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.

Instrumentation needed for our 2017/18 season

GUYS & DOLLS (music and lyrics by Frank Loesser, original orchestrations by Ted Royal and George Bassman)

  • 1 reed I (doubling flute, piccolo, clarinet, alto saxophone) – OPEN
  • 1 reed II (doubling flute, clarinet, alto saxophone) – OPEN
  • 1 reed III (doubling oboe, english horn, clarinet, tenor saxophone) – OPEN
  • 1 reed IV (doubling clarinet, tenor saxophone) – OPEN
  • 1 reed V (doubling bass clarinet, baritone saxophone) – OPEN
  • 1 horn – OPEN
  • 3 trumpets – OPEN
  • 1 tenor trombone – OPEN
  • 1 percussion (simple drum set, timpani, auxiliary concert percussion) – OPEN
  • 6 violins – OPEN
  • 2 cellos – OPEN
  • 1 double bass – OPEN


A CHORUS LINE (music by Marvin Hamlisch, original orchestrations by Jonathan Tunick and Hershy Kay)

  • 1 reed I: (doubling piccolo, flute, alto flute (or clarinet), clarinet, alto saxophone) – OPEN
  • 1 reed II: (doubling piccolo, flute, E-flat clarinet (or flute), clarinet, bass clarinet, alto saxophone) – OPEN
  • 1 reed III: (doubling oboe (or clarinet), english horn (or clarinet), clarinet, tenor saxophone) – OPEN
  • 1 reed IV: (doubling flute (or clarinet), clarinet, E-flat contrabass clarinet (or bassoon), bassoon & baritone saxophone) – OPEN
  • 3 trumpets (doubling flugel horn) – OPEN
  • 2 tenor trombones – OPEN
  • 1 bass trombone – OPEN
  • 1 drum set – OPEN
  • 1 percussion (timpani, mallet percussion) – OPEN
  • 2 keyboards – OPEN
  • 1 harp – OPEN
  • 1 acoustic and electric guitar – OPEN
  • 1 electric bass – OPEN


PARADE (music and lyrics by Jason Robert Brown, original orchestrations by Don Sebesky and Jason Robert Brown)

  • 1 reed 1: (doubling flute, piccolo, clarinet, soprano saxophone, alto saxophone) – OPEN
  • 1 reed 2: (doubling oboe, english horn, flute, clarinet, soprano saxophone, tenor saxophone) – OPEN
  • 1 reed 3: (doubling flute, clarinet, bass clarinet, , soprano saxophone, tenor saxophone) – OPEN
  • 1 reed 4: (doubling clarinet, bass clarinet, bassoon, soprano saxophone, tenor saxophone, baritone saxophone) – OPEN
  • 2 horns – OPEN
  • 2 trumpets – OPEN
  • 1 trombone – OPEN
  • 1 drum set
  • 1 percussion (timpani, auxiliary concert percussion) – OPEN
  • 1 piano – OPEN
  • 1 guitar (doubling banjo) – OPEN
  • 2 violins – OPEN
  • 1 violin (doubling viola) – OPEN
  • 2 cellos – OPEN
  • 1 double bass (doubling tuba) – OPEN