The Seattle Symphony announces auditions for the following vacancies:

Current Openings:

Seattle Symphony Celebrate Asia Composition Competition


LUDOVIC MORLOT, Music Director

Announces auditions for:
Section Bass

Only highly qualified applicants will be invited to this audition.
Employment to begin in September 2015 or by mutual agreement.

Final auditions for this position will be held in Seattle on Monday, February 2, 2015. Preliminary auditions may begin as early as Thursday, January 29, 2015.

Please send a brief resume listing recent orchestral experience, musical education and audition experience placement by Monday December 15, 2014. Repertoire is listed here.

    • Minimum salary for the 2015/16 season $91,900.00
    • 47 weeks, including seven weeks paid vacation: (45 weeks Symphony/Opera and an optional 2 week Seattle Opera summer production)
    • Benefits include medical and dental insurance, pension, disability, life insurance, instrument insurance, and parking.

Send resume to:
Please e-mail a one-page resume to:
(Please include the words “Section Bass Auditions” in the title of your reply, and attach your resume as a Word document or PDF file)


Seattle Symphony is an Equal Opportunity Employer.


Seattle Symphony Celebrate Asia Composition Competition

Competition Announcement

The Seattle Symphony announces the fifth Seattle Symphony Celebrate Asia Composition Competition. The Competition seeks to promote and recognize emerging composers who are interested in Asian culture, music and traditions.

In partnership with local community groups, the Seattle Symphony honors and celebrates Seattle’s Asian community with an annual Celebrate Asia event. The concept originated in 2008, through collaboration with local Asian leaders who were keen to strengthen bonds with the broader community through a cultural celebration.

The Seattle Symphony presents its 112th season in 2014–2015, under the artistic leadership of Music Director Ludovic Morlot. The Orchestra performs in the acoustically superb Benaroya Hall in downtown Seattle. The Symphony is internationally recognized for its adventurous programming of contemporary works, its devotion to the classics, and its extensive recording history. From September through July, the Symphony is heard live by more than 315,000 people.

The Seattle Symphony has gained international prominence with more than 140 recordings, twelve GRAMMY® nominations and two Emmys, and the awarding of the 2014 Pulitzer Prize for Music to John Luther Adams’ Become Ocean, a Seattle Symphony commission. The 2014–2015 season marks its 112th year and the fourth for Music Director Ludovic Morlot.

  • Award and Performance

    The winning composer will receive a $1,000 award and an opportunity to visit Seattle for the premiere. The winning score will be premiered by the Seattle Symphony on March 1, 2015, in Benaroya Hall at the annual Celebrate Asia concert.

  • Eligibility

    All composers born after January 1, 1980, are eligible.

  • Jury

    Ludovic Morlot, Seattle Symphony Music Director Simon Woods, Seattle Symphony Executive Director Elena Dubinets, Seattle Symphony Vice President of Artistic Planning

  • Submission Guidelines

    1. Works must have Asian influences (for example: Asian folk melodies, Asian stories and legends, Asian traditional instruments).
    2. Works must be new, original and accessible.
    3. Works should be 3 to 6 minutes in duration (there will be 30 minutes allotted to rehearsing this new work).
    4. Works should be for orchestra or chamber orchestra with instrumentation no larger than 3333 - 4331 – T+3 – hp – str. Woodwind doublings are allowed.
    5. The submitted work must have had no prior performances in the US.
    6. Interested composers should submit:
      - A legible, bound, full score
      - A recording of the piece on a CD (midi-format is OK)
      - A clear description of the composition’s Asian influence(s)
      - A biography, with current address, e-mail address, and phone number
      - If selected, professionally prepared parts and 2 scores will be required 90 days before the first rehearsal.
  • Entry Fee and Deadline

    There is no entry fee. All entries must arrive no later than Friday, October 3, 2014. Seattle Symphony is not responsible for lost or damaged material. The winning composition will be announced before Friday, November 7, 2014.

  • Send submission to:

    Seattle Symphony Celebrate Asia Composition Competition
    ATTN: Amy Bokanev
    Seattle Symphony
    P.O. Box 21906
    Seattle, WA 98111-3669

    Questions and inquiries may be emailed to:

Send resume to:
(See submission instructions above)