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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

Preliminary Orchestra Auditions

Applicants have the option of attending a live audition (video recorded for faculty review) or submitting a recorded audition (video files only - see below for more details).

We are not able to offer feedback on live or recorded auditions due to the volume of applicants.

Applicants will be notified of acceptance by e-mail only on or before Monday, March 17, 2014.

Singapore Live Audition Application Deadline
Friday, January 10, 2014

Live Audition Application Deadline (all other cities)
Tuesday, January 21, 2014

NOTE: Percussion live auditions will only be held in Boston, Chicago, Cleveland, Houston, Los Angeles, and Singapore.

The Texas Music Festival will accept applications for live auditions online only through DecisionDesk.   Please register and submit your application by either Friday, January 10, 2014 (Singapore Live Auditions only) or Tuesday, January 21, 2014 (Boston, Chicago, Cleveland, Houston, Los Angeles, and New York City). Live audition slots fill up quickly and are scheduled on a first-come, first-served basis.

 Please contact DecisionDesk directly (support@decisiondesk.com) if you have problems with submitting your application. The fee for submitting your application and audition via DecisionDesk is $75 per application submitted, payable by credit card through the TMF DecisionDesk portal.

Applicants will be contacted by the TMF office to schedule a live audition upon receipt of a completed application. All live auditions are video recorded and will be reviewed by TMF faculty via DecisionDesk.

TMF 2014 live auditions will be held in the following cities:

  • Singapore (non-percussion and percussion live auditions)  
    Saturday, January 18, 2014
    Yong Siew Toh Conservatory
    3 Estate Office Drive
    Singapore 117485
    Directions to Yong Siew Toh Conservatory
    Please arrive no earlier than 20 minutes prior to your scheduled audition time.
    Ensemble Room 6 will be used as a group warm-up room.
    Live auditions will be held in the Ensemble Room 2.
  • New York, NY (FULL - please email mfmccrimmon@uh.edu to be put on wait list. Or select other city or submit recorded audition)  
    Saturday, February 1, 2014
    Steinway Hall
    109 W. 57th St.
    New York, NY 10019
    Directions to Steinway Hall
    Please arrive no earlier than 20 minutes prior to your scheduled audition time.
    The Theodore and William rehearsal rooms will be used as individual warm-up rooms.
    Live auditions will be held in the Henry Z. Steinway rehearsal room.
  • Houston, TX (FULL - please email mfmccrimmon@uh.edu to be put on wait list. Or, select other city or submit recorded audition)
    Wednesday, February 5, 2014
    University of Houston
    Moores School of Music
    Directions to UH
    Metered parking is available in Lot 16
    Non-percussion live auditions from 9:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m. & 2:20 - 6:00 p.m.
    Percussion live auditions from 10:40 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
    Please arrive no earlier than 20 minutes prior to your scheduled audition time.
    All live auditions will be held on the Moores Opera House stage.
    Rooms 242, 244 and 248 will be used as group warm-up rooms for non-percussion applicants.  Percussion warm-up is available in MSM 185 from 9 a.m. - 12 p.m. only.
  • Boston, MA (non-percussion live auditions only - FULL.  Please email mfmccrimmon@uh.edu to be put on wait list. Or select other city or submit recorded audition)   
    Saturday, February 8, 2014
    Boston University
    College of Fine Arts - School of Music
    Directions to BU
    Please arrive no earlier than 20 minutes prior to your scheduled audition time.
    Live auditions will be held in The Marshall Room.
    A group warm-up room will be available in Room 167, located on the first floor.
  • Boston, MA (percussion live auditions only - FULL.  Please email mfmccrimmon@uh.edu to be put on wait list. Or select other city or submit recorded audition)
    Sunday, February 9, 2014
    Boston University
    College of Fine Arts - School of Music
    Directions to BU
    Please arrive no earlier than 20 minutes prior to your scheduled audition time.
    Live auditions will be held in Percussion Suite Room G.
    A group warm-up room will be available.
  • Cleveland, OH  (FULL - please email mfmccrimmon@uh.edu to be put on wait list. Or, select other city or submit recorded audition) 
    Saturday, February 15, 2014
    Cleveland Institute of Music
    Directions to CIM
    Parking Information (please note that CIM no longer offers free parking on Hazel Rd.)
    Non-CIM applicants must arrive no earlier than 30 minutes prior to assigned audition time and must check in at the CIM North Security Desk upon arrival.
    Non-percussion live auditions will be held from 10:20 a.m. - 3:40 p.m. in Room 210. Percussion auditions will be held from 4:00 - 6:00 p.m. in Percussion Studio TBD.
    Warm-up will take place in assigned practice rooms (generally practice rooms X & Y) located in the practice area in the lower level of the building.
  • Chicago, IL (FULL - please email mfmccrimmon@uh.edu to be put on wait list. Or, select other city or submit recorded audition)
    Sunday, February 16, 2014
    Roosevelt University
    Chicago College of Performing Arts (CCPA)
    Directions to Roosevelt University
    Instructions on how to find audition and warm-up rooms & CCPA Floor Map.
    Please arrive no earlier than 20 minutes prior to your scheduled audition time.
    Non-percussion live auditions from 10:20 a.m. - 2:20 p.m.in Opera Rehearsal Room 1450.
    Percussion live auditions from 3:00 - 5:20 p.m. in the Auditorium Building Room 1080.
    One assigned group (non-percussion & percussion) warm-up room will be available in Room 964/Marks Hall.
  • Los Angeles, CA (FULL - please email mfmccrimmon@uh.edu to be put on wait list. Or, select other city or submit recorded audition)  
    Saturday, February 22, 2014
    University of Southern California
    Thorton School of Music
    Directions to USC
    Please arrive no earlier than 20 minutes prior to your scheduled audition time.
    Non-percussion live auditions will be held in MUS 213 from 10:40 a.m. - 2:40 p.m., located in the Raubenheimer Music Building.
    Non-percussion group warm-up room available in MUS 303, located in Raubenheimer Music Building.
    Percussion live auditions will take place from 3:20 - 6:00 p.m. in BMH 1053, located in Booth Hall, next to Raubenheimer Music Building.
    Percussion warm-up room available from  3:00 - 6:00 p.m. only in BMH 113, located in Booth Hall, next to Raubenheimer Music Building.

