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The Salz Collection of String Instruments

Audition Dates

Auditions info can be found on the UCBSO Audition Information page

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.

/2014/02/salz-violins.jpg” alt=”salz-violins” width=”336″ height=”240″ />In 1964, the generosity of Ansley K. Salz endowed the Music Department with an outstanding collection of antique violins, violas and bows. Among the collection are exceptionally fine instruments by such builders as Grancino, Gagliano, Lupot, Villaume and Amati. Early 18th-century bows and modern bows comprise the bow collection. A rare viola pomposa, built in 1731 in Leipzig by Bach’s friend Christian Hoffmann, completes the set.

Baroque Instrument Collection

Rare historic instruments include a Denner clarinet, a Hurdy Gurdy, six valve trombones and trumpets, lutes, bassoons, oboes and more. Recently, the University Baroque Ensemble has acquired a dozen 18th-century violins and restored them to baroque set-up, with old-style necks, low tension, gut strings, and baroque-style bows. These instruments are loaned to students who are admitted to the Baroque Ensemble, and are in constant use.

The Edmond O’Neill Memorial Organs

Audition Dates

Auditions info can be found on the UCBSO Audition Information page

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.

/2014/02/noackorgan8-2013.jpg” alt=”noackorgan8-2013″ width=”336″ height=”239″ />Through the generosity of Chemistry Professor Edmond O’Neill in 1934, an organ fund has allowed the Music Department to develop a large collection of pipe organs in different styles. They range from a copy of a 15th-century knee portatif organ with bellows operated by the left hand of the performer, to three antique 17th- and 18th-century organs, with hand-pumped bellows operated by pulling ropes, and the organ in the back gallery of Hertz Hall built by Greg Harrold. In August 2013 a new concert organ built by the Noack Organ Company was added above the Hertz Hall stage. The organ collection makes creating music of any era a possibility.

See University Organist Davitt Moroney talk about the Noack Organ.

World Instruments

Audition Dates

Auditions info can be found on the UCBSO Audition Information page

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.

/2014/02/world-instruments.jpg” alt=”world-instruments” width=”336″ height=”220″ />Two aspects of the curriculum have extended the department’s collection of musical instruments to those of several areas of the world. Performance labs are regularly integrated into our courses on South Asia (Music of India), on East Asia (Music of Japan and Music of the East Asian Tradition), on the Middle East, and on the Caribbean and Latin America. The African Music Ensemble and the Central Javanese Gamelan courses comprise long-standing components of the Department’s performance curriculum. Therefore, the Department has collections from many non-Western. These instruments are available to students who are enrolled in the pertinent courses. In 1976 the Music Department was given a Central Javanese gamelan by Sam and Louise Scripps. Named Kyahi Udan Mas, this particularly beautiful set of instruments was created in the early 20th century. The department has added several instruments to accommodate the high student demand for gamelan courses. The Scripps also donated a full set of shadow puppets that is used in performances with the gamelan.In 2000 a 7-tone Balinese Gamelan Semar Pagulingan was purchased for use in the department by the Center for Southeast Asia Studies. This set was made by renowned gong smith I Wayan Berata in the 1990s.

Joan Lam Choral Library

Audition Dates

Auditions info can be found on the UCBSO Audition Information page

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.

/2014/02/choral-lib.jpg” alt=”choral-lib” width=”336″ height=”372″ />The choral library at UC Berkeley stores multiple copies of 1,000 choral works from various centuries. The piano-vocal scores are kept for the use of the University Chorus and Chamber Chorus in its rehearsals and concerts. With the support of generous donors, the library grows every year. The library’s current location in Morrison Hall was made possible by Joan Lam, who first came into contact with choral singing during her years as an undergraduate in Berkeley. Along with donating the funds to allow for the renovation of the space and transport of the scores, she donated new copies of the Brahms Requiem, the first choral work she sang under Edward Lawton’s direction.

Chambers Campanology Collection

The Chambers Campanology Collection, housed in Sather Tower, includes material related to bells, including rare books, photographs, musical manuscripts, sheet music, recordings, and programs. The Berkeley Carillon Institute is the resource organization within the carillon program that administers the collection, as well as publishing carillon compositions and arrangements available for free on the internet. Materials listed in the University Library catalog can be checked out through the Music Library. Inquiries about other holdings or access to the collection should be made by contacting ucbells@berkeley.edu.