ICO Sub List Application

As part of ICO’s commitment to DEI and equitable access for artistic opportunities, ICO is pleased to offer a pathway for substitute list consideration. ICO is committed to welcoming musicians from underrepresented populations. ICO is a union orchestra, operating under a collective bargaining agreement. Musicians are added to the substitute list based on the recommendation of the principal section musician in consultation with the music director. 

Application Process


Submit your resume, contact information, and a recent video recording (within the last 24 months) of a solo performance by email to auditions@icomusic.org with the subject: Substitute Consideration

Recording Specifics:

  • Recent recording of a solo performance (within the last 24 months)
  • Five-seven standard excerpts of your choosing  
  • Ten minutes of music maximum
  • Issues sending the file? Email auditions@icomusic.org for other options.


  • The ICO principal musician for your section will review the materials submitted within 60 days. 
  • The ICO principal may then contact you for additional conversation or playing or immediately add you to their list. 

ICO Information

  • Per Service Orchestra – $125.80
  • Approximately 50-59 services per year (depending on contract service opportunities)
  • 7.2% pension contribution for all services
  • Federal mileage rate reimbursement up to $175 per contract engagement for distances more than 75 miles.
  • ICO has 7 subscription concerts, 3 parks concerts, 1 education concert, and 1 benefit concert
Why you should apply:
  • Exposure to a wide network of contacts
  • A close working relationship with Indianapolis Chamber Orchestra, known for its friendly atmosphere, innovative programming, personable Music Director and Creative Artist in Residence, and its sustained, intentional, commitment to diversity
  • Opportunities to tie classical music to community engagement, education,  and visual arts
  • Space for your creative ingenuity
  • Outstanding part-time position!

ICO is proud to be a partner orchestra of the National Alliance for Audition Support (NAAS), an unprecedented national initiative to increase diversity in American orchestras. It will do so by offering Black and Latinx musicians a customized combination of mentoring, audition preparation, financial support, and audition reviews. Learn more at www.auditionalliance.org.

Learn more about ICO’s commitment to Diversity, Equity and Inclusion.

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