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Texas Music Festival
The University of Houston
Moores School of Music
120 School of Music Bldg
Houston, TX 77204-4017
Phone: 713-743-3313
Fax: 713-743-3166

Placement Audition Requirements

Requirements

  • PLEASE NOTE: Orchestra seating placement will be decided through brief auditions when you arrive. Auditions for viola, cello, double bass, flute, clarinet, bassoon, horn, trumpet, and percussion will take place on Saturday, May 31, 2014, starting at 2:30 p.m. Oboe placement auditions will take place on Sunday, June 1, 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.
  • Each instrument requires specific excerpts and solos, including Piccolo, English horn, E-flat and Bass clarinet
  • Violin placement auditions will take place on Sunday, June 2, beginning at 9 a.m. in MSM Room 203.
  • Concertmaster auditions: Violin participants must perform all solo parts from Mahler Symphony No. 2 to be considered for concertmaster.  Anyone selected to audition for concertmaster will be given an opportunity to lead the orchestra, in rotation, at its first rehearsal on Sunday, June 1. Final determinations will be made by TMF faculty and the Music Director at this rehearsal.

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Strings

Violin (please see above for concertmaster requirements)

Solo: One of your choice

Excerpts (use Violin I part that was emailed to you):

  • Mahler Symphony No. 2 

    Movement II: Pick up to 8 measures after Reh. #5 to Reh. #6
    Movement IV: Reh. #14 to 3 measures before Reh. #17

Viola

Solo: One of your choice

Excerpts (printable version to be posted soon »):

  • Excerpts to be posted soon

Cello

Solo: One of your choice

Excerpts (printable Bartok, Shostakovich and Wagner excerpts to be posted soon»):

  • Mahler Symphony No. 2 (use Mahler part that was emailed to you)

    Movement II: m.9 (9 after Reh. #1 ) – 6 after Reh.  #3- UPPER LINE

  • Bartok Suite from The Miraculous Mandarin

    69 – 71
    74 – 76

  • Shostakovich Symphony No. 10

    Movement III: Pick up to 136 – 139
    Movement IV: Pick up to 204 – 205

  • Wagner The Ring Without Words

    Opening scene m.81 – m.137

Double Bass

Solo: One of your choice

Excerpts (printable Shostakovich and Nielsen excerpts to be posted soon»):

  • Mahler Symphony No. 2 (use Mahler part that was emailed to you)

    Movement I: Beginning – two measures before Reh. #2
    Movement II: One measure before Reh. #6– fifth measure of Reh. #8

  • Shostakovich Symphony No. 10

    Movement III: Reh. #113 – Reh. #114
    Movement IV: One measure before Reh. #177 – Reh. #181

  • Nielsen Symphony No. 4

    Movement I: Reh. #1 – Reh. #3
    Movement III: mm 584 – 589 & mm 675 – 680

Woodwinds

Flute

Solo: One movement of your choice of no more than 5 minutes

Excerpts (printable version to be posted soon»):

  • Excerpts to be posted soon

Piccolo

Excerpts (printable version to be posted soon»)

  • Excerpts to be posted soon

Oboe

Solo:

  • Mozart Concerto for Oboe in C Major, K.314:

    Movement I – Exposition

Excerpts (printable version to be posted soon»):

  • Mahler Symphony No. 2

    Excerpts TBD

  • Shostakovich Symphony No. 10;

    Movement I: Reh. #40 – Reh. #43
    Movement II: Reh. #76 – downbeat of Reh. #78
    Movement IV: Reh. #145 – Reh. #147

English horn

Excerpts (printable version to be posted soon»):

  • Mahler Symphony No. 2

    Excerpt to be posted soon

  • Shostakovich Symphony No. 10

    Excerpt to be posted soon

Clarinet

Solo:

  • MozartClarinet Concerto in A major

    Exposition

Excerpts (printable version »):

  • Bartok Suite from The Miraculous Mandarin

    Rehearsal Number 13 – 4 measures after Rehearsal Number 16
    Rehearsal Number 21 – Rehearsal Number 25

  • Beethoven Symphony No. 6

    Movement I: measures 418 – 438 and 476 – 482
    Movement II: measures 68 – 77

  • Rimsky-Korsakov Scheherazade

    Movement III: Pìu mosso grazioso (as marked)

  • ShostakovichSymphony No. 10

    Movement IV: Pick-up to Rehearsal Number 194 – 9 measures after Rehearsal Number 197

  • Stravinsky Firebird Suite (1919)

    Variation de l'oiseau de feu: complete

E-flat clarinet

Excerpts (printable version to be posted soon»):

  • Excerpts to be posted soon

Bass clarinet

Excerpts (printable version to be posted soon»):

  • Excerpts to be posted soon

Bassoon

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

Excerpts (printable version to be posted soon»)

  • Bartok Suite from The Miraculous Mandarin

    Reh. #6 before Reh. #27 – Reh. #27

  • Nielsen Symphony No. 4

    Reh. #30 – 11 measures after Reh. #31
    Reh. #61 – Reh. #62

  • Shostakovich Symphony No. 10

    Movement I: Reh. #29 – two meansures after Reh. #32
    Movement IV: 1 measure before Reh. 192 – Reh. #194

Contrabassoon

No excerpts required. Contrabassoon castings will be rotated throughout the section during the season.

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Brass

French Horn

Solo:

Excerpts (printable version to be posted soon»):

  • Excerpts to be posted soon

Trumpet

Solo: One of your choice

Excerpts (printable version to be posted soon»):

  • Excerpts to be posted soon

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

No solo required

Excerpts (printable version to be posted soon»):

Timpani

  • WagnerFuneral Music from 'Die Götterdämmerung' (found in Saul
    Goodman's 'Modern Method for Timpani)

    Beginning – Reh. B

  • NielsenSymphony No. 4

    Movement IV: Reh. #59 – Reh. #61 (timpani 1)

  • ShostakovichSymphony No. 10

    Movement IV: 4 before Reh. #205 – END

Snare Drum

  • ShostakovichSymphony No. 10

    Movement I: Reh. #43 – Reh. #44
    Movement II: Reh. #98 – END
    Movement III: Reh. # 133 – Reh. #135

Cymbals

  • Wagner Funeral Music from 'Die Götterdämmerung'

    Reh. #42 – 5 after Reh. #43