Pittsburgh Opera holds auditions for principal roles, chorus, orchestra, supernumeraries, and the Pittsburgh Opera’s Resident Artist Training Program on a regular basis.
Principal Second Violin and Section Violins
Pittsburgh Opera, Antony Walker, Music Director, and Pittsburgh Ballet Orchestra, Charles Barker, Music Director and Principal Conductor, announce a joint audition for Principal Second Violin.
- PRELIMINARY Sunday, November 10, 2019
- ADVANCED ROUNDS Monday, November 11, 2019
Both organizations are seeking a Principal Second Violin. In addition, both organizations have multiple Section vacancies.
When applying, please indicate if you are interested in being considered for Principal Second or Section Only positions.
Those applicants auditioning for Principal Second may also be considered for Section positions.
Those applicants selected to audition will be heard and evaluated by both organizations.
The Pittsburgh Opera Orchestra performs in up to 4 main stage productions (Benedum Center) per season, plus up to 2 smaller-venue productions. Instrumentation is determined on a per-production basis. A typical production is 9 services: 5 rehearsals and 4 performances.
The successful candidate will be offered a contract for the following productions in the current season:
- First Rehearsal: January 14, 2020
- Final performance: February 2, 2020
- First Rehearsal: March 18, 2020
- Final Performance: April 5, 2020
- First Rehearsal: April 15, 2020
- Final Performance: May 3, 2020
Musicians of the Pittsburgh Opera Orchestra are members of the A. F. of M. Local 60-471
Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre
The Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre Orchestra performs in 2 – 3 Benedum Center productions per season, with occasional smaller productions at the August Wilson Center. Instrumentation is determined on a per- production basis by the Music Director. A typical production is 6 to 8 services, which includes three rehearsals and 3 to 5 performances.
The successful candidate of the Principal 2nd Violin audition will be offered:
Production: The Balanchine Program – all Tchaikovsky
- First Rehearsal: April 13, 2020
- Final Performance: April 19, 2020
Production: Cinderella – Prokofiev
- First Rehearsal: October 19, 2020
- Final Performance: October 25, 2020
Full dates are available at PBT.ORG
To apply, please submit your one-page resume via email to Robert Boldin, Pittsburgh Opera Artistic Administrator and Orchestra Personnel Manager. In the Subject line please indicate: PRINCIPAL SECOND VIOLIN AUDITION – or – SECTION VIOLIN AUDITION
Applications will be accepted until all slots are full. Audition times will be assigned on a rolling basis and final confirmation will be emailed by Friday, November 1, 2019.
Audition location: Pittsburgh Opera headquarters at 2425 Liberty Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15222
Auditions are by invitation only. Pittsburgh Opera reserves the right not to invite any candidate who does not meet the highest professional standards.
- Please note, we will send the necessary sheet music to all applicants upon acceptance of your application.
There are currently no auditions at this time. Stay tuned for auditions in Spring 2020.
Pittsburgh Opera conducts general auditions every December in New York City and by appointment in Pittsburgh. These auditions are not associated with any future repertoire, but are for general purposes only.
To be considered for an audition, send a cover letter, resume, photo and/or recording via US Mail or e-mail to:
William J. Powers, Managing Director
2425 Liberty Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15222.
We regret that we are not able to audition all who submit materials and only selected applicants will be contacted for auditions.
Applications are accepted from both represented and non-represented singers.
Pittsburgh Opera Resident Artists
Auditions for Pittsburgh Opera’s Resident Artist Training Program are held annually in Pittsburgh, Cincinnati, and New York City.
See additional information about Pittsburgh Opera’s Resident Artist Training Program, including audition information.