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TMF Orchestral Institute - Preliminary Auditions

Recorded Audition Application Deadline
Monday, February 27, 2017

The Texas Music Festival Orchestral Institute accepts applications and recorded auditions online only through DecisionDesk.  Please register and submit your application and audition materials by 11:59 p.m. (CST) on February 27, 2017Applicants who wait to apply until the deadline may experience siginificant delays when uploading their audition materials.

PLEASE NOTE: Solos and excerpts must be recorded as one video file (no audio file accepted) and must contain all audition repertoire in the order listed, WITHOUT ACCOMPANIMENT, and played in a CONTINUOUS UNEDITED SEGMENT. Please ensure that your audition conforms strictly to these requirements.

DecisionDesk accepts the following format types:

  • Video (mpeg, mpg, mp4, mov, avi, wmv, m4v, vob) - ALL SOLOS AND EXCERPTS MUST BE SUBMITTED AS A VIDEO FILE. AUDIO FILE OF EXCERPTS OR SOLOS WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED

Please contact DecisionDesk (support@decisiondesk.com), NOT THE TMF OFFICE, if you have problems with submitting your application. The fee for submitting your application and audition video file is $80 and is payable by credit card through the TMF DecisionDesk portal. NOTE: the $80 application fee will be listed on your credit card statement as a charge from Stripe.com.

DecisionDesk can accept a video file up to 5GB in size, but you may experience some diccultites iif your video file is above 1GB. Contact DecisionDesk (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 the file 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 file, the longer it 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 2017 Orchestral Institute Audition Requirements

  • Each instrument requires specific excerpts and solos. NOTE: Solos are to be recorded without accompaniment.
  • Specific excerpts are listed for  English horn, E-flat clarinet, bass clarinet and contrabassoon.  There are no excerpts required for piccolo for the 2017 auditions.  Auxiliary instrument auditions are not required for the preliminary auditions.  However, it is expected that all auxiliary instrument responsibilities/opportunities will be shared in each section:
    All flute participants are expected to bring a piccolo, if you have one.

    All oboe participants are expected to bring an English horn, if you have one, and reeds and the equipment needed to make new English horn reeds. Bring a device for supporting the weight of the instrument, if needed.

    In addition to B-flat and A instruments, all clarinet participants are also expected to bring E-flat and bass clarinet instruments and/or mouthpieces, if you have one.

    All bassoon participants are expected to bring a contrabassoon, if you have one, and contrabassoon reeds and equipment to make new reeds. Bring a device for supporting the weight of the contrabassoon, if needed.
  • RECORDED AUDITION APPLICANTS: Solos and excerpts must be recorded as one video file (no audio file accepted) and must contain all audition repertoire in the order listed, WITHOUT ACCOMPANIMENT, and played in a CONTINUOUS UNEDITED SEGMENT. Please ensure that your audition conforms strictly to these requirements.

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Strings

Violin

Solos: One movement of solo Bach (with repeats) and one movement from a standard concerto.

Excerpts (printable version):

  • StraussDon Juan

    Beginning – end of first page

  • Mozart Symphony No. 39

    Movement II: Beginning – measure 27 (no repeats)

  • Mendelssohn Scherzo from A Midsummer Night's Dream

    Beginning – 7 measures after Letter D

Viola

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

Excerpts (printable version):

  • Shostakovich Symphony No. 5

    Movement I: 1 measure after Rehearsal Number 15  – Rehearsal Number 17

  • Mendelssohn Scherzo from A Midsummer Night's Dream

    Beginning – Letter D

  • Strauss Don Juan

    Beginning – 9 after Letter B (omit pizzicato measures)

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

  • Brahms Symphony No. 2 

    Movement II: beginning – measure 15

  • StraussDon 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

  • StraussEin Heldenleben

    Rehearsal Number 9 – Rehearsal Number 11

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Woodwinds

Flute

Solos: Exposition from the first movement of either Mozart D or G Major Concerto.

All excerpts are from Orchestral Excerpts for Flute published by Theodore Presser (printable excerpt list)

  • Beethoven Symphony No. 3

    Movement IV: 5 measures before B – 24 measures after B (measure 172 – measure 200)

  • Beethoven Symphony No. 4

    Movement II: 1 measure before E – 8 after E (m. 64 – m. 72)

  • Debussy Prélude à l’après-midi d’un faune

    Rehearsal #2 – Rehearsal #3

  • Hindemith Symphonic Metamorphosis

    Movement III/Andantino: 5 before C – end

  • Brahms Symphony No. 1

    Movement IV: B until C

  • Mahler Das Lied von der Erde

    VI. Der Abschied: Rehearsal #2 – Rehearsal #4 (Rehearsal #2 – 8 after Rehearsal #3)

No Piccolo Excerpts Required for 2017 Preliminary Auditions

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

  • RavelLe 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):

  • MendelssohnScherzo from A Midsummer Night's Dream

    Beginning – Rehearsal Letter B

  • Beethoven Symphony No. 6

    Movement I: measure 418 – 1 measure before Rehearsal Letter I & 2 measures before Rehearsal Letter K – measure 482
    Movement II: measures 68 – 77

  • Rimsky-Korsakov Scheherazade

    Movement III: Pìu mosso grazioso (as marked)

