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Upcoming Auditions

The New Bedford Symphony Orchestra will be holding an audition for up to 4 positions in the viola section and for principal clarinet at the New England Conservatory of Music, 290 Huntington Ave, Boston.

Viola audition is on Monday, October 8, from 10am to 4pm; Principal Clarinet audition is on Sunday, October 14, from 4:30pm to 10pm.

To apply to audition, please send your current resume to: Elisa Birdseye, Personnel Manager, at

Resumes will be accepted until September 22. Successful candidates will be contacted to schedule an audition shortly thereafter.

Audition repertoire is as follows:

Viola audition:
I. Concerto Note: to be performed without piano accompaniment
1st mvt of Walton, Hindemith, or Bartok, exposition only mvt of solo Bach
II. Orchestral Excerpts
BEETHOVEN 5th symphony mvt 2, measures 1-10, 23-37, 49-60, 98-106
BERLIOZ Roman Carnival measure 35-66
MOZART Haffner mvt 1, 41-66; mvt 4, 134-181
MENDELSSOHN Scherzo, first page
SHOSTAKOVICH 5th Symphony, first movement, rehearsal 15-17
RAVEL Daphnis & Chloé 158-161
STRAUSS Don Juan, first page

Clarinet audition:
I. Concerto Note: to be performed without piano accompaniment
Mozart: Concerto for Clarinet, K.622, 1st mvt., exposition only
II. Orchestral Excerpts: 1st Clarinet
1. BEETHOVEN: Symphony No. 6, Mvt II (m. 68-77)
2. BEETHOVEN: Symphony No. 8, Mvt. III “Trio” (no repeat)
3. BRAHMS: Symphony No. 3, Mvt. II (m. 1-22)
4. MENDELSSOHN: Midsummer Night’s Dream – Scherzo (Beginning to B); 7 after D to E
5. RESPIGHI: Pines of Rome, 3rd mvt (Upbeat to #13-#17)
6. RIMSKY-KORSAKOV Capriccio Espagnol
a. Mvt. I (Beginning to B; C to 21 after C)
b. Mvt. III (11 after K to end)
7. SHOSTAKOVICH: Symphony No. 9
a. 2nd mvt, beginning to letter A
b. 3rd mvt, beginning to letter C
8. STRAVINSKY Firebird Suite, Variation (Entire Variation)

The New Bedford Symphony is a per service orchestra which performs at the Zeiterion Performing Arts Center in New Bedford and at other locations on the South Coast.

The NBSO schedules auditions for sublist positions in the fall and spring as needed. All auditions are held at New England Conservatory, 290 Huntington Avenue, Boston, MA.

Audition repertoire for the sublist audition consists of a solo concerto movement of your choice, excerpts from the list below, and possible sight-reading.

For questions about NBSO auditions, email NBSO Personnel Manager Elisa Birdseye.

List of Excerpts for Sublist Auditions

(For the exerpt list for specific positions, please email Elisa Birdseye.)


  • Beethoven: Leonore #3 Overture, opening passage plus solo
  • Mendelssohn: Scherzo from Midsummer Night’s Dream
  • Prokofiev: Classical Symphony Minuet
  • Stravinsky: Firebird


  • Ravel: Le Tombeau de Couperin - 1st mvt. opening solo to rehearsal 2
  • Beethoven: Symphony 3- 2nd mvt. first 2 solo entrances (beginning to A; mm.36- 47), 3rd mvt. mm.1-28 and pickup to 12 before A to 23 after A (mm. 80-115)
  • Brahms: Symphony 1- 2nd mvt. mm. 17-23 and 1 note before B to 5 after B
  • Rossini: La Scala di Seta- the Andantino: beginning to reh. 1 and the Allegro from reh. 2-3


Slow excerpts:
  • Rachmaninov: Symphony #2, 3rd mvt.- beginning to 1 measure before 47
  • Brahms: Symphony #4, 2nd mvt.- beginning to measure 13
  • Mendelssohn: Scherzo from Midsummer Night’s Dream- beginning to measure 48
  • Ravel: Daphnis and Chloe Suite #2- 214 to the end


  • Mozart: Marriage of Figaro (overture), bsn1
  • Tchaikovsky: 4th Symphony, 2nd mov. bsn1
  • Brahms: violin concerto, 2nd mov. bsn2
  • Mozart: Haffner symphony, 4th mov. bsn2


  • Beethoven: Symphony No. 6, scherzo, first horn
  • Brahms: Symphony No. 1, second movement solo, first horn
  • Strauss: Till Eulenspiegel, opening solo, first horn


  • Stravinsky: Petrushka: Ballerina’s Dance
  • Mussorgsky/Ravel: Pictures at an Exhibition: Promenade only
  • Respighi Pines of Rome: offstage solo only
  • Strauss: Till Eulenspiegels: trumpet 3, rehearsal #36 to end


  • Mozart: Requiem: Tuba Mirum
  • Strauss: Till Eulenspiegels: excerpts 2 before #2 through #4, #35-38
  • Rossini: La Gazza Ladra
  • Hindemith: Symphonic Metamorphosis: Mvt 2 Letter H-J


  • Wagner: Die Meistersinger, Act I Prelude (Overture) Letter J –L
  • Prokofiev: Symphony No 5: Mvt I, #3-#6, and Mvt IV, #94-to 5 after #98
  • Hindemith: Symphonic Metamorphosis: Mvt 2 4 after L to2 after N
  • Berlioz: Symphonie Fantastique Mvts 4 & V (Tuba I)


  • Don Juan page 1
  • First page of Schumann 2 scherzo
  • Intro to Brahms 1 and the concertmaster solo


  • Page 1 of Don Juan
  • Roman Carnival overture (key passage)
  • Beethoven 5 2nd movement
  • Shostakovich 5 (key passage mvt. 1)


  • Beethoven 5 (2nd and 3rd mvnt)
  • Don Juan 1st page
  • La Mer (top line of quartet section - 1st mvmt) Mendelssohn MSND
  • Scherzo Brahms 2 (or 3) slow mvmt Mozart 35 1st and/or 4th mvmt
  • Beethoven 8 trio


  • Beethoven 9 Symphony recitative
  • Beethoven 5 2nd movement, 3rd Mvt. – Scherzo; measure 44 to 5 measures after A
  • Beethoven 5 3rd Mvt. – Trio; beginning for 37 measures – no repeat
  • Prokofiev: Lieutenant Kije Solo
  • Mozart: Symphony No. 39, K. 543, E-flat major (Mvts. 1 and 4)