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National Symphony Orchestra Auditions

The National Symphony Orchestra is a full-time, professional symphony orchestra comprised of 96 musicians, presenting a year-long season of approximately 150 concerts each year. These include classical subscription series, pops concerts, summer performances at Wolf Trap and on the lawn of the U.S. Capitol, chamber music performances in the Terrace Theater and on the Millennium Stage, and an extensive educational program. Additionally the NSO's dedicated community engagement projects include NSO In Your Neighborhood (a week of approximately 30 performances in schools, churches, community centers, and other neighborhood venues) and NSO Sound Health, launched in 2013, with performances at the National Institutes of Health, Children's National Health System, and other medical facilities. Auditions are by invitation only and occur as positions become available.

Available Positions

  • Percussion/Assistant Principal Timpani

    Email a one-page resume (Word or pdf):

    nsoauditions@kennedy-center.org
    (put “Percussion/Assistant Principal Timpani” in the subject line)

    For percussion, preliminary rounds are January 12-13, 2019, semis and finals on January 14.

    Application deadline for both auditions is October 25, 2018

  • Assistant Principal Trombone

    Email a one-page resume (Word or pdf):

    nsoauditions@kennedy-center.org
    (put “Assistant Principal Trombone” in the subject line)

    For trombone, preliminary rounds are January 26-27, 2019, semis and finals on January 28.

    Application deadline for both auditions is October 25, 2018

Contact Information

  • National Symphony Orchestra
    John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts
    2700 F Street, NW
    Washington, DC 20566
    Phone: 202-416-8100
    Fax: 202-416-8105

    Mailing Address:
    P.O. Box 101510
    Arlington, VA 22210