2018-2019 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. Please see our “Join Us!” page for current positions open.

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

  1. High School Students: Students under 20 years old pay tuition to participate in our program.

  2. University/college students or community musicians: Community musicians do not pay to play, however we encourage support and participation in our fundraising efforts.

  3. Professional musicians: Professional musicians are paid. Professionals coach and provide mentorship to community and student musicians.

three (3) Steps to audition

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

  2. Fill out an online application.

  3. Audition:

    1. For recorded audition, read the requirements below and submit your YouTube audition links.

    2. For live audition, send an email request to to schedule.

  • You will be notified by September 11 of acceptance

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

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.
For harp and piano auditions, 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?

You will be notified by email of acceptance by Tuesday, September 11, 2018.

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.