The auditions for the 2016–2017 season have already occurred. However, we are always happy to hear from talented musicians interested in playing with the orchestra. Please read the requirements below and then email firstname.lastname@example.org (include your name and instrument) to inquire about future auditions.
About the orchestra
You can read about the orchestra here, and you may also want to learn more about our Music Director, Barbara Yahr, hear the orchestra, read reviews of some past concerts, and see what we performed in past seasons.
The orchestra typically puts on six concerts during a season that runs from October through May. Concerts are usually on Sunday afternoons and are preceded by five to seven rehearsals on Tuesday evenings plus a dress rehearsal the Saturday morning before the concert. Members are not asked to pay dues to play with the orchestra, however regular attendance at rehearsals is expected.
Please prepare two movements from the standard solo concerto or sonata repertoire demonstrating contrasting musical styles and technical work. A movement from a Bach solo work is recommended.
Please note that in most cases we will only review a total of five minutes of playing.
We only have openings for substitute woodwind players at this time.
Please present five minutes of a movement from a standard solo work of your choice, and be prepared to play any excerpt from the following list.
- Ravel, Daphnis et Chloé Suite No. 2 — solo
- Beethoven, Leonore Overture No. 3 — solo
- Tchaikovsky, Symphony No. 4 — Third movement solos
- Brahms, Variations on a Theme by Joseph Haydn — Theme in second oboe part
- Brahms, Violin Concerto — Second movement solo
- Mendelssohn, Symphony No. 3 — Second movement, pick-up to letter A to letter B
- Strauss, Don Juan — solo
- Rossini, Scala Si Seta — opening solo
- Dvořák, Symphony No. 9 — Second movement solo
- Rossini, William Tell Overture — solo at Andante after letter E
- Rimsky-Korsakov, Capriccio Espagnol — First movement, letter A to letter B, letter C to end
- Mendelssohn, Symphony No. 3 — Second movement, beginning to 15 bars after letter C
- Tchaikovsky, Symphony No. 5 — First movement, opening soli to Allegro con anima
- Mozart, Marriage of Figaro — Overture, measures 1 to 24, and 139 to 171
- Rimsky-Korsakov, Scheherazade — Second movement solos
- Tchaikovsky, Symphony No. 4 — Second movement solo
- Tchaikovsky, Symphony No. 6 — First movement opening solo
- Stravinsky, Firebird Suite — Berceuse solo
- Ravel, Ma mère l’oye (Mother Goose) — IV. Les entretiens de la belle et de la bête
- Brahms, Variations on a Theme by Joseph Haydn
Please prepare five minutes of a movement from the concerto specified, or a work of similar style. You will also be asked to play any excerpt from the following list.
French horn Recommended concerto: any Mozart horn concerto Tchaikovsky, Symphony No. 5 — Second movement solo Strauss, Don Juan — a tempo 17 bars before letter O Mahler, Symphony No. 1 — Third movement, Horn 1 and/or 2, measure 116 (fourth bar of figure 13) to 123
Trumpet Recommended concerto: Haydn, Concerto in E-flat Major Mussorgsky-Ravel, Pictures at an Exhibition — First Promenade Respighi, Pines of Rome — II. Pini presso una catacomba, off-stage solo Beethoven, Leonore Overture No. 3 — off-stage solo
Trombone Concerto of your choice Ravel, Boléro — figure 10 through figure 11 Schumann, Symphony No. 3 — Fourth movement, Feirlich Schubert, Symphony No. 9 — First movement, three bars before letter A to seventeen bars after letter C; seven bars after letter E to repeat sign; and, twelve bars before letter H to ten bars after letter H Rossini, William Tell Overture — letter C through 9 bars after letter D (the storm scene) Wagner, Ride of the Valkyries — figure 3 (with pick up) through figure 6 Bartok, Miraculous Mandarin — two bars before figure 34 to ten bars after figure 36
Bass trombone Wagner, Ride of the Valkyries — figures 4 through 5, and 6 through 7 Rossini, William Tell Overture — letter C through 9 bars after letter D (the storm scene) Schumann, Symphony No. 3 — Fourth movement, Feirlich, measure 1 to 18 Beethoven, Symphony No. 9 — Fourth movement, Andante Maestoso, measure 595 to 627 Hindemith, Symphonic Metamorphosis — II. Scherzo (Turandot), letters H to J, and sixth bar of R to T
Tuba Concerto of your choice Berlioz, Rákóczi (Hungarian) March from The Damnation of Faust — figure 4 to figure 5 Wagner, Overture to Die Meistersinger — letter J through letter L Wagner, Ride of the Valkyries — Main theme
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