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Accepting Flute+Piccolo Applicants


BARS invites intermediate and advanced flute and piccolo players to participate in our current audition cycle. Preference will be given to flutists who also play piccolo, as parts are rotated throughout the season.

Application Deadline: Monday, Feb 21, 2011, 8p

Preliminary auditions: Monday, Feb 28, 2011, 7-9p

Finals: Wednesday, March 2, 2011, 6:30p

Read the Full Article for additional info, audition excerpts, and to request an audition.

Important: Please review all of the following information prior to requesting an audition.

Auditions: All auditions are in San Francisco. Required orchestral excerpts include:

  • Flute: Beethoven Leonore Overture No.3 (opening and solo passage); Bizet Carmen Entr'acte; Dvorak Symphony No.9 (selected passages)

  • Piccolo: Vivaldi Piccolo Concerto, II; Rossini Semiramide Oveture (selected passages); Shostakovich Symphony No.9.

Click Here to download audition excerpts (this PDF is viewable with Adobe Reader). In addition, candidates are expected to prepare a brief flute solo of his/her choice which showcases technical abilities and expression.

Member Expectations: All BARS members are expected to subscribe to the organization's mission, goals, values, and policies, in addition to:

  • attending weekly Wednesday rehearsals from 7:30-10p, currently at SF State University (Map) (generally 8-9 rehearsals per concert set, with a season of 5-6 concerts);
  • contributing set dues (currently $40/set per 4-5 set season with a $20 annual membership fee; financial hardship waivers are available);
  • assisting in recruitment, promoting performances, selling concert tickets, and volunteering and assisting with tasks as needed;
  • volunteering for the organization at least once per year.

Part Rotation and Assignment: Parts and seating shall be rotated on a set-by-set basis. Part and performance rotation will be determined at the beginning of each concert set.

Granting of Membership: Player(s) selected from this audition process will participate in a performance with the orchestra, after which there will be an evaluation by the leadership to grant the membership.


  • Do I have to identify as LGBTQ to be a member of BARS? No, about 20% of the orchestra members identify of hetereosexual/straight.

  • Does BARS pay it's musicians? BARS is a non-paying advanced orchestra. Members pay dues are currently at $40/set per 4-5 set season with a $20 annual membership fee. Financial hardship waivers are available.

  • I previously auditioned for BARS. May I re-audition? Yes, we encourage you to request an audition.

To request an audition: Email flutes@bars-sf.org with your previous flute and piccolo, orchestral, and ensemble experience, and/or a one-page resume as a .pdf or .doc

About BARS: Launched in 2008, Bay Area Rainbow Symphony (BARS) is an orchestra dedicated to increasing visibility and challenging stereotypes of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) composers, instrumentalists, and performing artists. BARS performs ambitious repertory to a high standard, connecting with and bridging audiences from all communities and backgrounds.

BARS showcases its 85+ member symphony orchestra and chamber ensembles at the SF Conservatory of Music and various Bay Area venues. Our musicians can also be seen and heard doing outreach for local LGBTQ, service, and education organizations. Over 20% of BARS musicians and 40% of BARS audience identify as heterosexual/straight. Intermediate and advanced instrumentalists, especially string players, are invited to join our weekly Wednesday evening rehearsals at SF State University (Map).

Under the artistic direction of Daniel Canosa, BARS has been recognized for its achievements in artistic excellence and community building by the city and county of San Francisco and the State of California. BARS is a non-profit organization: all donations are tax-deductible. For more information about BARS, upcoming concerts, and how to get involved, visit http://bars-sf.org

BARS does not discriminate on the basis of sex, race, color, age, national origin, religion, disability, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, pregnancy or veteran status.