Diversity Statement

The St. Louis Symphony Orchestra is committed to diversity among its musicians, within its administrative staff and within the community it serves.

The SLSO is an Equal Opportunity Employer. It is our policy that an individual’s race, color, religion, sex, disability, age or national origin are not and will not be considered in any personnel or management decisions.

The SLSO first hired an African-American musician in 1968.  

The SLSO was the first major orchestra in the U.S. to have a woman in the principal trumpet position in 1973.

Auditions at the SLSO are “blind.” This means that the audition judges sit behind curtains and the candidates are not seen or presented by name.

Information for all open SLSO administrative staff positions are posted on our website ( Open position announcements are also emailed to all staff and orchestra members and referrals are encouraged.

When external advertisement of positions is needed, the SLSO utilizes a variety of sources including employment websites, local newspapers, local universities and industry-specific websites or publications. Consideration of how to best reach the candidates who will meet the qualifications of each position is given when determining where positions will be posted.

All candidates for open positions are considered based upon their qualifications, employment history and relevant experience.