Strings Audition Requirements

Violin

Please prepare the following orchestral excerpts:

  • BRAHMS Symphony No. 4 | 1st mvt : mm. 392–end
  • MOZART Symphony No. 39 | 2nd mvt.: mm. 1–46; 4th mvt.: mm. 1–79
  • MOZART Marriage of Figaro | Presto

Additional excerpts for Concertmaster:

  • RIMSKY-KORSAKOV Scheherazade | All solos from 1st and 2nd mvts. 

Viola

Please prepare the following orchestral excerpts:

  • MOZART Symphony No. 35 | 1st mvt. m. 15 to 3 after Letter A
  • BRAHMS Variations | Variation 7
  • BEETHOVEN Symphony No. 5 | 2nd mvt. Beginning to measure 123

Cello

Please prepare the following orchestral excerpts:

  • BEETHOVEN Symphony No. 5 | 2nd mvt. Beginning to Letter C
  • MOZART Symphony No. 35 | 4th mvt. 23 measures after Letter D to Letter E
  • MOZART Marriage of Figaro | Allegro

Bass

Please prepare the following orchestral excerpts:

  • BEETHOVEN Symphony No. 5 | 3rd mvt.: Beginning to m. 86, and mm. 140-177
  • MOZART Symphony No. 35 | 4th mvt.: 23 measures after Letter D to Letter E
  • MAHLER Symphony No.1 | 3rd mvt, Opening solo

Woodwind Audition Requirements

Flute / Piccolo

Please prepare the following orchestral excerpts:

  • DEBUSSY Afternoon of a Faun | Opening Solo
  • BEETHOVEN Symphony No. 3 | mvt. 4 measure 171 to measure 198
  • BEETHOVEN Leonore Overture No. 3 | measure 328 to measure 360

Additional excerpts for Piccolo:

  • ROSSINI Semiramide | 5th measure of Letter G to 2 measures after Letter H, 5 measures before Letter L to Letter L

Oboe / English Horn

Please prepare the following orchestral excerpts:

  • BRAHMS Violin Concerto in D | Adagio Solo
  • TCHAIKOVSKY Symphony No. 4 | 2nd mvt.: Beginning to m. 21
  • ROSSINI La Scala di Seta | Andantino and Allegro solos

Additional excerpts for English Horn:

  • DVORAK Symphony No. 9 | 2nd mvt.: m. 7 to 3 measures before Rehearsal #1
  • BERLIOZ Roman Carnival Overture | Solo

Clarinet

Please prepare the following orchestral excerpts:

  • BEETHOVEN Symphony No. 8 | 3rd mvt.: Trio to D.C.
  • BEETHOVEN Symphony No. 6 | 1st mvt.: 5 measures before K to 17 measures after K
  • RACHMANINOFF Symphony No. 2 | 3rd mvt.: 6 measures before Rehearsal #46 to 5 measures after Rehearsal #48

Additional excerpts for E-flat Clarinet:

  • RAVEL Bolero | 2 measures after Rehearsal #3 to Rehearsal #4

Additional excerpts for Bass Clarinet:

  • GROFE Grand Canyon Suite

Bassoon

Please prepare the following orchestral excerpts:

  • MOZART Marriage of Figaro | Overture: Beginning of Presto to m. 24
  • BEETHOVEN Symphony No. 4 | ???
  • RAVEL Bolero | 2 measures after Rehearsal #2 to Rehearsal #3

Brass Audition Requirements

French Horn

Please prepare the following orchestral excerpts:

  • BEETHOVEN Symphony No. 6 | 3rd mvt., Allegro, measures 132 – 161
  • STRAUSS Till Eulenspiegels Lustige Streiche | Opening solo
  • BRAHMS Symphony No. 4 | Letter C to 8 measures before Letter D

Trumpet

Please prepare the following orchestral excerpts:

