Union Symphony Orchestra

The Union Symphony Orchestra, under the direction of Deanna Tham, Music Director, announces auditions for the following vacancies:


Simultaneously the most skilled and knowledgeable violinist of the orchestra while also the chief intermediary between the musicians and the conductor, the concertmaster is responsible for dictating bowings; playing solo passages in the absence of a guest soloist; understanding the conductor’s ideas and communicating them in technical terms to the rest of the orchestra; and leading the orchestra in tuning before rehearsals and performances. While conductors may come and go—with differing styles and approaches—the concertmaster provides the orchestra with consistent and technically oriented leadership.


To apply, send a resume no later than March 15, 2024, via email to


The live auditions will take place in Monroe, NC, on the following date: April 20, 2024

The Union Symphony Orchestra performs seven to eight different programs between September and May each year including major symphonic works as well as pops, opera, ballet, and educational concerts. Founded in 2006, the USO is the professional orchestra of Union County, NC located in Monroe, NC.

The Concertmaster position offers $200 per service.

Orchestra Excerpts:

1. Concerto:

Choose one from the list below. Please prepare 1st mvt, no cadenza

Tchaikovsky, Concerto in D Major, Op. 35

Brahms, Concerto in D Major, Op. 77

Sibelius, Concerto in D Minor, Op. 47

2. Excerpts:

Mozart, Symphony No. 39, mvt 2:   m. 1-27 and 96-126 (downbeat only)

Beethoven, Symphony No. 9, mvt 3: m. 99-114

Mendelssohn, Midsummer Night’s Dream, Scherzo: m. 17-99

Schumann, Symphony No. 2, Scherzo: m. 1-54 with repeat

Strauss, Don Juan: beginning to 13th bar of C 

3. Concertmaster Solo:

Beethoven missa solemnis, Benedictus concertmaster solo – Sanctus, 4 before E to end. 

Please direct any questions or requests  for a copy of the excerpts to

Please see attached document for audition excerpts: