Auditions Include Strings, Woodwinds and Brass

Mark Russell Smith, Music Director and Conductor of the Quad City Symphony Orchestra (QCSO), has announced auditions for the 2015-16 season. Audition application deadline is Monday, August 3, 2015.

Audition date for the following open positions is Sunday, August 16, 2015: first and second section violin, associate principal bass, string substitutes and fourth horn.

Audition date for English horn is Saturday, October 3.

Audition date for second bassoon is Saturday, November 7.

Applications to audition must be postmarked or emailed by Monday, August 3, 2015.

"The QCSO encourages musicians who would like to be a part of the continued history-making of this organization to audition for one of our openings. In addition to being part of an outstanding performing ensemble, our expanding education engagement programs offer musicians more opportunities to play, teach, and earn in the QC region," said Rich Stodd, Director of Orchestra Operations.

The Quad City Symphony Orchestra is a per-service orchestra. Mail or email a one page resume and send a $50 deposit check payable to "QCSO", which will be returned at the audition, by Monday, August 3 to:

Rich Stodd, Director of Orchestra Operations
327 Brady Street, Davenport, IA 52801

The QCSO's thrilling 101st season builds on the blockbuster 100 year anniversary celebration.  The season begins with Quad City Bank & Trust Riverfront Pops on September 12, 2015.

This Valentine's Day the Quad City Symphony Orchestra presents an ode to love beginning with music inspired by the tragic romance of Pelleas and Melisande. The tone then brightens as Roberto Diaz, violist of international reputation, returns to the Quad Cities' stage, this time with his wife, the celebrated violinist Elissa Lee Koljonen. Sparks will fly as this couple performs Mozart's Sinfonia Concertante for Violin and Viola. Then, when you come back from intermission, the QCSO will immerse you in all the romantic color and atmosphere of Italy through Mendelssohn's "Italian" Symphony, a work he called the "jolliest piece I have ever done."


There are three Masterworks concerts remaining this year with the next just one week away. That means you have only seven days left to save more than 15% off regular ticket prices by purchasing all three concerts as a subscription package.




Keep in mind that Yo-Yo Ma is performing with the Quad City Symphony Orchestra at the end of next season on May 14, 2015. This season's subscribers will get the first opportunity to purchase tickets for this landmark occasion. So, if you haven't subscribed yet to the 2013-14 season, be sure to subscribe today!

This Saturday hundreds of musicians of all ages will fill the Adler Theatre as the professional musicians of the Quad City Symphony Orchestra perform side-by-side with the Quad City Symphony Youth Ensembles for the first time ever. All four youth orchestras will have their moment to shine as they perform music by Dvorák, Strauss, Schubert, Saint-Saëns, and Shostakovich.




 The concert also features a performance by Robert Spurgeon, the 2014 Quad City Symphony Youth Ensembles Concerto Competition winner. While the Concerto Competition is over 50 years old, this is the first time that the winner has the honor of performing with the Quad City Symphony Orchestra. Spurgeon is performing Saint-Saëns' Concerto No. 1 for Cello.


Tickets for this concert start at $10, with 50% off for student tickets.


The concert is at the Adler Theatre on February 1 at 4:00 p.m. This concert is sponsored by UnityPoint-Trinity, with additional funding from The Hubbell-Waterman Foundation.

The Beatles are back in the QC as Classical Mystery Tour joins the Quad City Symphony Orchestra and Conductor Mark Russell Smith for the 29th annual Riverfront Pops in LeClaire Park.


The four musicians in Classical Mystery Tour look and sound just like the Beatles, but Classical Mystery Tour is more than just a rock concert. The full show presents some 30 Beatles tunes sung, played, and performed exactly as they were written. Hear "Penny Lane" with a live trumpet section; experience the beauty of "Yesterday" with an acoustic guitar and string quartet; enjoy the rock/classical blend on the hard edged "I Am the Walrus." From early Beatles music on through the solo years, Classical Mystery Tour is the best of the Beatles like you've never heard them: totally live.


As is traditional, the concert will end with the 1812 Overture, Stars and Stripes Forever, and fireworks. Riverfront Pops is sponsored by McLaughlin Motors, SSAB, Wells Fargo, and Zimmerman Honda.