Audition Information

Auditions for the 2016-2017 season are now closed.  If you would like to be notified when audition sign-ups are open, click here.

Auditions for the Stanford Symphony Orchestra (SSO) and Stanford Philharmonia (SP) are open to all members of the Stanford community (i.e., students, faculty and staff).  Although Stanford students are given priority, we also welcome musicians from the local and non-Stanford community. 

There is no fee for audition.  Upon joining, a participation fee of $80 may apply per quarter for local and non-Stanford community members.  The fee will help offset some of the program expenses (i.e., facilities charges, technical services, and honoraria for guest artists). 

Each audition will be 10 minutes long and consists of a solo work of your choice, as well as chosen orchestral excerpts. (All of the required orchestral excerpts can be found here.)

The Stanford Symphony Orchestra (SSO) is the largest on-campus student music organization, supported by the Music Department and the Associated Students of Stanford University (ASSU). Every year, SSO attracts a diverse group of graduate and undergraduate students from across campus, ranging from computer science and aeronautical engineers to English and history majors. SSO rehearses on Mondays and Thursdays from 7-9:20 pm.

The Stanford Philharmonia is a select chamber orchestra comprised of about 45 performers. The orchestra offers accomplished student musicians an opportunity to perform a rich repertoire of traditional and contemporary works in an intimate and professional setting. SP rehearses on Tuesdays from 7-9:30 pm.

If you have any questions regarding audition scheduling or if you would like to audition but can’t make any of the slots, please email Linh Tran at  Questions regarding the audition music can be directed to Anna Wittstruck at General inquiries can always be addressed to Thanks, and we look forward to seeing you soon!