TMF Orchestral Institute - Preliminary 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).

The TMF Faculty and Music Director will review all auditions and applications.  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 Wednesday, March 18, 2015.

Live Audition Application Deadline
Tuesday, January 20, 2015

NOTE: Percussion live auditions will only be held in Boston, Chicago, Cleveland, Houston, and Los Angeles.  Availablity is limited in cities where non-percussion auditions are being held on the same day.

The Texas Music Festival Orchestral Institute will accept applications for live auditions online only through DecisionDesk starting on Monday, November 3, 2014.   Please register and submit your application by Tuesday, January 20, 2015. 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 application fee is $75 and is 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 and the Music Director via DecisionDesk.

TMF 2015 live auditions will be held in the following cities:

  • New York, NY  
    Saturday, January 31, 2015
    The National Opera Center
    330 Seventh Avenue
    New York, NY 10001
    Directions to The National Opera Center and floor map
    Please arrive no earlier than 20 minutes prior to your scheduled audition time.
    Studios 801 and 803 will be used as individual warm-up rooms.
    Live auditions will be held in The Charles MacKay Learning Center, located on the 8th floor.
  • Boston, MA (non-percussion auditions)
    Saturday, February 7, 2015
    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 auditions)
    Sunday, February 8, 2015
    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.
  • Houston, TX
    Wednesday, February 11, 2015
    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 only available 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.
  • Cleveland, OH 
    Saturday, February 14, 2015
    Cleveland Institute of Music
    Directions to CIM
    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 in Room TBD. Percussion auditions will be held 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.
  • Rochester, NY 
    Tuesday, February 17, 2015
    Eastman School of Music
    Directions to Eastman
    Please arrive no earlier than 30 minutes prior to assigned audition time.
    Live auditions will be held in Ciminelli Formal Lounge in the Eastman Commons Student Living Center.
    Because of space limitations there is not a dedicated warm-up room in the Student Living Center, but students can usually find a practice room prior to their audition in the Annex building, attached by pedestrian bridge to the 2nd, 3rd, and 4th floor of the main building (see campus map link above.)
  • Chicago, IL
    Sunday, February 22, 2015
    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 will take place in Opera Rehearsal Room 1450.
    Percussion live auditions only available from 10 a.m. - 1 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
    Sunday, February 22, 2015
    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 303, located in the Raubenheimer Music Building.
    Non-percussion group warm-up room available in MUS 204, located in Raubenheimer Music Building.
    Percussion live auditions will take place in BMH 105, located in Booth Hall, next to Raubenheimer Music Building.
    Percussion warm-up room available in BMH 113, located in Booth Hall, next to Raubenheimer Music Building.

Recorded Audition Application Deadline
Friday, February 20, 2015

The Texas Music Festival Orchestral Institute will accept applications and recorded auditions online only through DecisionDesk. Please register and submit your application and audition materials before midnight (CST) on February 20, 2015Applicants who wait to apply until the deadline may experience siginificant delays when uploading their audition materials.

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.  All required solos and excerpts must be attached BEFORE you submit this application. Recorded Audition applications submitted without media or with media files that don't work will not be considered.

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 is $75 and is 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. 


TMF 2015 Orchestral Institute Audition Requirements

  • Each instrument requires specific excerpts and solos. NOTE: Accompaniment is not required for solos.
  • Specific excerpts are listed for Piccolo, English horn, E-flat Clarinet, Bass Clarinet and Contrabassoon.  Although you are not required to audition on auxiliary instruments, it is encouraged if you want to be considered for auxiliary part assignments if accepted into TMF 2015.
  • 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 (with repeats) and one movement from a standard concerto.

Excerpts (printable version):

  • Strauss Ein Heldenleben

    Beginning – Rehearsal Number 5 (entire first page and play the top line only)
    Rehearsal Number 95 – two measures after Rehearsal Number 97.

  • Prokofiev Romeo and Juliet

    Act I, No. 6: Beginning (Rehearsal Number 26) – Rehearsal Number 30

Viola

Solos: One movement of solo Bach without repeats and one movement from a standard concerto.

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 a Bach Cello Suite without repeats 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):

  • Beethoven Symphony No. 5

    Movement III: Beginning – 5 measures after Rehearsal Letter A

  • 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 III: 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

    Movement I: 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)

  • Stravinsky The Firebird Suite (1919)

    Variation de l'oiseau de feu: complete

  • VerdiOverture to La forza del destino

    Letter G – Letter H

E-flat Clarinet  

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

  • 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 (included in the printable Clarinet Prelim Excerpts above):

  • 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

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

    Movement I: Exposition

Excerpts (printable version to be posted soon)

  • BarberViolin Concerto

    Movement III: excerpt TBD

  • Mozart Overture to The Marriage of Figaro

    Measures 139 – 171

  • Rimsky-Korsakov Scheherazade

    Movement II: solo

  • StravinskyThe Firebird Suite (1919)

    Excerpts TBD

  • Tchaikovsky Symphony No. 4

    Movement II: measures 274 – end

Contrabassoon

Excerpts (to be included in the printable Bassoon Prelim Excerpts above):

  • 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 - excerpts to be posted soon 

Trumpet

Solo:

  • Lyrical étude excerpt

    Included in the printable excerpts below. To be played in Bb trumpet

Excerpts (printable version):

  • Strauss Ein Heldenleben

    Excerpts provided. The 1st 3 pages are excerpts from the 1st Bb part. Pages 4 & 5 are from the 1st Eb part.

  • Stravinsky Petrouchka

    Ballerina's Dance

Tenor Trombone - excerpts to be posted soon

Bass Trombone - excerpts to be posted soon

Tuba

Solo: no solo is required

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

  • Prokofiev Romeo and Juliet Suite No. 2 (2 excerpts)

    Rehearsal Number 5 (four measures)
    & 4th measure of Rehearsal Number 49 – 8th measure of Rehearsal Number 50

  • AdamsShort Ride in a Fast Machine

    Measures 82 – 123

  • Berlioz Overture to Benvenuto Cellini

    Rehearsal Number 16 – 5th measure of Rehearsal Number 19

  • Strauss Ein Heldenleben

Rehearsal Number 62 – 2nd measure of Rehearsal Number 65

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Harp - excerpts to be posted soon

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Percussion - excerpts to be posted soon

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