Auditions for principal chairs will include the following excerpts plus one movement of a concerto of the applicant’s choice. Auditions for other chairs include only the excerpts as follows:

Violin

  • Mozart: Overture to The Marriage of Figaro, opening measures
  • Brahms: Symphony No. 4, beginning of first movement
  • Mozart: Symphony No. 40, fourth movement, at development

Viola

  • Mozart: Symphony No. 40, first movement, opening measures
  • Beethoven: Symphony No. 5, beginning of second movement
  • Mozart: Overture to The Marriage of Figaro, opening measures

Cello

  • Dvořák: Symphony No. 8, beginning of last movement
  • Mozart: Overture to The Marriage of Figaro, opening measures
  • Beethoven: Symphony No. 2, opening of “Allegro con brio” after introduction

Bass

  • Brahms: Symphony No. 2, second movement, beginning with pickup to m. 23
  • Brahms: Academic Festival Overture, beginning measures
  • Beethoven: Symphony No. 3, scherzo

Flute

  • Debussy: Prélude à l’après-midi d’un faune, opening solo
  • Brahms: Symphony No. 4, last movement, solo in 3/2 section
  • Rimsky-Korsakov: Russian Easter Overture, flute solos
  • Beethoven: Leonore Overture No. 3

Oboe

  • Rimsky-Korsakov: Scheherazade
  • Beethoven: Symphony No. 5, cadenza in first movement
  • Brahms: Violin Concerto, solo in second movement

Clarinet

  • Brahms: Symphony No. 2, trio to the third movement
  • Beethoven: Symphony No. 6, first movement mm. 476-492

Bassoon

  • Tchaikovsky: Symphony No. 5, third movement
  • Beethoven: Symphony No. 8, fourth movement
  • Haydn: Symphony No. 88, fourth movement

Horn

  • Tchaikovsky: Symphony No. 5, solo in second movement
  • Brahms: Symphony No. 2, fanfare at end of last movement
  • Beethoven: Symphony No. 8, trio section of scherzo

Trumpet

  • Dvořák: Symphony No. 8, last movement opening
  • Brahms: Symphony No. 2, closing measures of last movement
  • Beethoven: Leonore Overture No. 3, the off-stage call

Trombone

  • Mozart: Requiem, “Tuba mirum” solo
  • Berlioz: “Rákóczy” march
  • Brahms: Symphony No. 1, chorale from fourth movement

Tuba

  • Prokofiev: Lieutenant Kijé, “Kijé’s Wedding” movement
  • Shostakovich: Symphony No. 5, last movement