Orchestra Auditions

 National Alliance for Audition Support


Nashville Symphony is proud to be a partner orchestra of the National Alliance for Audition Support (NAAS), an unprecedented national initiative to increase diversity in American orchestras. It will do so by offering Black and Latinx musicians a customized combination of mentoring, audition preparation, financial support and audition previews. For more information, click here.



The Nashville Symphony announces the following auditions:

At this time there are no open auditions. Please check back periodically for new opportunities.

To Apply

Please submit a one page resume to our online application form. Additionally, a refundable $100 check must be mailed in to complete the application. Please make check payable to the Nashville Symphony, and ensure that auditionee's name is either printed or written on the check.

Attn: Audition Coordinator
Nashville Symphony  
One Symphony Place
Nashville, TN 37201-2031


Sub auditions, please submit a one page resume with this online application.

If you would like to be notified when the Nashville Symphony schedules a sub list audition for your instrument, please complete the form below. 

Notify Request


The Audition Committee and/or Music Director reserve the right to dismiss any candidate not meeting the highest professional standards.
The Nashville Symphony is an equal opportunity employer.


Benefits for All Full Time Orchestra Positions Include:

  • 44 week season
  • 2023-2024 season annual base salary is $68,500 + Electronic Media Guarantee of $1,040
  • Health Insurance coverage through Blue Cross Blue Shield with the option of 100% employer-paid premium
  • Dental, Vision, Life & ADD, Instrument, and Long-Term Disability Insurance
  • Up to 16-weeks paid maternity/paternity leave
  • 5 weeks paid vacation per season
  • 10 personal days per season
  • 8.393% Pension Contribution to the AFM-EPF
  • 403b retirement plan


Benefits do not apply for sub positions. 


About the Nashville Symphony

The Nashville Symphony has been the primary ambassador for classical music in Music City since 1946. Led by Music Director Giancarlo Guerrero, the ensemble is internationally acclaimed for its focus on contemporary American orchestral music through collaborations with composers including Jennifer Higdon, Terry Riley, Joan Tower and Aaron Jay Kernis; commissioning and recording projects with Nashville-based artists including Edgar Meyer, Bela Fleck, Ben Folds and Victor Wooten; and for its 14 GRAMMY® Awards. In addition to the classical season, the orchestra performs concerts in a wide range of genres, from pops to live-to-film movie scores, family-focused presentations, holiday events, jazz and cabaret evenings, and more.

An established leader in the Nashville and regional arts and cultural communities, the Symphony spearheads groundbreaking community partnerships and initiatives, notably, Violins of Hope Nashville, which engaged tens of thousands of Middle Tennesseans through concerts, exhibits, lectures by spotlighting a historic collection of instruments played by Jewish musicians during the Holocaust. Similarly, this spring, the Nashville Symphony presented the world premiere of an epic opera commissioned from Hannibal Lokumbe, The Jonah Project: A Legacy of Struggle and Triumph. Retracing his family’s ancestry and journey from slavery to the present day, Hannibal’s story celebrates the spirit of those who endured and thrived to become Black visionaries and world changers. More at NashvilleSymphony.org.