2019-2020 Season

Seattle Collaborative Orchestra seeks highly capable, diverse and motivated student and community musicians from across our region to participate and engage in our award-winning orchestra.

There are THREE entry points for musicians in the Seattle Collaborative Orchestra.

  1. High School Students: High School students pay tuition to participate in our program.

  2. University/college students or community musicians: University/college students or community musicians are not paid. SCO encourages university/college students or community musicians to support and participate in our fundraising efforts.

  3. Professional musicians: Professional musicians are paid. SCO has 14 coaches that attend each rehearsal and we hire approximately 15 - 20 professional musicians that join us for our last two rehearsals and concert.

three (3) Steps to audition

  1. Pay $35 application fee ($36.32 through PayPal).

  2. Fill out an online application.

  3. Audition:

    1. Live auditions will be held August 17 at Roosevelt High School, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Please send an email request to to schedule. Auditions are only required for students and community musicians.

    2. Recorded auditions are only allowed if the candidate is not able to attend the live auditions on August 17. Please read the requirements below and submit your YouTube audition links to Recorded auditions are due August 16.

  • Participants will be notified via email the week of August 19th, 2019 for acceptance.

  • Payments through PayPal include a 2.9% + $0.30 per transaction convenience fees.

  • If the application fee requirement makes it impossible or difficult for you to audition, please contact to make other arrangements.

Audition requirements for strings, woodwinds, brass, and Percussion*

  1. Major Scale of your choice – separate bows or tongued (quarter = 100)

  2. Minor Scale of your choice – at least 4 sixteenth notes slurred (quarter = 80)

  3. 2-3 minutes of a prepared solo

  4. 4th video link for 2nd percussion solo OR doubling instrument solo (ex. piccolo or English horn)

  • Percussionists: please prepare both a snare solo and mallet solo for either xylophone or marimba.

  • Harp and piano: please contact for specific audition requirements.

What do I need to know about video auditions?

  1. Only video recordings, uploaded to YouTube, will be accepted.

  2. Cell phone video recordings are acceptable.

  3. Videos should be on separate tracks

  4. Double check that your video is either “unlisted” or “public” on YouTube! We cannot view “private” videos.

When will I find out my placement?

Participants will be notified via email the week of August 19th, 2019 for acceptance.

Commitment to Diversity

In alignment with Seattle Collaborative Orchestra's stated goals, it is the policy of SCO to provide all persons with equal opportunities without regard to race, color, sex, religion, national origin, veteran status, marital status or any characteristic protected by federal, state, and local law. Candidates of ALAANA (African, Latinx, Asian, Arab, and Native American) communities are encouraged to apply.