12 and run through August 18, 2018. 2018 regular weekly salary is $1,533.79 plus a generous benefits package.

Audition dates will be scheduled for February and March 2018. Repertoire will not be given over the phone. Only highly qualified applicants should apply.

  • The audition committee of the Grant Park Orchestra reserves the right to immediately dismiss any candidate not meeting professional standards.
  • Should an advertised position be offered to a current member of the Grant Park Orchestra, the resulting vacancy may be offered to the next most qualified candidate.
  • The winning candidate must be legally eligible to accept work with the Grant Park Orchestra. The orchestra reserves the right to refuse to audition candidates who are unable to demonstrate legal eligibility to work.


Assistant Concertmaster:

  • Preliminary/semifinal rounds*: February 5 & 6, 2018, 9:00am – 6:00pm
  • Finals: Wednesday, February 14, 2018, 9:00am – 12:00pm
  • Application deadline: January 19, 2018
  • View audition repertoire

Assistant Principal Viola:

  • Preliminary rounds/semifinal rounds*: February 13, 2018, 9:00am - 6:00pm
  • Finals: Thursday, February 15, 2018, 9:00am - 12:00pm
  • Application deadline: January 26, 2018
  • View audition repertoire

Principal Tuba:

  • Preliminary rounds/semifinal rounds*: February 26, 2018, 9:00am - 6:00pm; February 27, 2018, 9:00am - 12:00pm
  • Finals: Wednesday, February 28, 2018, 9:00am - 12:00pm
  • Application deadline: February 9, 2018
  • View audition repertoire

Principal Clarinet:

  • Preliminary rounds/semifinal rounds*: March 19 & 20, 2018, 9:00am – 6:00pm
  • Finals: Wednesday, March 28, 2018, 9:00am – 12:00pm
  • Application deadline: March 2, 2018
  • View audition repertoire

2nd/Assistant Principal Bassoon:

  • Preliminary rounds/semifinal rounds*: March 26 & 27, 2018, 9:00am – 6:00pm
  • Finals: Wednesday, March 28, 2018, 1:00pm – 5:00pm
  • Application deadline: March 9, 2018
  • View audition repertoire


To apply, send a 1-page resume and a $75 deposit check to the address below.

Orchestra Auditions
Grant Park Music Festival
205 E Randolph St
Chicago IL 60601

A cover letter is unnecessary.

Deposit check: Make it payable to the Grant Park Music Festival. Checks will be held and returned when candidates arrive at the audition or will be destroyed if candidate withdraws before the withdrawal deadline.

Resume: At the top, indicate

A) your name
B) instrument
C) email
D) cell phone
E) For violin, clarinet, and bassoon: your 1st and 2nd choice of dates. (If your 1st choice is full and no 2nd choice is indicated, you will go to the waiting list.)

When we receive your application

  • By email we will assign you a date and hour. We assign 6 candidates to each hour. If you are in the 2:00 group, you will play sometime between 2 & 3.
  • Practice rooms open 1 hour before auditions begin and are available roughly 20 minutes before each candidate auditions.
  • Space is limited. Assignments will be made on a first come, first served basis.
  • Once all slots are full, candidates will go on a waiting list.

Preliminary round

Preliminaries are behind a screen.

Semifinal round(*)

A semifinal round will take place at the end of each day. Please be prepared to stay till 6:00pm. Semifinals are also behind a screen. Since semifinals are behind a screen, semifinalists will not be put on our substitutes list.

Final round

All final rounds are without a screen. The Audition Committee may put finalists on the substitute list.