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Audition Repertoire

Please find the repertoire requirements, listed by instrument, which you may be asked to perform at your live video audition.  We ask that you prepare all of the material listed but want you to know that there will not be time to hear all of the music on the list. 

Every applicant is required to submit a pre-screening video.  For Violin, Viola, Cello, Bass and Harp, please select one of the solos and any five of the excerpts listed. For wind and brass instruments, please record the required solo and any 5 of the excerpts listed.  For Piano, please record one movement of a Beethoven sonata and a contrasting Romantic piece as listed and both excerpts.

Video recordings must meet the following criteria:

  • Recordings must contain all audition repertoire in the order listed.
  • Recordings must be played in one continuous, unedited segment.
  • Video must be from a single video camera, with the same shot for the entire video.
  • Your full body must be in the shot for video.
  • Any indication that there has been editing or that recording equipment was paused/stopped between excerpts will result in the disqualification of the applicant.
  • All pieces should be played unaccompanied.

Some advice for getting the best video possible:

  • We strongly recommend you view your recording all the way through before submitting it.
  • Record in a quiet space with no background noise present. If you're at home, make sure you're away from noisy appliances like refrigerators and air conditioners.
  • Ensure your microphone is not too close to your instrument when playing.

 

Note that the sole purpose of the video is to ensure that you are the one playing your audition, and that it is in one continuous segment. If you have to choose between amazing audio and amazing video, choose amazing audio. 

 

Solos:

1st movement exposition from a Mozart Concerto and
the exposition of a concerto or solo piece of your choice 

Excerpts:

  • Beethoven: Symphony No. 3 (3rd Mvt., beg. to Trio – no repeat)
  • Beethoven: Symphony No. 9 (3rd Mvt., ms. 99 – 114)
  • Brahms: Symphony No. 4 (4th Mvt., 8 bef. B to D)
  • Debussy: La Mer (2nd Mvt., 33 to 6 aft. 38)
  • Mendelssohn: A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Scherzo)
  • Schumann: Symphony No. 2 (2nd Mvt., beg. to m. 77 – no repeat)
  • Strauss: Don Juan (4 bef. H - K)

Solos:

One movement of solo Bach (no repeats) and
the exposition of a standard repertoire concerto movement

Excerpts:

  • Brahms: Haydn Variations (Var. V)
  • Brahms: Symphony No. 4 (4th Mvt., B to D)
  • Mendelssohn: A Midsummer Night's Dream (Scherzo)
  • Mozart: Symphony No. 35 (4th Mvt., ms. 134 to 181)
  • Ravel: Daphnis and Chloë, Suite No. 2 (158 – 161 & 212 – 216)
  • Shostakovich: Symphony No. 5 (1st Mvt., 15 - 17)
  • Strauss: Don Juan (beg. to D)

Solos:

One movement of solo Bach (no repeats) and
the exposition of a standard repertoire concerto movement

Excerpts:

  • Beethoven: Symphony No. 5 (2nd Mvt., beg. to C)
  • Brahms: Symphony No. 2 (2nd Mvt., beg. to A)
  • Debussy: La Mer (1st Mvt., 2 bef. 9 to 6 bef. 10)
  • Mendelssohn: A Midsummer Night's Dream (Scherzo)
  • Mozart: Symphony No. 35 (4th Mvt., ms. 134 to 181)
  • Strauss: Don Juan (7 m. bef. G to H - top line)
  • Tchaikovsky: Symphony No. 4 (2nd Mvt., 21 bef. A to A)

Solos:

One movement of solo Bach (no repeats) and
the exposition of standard repertoire concerto movement

Excerpts:

  • Beethoven: Symphony No. 5 (3rd Mvt., beg. to 5 aft. A & Trio to 23 aft. B)
  • Brahms: Symphony No. 2 (1st Mvt., E to F)
  • Mahler: Symphony No. 1 (3rd Mvt., solo)
  • Mozart: Symphony No. 35 (4th Mvt., ms. 134 to 181)
  • Strauss: Ein Heldenleben (9 – 6 m. aft. 12)
  • Stravinsky: Pulcinella (Duetto)
  • Verdi: Otello (Act IV soli)

