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Section First Violin Audition

January 29-30, 2024

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Preliminary Rounds

Monday, January 29, 2024
Tuesday, January 30, 2024

Semifinal and Final Rounds

Tuesday, January 30, 2024 (beginning in the afternoon)


Section First Violin Repertoire List and Excerpts


Helzberg Hall in the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts in Kansas City, MO. Please do NOT use the main lobby entrance on the south side of the building. Please enter the building through the NE stage door located near the intersection of 16th and Wyandotte.

Maps of Downtown Kansas City and Kauffman Center

Additional Information

In order to apply, musicians must complete the online application form which also requires a one-page résumé by 5:00 PM on Friday, December 8, 2023. Additionally, applicants must send a refundable deposit for $100 either via a check made payable to the Kansas City Symphony, or with a Credit Card Authorization, no later than Friday, January 5, 2024 in order to secure an audition time. Our audition committee may review résumés after the December 8 deadline and will then notify all applicants of their invitation status for this audition by email. The musicians we are inviting will be given an assigned audition time only after we have received a deposit check/credit card authorization by the above stated deadline. Invited musicians will have their deposit returned to them at the audition or if a cancellation is made prior to one week before the audition. For those not invited, the $100 deposit will be destroyed following the audition.

This vacancy for Section First Violin is a tenure track position. It is expected that the winner of this audition will begin employment with the Kansas City Symphony in time for the start of the 2024-2025 season.

Annual Salary for 2024-2025 season in the Section First Violin position:

Minimum Salary: $67,800, plus a $2,500 CBA-negotiated bonus for the 24-25 season
Electronic Media Guarantee: $2,436
TOTAL Annual Salary for Section First Violin: $72,736*

*An additional week of salary is available if the musician participates in the very popular Community Connections program. While this participation is optional, it would provide up to an additional $1,614 bringing the total annual salary to $74,350.

About the Kansas City Symphony

The Kansas City Symphony aspires to be a destination for the world’s best musicians. As the largest performing arts organization in the Kansas City region, the Symphony seeks to transform hearts, minds and communities through the power of symphonic music. During its 42-week season, the Symphony performs a wide variety of Classical subscription, educational, special and engagement concerts. In addition, the Kansas City Symphony performs for virtually all productions of the Lyric Opera of Kansas City and the Kansas City Ballet.

The Kansas City Symphony performs in the beautiful Helzberg Hall at the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts, a space internationally recognized for its world-class acoustics.  Kansas City and its suburbs have been ranked as among the best places to live in the USA, and the KC metro area is estimated to have cost of living that is 85-90% of the national average. Kansas City is remarkably sophisticated, has very strong support for the arts, a generous philanthropic community, easy traffic and great restaurants.

The Kansas City Symphony has an enviable record of financial stability for years, and in 2017 completed a $55 million endowment campaign that will bring the Symphony’s endowment to approximately $100 million.  The Kansas City Symphony also has long-term stability in its artistic and administrative staff, and an excellent and highly-engaged Board of Directors. The culture of the Kansas City Symphony is expressed in our core values of excellence, trust, and respect, and there are outstanding relations between the musicians, staff, and board.

Benefits for all orchestra positions include:

  • 42 week season
  • 2023-2024 season annual base salary is $69,186 (including $33/wk Electronic Media Guarantee)
  • An additional week of salary is available to each musician for participation in the popular Community Connections program. Participation is optional.
  • Health Insurance coverage through Blue Cross Blue Shield with $0 in-network deductible, $20 in-network co-pays, and an annual out-of-pocket maximum of only $750.
  • Dental, Life & ADD, Instrument, and Long Term Disability Insurance
  • Up to 12-week paid maternity/paternity leave
  • 19 days paid vacation per season
  • Three personal days per season, accumulating to 9
  • One relief week per season, plus 4 discretionary relief days
  • 5.995% Pension Contribution to the AFM-EPF
  • 2% Contribution to 403b with additional matching provisions available up to another 1.5%

Since the 2010-2011 season, the annual base compensation has increased by 52.5%.

To Apply

Please complete the online application form and upload a one-page resume. For additional questions please contact

The Kansas City Symphony is an Equal Opportunity Employer.