Audition Applications

Section Bass (Audition Letter | Repertoire)

Fellowship (Audition Info & Repertoire)

Second Bassoon (Audition Letter | Repertoire)

Second Trumpet (Audition Letter | Repertoire)

To apply for a posted audition, please click on the appropriate link above. Links include audition information & application and the audition repertoire. All applications are online applications.

Please submit an online application and online resume and then mail the audition deposit to the address below. Please note that all correspondence is done via email.

DSO Auditions Contact Information
Nolan Cardenas
Auditions & Operations Coordinator
3711 Woodward Ave.
Detroit, MI 48201

Audition FAQs

a) What materials do I need to submit in order to apply for an audition?
In order to secure an audition time, you will need to complete and submit an online application and one-page resume, and an audition deposit. The deposit check will be returned to you upon check-in for your audition, or will be destroyed, if you cancel before the deadline date. The application and information can be found on our website.

Online applications and resumes are submitted electronically while the deposit check must be mailed. An application is only considered complete upon the arrival of all application components. Please note that all audition materials must be filled out completely, and received by the application deadline, with the deposit, in order to secure an audition time.

b) What information needs to be on my resume?
Your resume must include your name, instrument(s), complete contact information (including email address), and relevant work experience and/or education, including dates.

Please limit your resume to one-page. Additional pages are discarded, so please keep your resume concise.

The following information must appear clearly on your one-page resume:

(a) Name
(b) Instrument
(c) Email Address
(d) Telephone Number (cell preferred)
(e) Current Mailing Address

c) Do I need to submit a recording?
No. The DSO does not require, nor accept, recorded auditions. The only exception to this is for the DSO Fellowship Audition where the preliminary round the fellowship process is done via electronic submission.

d) When will I receive further information?
Usually, you will receive correspondence within 2-4 weeks. ALL correspondence is done via email.

All information regarding the audition is posted on the DSO website. This information includes an information letter, which details the audition schedule, deadlines, etc., a repertoire list, and the online application. If, for some reason, the materials are not on the DSO audition page when the ad appears in The International Musician, it is because they are not yet available. It is my goal to have the website updated before the auditions are announced, but this is not always possible. I ask that you please be patient, and keep checking the audition page. Many times the information regarding the audition are posted without the repertoire list. This is because the list is not yet finalized. As soon as the repertoire list is finalized it will be posted to the website.

e) What if I need to cancel my audition?
If you cancel before the deadline, no questions will be asked, and your deposit check will be destroyed.

If you need to cancel your audition past the deadline, you must have sufficient cause and documentation. For example, if you are sick, you will be required to submit a doctor’s note to confirm your illness. Of course, forces of nature, which disrupt travel plans, are justifiable and do not require documentation.

Failure to prepare sufficiently and canceling your audition time in order to save the committee’s time is not sufficient cause. While we appreciate your consideration, we will be unable to refund your deposit.

If you have a pending issue, which may, or may not allow you to attend your audition, it is best to keep me apprised of the situation so that I can plan accordingly. I am happy to help in any way possible, but if I am not aware of the situation, there is nothing I can do.

This policy may seem overly strict to some, but please understand that much thought and care goes into the scheduling of these auditions, and to have the schedule disrupted needlessly is simply not fair to the other candidates, who may be asked to adjust their schedules to accommodate the absence.

f) What if I miss a deadline?
In all likelihood, your materials will not be accepted. If extenuating circumstances are at play, an exception may be made, but typically, this is not the case, and your materials will simply be discarded. Auditions are planned months in advance and simply forgetting to send in your resume, application and/or deposit on time is not an acceptable excuse.

g) Can I request a specific audition time?
Yes. When you submit your complete application, please email the audition account ( with your audition time request. This email should include your requested audition date and time, as well as your reason for the request. If you need to request a specific time, I strongly encourage you to submit your application as soon as possible. This greatly increases the odds of getting the day and time you need, as requests are honored on a first come, first served basis.

If you receive an audition date or time that doesn’t work for you, you may submit a request at that time, but your request may not be granted, as it is much harder to change your audition time once it has been set.

I am happy to help whenever possible, but you must plan ahead in order to allow me the opportunity to work with your schedule.

a) How do I get the repertoire list?
The repertoire list will be posted to the DSO audition page as soon as it is available.

b) Does the DSO provide copies of the required repertoire?
Copies of music for audition repertoire will not be provided unless the piece is under copyright protection and/or unavailable for purchase.

c) Measure numbers and/or rehearsal numbers don’t match with my music. How can I find out exactly where the excerpts are?
Email the Assistant Manager of Orchestra Personnel ( in order to clarify the excerpt in question.

d) I’m having trouble finding a particular piece or excerpt, what do I do?
Try contacting the following music libraries. If the piece in question is unavailable, please contact the Assistant Manager of Orchestra Personnel via email (

Luck’s Music Library
32300 Edward
P.O. Box 71397
Madison Heights, MI 48071
Phone: (800) 348-8749

Educational Music Service
1 Commercial Drive, Suite D2
Florida, NY 10921
Phone: (845) 469 5790

Edwin F. Kalmus LC
P.O. Box 5011
Boca Raton, FL 33431
Phone: (800) 434-6340

e) Can I use my own music?
Absolutely. When you arrive for your audition you will be provided with copies of the repertoire for the preliminary round. If you wish to use your own music, please check the excerpts carefully with your music. Make sure your music is clearly marked and in the same order as the list provided.

a) Does the DSO have special rates with any area hotels?
The DSO has a couple of hotels that offer a slight discount, the Hilton Garden Inn Detroit Downtown and the MotorCity Casino Hotel. However, most people have been able to find better rates on travel websites. A list of recommended hotels will be sent via email along with your scheduled audition date/time (including the special rate hotels).

