Columbus Indiana Philharmonic

Auditions / Jobs

The Columbus Indiana Philharmonic is committed to our mission of creating performances in the pursuit of the highest artistic achievement and educating all ages in the joy of music.  We realize that our success depends on the talents and skills of our musicians.  We invite those interested to contact us about joining the Philharmonic family.

Orchestra Musicians

Auditions for the 2019-20 season will be held in Columbus on August 19 – 20 and in Bloomington August 23 – 28 (scheduled by instrument groups).

To request an audition, please send a one page résumé and letter of interest to the Orchestra Personnel Manager at (Audition repertoire password will be supplied after contact with Personnel Manager.)

Please do not call or email the Philharmonic office.

Open positions include:

Third Oboe/English Horn
Second Clarinet
Second Bassoon

Principal Trumpet
Section Trumpet (will be filled from Principal auditions)

Principal Timpani
Section Percussion

Assistant Principal Cello
Section Violin
Section Viola

Harp substitute
Tuba substitute
Contrabassoon substitute

Repertoire Excerpt Requirements (Password Required)

The audition will include:

  • A solo work of your choice
  • Repertoire excerpts
  • Sight reading
  • A brief interview

Philharmonic Youth Orchestra (PYO)

PYO provides an encouraging and challenging orchestral setting for middle and high school musicians. PYO musicians are mentored by Columbus Philharmonic musicians and perform in several concerts and ensemble groups each year, including the opportunity to perform side-by-side with the Columbus Indiana Philharmonic. PYO rehearsals are held on Sundays, 2-4 p.m. at North Christian Church, 850 Tipton Lane in Columbus.

To schedule an audition or for questions, please contact the PYO Conductor, Vanessa Edwards at or 812-376-2638, x4.

Columbus Indiana Children’s Choir (CICC)

Open to students in grades 4 – 9, CICC has a Descant Choir for beginning and intermediate singers and a Concert Choir for more advanced singers.  Rehearsals are in Columbus from 6:00 – 7:15 p.m. on Monday (Concert Choir) and Tuesday (Descant Choir) during the school year.  Vocal assessments take place from May through September by appointment and during Choral Festival Summer Choir Camp.  To schedule a vocal assessment or for questions, please contact Ruth Dwyer, CICC Artistic Director at 800-368-6852, x8066 or

For more information, contact Ruth Dwyer,

CICC is a collaborative effort between the Columbus Indiana Philharmonic and the Indianapolis Children’s Choir.

Philharmonic Chorus

The Philharmonic Chorus is open to those age 18 and up.  No audition is needed – just the desire to sing with a group that enjoys performing choral works with the Philharmonic Orchestra.  Rehearsals are Monday evenings from 7:00 – 9:30 p.m. during the school year. For more information, please contact Beth Booth Poor at 812-379-1254, 812-372-1960 or