For Members

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?

stringsWe 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?

Sara_BoosStudent 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.
  • Support the Orchestra – All non-professional members of Seattle Collaborative Orchestra are expected to support SCO through ticket sales, volunteer work, publicity or other efforts.


Student musicians (under 20 years of age) are required to pay tuition to support their participation. For the 2017-18 season, the tuition is $900, half of which ($450) is due by the date of the first rehearsal, September 18, 2017.  The remainder of tuition is due by the date of the first rehearsal for the second concert, November 6, 2017.

SCO is dedicated to fostering talented musicians of diverse backgrounds from across the socio-economic spectrum. Students may reduce their tuition through in-kind volunteer work. A limited amount of direct financial aid is also available. If you would like to apply for tuition reduction or financial aid, please contact us at

More information concerning tuition payments, tuition reduction, and financial aid will be provided following a student’s acceptance into SCO.

When do we rehearse?

Most rehearsals are Monday evenings 7:00 – 9:30pm in the Roosevelt High School Band room.  A detailed audition and performance schedule will be provided.


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.

Student Musician
Adult Musician (20 yrs or older)

All of the links below are PDF documents.
Media and Performance Release Form– We need your permission to promote your performance.
Release of Liability Form– The usual legal stuff.