The Boulder Philharmonic Orchestra has announced the following openings:  Assistant Principal Cello, Section Cello, Principal Tuba and Principal Percussion.

  • Click here for the percussion audition repertoire list
  • Click here for the tuba audition repertoire list
  • Click here for the cello audition repertoire list 

All auditions will be held in Boulder, CO.

Audition dates

  • Principal Percussion: Sept. 8 (morning /early afternoon)
    Should a member of the current section be named winner, a runner-up may be determined and offered the resulting vacancy.
  • Principal Tuba: Sept. 8 (afternoon/early evening)
  • Assistant Principal & Section Cello: Sept. 9 (afternoon/early evening)
    There will be one combined audition for Assistant Principal Cello and Section Cello. The winner will be offered the position of Assistant Principal and the runner-up, if any, will be offered the Section position.

 Please send a one-page resume by Monday, August 20 to auditions@boulderphil.org. 

Check back for announcements of other upcoming auditions.



Supervisor’s Title: Executive Director

General Summary: Responsible for supporting the Boulder Philharmonic’s artistic integrity by scheduling musicians in accordance with established repertoire and within the guidelines of the collective bargaining agreement.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Assist the Music Director with scheduling musicians in accordance with the requirement of selected repertoire and artistic vision.
  • Advise the Music Director and other concerned parties of substitutions and expected absences within the ensemble on a timely basis.
  • Oversee all aspects of the audition process including scheduling, advertising and implementing according to the requirements of the Master Agreement and industry standards.
  • Maintain discipline standards among the orchestra.
  • Assist the financial office with completing new hire requirements including W-4’s and I-9’s, in compliance with both federal guidelines as well as the Colorado Employment Verification Law.
  • Maintain up-to-date postings of essential information on the bulletin board backstage at rehearsals and concerts.
  • Maintain a database of approved contract and substitute musicians; communicate with section principals to assure up-to-date rankings for sub lists, and when additional subs are needed.
  • Working with the Orchestra Librarian, communicate any needs to the Music Director and/or Executive Director as appropriate; assist ED in filling the position of Orchestra Librarian as vacancies arise.
  • Prepare seating charts and post with the music available for pickup at least two weeks prior to the first rehearsal of any concert series.
  • Inform Orchestra Librarian in a timely manner of all changes of personnel prior to the start of a rehearsal series, providing contact information as needed.
  • Attend all contracted services unless otherwise approved by the Music Director; secure a substitute when needed.
  • Enforce compliance with the Master Agreement and other Boulder Phil policies and procedures under the guidance of the Music Director and Executive Director.
  • Monitor start and end times of rehearsals and performances in compliance with terms of the Master Agreement.  
  • Prepare payroll spreadsheets and maintain records of absences.
  • Assist Executive Director in costing scenarios for orchestra services as requested.
  • Assist and advise the Executive Director, Music Director and designated Board members regarding Master Agreement issues and improvements; serve as a member of the administration’s Negotiations Committee.
  • Perform other related duties as assigned or as the situation dictates.

Required Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • Knowledge of Master Agreement with musicians and its application in day-to-day operations.
  • Basic knowledge of Colorado human resources issues including medical and workers’ compensation leaves.
  • Knowledge of stage protocol.
  • Ability to plan and prioritize work.
  • Ability to successfully meet and communicate with a wide variety of personalities.
  • Ability to use Microsoft Office programs, especially Excel and Word, as well as communicate effectively via email.

Key Competencies

The successful candidate must successfully demonstrate that they possess the following qualities and key competencies:

Communications and interpersonal skills effectiveness: Demonstrates excellent written and oral communications skills with all colleagues, partners and organizational constituents; listens well, conveying understanding of the comments and questions of others; interacts with others in a positive, professional manner even under stressful conditions, in a way that inspires trust; and is able to provide timely responses to musicians and Boulder Phil staff by telephone and e-mail.

Customer service orientation: Demonstrates commitment to providing the highest level of customer service to members of the orchestra, Music Director, Executive Director, members of the Board of Directors, and staff.

Discretion and confidentiality:  Handles all orchestra personnel matters and records with the utmost discretion, maintaining strict confidentiality at all times; communicates personnel related information only on a need-to-know professional basis as directed by the Music Director and/or Executive Director.

Education and Experience: This position requires a Bachelor’s degree or at least two years of orchestral experience as a musician or administrative staff member. Two years of personnel management preferred.

Physical Requirements:  This position requires mobility both on and off stage in both indoor and outdoor venues.  Must be able to negotiate stairs and move freely about the stage at any time.  Must maintain a presence at all rehearsals and performances.

Planning & organizational skills: Demonstrates excellent planning and organizational skills including the ability to manage multiple concurrent projects and priorities; demonstrates consistent and thorough attention to detail; maintains accurate, logical, orderly, and timely records; thinks creatively; self-motivated.

Teamwork orientation: Willingly works in a supportive, professional manner as a flexible “team player” for the collective good of the organization and without regard to functional boundaries. Willing to attend meetings on a mutually agreed schedule.

Note:  The statements herein are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by employees and are not to be construed as an exhaustive list of responsibilities, duties, and skills required of personnel so classified.  Furthermore, they do not establish a contract for employment and are subject to change at the discretion of the employer.

To apply please send cover letter and resume to info@boulderphil.org by August 1, 2018.


