Violin Audition

The New Jersey Symphony Orchestra announces vacancies for two section violin positions (both positions will rotate between first violin and second violin sections).

Auditions will be held March 15–18, 2020 with finals held on March 18. These are tenure-track positions with employment beginning September 1, 2020. Auditions will take place at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center in Newark, NJ. 

The application deadline for these positions has passed.

For more information, contact Cassandra Mueller, Audition Coordinator, at [email protected] or 973.735.1740


Application and Deposit Information

Following the deadline, all applicants will be notified by email if they are invited to attend the audition. Invited musicians will be asked to send a $100 deposit check by February 28, 2020. Applicants will only be assigned an audition time if we have received the deposit. 

Deposit checks will be returned to musicians at the audition or if a cancellation is made prior to 48 hours before the audition. If you need to cancel your audition, please email Cassandra Mueller ([email protected]). If you fail to appear for the audition without at least 48 hours advance notice, you will forfeit your deposit.

In accordance with the NJSO’s CBA, substitute musicians who have performed at least thirty percent of all NJSO services in each of two consecutive seasons proceed directly to the Semi-Final round of auditions. If you believe that you are eligible, please contact Cassandra Mueller.


Audition Repertoire

About the Position

In the 2020-21 Season, the NJSO will offer 29 Weeks, including two (2) weeks of paid vacation, up to one (1) additional week of vacation services and up to fourteen (14) NJSO Community Partners (CP) Program services, with a base salary of $1,430.14 per week and CP services paying $260.03 per service. Benefits include paid employee health insurance (contributory spousal, parent/child or family coverage available and contributory dental coverage), life insurance, long-term disability insurance, instrument insurance and pension contribution of 10.9%.

The New Jersey Symphony is an Equal Opportunity Employer that welcomes and values diversity, inclusion and equity in all forms.


  • Clean copies of music will be provided on stage.
  • The preliminary and semi-final rounds will be held behind a screen.
  • The Audition Committee reserves the right to dismiss immediately any candidate not meeting the highest professional standards at these auditions.

Travel and Hotel Resources

Eligible applicants may qualify for travel support through the National Alliance for Audition Support (NAAS). Visit their website for more information.

Directions, parking, and public transportation information to the New Jersey Performing Arts Center (NJPAC) can be found at:

Hotels near NJPAC

24 East Park Street, Newark, NJ 07102
Phone: (973) 642-7100
Located 1 block away from NJPAC

50 Park Place, Newark, NJ 07102 
Phone: (973) 622-1000 
Located across the street from NJPAC.

100 Passaic Ave, Harrison, NJ 07029 
Phone: (973) 483-1900 

1 Gateway Center, Newark, NJ 07102 
Phone: (973) 622-5000 
Located 5 blocks from NJPAC and adjacent to Newark Penn Station. 

Phone: (973) 848-0070

Newark International Airport is a short cab ride to downtown Newark. All hotels listed provide airport shuttle service.