Solos:

Mozart Concerto in G or D (1st Mvt. exposition) 

Excerpts:

  • Brahms: Symphony No. 4 (4th Mvt., 13 aft. D to 8 bef. E)
  • Debussy: Prélude à l’apres-midi d’un faune (opening & 2-3)
  • Hindemith: Symphonic Metamorphoses (3rd Mvt., 5 bef. C to end)
  • Mendelssohn: A Midsummer Night's Dream (Scherzo)
  • Prokofiev: Peter and the Wolf (2 to 4)
  • Ravel: Daphnis and Chloë, Suite No. 2 (176 to 179)
  • Saint-Saëns: Carnival of the Animals (Volière)
  • Stravinsky: The Firebird Suite (Variation of the Firebird)

Solos:

Mozart Concerto (1st Mvt. exposition) 

Excerpts:

  • Beethoven: Symphony No. 7 (3rd Mvt., ms. 63 to 106)
  • Brahms: Violin Concerto (2nd Mvt., beg. to m. 32)
  • Debussy: La Mer (2nd Mvt., 17 to 19 & 34 to 35)
  • Mendelssohn: Symphony No. 3 (2nd Mvt., A – D)
  • Ravel: Le Tombeau de Couperin (Prélude & Menuet)
  • Rossini: Overture to La Scala di Seta (beg. to 3)
  • Strauss: Don Juan (L to N)
  • Stravinsky: Pulcinella (Gavotte and Variation)

Solos:

Mozart Concerto (1st Mvt. exposition) 

Excerpts:

  • Beethoven: Symphony No. 4 (2nd Mvt., F to 7 bef. G)
  • Beethoven: Symphony No. 6 (2nd Mvt., D to E)
  • Beethoven: Symphony No. 8 (3rd Mvt., Trio)
  • Brahms: Symphony No. 3 (2nd Mvt., beg. to B)
  • Mendelssohn: A Midsummer Night's Dream (Scherzo)
  • Prokofiev: Peter and the Wolf (20 to 21)
  • Respighi: Pini di Roma (3rd Mvt. solo)
  • Rimsky-Korsakov: Capriccio espagnol (1st Mvt., A to C & 3rd Mvt., 11 aft. K to end)

Solos:

Mozart Concerto (1st Mvt. exposition) 

Excerpts:

  • Mozart: Overture to Le Nozze di Figaro (ms. 139 – 171)
  • Ravel: Boléro (2 to 3)
  • Ravel: Piano Concerto in G (3rd Mvt., 14 to 16)
  • Rimsky-Korsakov: Scheherazade (2nd Mvt., m. 5 to A & L to M)
  • Shostakovich: Symphony No. 9 (4th Mvt., beg. to A in 5th Mvt.)
  • Stravinsky: Le Sacre du Printemps (beg. to 3 aft. 3)
  • Tchaikovsky: Symphony No. 4 (2nd Mvt., last 31 bars)
  • Tchaikovsky: Symphony No. 6 (1st Mvt., first 12 bars)

Solos:

1st movement exposition from a Mozart Concerto 

Excerpts:

  • Beethoven: Symphony No. 3 (3rd Mvt., Trio [2nd horn])
  • Beethoven: Symphony No. 9 (3rd Mvt., ms. 82-98 [4th horn])
  • Brahms: Symphony No. 3 (3rd Mvt., F to G)
  • Ravel: Piano Concerto in G (1st Mvt., 25 to 26)
  • Shostakovich: Symphony No. 5 (1st Mvt., 17 to 21)
  • Strauss: Ein Heldenleben (beg. to 5 aft. 1)
  • Strauss: Till Eulenspiegel (beg. to 1)
  • Wagner: Götterdämmerung (Short call)

Solos:

Haydn Concerto (1st and 2nd movement expositions) 

Excerpts:

