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Pacific Symphony values diversity in its workforce and is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified candidates will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, class, religion, country of origin, political belief, (dis)ability, age, gender identity, sexual orientation, protected veteran status, or any factor protected by law.


  • Assistant Principal Viola
  • Associate Concertmaster
  • Section Violin



Volunteer Positions

Pacific Symphony

Described as a "major ensemble" by the New York Times after its successful debut at Carnegie Hall, Pacific Symphony has achieved significant stature in its 42-year history. Comprised of gifted musicians, Pacific Symphony has been led by Music Director Carl St.Clair. Together they have built a reputation for artistic innovation, thematic programming, and theatrically infused concerts which results in a loyal audience.

Pacific Symphony is developing an international reputation having successfully toured major European musical capitals as well as those in China, but its primary focus is serving the 34 cities comprising Orange County. Resident at Segerstrom Center for the Arts, Pacific Symphony performs over 100 concerts and thousands of educational activities each year. Tens of thousands of listeners enjoy Pacific Symphony at no cost through digital offerings and free access offered to beneficiaries of numerous non-profit partnerships. It sponsors three nationally recognized youth ensembles and offers a large in-school residence program called Class Act. Pacific Symphony is known for its long-standing commitment to contemporary American composers and has recorded numerous new commissions and been featured on PBS Great Performances. It celebrates cultural heritage in Orange County and collaborates with musicians from many different traditions.


Pacific Symphony, led by Music Director Carl St.Clair, has been the resident orchestra of the Reneé and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall in Costa Mesa, California for the past fifteen years. Currently in its 44th season, Pacific Symphony is the largest orchestra formed in the United States in the last 50 years and is recognized as an outstanding ensemble making strides on both the national and international scene, as well as in its own community of Orange County, California.

In April 2018, Pacific Symphony made its Carnegie Hall debut as one of two orchestras invited to perform during a yearlong celebration of composer Philip Glass’ 80th birthday, and the following month the orchestra embarked on a successful tour of mainland China. The orchestra made its national PBS debut in June 2018 on Great Performances with Peter Boyer’s Ellis Island: The Dream of America, conducted by St.Clair. Presenting more than 100 concerts and events each year and a rich array of education and community engagement programs, the Symphony reaches more than 300,000 residents from school children to senior citizens. In addition to a classical orchestral concert series, Pacific Symphony also offers a Pops season enhanced by state-of-the-art video and sound; Café Ludwig, a chamber music series curated by Orli Shaham; an educational Family Musical Mornings series; and Sunday Matinées, offering rich explorations of selected orchestral works led by St.Clair. The Symphony’s highly successful opera initiative, Symphonic Voices, presents operas in which the orchestra and singers share the stage. In April 2022 the orchestra performed Verdi’s Otello. The Symphony has a long partnership with the Pacific Chorale and performs with touring ballet companies including the American Ballet Theatre in its annual production of The Nutcracker.

The orchestra was founded in 1978 as a collaboration between California State University (Fullerton) and North Orange County community leaders. It wasn’t until September 1986 that the Symphony found a home in the newly built Orange County Performing Arts Center (now the Segerstrom Center for the Arts). In 2006, the Symphony made its first highly acclaimed European tour, performing in nine cities in three countries. Just months later, the orchestra inaugurated its current home, the Reneé and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall, with striking architecture by Cesar Pelli and acoustics by Russell Johnson. In the summer, the Symphony presents a concert series as well as a series of free, family-oriented concerts at parks around Orange County.

Pacific Symphony has commissioned and recorded major works by many of the leading composers of our time, including Philip Glass (The Passion of Ramakrishna), William Bolcom (Songs of Lorca and Songs of Innocence and Experience), Richard Danielpour (An American Requiem and Toward a Season of Peace), Michael Dougherty (Mount Rushmore and The Gospel According to Sister Aimee), and Elliot Goldenthal (Symphony in G-sharp Minor and Fire Water Paper: A Vietnam Oratorio featuring soloist Yo-Yo Ma). Other collaborations have included composers Daniel Catán, Paul Chihara, Lukas Foss, James Newton Howard, William Kraft, Ana Lara, Tobias Picker, Narong Prangcharoen, Toru Takemitsu, Conrad Tao, Christopher Theofanidis, Frank Ticheli, and Chen Yi.

Pacific Symphony has one of the most extensive education and community engagement programs in the country, striving to integrate the orchestra and its music into the community in ways that stimulate participants of all ages. The Symphony’s Class Act program provides elementary school classroom lessons by individual orchestra members as well as performances of the full orchestra and has been honored as one of nine exemplary orchestra education programs by the National Endowment for the Arts and the League of American Orchestras. Instrumental training initiatives include a youth orchestra, youth wind ensemble, several youth string ensembles, and the OC Can You Play With US? events for adult amateur musicians. In addition, the Symphony partners with ethnic communities in Orange County to produce annual events such as a Lunar New Year Festival and Nowruz (Persian New Year) Festival.

