CSO Careers

The Christchurch Symphony Orchestra is the South Island’s leading orchestra, providing a balanced, eclectic and accessible concert season that spans the full range of orchestra repertoire. Over the past six decades, the orchestra has grown to establish itself as a cultural asset to Christchurch and the wider communities of the South Island of New Zealand. A city orchestra with 26 salaried musicians, working approximately 26 weeks per year, the CSO serves the Canterbury community with high quality musical performances, an extensive Community Engagement programme and accompaniment services for the Royal NZ Ballet, NZ Opera, the Christchurch City Choir and the National Concerto Competition. Christchurch is a multi-cultural community bursting with artistic talent, at the heart of which are our CSO players who live and work within our city. 





  • Casual Auditions - Violin, Viola and Cello +


    The Christchurch Symphony Orchestra is inviting applicants to audition for casual violin, viola and cello positions on the CSO's calling list. 

    Applications close: 5pm Wednesday 13 November

    Auditions will be held on Tuesday 19 November, from 4pm

    Auditions will be accepted live or by CD recording

    For further information and audition requirements, please contact:

    Clare De Courcy - Artistic Assistant

    P: +64 3 943 7797

    E:  clare.decourcy@cso.co.nz


  • Principal Flute +


    The CSO seeks a Principal Flute that demonstrates artistic and leadership skills of the highest quality, as well as a passion for sharing music through a wide range of Community Engagement initiatives. 

    About the Role

    Christchurch Symphony Orchestra principal musicians are pivotal atistic leaders. They are central to the continued development of not only the orchestra, but also the city and communities that the CSO is embedded in. 

    Musicians present approximately 23 concerts per annum that are of the highest artistic quality across a broad range of repertoire, with concert engagements ranging from the diverse CSO Presents series through to innovative and engaging Masterworks concerts. In addition, a CSO musician will play an equally core role in the orchestra's Community Engagement Programme, where they might be required to coach a community orchestra or band, take a hands-on role in ongoing interactive programmes for people experiencing dementia or disability, or lead a masterclass for talented young musiians. This breadth of activity is considered core work, with no aspect valued more or less than the other. 

    In turn, the CSO provides a supportive professional environment that ensures musicians of all ages and abilities can develop and enhance their skills, expand their knowledge and grow through both new artistic and educational experiences. 

    Download the full Notice of Audition here

    Applications close on 12th December 2019

    For more information, please contact: 
    Clare De Courcy, Artistic Assistant
    Phone: 03 943 7797
    Email: clare.decourcy@cso.co.nz

  • Associate Principal Horn +

    Permanent, Part Time

    The CSO is inviting applications to audition for the position of Principal Horn. 

    Download full audition notice here

    Applications close on 12th December 2019

    For more information, please contact: 
    Clare De Courcy, Artistic Assistant
    Phone: 03 943 7797
    Email: clare.decourcy@cso.co.nz