  • Mahler: Symphony No. 5 (1st Mvt., beg. to 6 aft. 1)
  • Mussorgsky/Ravel: Pictures at an Exhibition (Promenade, beg. to 2)
  • Ravel: Piano Concerto in G (1st Mvt., 2 to 3 & 36 to end)
  • Respighi: Pini di Roma (offstage solo, 8 aft. 10)
  • Schumann: Symphony No. 2 (1st Mvt., first 13 bars [1st & 2nd tpts.])
  • Shostakovich: Symphony No. 5 (1st Mvt., 27 to 29)
  • Strauss: Don Juan (F to G)
  • Stravinsky: Petrouchka (1947 version, 1 bef. 134 to 139 & 149 to 151)

Solos:

David or Grondahl Concerto (1st movement exposition)

Excerpts:

  • Berlioz: Hungarian March (Rakoczy) (6 bef. 4 to 5 [2nd trb.])
  • Mahler: Symphony No. 3 (1st Mvt., 13-17)
  • Mozart: Requiem (Tuba Mirum)
  • Ravel: Boléro (10 to 11)
  • Rossini: Overture to William Tell (First entrance - 40 ms. aft.)
  • Strauss: Ein Heldenleben (60 to 65 [2nd trb.])
  • Stravinsky: Pulcinella (Duetto)
  • Wagner: Ride of the Valkyries

Solos:

J.S. Bach: Sarabande from Suite No. 5 for Cello 

Excerpts:

  • Haydn: The Creation (No. 26, beg. to C)
  • Kodály: Háry János Suite (4th Mvt.)
  • Respighi: Fontane di Roma (11 to 14)
  • Rossini: Overture to La Gazza Ladra (ms. 115 to 132 & ms. 433 – 442)
  • Schumann: Symphony No. 3 (4th Mvt., beg. to 13 aft. A)
  • Strauss: Ein Heldenleben (61 to 65)
  • Wagner: Lohengrin (Introduction to Act III, B to C)

Solos:

Vaughan Williams: Concerto for Bass Tuba (1st Mvt. exposition and cadenza) 

Excerpts:

  • Berlioz: Hungarian March (Rakoczy) (4 to 5)
  • Berlioz: Overture to Le Corsaire (5 to 6 & 12 to 13)
  • Hindemith: Symphonic Metamorphoses (2nd Mvt., 4 bef. M to P)
  • Prokofiev: Symphony No. 5 (1st Mvt., 3 to 6)
  • Respighi: Fontane di Roma (11 to 14)
  • Stravinsky: Petrouchka (1947 version, 189 to 191)
  • Wagner: Overture to Die Meistersinger (J to L)

Solos:

Händel: Concerto in B-flat (1st Mvt. exposition) and
A solo piece of your choice

Excerpts:

  • Bartók: Concerto for Orchestra (4th Mvt., ms. 42-58)
  • Berlioz: Symphonie fantastique (Un Bal)
  • Britten: Young Person’s Guide to the Orchestra (Var. I & Fugue, I to end)
  • Donizetti: Lucia di Lammermoor (Act I cadenza)
  • Ravel: Tzigane (4 to 5)
  • Stravinsky: Symphony in Three Movements (2nd Mvt., 117 to 125)
  • Verdi: Overture to La Forza del Destino

Solos:

A Beethoven sonata (one movement) and
A contrasting Romantic virtuoso piece and
Brahms: A Violin, Viola, or Cello Sonata or the Horn Trio (one movement)

Excerpts:

