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Audition Repertoire

The excerpt packets are in pdf format. If you have trouble downloading a file, you can request to have a packet emailed to you by emailing Isabel.Thiroux@aysymphony.org

UPDATE: Percussion auditions will be held at a later date when they can be done in person. (03 August 2020)

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Violin (violin excerpts – download) A concerto or solo piece of your choice not exceeding more than 3 minutes, plus:

  • MOZART Symphony No. 39 | 2nd mvt.: mm. 1 to 46, 4th mvt.: mm. 1-79
  • DVORAK Carnival Overture | Beginning to downbeat of Letter B, Letter M through 5 measures after Letter N
  • ELGAR Enigma Variations | Variation 2
  • STRAUSS Don Juan | Beginning to 13 measures after C

Co-Concertmaster (Additional excerpts for Co-Concertmaster) Not included in download – request by email

  • RIMSKY-KORSAKOV Scheherazade | All solos in 1st and 2nd mvts.
  • STRAUSS Ein Heldenleben | All solos

Viola (viola excerpts – download) A concerto or solo piece of your choice not exceeding 3 minutes, plus:

  • MOZART Symphony No. 35 | 1st mvt. m. 15 to 3 after Letter A
  • TCHAIKOVSKY Symphony No. 6 | 1st mvt.: beginning to 10 after Allegro non troppo, and 3rd mvt.: 5 measures after V to AA
  • STRAUSS Don Juan | Beginning to B and 1 measure before Z to CC
  • MENDELSSOHN A Midsummer Night’s Dream | Scherzo (Start 3rd note of C to downbeat of D)

Cello (updated 6/29/2020) (cello excerpts – download) A concerto or solo piece of your choice not exceeding 3 minutes, plus:

  • MOZART Symphony No. 35, 4th mvt:. 23 measures after D to E
  • BEETHOVEN Symphony No. 5, 2nd mvt.: Measures 1-10, 49-59, 98-106
  • BRAHMS Symphony No. 2, 2nd mvt. Beginning to A
  • MENDELSSOHN A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Scherzo: Pickup to 1 measure after Letter C to downbeat of Letter D, pickup to 1 measure after Letter N to downbeat of Letter O.
  • STRAUSS Don Juan | Beginning to measure 7, 3 measures before G to 4 measures after K, and 7 measures after X to CC

(Position not open for 2020/21) Additional excerpt for principal cello: Not included in download – request by email

  • BRAHMS Piano Concerto No. 2 | 3rd movement solos 

Bass (bass excerpts – download) A concerto or solo piece of your choice not exceeding 3 minutes, plus:

  • BEETHOVEN Symphony No. 9 | 4th mvt.: Beginning to A
  • BEETHOVEN Symphony No. 5 | 3rd mvt.: Beginning to measure 86, and 140-177
  • MOZART Symphony No. 35 | 1st mvt.: measure 13 to A, and 4th mvt.: 23 measures after D to E
  • STRAUSS Don Juan | Rehearsal A to C
  • GINASTERA Variaciones Concertantes | Solo
  • MAHLER Symphony No. 1 | Solo

Flute / Piccolo (flute & piccolo excerpts – download) A flute concerto or solo piece of your choice  not exceeding 3 minutes, plus:

  • DEBUSSY Afternoon of a Faun | Opening Solo
  • PROKOFIEV Classical Symphony | 2nd mvt. rehearsal 31 to rehearsal 32, and 4th mvt. rehearsal 63 to 3 measures after rehearsal 65
  • STRAVINSKY Firebird Suite | Variation De L’Oiseau De Feu
  • RAVEL Daphnis and Chloe, Suite No.2 | Rehearsal 176-179

Prepare additional excerpts for piccolo in addition to flute excerpts:

  • TCHAIKOVSKY Symphony No. 4 | 3rd mvt. measure 162-170, measure 194-203
  • ROSSINI Semiramide | Note: Rossini updated to reflect correct articulation

Oboe / English Horn (oboe/english horn excerpts – download) A concerto or solo piece of your choice not exceeding 3 minutes, plus:

