We are actively seeking highly capable diverse student and community musicians that are interested in participating and engaging in an innovative orchestra devoted to mentorship on a variety of levels and bringing classical and new symphonic works into Seattle communities.
Who are we and why are we important?
We are an ensemble made up of gifted student and emerging musicians, who perform with experienced professionals from premier Seattle-area ensembles, such as the Skyros String Quartet and the Seattle Symphony Orchestra. We are specially dedicated to promoting new music. We regularly program world premieres by composers from the Pacific Northwest and female composers across the country. We provide a free educational opportunity for highly talented students in order to promote a diverse outstanding progressive musical performance experience.
Why would you want to be part of this awesome organization?
SCO is all about being part of current innovation in the symphonic culture. Our organization strives to program innovative and eclectic music that should be heard, but may be rarely performed.
What does the SCO look like?
Student musicians – 50-60%
Community musicians – 10-20%
Professional coaching Staff – 10%
Professional Musicians – 15-20%
Who can audition?
Anyone can audition. We currently have positions available for all instruments! Promoting diversity in the symphony orchestra is one of our most crucially important missions. We are working to create a diverse, talented orchestra, providing placement for students regardless of background or financial hardship.
What are my expectations as a member?
We are a collaborative ensemble and expect all of our members to be proactive in providing a rich music educational environment. Members of this ensemble are expected to:
- Participate fully in and attend all rehearsals and concerts.
- Bring a professional attitude and arrive prepared at all rehearsals. SCO is primarily a mentoring orchestra. Student musicians are expected to be focused and engaged throughout the rehearsal process to take full advantage of the expertise and mentorship of the professional musicians. Professional musicians are expected to bring a positive and welcoming attitude to help the students learn and grow.
- Members are expected to help sell tickets – we want to have a full audience! Students are required to sell at least 15 general admission tickets at a discounted $15 rate for each concert cycle.
When do we rehearse?
All rehearsals are in the Roosevelt High School Band room from 7:00 – 9:30pm.
What will we be playing this season?
Concert Series #1 – Questions and Answers – Tuesday December 6, 2016 – 7:30pm
Rehearsals – Oct 17, 24, 31, Nov 7, 14, 21, 28, Dec 5 (all Monday nights)
Brendan McMullen – Unquestioned
Charles Ives – The Unanswered Question
Lili Boulanger – D’un soir triste & D’un matin du printemps
Tchaikovsky – Symphony No. 5
Concert Series #2 – Chamber Music Series – Tuesday February 7, 2017 – 7:30pm
Rehearsals – Jan 3 (Tues), 9, 17 (Tues), 23, 30, Feb 6 – (all Monday nights besides Jan 3 and 17)
Various smaller ensembles: brass, woodwind, percussion, string, and mixed ensembles
Concert Series #3 – Sea Stories – Tuesday April 4, 2017 – 7:30pm
Rehearsals – Feb 13, 27, Mar 6, 13, 20, 27, Apr 3 (all Monday nights)
Andy Clausen – Four Sea Scapes
Benjamin Britten – Peter Grimes: Four Sea Interludes, op. 33a
Jennifer Higdon – Concerto for Violin, featuring Maria Larionoff, violin
Audition Information and Forms
Apply online at one of the following links. You will need to enter your contact information and links to your audition videos. The audition repertoire is the same whether you are a student or not.
All of the links below are PDF documents.
Audition Information Sheet – A copy of what is on this page, plus repertoire, fees and submission requirements.
Student Application Information Form– Example of necessary contact information, etc., for students. Online application is preferred.
Media and Performance Release Form– We need your permission to promote your performance.
Release of Liability Form– The usual legal stuff.