Placement Audition Requirements

  • Orchestra seating placement will be determined by auditions at the beginning of TMF. Auditions for viola, cello, double bass, flute, oboe, clarinet, bassoon, horn and percussion will take place on Saturday, June 4, 2016 starting at 2:30 p.m.  Trumpet placement auditions will take place on Sunday, June 5, time TBD.  There are no placement auditions for trombone, tuba and harp—part assignments will be made by TMF’s Music Director, Franz Krager, in consultation with instrumental faculty and based on daily performance and preparation at all rehearsals.
  • Each instrument requires specific excerpts and solos. Specific excerpts may be listed for piccolo, English horn, E-flat clarinet, bass clarinet and contrabassoon. Auxiliary instrument auditions are not required for the placement auditions. However, it is expected that all auxiliary instrument responsibilities/opportunities will be shared in each section.
  • Violin placement auditions will take place on Sunday, June 5, beginning at 9 a.m. in MSM Room 205. Times will be assigned through a lottery drawing at Orientation on Friday, June 3.
  • Concertmaster auditions: Candidates may be selected to audition for concertmaster for each week based on the results of the placement audition. Anyone selected to audition for concertmaster will be given an opportunity to lead the orchestra, in rotation, at its first rehearsal on Sunday, June 5. Final assignments will be made by TMF faculty and Music Director.

You will be notified by email, on or by May 6, when audition requirements and excerpts have been posted on our website. This will be your ONLY reminder—you are responsible for downloading and preparing all required audition materials for your instrument. PLEASE BE FULLY PREPARED. This will be your only placement audition, and it will determine your seating for all weeks of the festival.

You are also responsible for preparing your ENTIRE Respighi, Tartini, and Clark parts for the audition if specific excerpts from these pieces are not already listed for your instrument. Faculty may select excerpts from your assigned parts during your audition.

Part assignments will be distributed as equitably as possible and are contingent upon your placement audition. All principal assignments will be recommended to the Music Director by the placement audition faculty.

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Strings

Violin

Concertmaster Audition: see above for information

Solo: One of your choice

Printable excerpts to be posted soon

  • Berg Three Pieces for Orchestra

    First Piece: Beginning – measure 65 (Top line only)

    Third Piece: Measure 15 –45 (Top line only)

  • Strauss Eine Alpensinfonie

    Pick up to measure 5 after Rehearsal Number 57 – Rehearsal Number 72

Viola - placement audition requirements to be posted soon

Cello - placement audition requirements to be posted soon

Double Bass

Solo: One of your choice

Printable excerpts to be posted soon

  • Britten The Young Person's Guide to the Orchestra

    Variation H

  • Strauss Eine Alpensinfonie

    Starting at the pickup to 7 measures before Rehearsal Number 12 – 7 measures before Rehearsal Number 17

  • Rachmaninoff Symphony No. 1 in D Minor

    Movement I: 5 measures before Rehearsal Number 1 – 6 measures before Rehearsal Number 2

  • Berg Three Pieces for Orchestra

    Movement I: Measures 49 – 51
    Movement III: Measures 43 – 44

Woodwinds

Flute

Solo: One of your choice

  • Rachmaninoff Symphony No. 1 in D Minor

    Piu Vivo: 9 after Rehearsal Number 49 – Rehearsal Number 51

  • Stravinsky Petrouchka

    Beginning – Rehearsal Number 2
    Rehearsal Number 53 – Rehearsal Number 56
    3 before Rehearsal Number 71 – Rehearsal Number 73

Piccolo

Printable version to be included in flute excerpts above

  • RachmaninoffSymphony No. 1 in D Minor

    Movement IV: Four before Rehearsal Number 50 – 30 before Rehearsal Number 57

  • BrittenThe Young Person's Guide to the Orchestra

    Fuge (piccolo entrance)

Oboe - placement audition requirements to be posted soon

Clarinet - placement requirements to be posted soon

Bassoon

Solo: Exposition from Mozart Concerto in B-flat Major, K. 191

Printable excerpts to be posted soon

  • Britten The Young Person's Guide to the Orchestra

    First and Second solos for bassoon variation

  • Stravinsky Petrouchka

    Solo

  • Strauss Eine Alpensinfonie

    Beginning – two measures after Rehearsal Number 1

Contrabassoon

Printable Strauss excerpt to be included in bassoon excerpts:

  • Strauss Eine Alpensinfonie

    Rehearsal Number 27 –Rehearsal Number 29

  • Another contra excerpt of your choice

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Brass

French Horn - placement requirements to be posted soon

Trumpet - same excerpts as the preliminary auditions

Solo: no solo is required

Excerpts (printable version):

Applicants may use a piccolo trumpet for the last Petrushka excerpt if they wish. All other excerpts to be performed on a Bb or C trumpet

  • Respighi Pini di Roma

    Excerpts provided (offstage solo & 1st mvt. muted passage)

  • Strauss Eine Alpensinfonie

    Excerpts provided

  • Stravinsky Petrouchka

    Excerpts provided

Trombone

No placement auditions will be held for trombone. Part assignments for this instrument will be determined by the Music Director and instrument faculty.

Tuba

No placement auditions will be held for tuba. Part assignments for this instrument will be determined by the Music Director and instrument faculty.

Harp

No placement auditions will be held for harp. Part assignments for this instrument will be determined by the Music Director and instrument faculty.

Percussion - placement audition requirements to be posted soon