The Brookline Symphony Orchestra is a community ensemble involving instrumentalists of all ages from the Greater Boston area. All orchestra members except for the concertmaster are volunteers and are asked to participate in the financial support of the organization. 

Rehearsal Information:
Rehearsals are held on Monday evening, weekly from 7:15 to 9:45 pm, starting in mid-September and ending late May at the Korean Church of Boston in Brookline Village. In addition, we hold a dress rehearsal the Saturday before the concert at All Saints Parish (our performance venue) in Washington Square, Brookline, MA. Full details about schedule and location are on this page.

Audition dates:

Auditions for the 2017-2018 season will be held Sunday, September 10, 2017

Individual auditions can also be scheduled on a case by case basis, depending on our needs. These are usually held right before our rehearsal. 

Audition Material:

Applicants should prepare required excerpts as listed, as well as the representative contrasting material of their choice from either a Concerto, a Sonata, or the orchestral repertoire and, if possible, material relevant to our upcoming season. The audition will last about 10 minutes

Current openings:

Current openings:

  • horn
    • Tchaikovsky Symphony #5, second mvt 9-28. (pdf)
    • Strauss Till Eulenspiegel, top-reh 1. (pdf)
  • trumpet
    • Resphigi – Pines of Rome, offstage (pdf)
    • Beethoven – Leonore 3, offstage, call no. 2 (pdf)
  • trombone
    • Ravel – Bolero (pdf)
    • Mozart – Requiem, Tuba mirum (pdf)
  • timpani
    • Beethoven – Symphony No. 9, I: m.513-end (pdf)
    • Sibelius – Finlandia, D through I; M to end (pdf)
  • principal second violin
    • Mozart Symphony #39 (pdf)
    • Scherzo from Mendelssohn Midsummer Night’s dream (pdf)
    • Rimsky-Korsakov Scheherazade (pdf)
  • principal double bass
    • Beethoven Symphony No. 3, Mvt. III (Beg-2nd Ending) (pdf)
    • Mozart Symphony No. 40, Mvt. I (mm.115-138) (pdf)
    • Shostakovich Symphony No. 5, Mvt. I (Beginning until Reh 2) (pdf)
    • Brahms Symphony No. 1, mvt. I (mm. 161-191) (pdf)
  • all string sections
    • No required excerpts.
  • some substitute winds and brass
    • No required excerpts.

To request an audition:

Contact the personnel manager at and fill out this audition form.
2016-17 Repertoire is here.
Rehearsal Schedule is here.