A symphony musician is a type of musician who specializes in symphony music. This area of music incorporates a variety of instruments, and so becoming a symphony musician can be done by playing a large number of instruments, too – from the violin and flute to the piano and organ. A symphony musician may also choose to become a conductor, or compose the actual music – though these types of jobs aren’t traditionally referred to as “musicians.” Symphony musicians may play more than one instrument, though they usually specialize in one in particular.
To become a symphony musician, one needs to become proficient enough in playing the instrument in question. This often involves years of practice, which typically starts from an early age. Many symphony musicians have exhibited interest in their respective instruments from their high school years, taking part in a variety of extra-curricular activities related to music in order to build experience and knowledge of the musical field.
It’s not easy to give an average salary for symphony musicians – like with most jobs related to arts, symphony musicians can earn very varied sums of money, depending primarily on one’s skills and aptitude, as well as general experience with the instrument in question. A good symphony musician can easily earn $45,000 – $75,000 a year, and sometimes even higher if they manage to progress quickly enough and become proficient with their instrument. It’s not rare for renowned symphony musicians to earn well over $100,000 a year.