Auditions for Ensemble for WEST SIDE STORY


The production period is April 20-29, 2018, with two performances:  1) Saturday evening, April 28 at Macky Auditorium in Boulder; 2) Sunday evening, April 29 at Lone Tree Arts Center.  Rehearsals will begin the evening of Friday, April 20 and will continue from April 21 through 27 primarily in the afternoons and evenings.  Rehearsals will primarily take place in Boulder.

Please note that this is a semi-staged production focused primarily on the score and some of the dialogue. There will be some blocking and no dance. Music Director is Michael Butterman; Stage Director is Bob Neu.


When: Sunday, October 22 from 1 PM-7 PM

Where: Boulder Piano Gallery – 3111 Walnut Street, Boulder

What to bring:  A standard piece of music theater repertoire that shows your legit voice and range. This is not a belt show. Please also bring THREE copies of your resume and THREE head shots. An accompanist will be provided.

How to get an audition slot:  E-mail Shelley Sampson at the Boulder Philharmonic:

Please note that the following roles have been pre-cast:  Tony, Maria, Anita

We are seeking 12 men and 4 women.  Men’s roles will include Riff, Bernardo and Officer Krupke, and the ranges are suitable for tenors and high baritones. Krupke is a non-singing role. Women’s roles are appropriate for sopranos and mezzos.

You should be: 

  • a superior vocalist with professional credits
  • a strong actor
  • age appropriate to this show (you should read late teens to mid-20s)

You do NOT need to be a dancer.

All roles will be paid.

Since this is a concert presentation, Equity and non-Equity members are welcome to audition.


Please check back for announcements of upcoming auditions, including on oboe, clarinet and tuba.

The Boulder Philharmonic Orchestra hosts a robust internship program in order to provide learning opportunities for interns in a wide range of areas related to the daily operations of a small performing arts non-profit. We are now accepting inquiries for the 2017-18 concert season (approx. September-April).

Interns are directly involved in most aspects of operations for this highly acclaimed regional professional orchestra and work alongside experienced professionals, community members, and a network of resources within the Boulder cultural community. As a team player, an intern gains solid professional skills while facilitating the day-to-day work at the Boulder Phil. Examples of projects include but are not limited to:

Education Programs Intern (Fall-Spring):

  • Program Administration: Work with Music Director, Executive Director and teacher liaison to set the program for the year and create curriculum guides for distribution to teachers.
  • Publicity: Plan and implement publicity efforts in order to meet sign-up goals from schools and students for both the Discovery Concert and Young Artist Concerto Competition.
  • Event Planning: Plan day-of-event logistics for the Discovery Concert at Macky Auditorium, including volunteer ushers, seating assignments, and traffic flow.
  • Program Development: Work with staff in envisioning, planning and implementing expansion of existing programs or development of new programs to meet education and outreach goals. Assist with grant proposals as appropriate.
  • Ideally, this individual will spend an entire production season with us (September through April), averaging 10 hours a week with flexible scheduling.

Development/Marketing Intern (Fall-Spring):

  • Special events: Assist with planning and implementation of our annual Boulder Phil Fanfare and other smaller fundraising events and recitals throughout the year. Research and maintain files on current and potential sponsors.
  • Grant proposals: Assist in writing/editing/submitting grant applications to foundations, government, or corporate funding sources.
  • Donor relations: Assist Director of Development in writing/sending direct mail solicitation and acknowledgment letters.
  • Donor prospecting: Conduct background research on potential or current donors (foundations, corporations, and individuals).
  • Marketing/Audience Development: Conduct grassroots marketing to local groups and student populations, write copy, create and edit website and e-newsletter content.
  • Ideally, this individual will spend an entire production season with us (September through April), averaging 10 hours a week with flexible scheduling.

Administrative Intern (Summer, and other terms as available):

  • Marketing & Outreach: Assist with online calendars, mass mailings, proof-reading, market research and promotions.
  • Patron Relations: Assist with ticketing, database updates, and outreach to social service agencies.
  • Operations: Maintain recording archive, update repertoire history, and prepare and submit reports for music licensing.
  • Ideally, this individual will average 10 hours a week during the summer months with flexible scheduling.

We need people with positive attitudes and a willingness to learn. Strong writing, interpersonal skills and attention to detail are required. Experience with Microsoft Excel, Word, HTML, or graphics programs is a plus. At the end of the experience, the intern should have a good idea of many of the working aspects in a dynamic, hard-working non-profit organization. Interns are generally recent graduates, current graduate students, or career changers. Individuals who have recently completed internships with the Boulder Phil have moved on to full-time employment in arts management, graduate school, or careers in teaching and performing. If interested, please send your resume to

** Internships are unpaid positions. Job perks include complimentary tickets to all Boulder Philharmonic concerts & valuable experience working in a dynamic, small to mid-sized non-profit.

The Boulder Philharmonic Orchestra gives equal employment opportunity to all individuals regardless of race, color, creed, religion, gender, sexual orientation, transgender status, gender identity, gender expression, marital status, age, citizenship, ancestry, national origin, handicap, disability, political service, political affiliation, or status as a Vietnam-era or special disabled veteran. In addition, the Boulder Phil will comply with any affirmative action requirements that apply and with all EEO requirements that apply under state and local law.

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