  • MUSSORGSKY-RAVEL Pictures At An Exhibition | Samuel Goldenberg and Schmuyle: Opening solo; Rehearsal #58 to Rehearsal #62
  • STRAVINSKY Petrushka | Dance of the Ballerina, 4 measures after Rehearsal #69 to Rehearsal #70
  • MAHLER Symphony No. 5 | 1st mvt.: Opening solo

Trombone / Bass Trombone

Please prepare the following orchestral excerpts:

  • MOZART Requiem | Tuba Mirum solo
  • TCHAIKOVSKY Symphony No. 4 | 4th mvt.: 9 measures after Letter A to Letter B
  • WAGNER Die Walkure | Act III, Scene I, Pickup to Rehearsal #3 to 3 measures after Rehearsal #6
  • RAVEL Bolero | 2 measures after Rehearsal #10 to Rehearsal #11

Excerpts for Bass Trombone:

  • BEETHOVEN Symphony No. 9 | 4th mvt.: mm. 595–626
  • WAGNER Die Walkure | Act III, Scene I, Pickup to Rehearsal 3 to 3 measures after Rehearsal 6

Tuba

Please prepare the following orchestral excerpts:

  • HINDEMITH Symphonic Metamorphoses | 2nd mvt. 4 measures before Letter M to Letter P
  • MUSSORGSKY-RAVEL Pictures at an Exhibition | Bydlo
  • WAGNER Die Walkure | Act III, Scene I, Pickup to 5 measures after Rehearsal #10 to Rehearsal #12

Harp / Timpani / Percussion / Piano Audition Requirements

Harp

Please prepare the following orchestral excerpts

  • TCHAIKOVSKY Nutcracker | Cadenza
  • BERLIOZ Symphonie Fantastique | Un Bal
  • BARTOK Concerto For Orchestra | 4th mvt.: mm. 42-58
  • VERDI Forza del Destino Overture | Letter G to Letter O

Timpani

  • FIRTH The Solo Timpanist | Etude XI
  • BARTOK Concerto for Orchestra | 4th mvt. mm. 42-51
  • BEETHOVEN Symphony No. 7 | 1st mvt.: mm. 89-110; 4th mvt.: mm. 409-end
  • BRAHMS Symphony No. 1 | 1st mvt.: mm. 68-91; 4th mvt.: mm. 375-end
  • BEETHOVEN Symphony No. 9 | 1st mvt.: 18 bars before Letter S to end
  • HINDEMITH Symphonic Metamorphosis | 2nd mvt.
  • TCHAIKOVSKY Symphony No. 4 | 1st mvt.: 2 bars before Letter T to Letter U

Percussion

  • Snare Drum
    • LONG ROLL EXERCISE | Start pp, gradually cresendo to a fermata ff, then gradually diminuendo to pp (30 seconds approx.)
    • DELECLUSE Douze Etudes | Etude #1
    • PROKOFIEV Lieutenant Kije | 1st mvt. (The Birth of Kije): Rehearsal #1–#2
    • RIMSKY-KORSAKOV Scheherazade | 3rd mvt.: Letter D to Letter E; Letter F to Letter G; 4th mvt.: Letter P to Letter U (condense rests before S)
  • Marimba
    • Solo or etude of your choice (two or four mallets)
  • Xylophone
    • GERSHWIN Porgy & Bess
  • Glockenspiel
    • DUKAS The Sorcerer’s Apprentice | Rehearsal #17–#20; Rehearsal #22–#24; Rehearsal #52–#53
  • Cymbals
    • CRASH EXERCISE A series of crashes, in crescendo from pp to ff
  • Tambourine
    • DVOŘÁK Carnival Overture

Piano

Please prepare the following orchestral excerpts

  • BERNSTEIN Symphonic Dances from West Side Story | Mambo
  • COPLAND Appalachian Spring | Rehearsal #7–#10
  • STRAVINSKI Petrouchka | Danse Russe, Rehearsal #33 to 2 measures after #39