  • Copland: Appalachian Spring (6 to 14)
  • Stravinsky: Petrouchka (1947 version, 64 to 81)
  • Barber: Medea’s Meditation and Dance of Vengeance
  • Bartók: Concerto for Orchestra (4th Mvt., ms. 42-51)
  • Bartók: Music for Strings, Percussion and Celesta (2nd Mvt., ms. 301-339 
    & 3rd Mvt., beg. to m. 20)
  • Beethoven: Symphony No. 1 (3rd Mvt., A to D.C. & 4th Mvt., 18 bef. E to end)
  • Beethoven: Symphony No. 7 (1st Mvt., 20 bef. C to 2 aft. C & 4th Mvt., 7 bef. K to end)
  • Beethoven: Symphony No. 9 (1st Mvt., beg. to A & 18 bef. S to end)
  • Brahms: Symphony No. 1 (1st Mvt., beg. to C & 4th Mvt., 9 aft. Q to end)
  • Elgar: Enigma Variations (Mvt. VII)
  • Hindemith: Symphonic Metamorphoses (2nd Mvt., S to X)
  • Mahler: Symphony No. 7 (5th Mvt., beg. to 225 & 290 to end)
  • Mozart: Symphony No. 39 (1st Mvt., beg. to A)
  • Sibelius: Finlandia (D to H)
  • Strauss: Burleske (beg. to A)
  • Stravinsky: Le Sacre du Printemps (103 to 117 & 189 to end)
  • Tchaikovsky: Symphony No. 4 (1st Mvt., S to U)
  • Wagner: Siegfried’s Funeral March (beg. to G)

NOTICE TO TIMPANISTS AND PERCUSSIONISTS: Timpani and percussion auditions are scheduled separately (usually in May) and are held at the New World Center in Miami Beach. No videotapes are required and the application fee is waived. Please call or e-mail the office for further details.

Marimba

  • J.S. Bach: Solo of your choice (2 or 4 mallets)

Xylophone

  • Gershwin: Porgy and Bess (beg. to B)
  • Kodály: Háry János Suite (Mvt. VI)
  • Messiaen: Oiseaux Exotiques (6 to 7 and 26 to 28)
  • Shostakovich: The Age of Gold (Polka)
  • Stravinsky: The Firebird (127 to 133)

Glockenspiel

  • Debussy: La Mer (2nd Mvt.)
  • Dukas: The Sorcerer’s Apprentice (17 to 20 & 22 to 24)
  • Respighi: Pini di Roma (beg. to 21 aft. 2 & 7 to end of Mvt.)
  • Tchaikovsky: Sleeping Beauty Suite (Waltz [No. 5])

Snare Drum

  • Jacques Delécluse: Étude No. 11 from Douze Études (1964)
  • Prokofiev: Lt. Kijé Suite (1st Mvt., 1 to 2 & 13 to end)
  • Rimsky-Korsakov: Capriccio espagnol (4th Mvt., beg. to M)
  • Rimsky-Korsakov: Scheherazade (3rd Mvt., D to G & 4th Mvt., M to U)
  • Shostakovich: Symphony No. 10 (2nd Mvt., 98 to end)

Bass Drum

  • Mahler: Symphony No. 3 (1st Mvt., 1 to 4)
  • Stravinsky: Le Sacre du Printemps (72 to end of Part I)

Cymbals

  • Dvorák: Scherzo Capriccioso (Q to end)
  • Mussorgsky: Night on Bald Mountain (S to T)
  • Rachmaninoff: Piano Concerto No. 2 (3rd Mvt., 32 to 33)
  • Tchaikovsky: Romeo and Juliet

Tambourine

  • Bizet: Carmen (Aragonaise & Danse Bohème)
  • Dvorák: Carnival Overture (beg. to C & 8 bef. U to end)
  • Stravinsky: Petrouchka (1947 version, 201 to 206)

Triangle

  • Bizet: Carmen (Danse Bohème)
  • Brahms: Symphony No. 4 (3rd Mvt., I to end)
  • Liszt: Piano Concerto No. 1 (E to H)

Mixed

  • Stravinsky: L'histore du soldat (Tango and Triumphal March of the Devil)

Timpani (For Percussion Applicants)

  • Beethoven: Symphony No. 9 (1st Mvt., beg. to A & 18 bef. S to end)
  • Elgar: Enigma Variations (Mvt. VII)
  • Hindemith: Symphonic Metamorphoses (2nd Mvt., S to X)

NOTICE TO TIMPANISTS AND PERCUSSIONISTS: Timpani and percussion auditions are scheduled separately (usually in May) and are held at the New World Center in Miami Beach. No videotapes are required and the application fee is waived. Please call or e-mail the office for further details.

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