Pit Orchestra Apprenticeship Program

YMTC invites student instrumental musicians to join our pit orchestras for almost every production. Motivated students receive exceptional musical training through our apprenticeship model and gain valuable experience playing alongside local professionals.

Our Pit Orchestra Apprenticeship Program is tuition-free. All that is required is a simple application submitted via email. An audition may be necessary but is not always required depending on the position and previous experience.

Interested students should email our Resident Musical Director at music@ymtcbayarea.org and include their relevant experience (private instruction, ensembles, instrument doubling, etc.) and contact info for a current music teacher as a reference.

If accepted, student musicians are required to attend all necessary rehearsals and performances. We typically hold one or two orchestra rehearsals twelve days before opening, one sitzprobe, two dress rehearsals, and six performances over two weekends). Specific dates and other info will be given upon receipt of an application.

Check back here often for updates, and refer any friends and colleagues to apply as well. If there are no openings for your instrument(s), please send an email of interest regardless so that we may keep you in our database and be in touch with you when openings do arise!

There is also often an opening for Assistant Musical Director for each production, with a similar application process. Please note that this is a more intensive and therefore tuition-based apprenticeship, and should be applied for via TAAP.

See below for instrumentation and open positions for the remaining productions in our 2016/17 season:

SPRING AWAKENING (music by Duncan Sheik, original orchestrations by Duncan Sheik and Simon Hale)

1 violin – OPEN
1 viola – OPEN
1 cello – OPEN
1 double bass – FILLED
1 drum set – FILLED
1 guitar (electric / acoustic) – FILLED

THE MOST HAPPY FELLA (music by Frank Loesser, original orchestrations by Don Walker)

1 flute / piccolo / alto flute*
1 oboe / english horn*
1 clarinet / flute / soprano sax*
1 clarinet / bass clarinet*
1 bassoon*
3 horns – 1 student position OPEN
2 trumpets – 1 student position OPEN
1 tenor trombone*
1 bass trombone / tuba*
2 percussion (timpani, auxiliary concert percussion) – 1 student position OPEN
1 celesta / accordion – 1 student position OPEN
1 harp – 1 student position OPEN
8 violins – 4 student positions OPEN
3 violas – 2 student positions OPEN
3 cellos – 2 student positions OPEN
2 double basses – 1 student positions OPEN

* 2 student positions in woodwind section OPEN
** 1 student position in low brass section OPEN