Recorded Audition Application Deadline
Monday, February 24, 2014

The Texas Music Festival will accept applications and  recorded auditions online only through DecisionDesk. Please register and submit your application and audition materials before midnight (CST) on February 24, 2014

PLEASE NOTE: Solos may be submitted as audio files, but video files are preferred. All excerpts must be submitted as video files. Audio files of excerpts will not be accepted.  Applicants who wait to apply until the deadline may experience siginificant delays when uploading their audition materials.

DecisionDesk accepts the following format types:

  • Video (mpeg, mpg, mp4, mov, avi, wmv, m4v, vob) - ALL EXCERPTS MUST BE SUBMITTED AS VIDEO FILES. AUDIO FILES OF EXCERPTS WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED
  • Audio (MP3, M4A, AIFF, WMA, WAV, AAC) - ONLY SOLOS MAY BE SUBMITTED AS AUDIO FILES AND VIDEO FILES ARE PREFERRED

Please upload each excerpt and solo for your instrument as its own file. The fee for submitting your application and video audition via DecisionDesk is $75 per application submitted, payable by credit card through the TMF DecisionDesk portal. For technical support with your DecisionDesk application and recorded audition, please email support@decisiondesk.com or refer to their FAQ page. DecisionDesk can accept files up to 5GB in size but if your video file is above 1GB, you may experience some difficulties. Contact DecisionDesk directly  (support@decisiondesk.com) if that's the case and they will help you reach a solution. Upload speed is dependent upon both file size and speed of the internet connection. Be sure to upload files using a stable internet connection, and make sure the computer does not go into sleep or hibernate mode while a file is uploading. Remember, the larger your files, the longer they will take to upload.  You can upload any resolution you would like. DecisionDesk does not recommend uploading uncompressed video, as this will be a time intensive process for you. While large HD videos can be compressed down, mp4 720p or similar is best. 


