Audition for the Columbia Orchestra

Auditions will be held in early August. Please email to schedule a time.

We have openings for strings, percussion, and piano.
We will have some substitute opportunities for winds and brass.

If you play an orchestral instrument and enjoy the challenge of performing the best of the symphonic repertoire with an inspiring conductor, don’t miss the opportunity to audition for the Columbia Orchestra! The Columbia Orchestra is a volunteer adult community orchestra dedicated to fostering a lifelong appreciation of and participation in classical music. Join us for an exciting season performing great music!

Our annual auditions are held in August. (If you miss the auditions but are still interested in openings, please contact or 410-465-8777 to see what other audition opportunities will be available.)

If the thought of preparing an audition frightens you, please remember: we are a friendly group of people who love to play music together, and we want to make joining us a fun experience for you! If you have checked out our repertoire and you are able to perform this type of music well, you are likely to be a good fit.

Please look around our web site to familiarize yourself with our orchestra. Here are some specific items you may be interested in:

Open Positions

For the 2021-2022 season we will have permanent openings for strings, percussion, and piano/keyboard. We will also hear some auditions for some substitute wind and brass players; please inquire about openings for those instruments. Auditions will be held the first week of August at the orchestra office (or a similar location due to COVID restrictions).

Audition Requirements


  • Please prepare 3-5 minutes of solo music. The selection(s) should include different styles, tempo, etc., so this can be a single work with a good deal of contrast or two contrasting works. Solo music should be demonstrative of your musical and technical abilities.
  • Please prepare the excerpt for your instrument on this Word document.
  • Auditions may include sight-reading.


  • At least 1 minute of music of your choosing for mallets (glockenspiel, vibraphone, xylophone, marimba will be available). This may be solos, orchestral excerpts, or a combination of both.
  • At least 1 minute of solo music or orchestral excerpts of your choosing for snare drum (drum provided).
  • One excerpt each of your choosing on cymbals and tamborine, and triangle.
  • Auditions may include sight-reading.

Piano (and Keyboard Instruments)

  • Please email your interest to the link above and we will contact you regarding audition repertoire.
  • Auditions may include sight-reading.

Substitute Winds and Brass
Please email us if you are interested in auditioning for our substitute list. The following are the requirements for substitute list auditions.

  • Please prepare 5-7 minutes of at least two contrasting selections. This music should be demonstrative of your musical and technical abilities. It should include solo repertoire for your instrument; including standard orchestral excerpts is also encouraged.
  • Auditions may include sight-reading.

Contact Us

For more information, please contact or 410-465-8777, extension 4.

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