Royal Oak Symphony Orchestra
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AUDITION ANNOUNCEMENTS updated December 14, 2021


The Royal Oak Symphony Orchestra announces auditions for the following positions:

  • CONCERTMASTER  (click here for additional information)
  • Section Violin
  • Section Viola
  • Principal Viola
  • Section Cello
  • Section String Bass
  • Section French Horn
  • Section Trumpet
  • 2nd and 3rd trumpet
  • Bass trombone
  • Section percussion
  • Section Percussion-mallets
  • Bass Clarinet
  • Contrabassoon

The Royal Oak Symphony Orchestra is a community orchestra and musician members are not compensated.

The season includes 4 subscription Friday night concerts. Rehearsals are Wednesday evenings from 7:30-9:30PM. Dress rehearsal is the Thursday evening before the concert. Usually there are no services during summer months.

 Interested applicants should send questions or a resume to:

Linda Wichers; Personnel Manager

John McLaughlin Williams; music director and conductor

Michele Prud’homme; President

Auditions shall be by individual appointment.


 For all Section Positions: Prospective Members gain permission from the section Principal to rehearse one cycle with the orchestra. Audition on the concert repertoire will take place prior to the concert.  Acceptance into the orchestra is based on audition performance and rehearsal attendance. Section members are allowed 2 or less absences per cycle. However, most members maintain perfect attendance.

* A utility musician is an auditioned musician member of the orchestra and is a non-compensated voting member. Utility musicians play parts occasionally required (i.e. 3rd trumpet, 3rd flute, percussion, etc.) and therefore have reduced attendance requirement. Attendance requirement for each concert is determined by the Principal with approval of the Music Director. If an opening in the section arises, a utility musician may be offered the position without another audition if recommended by the Principal.