There are several ways that you can be involved with The Billings Symphony Orchestra and Chorale. We welcome your participation in one or more of the following opportunities and look forward to having you as part of our organization.

Announcing 2017-2018 Orchestra Auditions

Sunday, April 23, 2017

Positions open:

Principal Flute
Principal Bassoon
Principal Tuba
Principal Timpani
Principal Percussion
Principal Harp
Section Flute/Piccolo
Section Trumpet
Section Strings

Audition Application
(fillable – click to open link, then right click to save as a file on your computer)
Tenured members are expected to perform all concerts in a season for which there is need for their position.  If there is a conflict, 1 concert per year will be excused.  Substitutes are contracted on an annual basis.

2017 Audition Rep List (10.18.2016)

Per service rates for 2017-2018 are as follows:

Principal $80/service
Non-string section $64/service
Section string $56/service
Intern (high school) $40/service

A travel stipend (.35/ mile up to $250 per concert or airfare reimbursement up to $250) and lodging (usually homestay) is also provided for out of town musicians.  No per diem is provided.

Repertoire for the 2017-2018 season includes:

Rachmaninoff Piano Concerto No. 2
Kodaly Marrossek Dances
Ginastera Variaciones Concertantes
Tchaikovsky Symphony No. 6
Bizet Carmen

Audition procedure

Applicants should send the audition application to before Friday, April 4, 2017. Discounted hotel rates and possibly homestays and ground transportation are available subject to limited space – contact the BSOC office for more information.

Applicants must be authorized to work in the U.S.

Please note that acceptance to the Billings Symphony Orchestra’s Substitute and Extra list does not guarantee employment.

Thank you for your interest in the Billings Symphony Orchestra and Chorale!


The Billings Symphony Orchestra and Chorale is widely regarded as one of the finest orchestras in the region. Many different talents and skills are needed to provide management and support for this cultural treasure.  The Billings Symphony Orchestra and Chorale is an equal opportunity employer.

Billings Symphony Cellos


The Billings Symphony Orchestra is a part-time per service professional orchestra offering tenured membership to its players. The Orchestra performs a six-concert subscription series, an annual Family concert, The Nutcracker, a free outdoor concert, several runouts, chamber music concerts and educational outreaches.

Move to Montana!

Many of our musicians have moved to the area because of the beauty of the landscape, the quality of life, and the unique culture of our community.  The Montana/Wyoming area offers many opportunities to professional musicians, including performance opportunities in several orchestras, extensive chamber music and Symphony outreach opportunities and many opportunities for private teaching. Currently there are more students seeking teachers than there are teachers available in some instruments, and all of the area schools have strong music programs that encourage private study. In addition, there will be 2 fulltime Orchestra and 1 fulltime Band openings currently with the Billings Public Schools. Billings Symphony tenured musicians are given the opportunity to promote their private lessons and outside work on a dedicated web page (currently under construction.)

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Membership auditions
Tenured membership is available to both residents and non-residents of Billings. The Billings Symphony Orchestra is a professional orchestra and all musicians must successfully complete a double-blind audition prior to engagement. Double-blind auditions are held with the auditionee performing behind a screen where s/he cannot see the audition committee and in the same fashion, the audition committee does not know her/his identity. Auditions for membership and substitutes take place in the spring of each year. Those new to the audition process are encouraged to get coaching to ensure optimal preparation, and can contact the BSO&C office for recommendations.


Musicians wishing to be considered as substitutes can audition at the April auditions, in person with a principal, or via youtube link.  Contact the BSOC office for more information.

The next auditions take place on Sunday, April 23, 2017 on the campus of MSU Billings. The repertoire list is posted above, and audition packets are available by request from the BSO&C office. The 2017 audition press release (with updated openings) and additional info will be posted by March 3, 2017. Interested candidates must submit an application and schedule an audition with the BSO&C office before Friday, April 4, 2017. Discounted hotel rates are available subject to limited space – contact the BSOC office for more information.

Billings Symphony Chorale

Chorale Auditions
The Billings Symphony Chorale welcomes new singers. Rehearsals take place Monday evenings from 7-9 pm, and auditions are scheduled throughout the year. Contact the Billings Symphony office to schedule an audition.

Chorale Auditions are by appointment only. If you are interested in auditioning, please call 406-252-3610 to schedule an appointment. in order to select new members, vocalists will sing one prepared solo vocal literature (classical, please), and complete a vocal range. An accompanist will be provided. Please bring 2 copies of the solo vocal material.