Department: Production                                                      

Reports To: Executive Director

Status: Part time, exempt                               

Job Summary:

Responsible for supporting the artistic work of the Boulder Phil by maintaining its music library. Working with the Music Director and in accordance with the collective bargaining agreement, oversees the procurement, preparation and distribution of all music for all Phil activities, including all subscription, special events and contracted services. S/he supervises library use and staff as well as providing information for program listings and other media, instrumentation requirements, and other information as needed.

Duties and Responsibilities:

Production: Procures all required music to support performance schedule of the organization as instructed by the Music Director; assures accuracy of score, including review of letters and bar numbers and satisfactory bowings; informs personnel manager of augmented and non-standard instrumentation; distributes scores in a timely manner as contractually required, including auditions; and administers timely return of all parts and scores following performances, including rentals.

General: Maintains music library database, including record of the performance repertoire; assures an organized physical storage with appropriate security; and assists Orchestra Manager as required. Stays current with the profession through continuing education and active participation in MOLA and other professional associations.


Interfaces consistently with Music Director, Orchestra Manager, other Program Directors, and musicians. Communicates with vendors and orchestra service providers.


Demonstrated understanding of performance activities.

Demonstrated knowledge of music, instrumentation and related office equipment; computer database application software; and music library compendium.

Demonstrated skill in managing detail tasks.


Significant experience as orchestra librarian. 2 years preferred

Working knowledge of symphony orchestras, repertoire, markings, and instrumentation.

Exceptional organizational skills and attention to detail.

Excellent communication skills, and ability to work under pressure with positive demeanor.

High level of professionalism with all public, musician, and staff interaction.

Must be able to lift and distribute heavy boxes of music.

To apply please send cover letter and resume to info@boulderphil.org by August 1, 2018.


The Boulder Philharmonic Orchestra hosts a robust internship program in order to provide learning opportunities for interns in a wide range of areas related to the daily operations of a small performing arts non-profit. We are now accepting inquiries for the 2017-18 concert season (approx. September-April).

Interns are directly involved in most aspects of operations for this highly acclaimed regional professional orchestra and work alongside experienced professionals, community members, and a network of resources within the Boulder cultural community. As a team player, an intern gains solid professional skills while facilitating the day-to-day work at the Boulder Phil. Examples of projects include but are not limited to:

Education Programs Intern (Fall-Spring):

  • Program Administration: Work with Music Director, Executive Director and teacher liaison to set the program for the year and create curriculum guides for distribution to teachers.
  • Publicity: Plan and implement publicity efforts in order to meet sign-up goals from schools and students for both the Discovery Concert and Young Artist Concerto Competition.
  • Event Planning: Plan day-of-event logistics for the Discovery Concert at Macky Auditorium, including volunteer ushers, seating assignments, and traffic flow.
  • Program Development: Work with staff in envisioning, planning and implementing expansion of existing programs or development of new programs to meet education and outreach goals. Assist with grant proposals as appropriate.
  • Ideally, this individual will spend an entire production season with us (September through April), averaging 10 hours a week with flexible scheduling.

Development/Marketing Intern (Fall-Spring):

  • Special events: Assist with planning and implementation of our annual Boulder Phil Fanfare and other smaller fundraising events and recitals throughout the year. Research and maintain files on current and potential sponsors.
  • Grant proposals: Assist in writing/editing/submitting grant applications to foundations, government, or corporate funding sources.
  • Donor relations: Assist Director of Development in writing/sending direct mail solicitation and acknowledgment letters.
  • Donor prospecting: Conduct background research on potential or current donors (foundations, corporations, and individuals).
  • Marketing/Audience Development: Conduct grassroots marketing to local groups and student populations, write copy, create and edit website and e-newsletter content.
  • Ideally, this individual will spend an entire production season with us (September through April), averaging 10 hours a week with flexible scheduling.

Administrative Intern (Summer, and other terms as available):

  • Marketing & Outreach: Assist with online calendars, mass mailings, proof-reading, market research and promotions.
  • Patron Relations: Assist with ticketing, database updates, and outreach to social service agencies.
  • Operations: Maintain recording archive, update repertoire history, and prepare and submit reports for music licensing.
  • Ideally, this individual will average 10 hours a week during the summer months with flexible scheduling.

We need people with positive attitudes and a willingness to learn. Strong writing, interpersonal skills and attention to detail are required. Experience with Microsoft Excel, Word, HTML, or graphics programs is a plus. At the end of the experience, the intern should have a good idea of many of the working aspects in a dynamic, hard-working non-profit organization. Interns are generally recent graduates, current graduate students, or career changers. Individuals who have recently completed internships with the Boulder Phil have moved on to full-time employment in arts management, graduate school, or careers in teaching and performing. If interested, please send your resume to info@boulderphil.org.

** Internships are unpaid positions. Job perks include complimentary tickets to all Boulder Philharmonic concerts & valuable experience working in a dynamic, small to mid-sized non-profit organization.

To apply please send cover letter and resume to info@boulderphil.org 

The Boulder Philharmonic Orchestra gives equal employment opportunity to all individuals regardless of race, color, creed, religion, gender, sexual orientation, transgender status, gender identity, gender expression, marital status, age, citizenship, ancestry, national origin, handicap, disability, political service, political affiliation, or status as a Vietnam-era or special disabled veteran. In addition, the Boulder Phil will comply with any affirmative action requirements that apply and with all EEO requirements that apply under state and local law.

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