General Information for Musicians
Are you an instrumentalist looking for a place to do what you love? Join the Alpharetta Symphony Orchestra! Our orchestra is comprised of passionate amateurs and local professional musicians who simply love to play. Auditions are held in August each year for open positions. If you are interested in joining, please see information below regarding requesting a private audition.
Auditions for the Alpharetta Symphony Orchestra are held each August prior to the concert season, which runs from September through May. However, you may inquire about open positions and schedule a private audition anytime throughout the season by emailing AlphaSO@AlpharettaSymphony.org.
Skill levels of orchestra musicians range from adults with a high school playing level and above up to and including professional musicians. Some positions are paid, while others are volunteer.
The cost to join as a volunteer member is $100 ($50 per semester), with two semesters as follows: August - December and January - May. The cost is reduced to $85 if membership is paid for by September 12th at the beginning of the fall season.
Rehearsals are held Thursday evenings from 7:00-9:00PM at the Crabapple First Baptist Church located at 12760 Birmingham Hwy, Milton, GA 30004. The church has been kind to provide the orchestra with space to rehearse, though the orchestra does not have a religious affiliation with the church and is a non-profit 501c3. There may be additional full orchestra or sectional rehearsals required prior to concert events.
The concert season includes 4 to 5 concert events with music ranging from challenging orchestral works of great composers to holiday classics and some pop music. Opportunities to play in smaller chamber ensembles also exist.
NOTE: All wind instrumentalists must have access to the common auxiliary instruments of their family type (ie. piccolo, bass clarinet, contrabassoon, English horn, A or E-flat clarinet, etc.). All percussionists must have reasonable access to smaller auxiliary instruments (ie. snare, woodblock, cymbals, castanets, triangle, toms, etc.)
In order to audition for the Alpharetta Symphony Orchestra you must be 18+. High school students or younger are encouraged to audition for the Alpharetta Youth Symphony Orchestra (click here for more information).