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Auditions

Upcoming Auditions

The New Bedford Symphony Orchestra will be holding an audition for the Assistant Principal Double Bass position at the New England Conservatory of Music, 290 Huntington Ave, Boston, MA, on Sunday, April 14, from 10am to 3pm. In order to apply to audition, please send your current resume to Elisa Birdseye, Personnel Manager, at ebirdseye@earthlink.net Resumes will be accepted until April 5.

Required Audition Repertoire: Assistant Principal Double Bass

Required Solo Work:
First movement of any standard Concerto, with cadenza

Required Orchestral Excerpts:
1. Ludwig van Beethoven: Symphony No. 5 in C minor, Op. 67,
a. 3rd Mvt: mm. Beethoven 5 - measures 1-100
b. mm. 140 - 218.
2. Mozart Symphony No. 39
a. Mvt. I: mm. 13-21
b. mm 40-Letter C
and Mvt IV: mm 115-Letter C
3. Beethoven Symphony No. 9
a. Mvt. IV: mm. 1-29
b. mm. 38-90
4. Johannes Brahms: Symphony No. 2 in D, Op. 73,
1st movt., from E to F.
5. Prokofiev Lieutenant Kije Solo (Excerpt book)
6. Strauss Ein Heldenleben
a. Number 9 through 1st m. of Number 11
b. Number 40 to Number 41, top line


The New Bedford Symphony Orchestra will be holding an audition for the Principal Horn position at the New England Conservatory of Music, 290 Huntington Ave, Boston, MA, on Monday, April 15, from 10am to 5pm. In order to apply to audition, please send your current resume to Elisa Birdseye, Personnel Manager, at ebirdseye@earthlink.net Resumes will be accepted until April 5.

Required Audition Repertoire: Principal Horn

Mozart Concerto #2 first movement exposition

Excerpts:
Bach Brandenburg Concerto no. 1, mvt. 1, trio
Beethoven 7th Symphony 1st mvmt: m. 86 to m. 103
Brahms 3rd Symphony 3rd mvmt: m. 98 to m. 110
Dvorak 9th Symphony 4th mvmt: 17 m. after rehearsal 10 to downbeat of rehearsal 11
Mahler Symphony no. 5, mvt. 3, horn obligato: beginning to 11 after 1; 8 after 10 to 11
Tchaikovsky 4th Symphony 1st mvmt: m.1 to m. 20; Rehearsal letter [I] to 13 after [I]
Tchaikovsky 5th Symphony 2nd mvmt: m. 8 to 13th m. of A
Shostakovich 5th Symphony 1st mvmt: 3rd m. after rehearsal 17 to 2nd beat of rehearsal 21; 3rd m. of rehearsal 39 to 2nd m. of rehearsal 41
Strauss Ein Heldenleben from beginning to 5 after 1
Strauss Til Eulenspiegel: m. 6 to rehearsal I
Tchaikovsky 4th Symphony 1st mvmt: m.1 to m. 20; Rehearsal letter [I] to 13 after [I]
Tchaikovsky 5th Symphony 2nd mvmt: m. 8 to 13th m. of A
Wagner Gotterdammerung short call


The New Bedford Symphony Orchestra will be holding an audition for the Assistant Principal Second Violin position at the New England Conservatory of Music, 290 Huntington Ave, Boston, MA, on Sunday, May 26, 2019, from 11am to 6pm. Runners up may be offered a seat in the second violin section. In order to apply to audition, please send your current resume to Elisa Birdseye, Personnel Manager, at ebirdseye@earthlink.net Resumes will be accepted until May 15.

Required Audition Repertoire: Assistant Principal Second Violin

Please note that both First Violin and Second Violin excerpts are required, as noted below.

I. Concerto Note: to be performed without piano accompaniment First movement (including cadenza) from either:
Mozart Concerto for Violin No. 4 (D Major) OR Mozart Concerto for Violin No. 5 (A Major)
II. FIRST Violin Orchestral Excerpts
1. Brahms: Symphony No. 1 - 2nd mvt. (m.90 – m.128) 2. Mendelssohn: Midsummer Night’s Dream Scherzo–first page 3. Strauss: Don Juan – first page
III. SECOND Violin Orchestral Excerpts
1. Bartok: Concerto for Orchestra - Finale (m. 265 to downbeat of meas. 317) 2. Beethoven: Symphony No. 9 – 2nd mvt. (beginning to downbeat of m. 77) 3. Mozart Symphony No. 41: 4th mvt. (beginning to downbeat of m. 157)


Candidates are responsible for obtaining their own parts.

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.

Sublist Auditions

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.

List of Excerpts for Sublist Auditions
(For the excerpt list for specific positions, please EMAIL ELISA BIRDSEYE.)

Flute

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

Oboe/EH

  • 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

Clarinet

Slow excerpts:

  • Rachmaninov: Symphony #2, 3rd mvt.- beginning to 1 measure before 47
  • Brahms: Symphony #4, 2nd mvt.- beginning to measure 13

Fast:

  • Mendelssohn: Scherzo from Midsummer Night’s Dream- beginning to measure 48
  • Ravel: Daphnis and Chloe Suite #2- 214 to the end

Bassoon

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

Horn

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

Trumpet

  • 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

Trombone

  • 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

Tuba

  • 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)

Violin

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

Viola

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

Cello

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

Bass

  • Beethoven 9 Symphony recitative
  • Beethoven 5 2nd mvt., 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)

FOR QUESTIONS ABOUT NBSO AUDITIONS, EMAIL NBSO PERSONNEL MANAGER ELISA BIRDSEYE.