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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, trumpet, and percussion will take place on Saturday, June 3 starting at 2:30 p.m.  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 4, beginning at 9 a.m. in MSM Room 205. Times will be pre-assigned and emailed to participants prior to arrival.
  • Concertmaster auditions: Candidates may be selected to audition for concertmaster for weeks 1, 3, & 4 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 4. Final assignments will be made by TMF faculty and Music Director.

You are responsible for preparing all required audition materials for your instrument. You are also responsible for downloading, printing, and bringing copies of the placement audition excerpts with you to TMF. 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 Grainger, Catán, and Shostakovich 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 movement of any standard concerto

Excerpts (printable version)

  • ShostakovichSymphony No. 5

    Movement I: Rehearsal Number 9 – Rehearsal Number 12

                        Rehearsal Number 32 – 2 measures after Rehearsal Number 38

  • Elgar Enigma Variations

    Variation II: complete (top line)

Viola

Solo: One of your choice

Excerpts (printable version)

  • Elgar Enigma Variations

    Variation X: Rehearsal Number 39 – 3 measures before Rehearsal Number 41
                      Rehearsal Number 42 – 5 measures after Rehearsal Number 45

    Variation XI: Rehearsal Number 47 – Rehearsal Number 48
                       5 measures after Rehearsal Number 49 – end of variation

  • Ravel La valse

    5 measures before Rehearsal Number 90 – Rehearsal Number 95 (top line)

  • Strauss Suite from Der Rosenkavalier

    Beginning – 4 measures after Rehearsal Number 5 (top line)

    3 measures after Rehearsal Number 13 – 1 measure before Rehearsal Number 15

Cello

Solo: Solo of your choice (3 - 4 minutes)

Excerpts (printable version)

  • Shostakovich Symphony No. 5

    Movement I: Rehearsal Number 34 – 3 before Rehearsal Number 36

    Movement III: 4 measures before Rehearsal Number 90 – 3 measures after Rehearsal Number 91

  • Elgar Enigma Variations

    Variation XII: Rehearsal Number 52 – downbeat 4 measures after Rehearsal Number 53

    Variation XIV: beginning – 3 measures after Rehearsal Number 62

Double Bass

Solo: One of your choice

Excerpts (printable version)

  • Shostakovich Symphony No. 5

    Movement I: Rehearsal Number 22 – 4 measures after Rehearsal Number 26

  • Mussorgsky/Ravel Pictures at an Exhibition

    VI. Samuel Goldenberg and Schmuyle: Rehearsal Number 56 – Rehearsal Number 58

  • Rachmaninoff Symphonic Dances

    Movement III: Rehearsal Number 66 – 2 measures before Rehearsal Number 69

Woodwinds

Flute

Solo: One of your choice (no more than 2 - 3 minutes)

Excerpts (printable version)

  • Mussorgsky/Ravel Pictures at an Exhibition

    I. 6 measures after the start of Promenade for 4 measures

    III. Tulieries: beginning – Rehearsal Number 35

    V. Ballet of Chicks in Their Shells: complete, with repeat

  • Rachmaninoff Symphonic Dances

    Movement I: Rehearsal Number 1 – Rehearsal Number 8

    Movement III: Rehearsal Number 74 – Rehearsal Number 75
                          3 measures after Rehearsal Number 89 – Rehearsal Number 92

Piccolo

Printable excerpts included in flute excerpts above

  • Rachmaninoff Symphonic Dances

    Movement II: 1 measure before Rehearsal Number 38 – 2 measures after Rehearsal Number 39

    Movement III: 1 measure before Rehearsal Number 63 – 2 measures before Rehearsal Number 66
                          Rehearsal Number 92 – 3 measures after Rehearsal Number 93

Oboe

Solo: One of your choice

Excerpts (printable version)

  • Mussorgsky/Ravel Pictures at an Exhibition

    III. Tuileries: beginning – Rehearsal Number 35

    V. Ballet of Chicks in Their Shells: beginning – Rehearsal Number 52 (no repeat)

  • Strauss Suite from Der Rosenkavalier

    1 measure before Rehearsal Number 17 – Rehearsal Number 26

No English horn placement audition requirements for TMF 2017

Clarinet

Solo: Mozart Clarinet Concerto in A Major (Exposition Only)

Excerpts (printable version)

