Employment & Auditions


Violin I: Chairs 4, 5, 6, 7 & 9
Violin II: Chairs 6 & 10
Viola: Principal, Assistant Principal and two section positions (Chairs 6 & 8)
Double Bass: Principal position

Audition Dates: March 8th & 9th, 2022
Audition Location: Flossmoor, IL

IPO believes that artistic strength is achieved through inclusion. Only then can we fully realize our potential towards community connectivity, authentic expression, and sustainable growth. Now in our 44th season as a professional orchestra, and led since 2017 by Music Director Stilian Kirov, IPO is intricately connected to Chicago’s Southland Region. Named ‘Professional Orchestra of the Year’ by The Illinois Council of Orchestras in 1992, 2010 and 2020, IPO performs seven programs each year (each with one concert) annually at Ozinga Chapel at Trinity Christian College in Palos Heights, IL. A summer chamber series in Olympia Fields and numerous small ensemble concerts bring classical music directly to residents of our increasingly diverse community.  In addition to musical excellence, IPO musicians are often asked to serve as ambassadors for the orchestra within our communities as youth coaches, and as leaders for ensemble performance opportunities, developing programming for those concerts in addition to performing. Chicagoland is rich with musical opportunities in the many ensembles and educational institutions in our midst, and our members are able to perform and teach in a broad range of settings.

  • Typical seasons include seven mainstage concerts encompassing 31 services and up to 10 ensemble/chamber concerts.
  • 2021-22 Base service rate: $102.51. Assistant Principals receive 112.5% base rate and Principals receive 125% base rate.
  • 24 guaranteed services to Principal and Assistant Principal positions. 24 or 12 guaranteed services to section positions, depending upon chair seating.
  • All applicants will be granted a live audition.
  • Auditions will be fully screened from first through final rounds.
  • Auditionees are eligible for addition to the IPO substitute list.
  • Current tenured musicians, and any musician who has previously advanced to a final round of an IPO audition during the last 5 years, may choose to forego the initial audition round and join the audition in Round 2, where Round 2 may be either a final round, or an additional non-final round. Qualifying musicians desiring to forego the initial round must notify IPO of their intention at personnel@ipomusic.org at least five business days prior to the audition date.
  • IPO is a member orchestra of the Chicago Federation of Musicians, Local No. 10-208, American Federation of Musicians.

    Proud partner of National Alliance for Audition Support. Musicians with diverse backgrounds, identities, and experiences are encouraged to apply.

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• Applicants are encouraged to complete the National Alliance for Audition Support Survey. Survey will be emailed to applicants separately.
• All applicants are required to be fully vaccinated and must provide proof of vaccination prior to audition by emailing a photo of their vaccination card to personnel@ipomusic.org.
• All applicants are required to hold authorization to work in the United States.
• Auditionees are required to mail a $25 check to ensure attendance at audition. Checks will be returned at the audition. If you are unable to provide a check, please contact personnel@ipomusic.org for an accommodation which we will happily grant.
• Audition instructions will be posted here by January 31, 2022.
• Repertoire Lists:
IPO Violin Audition Repertoire 2022
IPO Viola Audition Repertoire 2022
IPO Double Bass Audition Repertoire 2022
• For any further inquiries, please contact Personal Manager Phillip W. Serna at personnel@ipomusic.org.

One of IPO’s priorities is to build an inclusive artist community and as such, we are committed to EDI (equity, diversity, and inclusion) work and reimagining a new orchestral collective of today. Click Here to view IPO’s Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Statement We are proud to support The National Alliance of Audition Support (NAAS) as an Orchestra Partner. NAAS is an unprecedented national initiative to increase diversity in American orchestras. NAAS will do so by offering Black and Latinx musicians a customized combination of mentoring, audition preparation, financial support, and audition reviews. Learn more at www.auditionalliance.org


Illinois Philharmonic Orchestra does not have any open positions at this time.


Illinois Philharmonic Orchestra is not currently hiring interns at this time.

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