Join the Orchestra

Now in its 61st year, the Diablo Symphony Orchestra is a community orchestra based in Contra Costa County that performs five concerts per season in Walnut Creek. Four of the concerts are held at the beautiful downtown Lesher Center for the Arts as well as at Rossmoor. In recent years, one of the five concerts (the annual holiday concert) has been held at the spacious Walnut Creek Presbyterian Church.

Under the leadership of Matilda Hofman, we perform exciting and varied programs, with a strong commitment to making great music and performing to a high level in a friendly and sociable environment. We have an outreach program that offers family concerts and concerts in schools.

The DSO currently has openings for strings for our upcoming season. Other instrumentalists are also welcome to make inquiries. Rehearsals are on Monday evenings in Danville.

There are also opportunities for mentored positions in the string, wind, brass, and percussion sections, in which the new players will play “side-by-side” with their orchestral mentors. In some cases, the mentees will have the opportunity to be coached gratis by their DSO mentors, as well as to receive a modest stipend to defray expenses related to orchestra menteeship (parking, mileage, a limited number of lessons on their instrument).

We value having a team that brings a wide range of perspectives and identities including ethnicity, race, gender, socio-economic background, language, political and religious beliefs, sexual orientation, and abilities. Therefore, we especially seek applications from people who identify as Black, Indigenous, People of Color, transgender, gender-nonconforming, LGBTQ+, and people living with disabilities.

If you are interested in joining us, please contact Robert Hamaker to arrange an audition: by telephone at (925) 216-6293 or by e-mail at [email protected].