  • Shostakovich Symphony No. 5

    Movement I: Rehearsal Numbers 14 –15

                        1 measure after Rehearsal Number 41 –Rehearsal Number 43

    Movement III: 3 measures after Rehearsal Number 85 – 4 measures before Rehearsal Number 86

  • Ligeti Concert Românesc

    Measures 214 – 216 & 459 –488

  • ElgarEnigma Variations

    Variation IX: Rehearsal Number 34 – 2 measures before Rehearsal Number 35

  • Ravel La valse

    Rehearsal Number 50 – 2 measures before Rehearsal Number 52

  • Strauss Suite from Der Rosenkavalier

    Rehearsal Numbers 8 – 12 & 18 –21

E-flat clarinet

Printable excerpts to be included in clarinet excerpts above

  • Shostakovich Symphony No. 5

    Movement II: Rehearsal Numbers 49 – 51

  • Strauss Suite from Der Rosenkavalier

    Rehearsal Numbers 44 – 46 & 64 –68

Bass clarinet

Printable excerpts to be included in clarinet excerpts above

  • Rachmaninoff Symphonic Dances

    Movement I: 4 measures after Rehearsal Number 17 – 8 measures before Rehearsal Number 18

  • Ravel La valse

    Rehearsal Number 4 – 1 measure before Rehearsal Number 12

Bassoon

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

Excerpts (printable version)

  • Mussorgsky/Ravel Pictures at an Exhibition

    II. The Old Castle: Rehearsal Number 19 – Rehearsal Number 22

    V. Ballet of Chicks in Their Shells: Rehearsal Number 52 – end

    IV. Bydlo (Bassoon II): beginning – Rehearsal Number 39

  • Ravel La valse

    Rehearsal Number 36 – Rehearsal Number 38

    Rehearsal Number 60 – 5 measures after Rehearsal Number 61

No Contrabassoon placement audition requirements for TMF 2017

Brass

French Horn

Solo: Movement I Exposition from Mozart Horn Concerto No. 4 in Eb Major, K.495

Excerpts (printable version)

  • Mussorgsky/Ravel Pictures at an Exhibition

    Opening Promenade (Horn I)

    VII. Limoges - Le Marche: Rehearsal Number 71 – 72 (Horn I)

  • Strauss Suite from Der Rosenkavalier

    Beginning – Rehearsal Number 1 (Horn I)

    Rehearsal Number 6 – Rehearsal Number 7 (Horn II)

    Rehearsal Number 64 – Rehearsal Number 70 (Horn I)

Trumpet - same excerpts as the preliminary auditions

Solo: Charlier Étude #6 on C trumpet in Bb transposition (Bars 1 - 35 only)

Excerpts (printable version):

With the exception of Samuel Goldenberg and Schmuyle, all excerpts should be played on either a Bb or C trumpet.

  • Strauss Suite from Der Rosenkavalier

    Rehearsal Numbers 4-5, 19-20, 49-50, 60-61

  • Mussorgsky/Ravel Pictures at an Exhibition

    Opening solo (bars 1-8)

    VI. Samuel Goldenberg and Schmuyle (may be played on a muted piccolo trumpet)

  • Stravinsky Petrouchka

    Ballerina's Dance (1 bar before Rehearsal Number 134-139)

    Waltz (Rehearsal Numbers 149-151)

  • Shostakovich Symphony No. 5

    Movement I: Rehearsal Numbers 18-20 & 27-29

    Movement IV: Rehearsal Numbers 108-110

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 Requirements

Excerpts (printable version)

No solo required

Timpani

  • ElgarEnigma Variations

    Finale: Rehearsal Number 79 – End

  • Rachmaninoff Symphonic Dances

    Movement I: 3 measures before Rehearsal Number 22 – 7 measures after Rehearsal Number 23

Snare Drum

  • Rachmaninoff Symphonic Dances

    Movement III: Rehearsal Numbers 96 – 98

Vibraphone

  • Salonen L.A. Variations

    Rehearsal Letter N – 2 measures after Rehearsal Letter O

Tambourine

  • Rachmaninoff Symphonic Dances

    Movement III: 2 measures before Rehearsal Number 69 – 5 measures after Rehearsal Number 70

  • Ravel La valse

    Rehearsal Numbers 71 – 73

Cymbals

    • Mussorgsky/Ravel Pictures at an Exhibition

      X. The Great Gate of Kiev: Rehearsal Number 120 – END