  • BRAHMS Violin Concerto | Adagio Solo
  • BRAHMS Symphony No. 2 | 2nd mvt.: Measures 19-26
  • TCHAIKOVSKY Symphony No. 4 | 2nd mvt.: Beginning to measure 21
  • BRAHMS Symphony No. 1 | 2nd mvt.: Solo
  • ROSSINI La Scala di Seta | Andantino and Allegro solos
  • RIMSKY-KORSAKOV Scheherazade | Solos

Prepare additional excerpts for English horn in addition to oboe excerpts:

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

Clarinet (clarinet excerpts – download) A concerto or solo piece of your choice  lasting no more than 3 minutes, plus:

  • BEETHOVEN Symphony No. 6 | 1st mvt.: 2 measures before Rehearsl K to 17 after Rehearsal K
  • BEETHOVEN Symphony No. 8 | 3rd mvt.: Trio to D.C.
  • BRAHMS Symphony No. 3 | 2nd mvt.: Beginning to rehearsal B
  • MENDELSSOHN A Midsummer Night’s Dream | Scherzo: Beginning to Rehearsal B
  • STRAVINSKY Firebird Suite | Variation de l’oiseau de feu: Rehearsal 9 to end
  • RACHMANINOFF Symphony No. 2 | 3rd mvt.: measure 6 to Rehearsal 47

E-FLAT CLARINET Additional excerpts:

  • BERLIOZ Symphonie Fantastique | Last movement: Rehearsal 63 to 5 before rehearsal 65
  • RAVEL Bolero
  • Strauss Till Eulenspiegel’s Merry Pranks: 6 measures after Rehearsal 38 to 13 after Rehearsal 40

BASS CLARINET Additional excerpts:

  • RAVEL Daphnis and Chloe: 6 measures before rehearsal 157 to 3 measures after 157
  • GROFE Grand Canyon Suite: “On the Trail”, Rehearsal 2 to Rehearsal 3
  • trauss Don Quixote: Rehearsal 14 to 5 after Rehearsal 16

Bassoon (bassoon excerpts – download; contrabassoon excerpts – download) A concerto or solo piece of your choice not exceeding 3 minutes, plus:

  • MOZART Marriage of Figaro | Overture: Beginning to measure 24 and measures 156-171
  • TCHAIKOVSKY Symphony No. 4 | 2nd mvt.: measure 274 to the end
  • RIMSKY-KORSAKOV Scheherazade | 2nd mvt.: measure 5 to rehearsal A
  • STRAVINSKY Rite of Spring | Beginning to 3 after rehearsal 3
  • RAVEL Bolero (all)

Horn (horn 4 excerpts – downloadasst. principal/3rd horn excerpts – download) Solo: Exposition of Mozart Concerto No.2, OR Exposition of Mozart Concerto No. 4, applicants choice, plus:

Position open for 2020/21: Horn 4

If you are interested in being considered for Horn1/3 sublist, submit separate link with these excerpts. 

Asst. Pr., Horn 1, Horn 3

  • BEETHOVEN Symphony No. 8 | Horn 2 in F: measures 45-78
  • TCHAIKOVSKY Symphony No. 5 | Horn 1 in F: Andante solo, beginning measure 28
  • STRAUSS Till Eulenspiegel | Horn 1 in F: Beginning to Reh 1
  • STRAUSS Ein Heldenleben | Horn 2: four after [3] to two after [5], Horn 1: one before [78] to one after [79]
  • WAGNER Götterdämmerung | Horn 1 in F: Act 1: Siegfried’s Rhine Journey, Vivace

Horn 4

  • MAHLER Symphony No. 1, 3rd mvt: Rehearsal 13-15
  • SHOSTAKOVICH Symphony No. 5, 1st mvt: Rehearsl 17-21
  • BEETHOVEN Symphony No. 9, 3rd mvt.: 4 Measure 82-98
  • MAHLER Symphony No. 3, 1st mvt.: pick-up to Rehearsal 55 – 5 measures before 57 

Trumpet (trumpet excerpts – download) 

A concerto or solo piece of your choice not exceeding 3 minutes, plus:

  • MUSSORGSKY-RAVEL Pictures At An Exhibition | Samuel Goldenberg and Schmuyle: Opening solo, rehearsal 58
  • SHOSTAKOVICH Symphony No. 5 | 1st mvt.: rehearsal 27 to 29
  • STRAVINSKY Petrushka | Dance of the Ballerina
  • MAHLER Symphony No. 5 | 1st mvt.: opening
  • RESPIGHI Pines of Rome | Offstage solo

Trombone / Bass Trombone (trombone & bass trombone excerpts – download) 

A concerto or solo piece of your choice not exceeding 3 minutes, plus:

  • MOZART Requiem | Tuba Mirum solo
  • TCHAIKOVSKY Sym. #4 | 4th mvt.: 9 measures after rehearsal A to B
  • WAGNER Die Walkure
  • RAVEL Bolero | 2 measures after rehearsal 10 to 11

Excerpts for bass trombone:

  • HAYDN The Creation | No. 26
  • BEETHOVEN Symphony No. 9 | 4th mvt.: Andante maestoso
  • TCHAIKOVSKY Symphony No. 4 | 4th mvt.: 9 measures after rehearsal A to 9 before B
  • WAGNER Die Walkure

Tuba (tuba excerpts – download) A concerto or solo piece of your choice not exceeding 3 minutes, plus:

  • MUSSORGSKY-RAVEL Pictures At an Exhibition – Bydlo: beginning to measure 39
  • WAGNER Die Walkure
  • HINDEMITH Symphonic Metamorphoses | 2nd mvt.: 4 measures before M to P
  • PROKOFIEV Symphony No. 5 | 1st mvt. rehearsal 3 to 6 

Harp (harp excerpt – download) 

A concerto or solo piece of your choice not exceeding 3 minutes, plus:

  • TCHAIKOVSKY Nutcracker | Cadenza
  • BERLIOZ Symphonie Fantastique | Un Bal
  • RAVEL Tzigane | Cadenza: 4-5
  • BARTOK Concerto for Orchestra | 4th mvt.: measures 42-58
  • VERDI Forza del Destino Overture
  • DONIZETTI Lucia di Lammermoor | Act I cadenza

Timpani (timpani excerpts – download) 

  • FIRTH The Solo Timpanist, Etude XI
  • BARTOK Concerto for Orchestra | 4th mvt. bars 42-51
  • BEETHOVEN Symphony No. 7 | 1st mvt.: measures 89-110. 4th mvt.: measure 409-end
  • BRAHMS Symphony No. 1 | 1st mvt.: measures 68-91. 4th mvt.: measure 375-end
  • BEETHOVEN Symphony No. 9 | 1st mvt.: 18 bars before S to end
  • HINDEMITH Symphonic Metamorphosis | 2nd mvt.
  • MOZART Magic Flute Overture (all)
  • TCHAIKOVSKY Symphony No. 4 | 1st mvt.: 2 bars before T to U

Percussion (percussion excerpts – download)

-Percussion auditions will be held at a later date when they can be done in person- 03 August 2020

Solo

Marimba solo or etude of your choice (two or four mallets), not exceeding 3 minutes, plus:

Excerpts

Snare Drum

DELECLUSE from Douze Etudes | Etude #1

PROKOFIEV Lieutenant Kije | 1st mvt. (The Birth of Kije): Rehearsal 1 to 2

RIMSKY-KORSAKOV Scheherazade | 3rd mvt.: 4th mvt.: Rehearsal P to U (condense rests before S)

Xylophone

GERSHWIN Porgy & Bess

Glockenspiel

DUKAS The Sorcerer’s Apprentice: Rehearsal 17-20, Rehearsal 22-24, Rehearsal 52-53

Cymbals

DVORAK Scherzo Capriccioso: Letter Q to the end

Tambourine

DVOŘÁK Carnival Overture

Piano (orchestral keyboard excerpts – download)

A concerto or solo piece of your choice not exceeding 3 minutes, plus:

  • Bernstein Symphonic Dances from West Side Story (“Mambo”)
  • Copland Appalachian Spring (7-10)
  • Stravinsky Petrouchka (“Danse Russe”: 64-73)