Audition Requirements

  • Each instrument requires specific excerpts and solos. NOTE: Accompaniment is not required for solos.
  • For players of auxiliary instruments (Piccolo, English horn, E-flat Clarinet, Bass Clarinet and Contrabassoon), please note that specific excerpts are listed for these instruments. Although you are not required to audition on auxiliary instruments, it is encouraged.
  • RECORDED AUDITION APPLICANTS: Solos may be submitted as audio files, but video files are preferred. All excerpts must be submitted as video files. Audio files of excerpts will not be accepted.

Please make a selection:

Downloadable/printable excerpts require the free Adobe Reader.

Strings

Violin

Solos: One movement of solo Bach and one additional movement from a standard concerto or equivalent piece.

Excerpts (printable version »):

  • Strauss Don Juan

    Entire first page

  • Mahler Symphony No. 2

    Movement I: 7 measures after Rehearsal Number 1 – 5 measures before Rehearsal Number 20
    Movement II: 17 measures before Rehearsal Number 15 – Rehearsal Number 15
    Movement V: pick-up to 8 measures before Rehearsal Number 19 – Rehearsal Number 20

Viola 

Solos: One movement of solo Bach and one additional movement from a standard concerto or equivalent piece.

Excerpts (printable version »):

  • Beethoven Symphony No. 5

    Movement II: measures 1 – 10

  • Mendelssohn Scherzo from A Midsummer Night's Dream

    Beginning – Letter D

  • Strauss Don Juan

    Beginning – 9 after Letter B

Cello

Solos: One movement of solo Bach and 3-5 minutes of a standard concerto movement.

Excerpts (printable version »):

  • Beethoven Symphony No. 5

    Movement II: measures 1 – 10; 49 – 59; 98 – 106

  • Mozart Symphony No. 35 

    Movement IV: measures 134 – 197

  • Strauss Don Juan

    Measures 1 – 9
    Letter C – Letter D

Double Bass

Solos: One movement from a Bach Cello Suite (no repeats)

AND

The first movement from one of the following concertos:

Bottesini Concerto No. 2 (beginning to measure 58)

Dragonetti Concerto (beginning to measure 57)

Dittersdorf Concerto No. 2 (beginning to measure 98)

Koussevitzky Concerto (beginning to measure 77)

Vanhal Concerto (beginning to measure 83)

Excerpts (printable version »):

  • Brahms Symphony No. 1

    Movement I: Letter E – second ending

  • Mozart Symphony No. 40

    Movement I: melody before Letter C – 5 measures after Letter C

  • Strauss Ein Heldenleben

    Rehearsal Number 9 – Rehearsal Number 11

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Woodwinds

Flute

Solos: Exposition from either Mozart D or G Major Concerto.

Excerpts (printable version »):

  • Beethoven Symphony No. 7

    Movement I: 19th measure after Letter A (start on the C-natural, 2nd 16th of the measure) - 4 measures before Letter B (end on the half note C-natural)

    Pick-up note to the Vivace (11 measures after Letter B) and continue for 26 measures to fermata D-natural.

  • Mendelssohn Scherzo from A Midsummer Night's Dream

    2 before Letter P – 23 after Letter Q

  • Ravel Daphnis et Chloé 

    Suite II: Rehearsal Number 176 – Rehearsal Number 179

Piccolo

Excerpts (included in the printable Flute Prelim Excerpts above):

  • Ravel Mother Goose Suite 

    Rehearsal Number 1 – 5 measures after Rehearsal Number 2

  • Rossini Semiramide Overture

    Third Excerpt: 8 before Letter U – Letter U

Oboe

Solo:

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

    Movement I – Exposition

Excerpts (printable version »):

