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Open Staff Positions

We are expanding our team! If you would like to be considered for the open staff position below, please follow the instructions at the end of the posting. Please send questions to hr@kalamazoosymphony.com. The KSO is an equal-opportunity employer (read all about it at the end of this page). 


FULL-TIME | Development Department (some duties report to the Marketing Department)

Donor Engagement Manager | For best consideration, please apply by September 5, 2023

We are seeking qualified candidates for a Donor Engagement Manager to join our collaborative, enthusiastic team.

The Donor Engagement Manager is responsible for cultivating and stewarding relationships with first-time donors while managing a fundraising portfolio of donor prospects. The Donor Engagement Manager is responsible for advancing the organization’s engagement with its patrons, donors, and sponsors. This role manages and seeks to improve all aspects of the experience with the KSO for its stakeholders.

Working directly with the Directors of Development and Marketing, the Donor Engagement Manager will assist in the implementation of a shared patron/donor engagement strategy.

Please click on the position title for details and application information. Applications will be reviewed as they are received. Please send questions to hr@kalamazoosymphony.com. No calls please.

2023/24 Auditions

Principal Horn

$139.75 per service | 65 guaranteed services

Audition Date: October 19, 2023

Application Deadline: September 22, 2023 | JOB DESCRIPTION | APPLICATION | REPERTOIRE LIST

Position begins based on Kalamazoo Symphony and musician mutual availability.

If a position is won by a current member of the KSO, the resulting vacancy may be offered to a runner-up as a temporary appointment with the possibility of becoming permanent.

Anticipated Upcoming Auditions: N/A


General Application Information

All applicants are added to the audition roster once a completed application is submitted AND their deposit is received. Candidates should mail a $50 deposit check (check or money order), payable to the Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestra to:

Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestra

Attn: Personnel Manager - Auditions

359 S. Kalamazoo Mall Ste. 100

Kalamazoo, MI 49007

Deposits MUST be postmarked by the application deadline to be added to the audition roster. If you do not receive confirmation within seven (7) days of mailing your deposit, please contact the Personnel Manager. 

All candidates will receive a link to their instrument’s audition website via email after their deposit is received. This website includes all of the applicable details specific to that audition, including but not limited to: a full audition repertoire list, layout of the audition process, location and maps, preliminary block times, and much more.


Accepting a Position with the Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestra

Our musicians are the heart and soul of our organization, and we are thrilled to have you join us - as a new contract musician or a substitute!

For musicians traveling 20 or more miles from their residence to a service venue, we offer mileage reimbursement and housing options!

  • We reimburse mileage at $0.43/mile, capped at $68 (158.1 miles)/round trip.

  • Housing can be provided if needed, for the duration of a cycle


With audition questions, please email auditions@kalamazoosymphony.com, and include KSO <your instrument> Auditions in the subject line, and your name, instrument, and preferred contact information in the body of the email. 

We look forward to hearing from you!

The Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestra is an equal opportunity employer and proud partner orchestra of The Sphinx Organization

The National Alliance for Audition Support (NAAS) is a collaborative program between Sphinx, the League of American Orchestras, and the New World Symphony Orchestra that directly supports resources and logistical needs for Black and Latinx musicians and conductors pursuing careers in orchestral performance. The program offers grants t help offset audition-related travel expenses, among other resources. For more information, please visit: https://www.sphinxmusic.org/naas-grants.

National Alliance for Audition Support

For audition support, please visit: https://www.sphinxmusic.org/national-alliance-for-audition-support

At the Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestra, we are committed to providing an environment of mutual respect where equal employment opportunities are available to all applicants and teammates without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, pregnancy (including childbirth, lactation and related medical conditions), national origin, disability status, marital status, genetics, protected veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state, or local laws. Candidates from all backgrounds and walks of life are encouraged to apply.