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2024-2025 AUDITIONS

Monday, June 10, 2024

Hagerstown Community College
Kepler Theatre
11512 Kepler Dr
Hagerstown, MD 21742

***Immediate Vacancies***


$127.12/service* (2024-25 rates), approximately 49** services
Employment will begin July 1, 2024


Only highly qualified applicants should apply. The Audition Committee reserves the right to immediately dismiss any candidate not meeting the highest professional standards.

All candidates are responsible for obtaining audition repertoire from standard excerpt books, purchasable music, and orchestral scores. The Maryland Symphony Orchestra will provide a set of music for reference at the audition.

Candidates must not be subject to any visa or immigration status that would prevent lawful employment at the time of the audition. A Form I-9 (Employment Eligibility Verification) is required before a contract can be offered.

Audition Procedure

Candidates should be prepared to play all required repertoire for every audition round. Each round is held behind a screen; however, the Audition Committee may choose to remove the screen for the final round.

Reasonable efforts to provide notification of acceptance or rejection will be given at the audition or within six (6) days by letter or electronic mail. The Audition Committee may identify qualified substitutes from the audition; if so, they will be notified by e-mail and/or phone.

Timpani Information

One set of Walter Light Timpani 31”, 29”, 26”, 23” (American System) with Remo drum heads. The timpani will be set flat with a very slight incline towards the player. Tuning gauges will be set before the audition begins. They will be available for use, but there won’t be enough time in the preliminary rounds for individual adjustment. Use them as they are set.

Candidates must use the timpani provided by the MSO at the audition.

How to Apply

Qualified candidates should complete the online application to be received by Monday, May 13, 2024.

Online Application: CLICK HERE

When completing the online application, candidates will be prompted to provide a one-page resume.

Please mail a $50.00 refundable deposit in the form of a check made payable to Maryland Symphony Orchestra to:

Audition Coordinator
Maryland Symphony Orchestra
21 South Potomac Street
Hagerstown, MD 21740

No one will be scheduled for an audition without a deposit. The deposit must be received by May 27, 2024. The refundable deposit is returned when the audition is taken as scheduled or if the candidate cancels by May 31st, 2024.

Audition information will be e-mailed stating the candidate’s time slot and other important information once the deposit is received. Your application does not guarantee an audition.

Audition dates are subject to change with due notice. 

Audition Repertoire

Principal Timpani Repertoire | CLICK HERE

Travel Reimbursement

The Maryland Symphony Orchestra does not reimburse travel expenses associated with auditions


The MSO performs five Classical Concert pairs and five additional programs per season. Contracted players are given hiring preference for these concerts. In addition to the services listed above, audition winners may be notified of additional opportunities to perform throughout the season.

Per Diem

Zones are calculated using the average mileage from the musician’s permanent residence to a rehearsal location in Frederick and the Maryland Theatre in Hagerstown. The maximum zone payout ranges from $0 - $36.00.

Thank you for your interest in the Maryland Symphony Orchestra.

For questions or inquiries regarding upcoming auditions, please contact Personnel Manager, Christian Simmelink at

About the Maryland Symphony Orchestra

The Maryland Symphony Orchestra is Western Maryland’s premier professional orchestra serving audiences from the Quad-state region. The MSO attracts the finest musical talents from the Baltimore and Washington metro area. Under the baton of Music Director Elizabeth Schulze—whom the Washington Post calls “a superb conductor”—the MSO has become a first-class orchestra of exceptional artistic quality.

The Maryland Symphony Orchestra performs five Classical Concert pairs and five special concerts per season. Contracted players are given hiring preference for these concerts. In addition to the services listed above, audition winners may be notified of additional opportunities to perform throughout the season.