Pacific Symphony has twice been awarded the prestigious ASCAP Award for Adventurous Programming and was featured in Fearless Journeys, a 2010 study by the League of American Orchestras, as one of the country’s five most innovative orchestras.

Pacific Symphony values diversity in its workforce and is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified candidates will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, class, religion, country of origin, political belief, (dis)ability, age, gender identity, sexual orientation, protected veteran status, or any factor protected by law.


Assistant Principal Viola Application
Assistant Principal Viola Repertoire


Associate Concertmaster Application
Associate Concertmaster Repertoire

SECTION VIOLIN AUDITION:  August 27 & 28, 2022

Section Violin Application
Section Violin Repertoire

COVID Protocols:
In accordance with Pacific Symphony’s COVID policy, you must be able to show proof of being fully vaccinated to participate in these auditions. You are considered “fully vaccinated” at least 14 days after a single dose vaccine or 14 days after the second dose of a two-dose vaccine. Additionally, you must show proof of booster vaccination if you are eligible to receive the booster.

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Please do not call or email to request special times. Any changes in the schedule and the exact times of auditions will be sent only to those musicians who have sent in resume, check, application, and proof of vaccination and booster. Preliminary and final auditions are held behind a screen to preserve the anonymity of all candidates throughout the audition process.

Pacific Symphony members auditioning for a higher ranked chair are automatically advanced to the finals. However, Pacific Symphony members must audition behind a screen, remaining anonymous throughout the audition process in the same manner as any other individual auditioning.

Should a member of Pacific Symphony win one of the above positions, that member's chair may become vacant immediately. If the member's previous chair does become vacant, the committee may elect to fill the newly vacant position during these auditions.

Thank you for your interest in Pacific Symphony.


Director of Campaign Marketing


Pacific Symphony seeks a Director of Campaign Marketing to create and advance comprehensive and integrated marketing campaigns designed to broaden organizational awareness, meet ticket sales income goals, evolve patron relationships, engage audiences with our brand, support philanthropic programs, and build audience loyalty. A senior member of the marketing and communications team, this position will lead subscription campaigns, advance branding initiatives, guide creative development, and collaborate within and across the organization with an emphasis on building subscription participation and audience loyalty.

Director of Campaign Marketing - Job Description


  •  Email your resume, cover letter and salary requirements to Richard Stein of Arts Orange County, which is handling the search for Pacific Symphony:
  • Please begin your subject line with the words “Director of Marketing”
  • No phone calls please

Human Resources Manager


The HR Manager is responsible for the day-to-day management and administration of human resources. This person serves as a trusted advisor to the leadership team and a valuable resource for employees. To be successful in this role, the HR Manager must be knowledgeable about California employment law and a strategic thinker. The HR Manager is responsible for HR policies and procedures implementation and works closely with the COO on policy development and professional development opportunities for staff. The person in the position communicates about Pacific Symphony’s values and serves as a role model for them.

Human Resources Manager - Job Description


  • Email your resume, cover letter and salary requirements to Shawn Jough  -
  • Please begin your subject line with the words “Pacific Symphony HR Manager”
  • No phone calls please

AmeriCorps VIP Fellow at Pacific Symphony (Volunteer Infrastructure Program)

Position Summary:

Pacific Symphony is looking for an AmeriCorps Fellow to work with our Volunteer Services Department. The AmeriCorps Fellow that we select should have a passion for the arts, music, and love volunteering. This individual should be a college graduate who is looking for a great experience in the nonprofit sector, especially in an arts organization.

AmeriCorps Fellows work in nonprofit, education and community organizations that serve children, youth, and families to build capacity and develop their volunteer programs through the Volunteer Infrastructure Project (VIP). They do this through 1) building sustainable systems to track, support, manage, and train volunteers; 2) recruiting one-time and skills-based volunteers; and 3) raising funds to support the development of the volunteer program. Partner sites change annually based on community and agency needs. This position is a valuable opportunity to develop and apply leadership skills and to make a lasting difference. Extensive training in volunteer management, arts administration, and nonprofit professional skills is offered.

AmeriCorps VIP Fellow  - Job Description



We are now accepting applications for Pacific Symphony Internship positions. Interns are welcome to work with staff in many areas of the Symphony, such as Business Administration, Education, Events Management, Finance, Human Resources, IT/Tech, Marketing, Social Media, Volunteer Services and more. Please submit a resume and complete the online application.

The resume should be sent to

Learn more about internships with Pacific Symphony.

Complete the online application here.

For questions, please contact:

Abby Edmunds
Volunteer Services
(714) 876-2353


Volunteer positions are available in the following areas:

  • Symphony Shop
  • Pacific Symphony Store (online)
  • Artistic and Orchestra Operations
  • Development
  • Education and Community Engagement
  • Finance and Administration
  • Marketing and Public Relations
  • Volunteer Services

Learn more and apply in our Volunteer Center.

For questions, please contact:
Abby Edmunds
Volunteer Services
(714) 876-2353

We will be happy to tell you about our volunteer opportunities.