Auditions and Vacancies at the DSO


There are no vacancies at the moment.

Auditions 2020

Auditions for 2020 will be announced on an ad hoc basis


There is at least one round of auditions per year, usually early in March.  A further round of auditions may be held later in the year, subject to demand. The date for the auditions is set about five weeks in advance of the audition.

Once a date is set, the audition opportunity is advertised publicly through The Star, University Music Department, orchestra and appropriate music teachers.

The time between the application closing and audition dates is four weeks to allow auditionees to study the orchestral excerpts.

Applicants should be of LTCL or equivalent standard.  Auditionees whose applications are accepted will, on the closing date, be sent the orchestral excerpts. Applicants who intend to audition for two instruments (e.g. flute and piccolo), will be sent the excerpts for both instruments and will be allocated two adjacent audition time slots.

The audition panel consists of the Concertmaster, relevant section principals, an external audition panel member, and an appropriate players’ representative (usually a player from another section of the orchestra).

For more details on the auditions, please read our Guidelines to Auditionees.

Audition by DVD or CD is possible but not encouraged as our experience of these, albeit limited, is not satisfactory.