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These days in the Bay Area, the California Symphony may be the most forward-looking music organization around.”

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Open Positions

Sound Minds Strings Teaching Artist (2023-24 School Year)

California Symphony is currently seeking a strings teacher (beginning and intermediate violin and cello) for the after-school Sound Minds program which operates at Downer Elementary School in San Pablo. This position is the second building block of a 5-level program. The teaching artist will be responsible for 5-8 hours per week on Mondays through Wednesdays, teaching group violin and cello classes consisting of approximately 10-15 students while collaborating with the full team of 4 teaching artists and school staff.

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California Symphony announces the following vacancies:

Assistant Principal Cello 

Section Cello 

Audition Date: Monday, March 18th, 2024 

Highly qualified applicants are invited to apply by Monday, February 19, 2024. Incomplete submissions or submissions received after the deadline will not be considered. 

For those applicants auditioning for Assistant Principal Cello, please indicate if you are willing to be considered for a vacant section position.  In the event the Assistant Principal position is won by a current member of the California Symphony, their vacated section chair may be offered on a one-year basis to a qualified runner-up. 

Submit your application here.

Find audition repertoire list here.

A refundable $50 deposit will be required of those invited to audition. 

The California Symphony is a per service orchestra. The service rate for the 2023-24 season (2.5 hours) is $155; Assistant Principal Cello will receive an additional 15% per service.  The minimum service guarantee for these positions is 20 services.

For additional information please contact Michel Taddei, Education and Orchestra Manager at

The Audition Committee reserves the right to dismiss any candidate not meeting the highest professional standards at these auditions.  

An Equal Opportunity Employer

It is the policy of the California Symphony to provide all persons with equal employment opportunities without regard to race, color, sex, religion, national origin, veteran status, marital status or any characteristic protected by federal, state, and local law. Candidates of ALAANA (African, Latinx, Asian, Arab, and Native American) communities are encouraged to apply. To read more about our commitment to Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion read our full statement here.

California Symphony is proud to be a partner orchestra of the National Alliance for Audition Support (NAAS), an unprecedented national initiative to increase diversity in American orchestras. It will do so by offering Black and Latinx musicians a customized combination of mentoring, audition preparation, financial support, and audition previews. Learn more at