The Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra will celebrate its 70th anniversary in 2018. From the fledgling orchestra that gave its first concert in May 1948 to the award-winning, 47-piece ensemble of today, the TSO has become a much loved cultural institution and “a source of pride” to more than 90% of Tasmanians, according to a recent survey. In addition to annual concert seasons in Hobart and Launceston and appearances in Tasmanian regional centres, the TSO performs nationally and internationally, including a highly successful tour of China in December 2016-January 2017. The TSO collaborates with a wide variety of organisations, including projects with the Museum of Old and New Art (Mona), Victorian Opera, the Australian National Academy of Music and Festival of Voices. Recent honours include “Best Symphony Orchestra Concert” at the 2017 Helpmann Awards for the TSO’s concert version of Wagner’s Tristan und Isolde.

TSO is based in Hobart – Australia’s smallest and most charming state capital and a city known for its relaxing lifestyle and hassle-free commuting. Tasmania enjoys outstanding natural scenery, pristine living conditions and superb food and wine.

The following positions with the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra are currently open for applications.

Principal Horn

The following permanent, full time position will be auditioned by the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra in 2018. Should you not be able to attend the audition date in person, the TSO accepts recorded auditions.

Principal 1st Horn

The position is now open to international applicants.

Audition dates:

Monday 12 November 2018 in Hobart, applicants must be available for the full day.

Audition Requirements:

Set pieces:

  • W. A. Mozart  – Concerto in E-flat major, K.495, 1st movement (up to recapitulation only)
  • Richard Strauss – Horn Concerto No.1, Op.11, 1st movement (from beginning until 8 bars after figure C)

Orchestral Excerpts:

  • (Please Note Orchestral Excerpts will be released for live auditions on Monday 15 October 2018)

Recorded Auditions:

Candidates wishing to submit a recorded audition should follow the Guidelines for the Preparation of a Recorded Audition.

(Please note: All recorded applications need to be as a DVD with both video and audio. For recorded applicants excerpts will be released four (4) weeks prior to your confirmed recording date. All DVD’s must be received at the TSO no later than 5.00 pm Friday 9 November 2018.)

For further information, contact the Director Operations, Jacqui Walkden via email,

Application Process:

Applications, including a completed Candidate Information Form and a CV detailing relevant experience, training and Referees contact details should be directed to:

Jenny Goulding
Director People and Culture
Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra
GPO Box 1450
Hobart TAS 7001


Applications close: 5pm Monday 29 October 2018. (Please Note. No applications will be received after this date.)

Expressions of Interest: Acting Tutti 2nd Trumpet


This position is only open to Australian Citizens, Permanent Residents of Australia, or New Zealand Citizens.

The TSO is calling for expressions of interest for suitably experienced musicians who can display the highest level of musicianship and have had previous orchestral experience in a Tutti position.

Please note that this position is available to cover the permanent role of Tutti 2nd Trumpet for the 2019 Season from 17 January 2019 up to 6 December 2019.

Preference will be for one player being available for the whole year, though we are also interested in hearing from players who would be available for no less than a 6 month period.

To submit an Expression of Interest, please send the following:

  • Current CV
  • Candidate Information Form (Click here to download form)
  • Names and contact details (mobile and email) of 2 current Referees
  • Availability for the period outlined above.

PLEASE NOTE: Applications will need to have all of the above in order to be accepted.

Expressions of Interest should be sent to:

Attention: Jenny Goulding – Director People and Culture


Expression of Interests close: 10.00 am – Friday 16 November 2018

Further details are available by contacting Jacqui Walkden,  Director Operations on (03) 6232 4415 or email