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We welcome orchestral instrumentalist from all over the world who identify as LGBTQ+ and allies, ages 18 and over. Applications for the following instruments will be accepted:


Oboe/English Horn



French Horn












To be considered for participation, please submit a video recording of two contrasting works demonstrating your current level of proficiency.


Applications accepted until February 1, 2023*

*Late submissions may be considered on a case-by-case basis. Please inquire here if there are openings for your instrument.


Applications are currently being reviewed, and we will be notifying applicants soon!


The International Pride Orchestra is a charitable organization that requires community support to make each concert possible. We ask that participants make a suggested donation of $200 or a contribution that is personally meaningful. All contributions are tax deductible and donors will receive a receipt for their contribution. Currently enrolled music students are not asked to make a donation.

What does your donation support? 
Your donation helps commission new works by LGBTQ+ artists, covers concert venue costs, and engages guest artists. Consider helping another musician by making a contribution above the $200 suggested donation. If you are unable to donate or would like to help IPO in other ways, please visit our volunteering page to get involved! 

Video Requirements & Guidelines

Applicants must submit a video audition following the requirements and guidelines below. Please include the following on your video recording: 

1. Introduction

- State your Name & Pronouns

- Respond to the following prompts

Why are you interested in performing with the International Pride Orchestra?

What does it mean to you to have a queer space to make music?


2. Performance Recording

- Perform two contrasting works of your choice demonstrating your current level of proficiency

  • Recordings must be submitted online. Emailed files and YouTube links will also be accepted. Physical CDs, DVDs, and tapes will not be accepted.

  • We recommend using a USB microphone for enhanced sound quality.

  • Record in landscape orientation and place the brightest light source in front of you so you are not backlit. 

  • All recordings should be in video format. Supported video formats include MP4, M4V, AVI, FLV, MOV, WMV, MPG, MPEG, M2V, MKV, WEBM

  • Movements and pieces may be recorded separately and uploaded as individual files.

  • Video submissions must not be edited.

Event Dates

Sunday, June 18 - Arrival

Monday, June 19 - Rehearsals & Social Events

Tuesday, June 20 - Rehearsals & Social Events

Wednesday, June 21 - Rehearsals & Social Events

Thursday, June 22 - Dress Rehearsal & Concert

Friday, June 23 - Sunday, June 25 - SF Pride Weekend (optional)

Travel & Lodging

All members cover their own travel and lodging expenses, and make their own travel and lodging arrangements. However, IPO is able to provide recommendations and/or connections to homestays.

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