  • Respighi Pini di Roma

    I pini del Gianicolo: Pick up to Rehearsal Number 13 – Rehearsal Number 15
    Pick up to 5 measures after Rehearsal Number 17 for 7 measures

  • Stravinsky The Firebird Suite (1919)

    Variation de l'oiseau de feu: complete

  • Puccini Tosca

    Andante lento appassionato solo for 15 bars

E-flat Clarinet  

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

  • BerliozSymphonie fantastique

    Rehearsal Number 63 – 5 measures after Rehearsal Number 64

  • StraussTill 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):

  • GroféGrand 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)

  • Tchaikovsky Symphony No. 4

    Movement II: measures 274 – end

  • Mozart Overture to The Marriage of Figaro

    Measures 139 – 171

  • Rimsky-KorsakovScheherazade

    Movement II: measure 5 - Letter A (measure 26)

  • StravinskyThe Rite of Spring

    Beginning – Rehearsal Number 4
    Rehearsal Number 12 for four measures

  • RavelBolero

    Two measures after Rehearsal Number 2 - Rehearsal Number 3

Contrabassoon

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

  • Beethoven Symphony No. 5

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

  • RavelMother Goose Suite

    Movement IV: Rehearsal Number 2 – 12 measures before Rehearsal Number 4

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Brass

Horn

Solo:

  • Mozart Concerto No. 4 in E-flat Major

    Movement I: Exposition

Excerpts (printable version - all Horn I parts except when otherwise noted):

  • Brahms Symphony No. 3

    Movement III: measures 97 – 110

  • Strauss Don Quixote (Horn II)

    Variation 8

  • Shostakovich Symphony No. 5

    Movement I: three after #17 – one after #21 & three after #39 – two after #41

  • StraussTill Eulenspiegel

    Opening Solo

Trumpet

Solo: no solo is required

Excerpts (printable version):

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

  • Strauss Der Rosenkavalier

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

  • Mussorgsky Pictures at an Exhibition

    Opening solo (bars 1-8)
    Movement 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

Tenor Trombone

Solo:

  • BachSuite No. 3 in C for Solo Cello, Bouree No. 1 (no repeats)
  • David Concertino in E-flat major, Opus 4

    Movement I: Letter A – Letter C

Excerpts (printable version):

  • Mozart Requiem

    Tuba mirum: 2nd trombone solo (beginning – measure 18)

  • Strauss Ein Heldenleben

    2 measures before Rehearsal Number 61 – 2 measures before Rehearsal Number 66 (2nd trombone part)

  • RavelBolero

    Solo – Rehearsal Number 11

  • WagnerDie 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:

  • BachSuite No. 5 in C minor for Solo Cello, Sarabande (no repeats)
  • BozzaNew Orleans

    Beginning – downbeat of Rehearsal Number 4

Excerpts (printable version):

  • Strauss Ein Heldenleben

    1 measure after Rehearsal Number 61 – 1st measure of Rehearsal Number 65

  • Haydn The Creation

    Chor und Terzett: Beginning – Letter C

  • Respighi Fontane di Roma

    Pickup to Rehearsal Number 11 – 9th measure of Rehearsal Number 15

  • WagnerDie Walkure

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

Tuba

Part I: Please play a brief (1 - 2 minute) cantabile selection.

Part II: Excerpts (printable version):

  • ShostakovichSymphony No. 5

    Movement I: Rehearsal Number 32 – 4th measure of Rehearsal Number 35

    Movement I: 4th measure of Rehearsal Number 38 for five measures

    Movement II: Rehearsal Number 71 al fine

  • ElgarEnigma Variations

    Movement XI: Rehearsal Numbers 48 – 51

  • Mussorgsky (arr. Ravel) Pictures at an Exhibition

    Promenade: 2 measures before Rehearsal Number 33 – Rehearsal Number 33

    Bydlo: entire provided excerpt (omit long rests at Rehearsal Numbers 39 & 40)

    Great Gate of Kiev: Rehearsal Numbers 107 – 109

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Harp

Please note that TMF does not provide a harp for live auditions.

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

Cadenzas:

  • Ravel Tzigane
  • Tchaikovsky Suite from Swan Lake

Excerpts (printable version):

  • BerliozSymphonie fantastique

    Movement II: Beginning – Animato

  • BrittenYoung Person's Guide to the Orchestra

    Cadenza and Fugue

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Percussion

Excerpts (printable version):

Timpani

  • Elgar Enigma Variations

    Troyte: Rehearsal Numbers 23 – 25

  • Shostakovich Symphony No. 5

    Movement IV: Rehearsal Number 97 – 3 before Rehearsal Number 98

Snare Drum

  • Prokofiev Lieutenant Kije

    Movement I: Rehearsal Number 13 – End

  • Shostakovich Symphony No. 10

    Movement II: Rehearsal Number 98 – End

Marimba

  • Bach Lute Suite in E Minor

    Allemande: Beginning – Double Bar with no repeat

Xylophone

  • Kolday Hary Janos

    Movement VI: Beginning – Rehearsal Number 1

  • Khachaturian Gayne Ballet

    Dance of the Rose Maidens: Rehearsal Numbers 1 – 3

Glockenspiel

  • RespighiPini di Roma

    Beginning – 15 before Rehearsal Number 3

Cymbals

  • Shostakovich Symphony No. 5

    Movement IV: Rehearsal Number 134 for 8 bars

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