  • Brahms Violin Concerto in D Major

    Movement II: Beginning – measure 32

  • Mendelssohn Scottish Symphony

    Movement II: Pick-up to Letter A – downbeat of Letter B
    17 measures after Letter B – 13 measures after Letter C

  • Ravel Le Tombeau de Couperin

    Opening – Movement I: Beginning – Rehearsal Number 2
    Movement II: Beginning – Rehearsal Number 4 (no repeats)

English horn

Excerpt (included in the printable Oboe Prelim Excerpts above):

  • DvorakSymphony No. 9

    Movement II: measures 7 – 18

Clarinet  

Solo:

  • Mozart Clarinet Concerto in A major, K.662

    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 »):

  • Berlioz Symphonie fantastique

    Rehearsal Number 63 – 5 measures after Rehearsal Number 64

  • Strauss Till Eulenspiegel’s Merry Pranks

    7 measures before Rehearsal Number 29 – Rehearsal Number 32
    5 measures after Rehearsal Number 38 – 4 measures before Rehearsal Number 41

Bass Clarinet  

Excerpts (printable version »):

  • Grofé Grand Canyon Suite
    3. On the Trail: Rehearsal Number 2 – Rehearsal Number 3
    8 measures before Rehearsal Number 13 – 4 measures after Rehearsal Number 13
  • Liszt Tasso Lamento e Trionfo

    Letter B: both solos

Bassoon

Solo: (printable version »)

  • Mozart Concerto for Bassoon in B-flat Major K. 191

    Movement I: measures 35 – 71

Excerpts (printable version »)

    • Mozart Overture to The Marriage of Figaro

      Measures 139 – 171

    • Rimsky-Korsakov Scheherazade

      Movement II: solo

    • Shostakovich Symphony No. 10

Movement I: Rehearsal Number 29 – 1 measure after Rehearsal Number 32
Movement II: Rehearsal Number 111 – 3 after Rehearsal Number 113
Movement IV: Rehearsal Number 149 – 2 after Rehearsal Number 150 & 1 before Rehearsal Number 192 – Rehearsal Number 194

  • Tchaikovsky Symphony No. 4

    Movement II: measures 274 – end

Contrabassoon

Excerpts (printable version »):

  • Beethoven Symphony No. 5

    Movement IV: 1 measure before Letter A – 5 measures after Letter B

  • Ravel Mother Goose Suite

    Movement IV: Rehearsal Number 2 – Rehearsal Number 4

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Brass

Horn  

Solo:

  • Mozart Concerto No. 4

    Movement I: Exposition

Excerpts (printable version - all 1st Horn parts except for Mahler):

  • Ravel Pavane for a Dead Princess

    Solo: Measures 1 – 11

  • Beethoven Symphony No. 7

    Movement I: Measures 84 – 102

  • Brahms Symphony No. 3

    Movement III: Measures 97 – 110

  • Mahler Symphony No. 1

    Movement III (Horn 2): 4 after Rehearsal Number 13 – 2 after Rehearsal Number 14

  • ShostakovichSymphony No. 5

    Movement I: Rehearsal Number 17 – Rehearsal Number 21

  • StraussTill Eulenspiegel

    Opening Solo

  • StraussEin Heldenleben

    Opening Measures 1 – 17

Trumpet

Solo:

  • Haydn Trumpet Concerto in E-flat Major

    Exposition

Excerpts (printable excerpts »):

  • Mahler Symphony No. 7

    Movement I: excerpts provided
    Movement V: excerpts provided

  • Prokofiev Symphony No. 5

    Movement I: One before Rehearsal Number 8 - 2 before Rehearsal Number 9
                       3 after Rehearsal Number 15 for 7 measures
                       Rehearsal Number 17 - 1 before Rehearsal Number 18

    Movement II: Rehearsal Number 42 - 4 before Rehearsal Number 43
                        1 after Rehearsal Number 45 - Rehearsal Number 46

    Movement IV: 1 after Rehearsal Number 111 - 3 before Rehearsal Number 113

  • Strauss Don Juan

    Excerpts provided

  • Stravinsky Petrouchka

    Ballerina's Dance (play entire excerpt from beginning to end)

