Orchestra Excerpts

Upcoming Concert

May 28, 2017

Carnegie Hall

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Orchestra Excerpts

Below you will find the Excerpts to download for your audition and additional instructions of what to prepare for your audition. Please prepare all auditions in the excerpt package.

Please note: If you are auditioning on an auxillary instrument, you need to prepare two excerpts for your primary instrument, two works of contrasting styles on your primary instrument, and the excerpts for the auxillary instrument.


Violin

Applicants will be required to prepare all of the following excerpts in addition to two works of contrasting styles, preferrably including the first movement of a Mozart concerto. Please prepare the top line of all divisi sections. Scales, bowing techniques, and sight-reading will be required. 


Viola

Applicants will be required to prepare all of the following excerpts in addition to two works of contrasting styles. Please prepare the top line of all divisi sections. Scales, bowing techniques, and sight-reading will be required.


Cello

Applicants will be required to prepare all of the following excerpts in addition to two works of contrasting styles. Please prepare the top line of all divisi sections. Scales, bowing techniques, and sight-reading will be required.


Bass

Applicants will be required to prepare all of the following excerpts in addition to two works of contrasting styles. Please make sure to play the Bass part if the part shows both Cello and Bass lines. Scales, bowing techniques, and sight-reading will be required.


Flute

Applicants will be required to prepare all of the following excerpts in addition to two works of contrasting styles. Scales and sight-reading will be required, as well as double- and triple-tonguing. 

*Flutists auditioning on both Flute and Piccolo need only prepare 2 of the 4 flute excerpts of their choice in addition to 2 piccolo excerpts.  Though not required, this season it is strongly desired that all flutists are able to double on piccolo.


Piccolo

Applicants will be required to prepare the excerpts as directed on the audition packet for both the primary instrument and auxiliary instrument. Scales and sight-reading will be required, as well as double- and triple-tonguing.

  • Download Piccolo Excerpts
    (Please note: Piccolo applicants need to prepare the excerpts for their primary instrument as well.)

Oboe

Applicants will be required to prepare all of the following excerpts in addition to two works of contrasting styles. Scales and sight-reading will be required, as well as double- and triple-tonguing.

*Oboists auditioning on both Oboe and English Horn should pick 2 of the 3 oboe excerpts in addition to the 2 English horn excerpts


English Horn

Applicants will be required to prepare the excerpts as directed on the audition packet for both the primary instrument and auxiliary instrument. Scales and sight-reading will be required, as well as double- and triple-tonguing.


Clarinet

Applicants will be required to prepare all of the following excerpts in addition to two works of contrasting styles. Scales and sight-reading will be required, as well as double- and triple-tonguing. 

If you are also auditioning on an auxiliary instrument you only need to prepare 2 of the 3 Clarinet excerpts and the auxillary excerpts, in addition to two works of contrasting styles on the Clarinet. 


Bass Clarinet

Applicants will be required to prepare the excerpts as directed on the audition packet for both the primary instrument and auxiliary instrument. Scales and sight-reading will be required, as well as double- and triple-tonguing.


Bassoon 

Applicants will be required to prepare all of the following excerpts in addition to two works of contrasting styles. Scales and sight-reading will be required, as well as double- and triple-tonguing.

*Bassoonists also auditioning on contrabassoon will be required to prepare the excerpts as directed on the audition packet for both the primary instrument and auxiliary instrument. 

Contrabassoon


Horn

Applicants will be required to prepare all of the following excerpts in addition to two works of contrasting styles. Scales and sight-reading will be required, as well as double- and triple-tonguing.


Trumpet

Applicants will be required to prepare all of the following excerpts in addition to two works of contrasting styles. Scales and sight-reading will be required, as well as double- and triple-tonguing.  Please note that the first trumpet excerpts are in F, while the third trumpet excerpt is in C.


Trombone

Applicants will be required to prepare all of the following excerpts in addition to two works of contrasting styles. Scales, tonguing, and sight-reading will be required.


Bass Trombone

Applicants will be required to prepare all of the following excerpts in addition to two works of contrasting styles. Scales, tonguing, and sight-reading will be required.


Tuba

Applicants will be required to prepare all of the following excerpts in addition to two works of contrasting styles. Scales, tonguing, and sight-reading will be required.


Harp

Applicants will be required to prepare all of the following excerpts in addition to two works of contrasting styles. Scales and sight-reading will be required.


Piano

Applicants will be required to prepare all of the following excerpts in addition to two works of contrasting styles. Scales and sight-reading will be required.

Percussion & Timpani

Percussion audition packet

  • Demonstration of rolls, tuning, and sightreading
Cymbals
  • Cymbals Crashes at various dynamic levels
Snare Drum
  • Demonstration of rolls, rudimentary solo of choice
Shaker (egg or similar)
  • Shake 16th notes at Q=172 for 32 bars of 3/4
  • Please note that applicants only need to prepare the Timpani excerpts if they want to audition to be the Timpanist for the season. Excerpts are included in the main percussion excerpt file.