About the PSO


Open Auditions

The Portsmouth Symphony Orchestra, under the direction of John Page, is a community orchestra comprising over 60 volunteer players from the greater seacoast area of New Hampshire, Maine, and Massachusetts. This season we celebrate our 20th anniversary and are seeking experienced and committed classical musicians. The orchestra presents four major performances at The Music Hall in Portsmouth, NH. Rehearsals are held on Monday evenings from 6:30-9:00 PM.

Currently the orchestra has openings for the following positions:

  • All section strings: Violin, Viola, Cello, Bass (rotational seating)
  • Woodwind member seats: Clarinet
  • Brass member seats: Horn
  • Percussion member seat
  • Oboe/English Horn
  • Piccolo
  • Trumpet
  • All instruments substitute/auxiliary musicians 
  • All musicians are required to audition:
  • Please prepare a video of your audition and include the link below. If you are unable to do this please contact us to make alternative arrangements
  • If you have questions or would like to submit an audition please complete the form below or call us at (603) 686-8133.

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It is with the greatest sadness that we announce the decision to suspend any concert activity for September, October, and November 2020.

We waited as long as we could, and had a number of scenarios in mind. It became clear, however, that the future, given the directives from the state of New Hampshire, was too much of an unknown, and we wouldn’t be able to plan compassionately, intelligently, and in a timely manner, for the safety and well-being of our musicians and audience members.

We know that all our lives have been turned upside down by this pandemic. This is the only time in 23 years that the Portsmouth Symphony has had to cancel concerts, which is illustrative of the gravity of the current global situation.

Please stay safe, stay in touch, and we hope for a quick and happy return to exciting concerts and to the exceptional joys of music-making that our community has come to expect and love.

We miss seeing you, our audience, and will keep you posted about when it is safe to return to glorious symphonic gatherings!

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