b) Which hotels are within walking distance?
Unfortunately, there are no hotels within short walking distance. Most of the downtown hotels are a short cab or shuttle ride away.

c) Is it necessary to stay in a downtown hotel?
No. There are hotels near the airport and throughout the Metro Detroit Area. Again, a list of recommended hotels will be sent via email along with your scheduled audition date/time.

d) I’m flying in for the audition. Which airport should I use?
If you are flying into Detroit, the airport that is most often used is Detroit Metro Airport (DTW). It is approximately 30 minutes west of the downtown area.

e) How much is cab fare from the airport to the Max M. & Marjorie S. Fisher Music Center?
Cab or Uber fare from the airport should be around $40 to $50. Contact one of the following cab companies to confirm current rates:

Metro Cars (airport) (800) 440-2593
Detroit Airport Town Cars (800) 381-1714

f) Where exactly is the Max M. & Marjorie S. Fisher Music Center?
The Max M. & Marjorie S. Fisher Music Center is located at 3711 Woodward Ave., Detroit, MI 48201. If you are taking a cab, please tell the driver you need to go to Orchestra Hall at the Max M. & Marjorie S. Fisher Music Center between Warren and Mack on Woodward.

There is also a Fisher Theater and Fisher Building in downtown Detroit, so if you’re not clear, the cab driver may take you to the wrong place!

g) Is Orchestra Hall at a different location than the Max M. & Marjorie S. Fisher Music Center?
No. The Max M. & Marjorie S. Fisher Music Center is an expansion built upon Orchestra Hall. They are part of the same building.

h) Where can I find some general travel information?
Visit Detroit is the official tourism site for Detroit. There you can find a plethora of useful travel information, including hotel recommendations and area attractions.

a) How early can I arrive for my audition?
You should plan to arrive approximately one hour prior to your scheduled hour block. Generally, an individual warm-up space will be available when you arrive, or shortly thereafter. If you arrive more than an hour in advance, a warm-up space may not be available, and you will have to wait in the musician’s lounge.

b) Where do I park?
You can park in the parking structure on Parsons, just off Woodward (81 Parsons Street, Detroit, MI 48201). Parking is currently $10 per day. The DSO does not validate parking.

c) Where do I enter the building?
Enter the building via the stage entrance on the west side of the building. This is the side of the building opposite Woodward Ave. Once there, please check in at the audition registration table located immediately inside the stage door entrance. If the check in desk is vacant chances, please wait at the desk, as someone will be with you shortly.

d) How much time will I have to warm-up?
Typically, you will have approximately 40-50 minutes in an individual warm-up room to prepare for your audition. Playing is not allowed in the musician’s lounge.

e) Will a private warm-up space be available?
Yes. Upon your arrival and check in, we will provide you an individual warm-up space. If one is not immediately available, you will need to wait in the Musicians’ Lounge until we have a space for you. As soon as one is available, you will be taken to an individual warm-up space, where you will have approximately 40-50 minutes to warm-up before you go onstage. When it is your turn, someone will come get you, and usher you to the stage. In order to maximize each candidate’s time in the individual warm-up space, we rotate these rooms for other candidates. Someone will most likely be in your room when you return from the stage. Please gather your things in a corner as a courtesy to your fellow candidates.

f) When can I find out what will be on the preliminary repertoire list?
When you check-in for your audition, you will be given the repertoire list for the preliminary round and copies of the required excerpts. You may use your own music if you wish, but please have it in the same order as the list provided.

g) Can I use my own music?
Absolutely. When you arrive for your audition you will be provided with copies of the repertoire for the preliminary round. If you wish to use your own music, please check the excerpts carefully with your music. Make sure your music is clearly marked and in the same order as the list provided.

a) What is the standard pitch for the DSO?
The DSO tunes to A=441

b) Will my audition be accompanied?
No. All rounds of the audition will be unaccompanied.

c) Who is this person onstage with me?
The proctor will be onstage with you during your audition. Most often, the proctor is either the Director of Orchestra Personnel or the Assistant Manager of Orchestra Personnel. This person is there in case you have any questions during your audition and to facilitate communication between you and the audition committee, if necessary. If you need to ask a question, please do so quietly. It is very important that you remain anonymous throughout the audition. You may not directly address the committee under any circumstances.

d) Is the audition held behind a screen? Is this a blind audition?
Yes. All rounds of the audition will be played behind a screen. It is very important that you remain anonymous throughout the audition process. Before you begin to play you will be introduced by your candidate number. There will be a light-weight cloth screen between you and the committee. Please wear soft-soled shoes if at all possible. If you have a question, or need something, quietly address the proctor, who will be on stage with you. You may not directly address the committee under any circumstances.

a) I’ve finished playing, now what?
After you’ve finished playing your audition, return to your warm-up room, gather your things, and go to the Musicians’ Lounge on the first floor to wait for the results from your hour block. It is important that you stay and wait for the results regardless of how you might feel about your playing.

b) When will I find out if I advanced?
After everyone in your hour block has played, the committee will vote and you will be informed of the decision.

c) Will comments be made available to me?
Unfortunately, we do not provide this service. This is a labor-intensive task, and currently, we simply do not have the resources.

d) Can I find out who was on the committee?
The committee is comprised of DSO musicians, but we will not specify who they are.

e) What happens if I advance to the next round of the audition?
First, congratulations! Following your successful audition, you will need to speak with the Orchestra Personnel Managers to receive details for the next round of the audition. It is important that you leave contact information so that we may get in touch with you.