Auditions Begin the New QSOA Season

Quincy Symphony Orchestra Association Holds Auditions
for Orchestra, Chorus, Youth Orchestra, and Youth Chorus

The Quincy Symphony Orchestra Association is excited to invite area musicians to participate in its 75th Anniversary Concert Season. This is the perfect season to share your love of music while making new friends.

The QSOA includes:


The Quincy Symphony Chorus is a fun and talented group of musicians under the direction of Dr. Phyllis Robertson. They rehearse on Monday evenings beginning in August and will present concerts on Nov. 5 and March 4, 2023. They will join the Symphony Orchestra and Youth Chorus on Dec. 3 for a family Christmas concert. Interested singers should call the QSOA office for an appointment and prepare a song of their choice, such as a hymn, patriotic song, or Christmas carol with music or from memory.


The Quincy Symphony Orchestra includes exceptional instrumentalists from the region. Under the direction of Dr. Bruce Briney, the orchestra will perform on Oct. 2, Dec. 3, Feb. 19, and April 22. In addition, the QSO will perform children’s educational concerts in March. The QSO rehearses from 7:30 to 9:45 p.m. on Tuesdays.

The orchestra has immediate openings in the horn section. Applicants for these positions will perform a solo of their choice and orchestral excerpts – email [email protected] for details. Players are needed for all string sections, and additional brass, woodwind, and percussion players are needed for works with larger instrumentation and the substitute list. Musicians should prepare a short solo that displays their musical strengths.


Singers in grades three through 12 are invited to audition for the Quincy Area Youth Chorus. Accepted singers will perform with the QAYC at fall and spring concerts as well as join the Symphony Orchestra and Chorus on Dec. 3 for the Christmas concert.

Auditions for the QAYC will be held August 6 from 10 a.m. to noon. Auditioning children should prepare a song they enjoy singing. QAYC includes girls, and boys with unchanged voices, in two performing groups: The Kinderchor for the younger singers is directed by Amy Fairchild and the Concert Choir for older members is directed by Paul Shelor. Rehearsals are held either on Saturday mornings or Sunday afternoons.


The Quincy Area Youth Orchestra is accepting virtual auditions through Sept. 30. All new and returning members must audition. QAYO candidates must be in grades 7-12 and have at least three years of playing experience. Membership may be limited to maintain a proper balance of instruments in the orchestra. Students should prepare material found on the youth orchestra page of, along with a solo of their choice. The QAYO rehearses weekly through March and perform in two concerts.

To sign up for an audition time with the orchestra, chorus, youth chorus, or youth orchestra, call the symphony office at 217-222-2856 Monday through Friday, or email [email protected]. More information on performing ensembles may be found at