University Symphony Orchestra Audition Information

Audition Dates

Auditions for Fall 2018 will take place 11/9/17 at 7:30 pm in Hertz Hall.

To sign up for an audition, please fill out this form. If you have any questions, please contact Garrett Wellenstein at garrettwellenstein@gmail.com or (626) 592-2213.

Music majors auditioning for Music 150A: All new students wanting to take Music 150A (private instruction on your instrument, for Music Majors only) must sign up for an orchestra audition. Be sure to inform Prof. Milnes that you are auditioning for Music 150, AND apply online for Music 150 lessons. For more information about Music 150A see the Music 150 page.

AUDITION REQUIREMENTS

Note that, unless otherwise noted, the following audition requirements remain the same for each semester in which you audition for the symphony or Music 150A.

Auditionees on all instruments should prepare a solo piece which will demonstrate fast and slow playing (may be two different pieces or movements).

In addition auditionees must prepare the orchestral excerpts listed below:

Violin Viola Cello  Bass Flute  Oboe Clarinet  Bassoon  French horn Trumpet  Trombone  Tuba Percussion

Excerpts for String Players

Violin

Brahms, Symphony No. 1, 1st movement, mm 1-9.

Beethoven, Symphony No. 3, 3rd movement, beginning through 1st ending

Viola

Shostakovich, Symphony No. 5, 1st movement, rehearsal 15 until 17

Beethoven, Symphony No. 3, 3rd movement

Cello

Brahms, Symphony No. 3, 3rd movement, beginning to B

Beethoven, Symphony No. 3, 3rd movement, beginning through 1st ending

Bass

Beethoven, Symphony No. 5, 2nd and 3rd movement

Excerpts for Wind and Brass Players

Flute

Brahms, Symphony No. 4, 4th movement, mm 97-105

Beethoven, Leonore Overture No. 3, 328-360

Dvorák, Symphony No. 8, 4th movement, letter D until E

Oboe

Brahms, Symphony No. 1, 1st movement, mm. 29-33

One of the following:

Ravel, Le Tombeau Couperin, 1st movement (Prelude), beginning through first ending

Rossini, La Scala d’Seta Overture, beginning until rehearsal 3

Clarinet

Mozart, Clarinet Concerto, 1st movement, beginning of solo through m 154
(Please prepare this passage in addition to a solo piece; however you may use this passage as part of your prepared solo if you wish)

Beethoven, Symphony No. 8, 3rd movement, Trio (mm 48-78)

Bassoon

Stravinsky, Firebird Suite, Berceuse, rehearsal number 1 until 8

Rimsky-Korsakov, Scheherazade, 2nd movement, beginning to letter A

Beethoven, Symphony No. 4, 4th movement, 184-190; 350-end

French horn

Strauss, Till Eulenspiegel, beginning until rehearsal 1

Shostakovich, Symphony No. 5, 1st movement, rehearsal 17-21
For principal consideration, please also prepare rehearsal 39-43

Brahms, Symphony No. 3, 3rd movement, letter B to C

Trumpet

Mussorgsky/Ravel, Pictures at an Exhibition, opening solo

Stravinsky, Petrouchka, Dance of the Ballerina (rehearsal 69-70)

Beethoven, Leonore Overture No.3, Trumpet call

Trombone

Rossini, La Gazza Ladra Overture, rehearsal F-G, rehearsal I – m. 442

Berlioz, Damnation of Faust, Rákóczi March

Tuba

Wagner, Die Meistersinger, Prelude

Wagner, Die Walküre, Ride of the Walküres

Percussion

Please contact us for excerpts.