Tenor Trombone

Solos (included in the printable Trombone excerpts below):

  • David Concertino in E-flat major, Opus 4

    Movement I: Letter A – Letter D

  • Rochut Andante cantabile

    Beginning – downbeat of measure 24 (a tempo)

Excerpts (printable version »):

  • Mahler Symphony No. 3

    Movement I - Rehearsal Numbers 57 – 62

  • Mozart Requiem, K. 626

    Tuba mirum: beginning – Letter A

  • Ravel Bolero

    Solo – Rehearsal Number 11

  • Strauss Till Eulenspiegel’s Merry Pranks

    4 measures before Rehearsal Number 36 – 4 measures after Rehearsal Number 37

  • Wagner Die Walkure

    Pick-up to Rehearsal Number 3 – 2 measures before Rehearsal Number 4
    Pick-up to Rehearsal Number 5 – 3 measures after Rehearsal Number 6

Bass Trombone

Solo:

  • BozzaNew Orleans

Excerpts (printable version »):

  • Bartok Suite from The Miraculous Mandarin, Op. 19

    Rehearsal Number 1  – Rehearsal Number 5

  • Haydn The Creation

    Chor und Terzett: Beginning – Letter A

  • Nielsen Symphony No. 4

    Movement I: Rehearsal Number 17 – Rehearsal Number 20

  • Wagner Siegfried

    Scene II: Fafner 

  • Wagner Das Rheingold

    Scene II: Measures 36 – 55  

  • Wagner Die Walkure

    III. Aufzug/Scene I: Measures 36 – 44 & Measures 123 – 140

Tuba

Solo: no solo is required

Excerpts to be performed in the following order (printable version »):

    • Shostakovich Symphony No. 10

      Movement I: Rehearsal Number 34 – 5th measure of Rehearsal Number 36
      & Rehearsal Number 50 – Rehearsal Number 52

    • MahlerSymphony No. 2

      Movement V: Rehearsal Number 10 – Rehearsal Number 11
      & Pickup to Rehearsal Number 25 – 8th measure of Rehearsal Number 26

    • Nielsen Symphony No. 4

      Movement I: Rehearsal Number 17 – Rehearsal Number 19

    • Berlioz Hungarian March (Damnation of Faust)

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Harp

Solo: A solo from standard solo repertoire of no more than 5 minutes

One of the following cadenzas:

    • Ravel Tzigane

  • Tchaikovsky Suite from Swan Lake

Excerpts (printable version »):

  • Berlioz Symphonie fantastique

    Movement II: Beginning – Animato

  • Britten Young Person's Guide to the Orchestra

    Cadenza and Fugue

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Percussion

 Excerpts (printable version »):

Timpani

  • Mahler Symphony No. 2

    Movement I: Rehearsal Number 18 – 3rd bar of Rehearsal Number 19
    & 5th bar of Rehearsal Number 25 – downbeat of 6 before Rehearsal Number 26

  • Shostakovich Symphony No. 10

    Movement IV: 4 before Rehearsal Number 205 – END

Snare Drum

  • Prokofiev Lieutenant Kije

    Movement I: Rehearsal Number 13 – END

  • Shostakovich Symphony No. 10

    Movement II: Rehearsal Number 98 – END

Xylophone

  • Copland Appalachian Spring

    4 after Rehearsal Number 48 – 4 after Rehearsal Number 49

  • Kodaly Hary Janos

    Movement IV: Beginning – Rehearsal Number 1

Glockenspiel

  • Dukas The Sorcerer's Apprentice

    4th bar of Rehearsal Number 17 – 3 after Rehearsal Number 19

Marimba

  • Bach Partita No. 1 in B minor

    Bouree: 1st 20 measures

Cymbals

  • Tchaikovsky Symphony No. 4

    Movement IV: Bar 272 – END

* Please note that keyboard sight-reading and timpani tuning may be required of TMF percussion participants during the placement audition.

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