Audition program

For all instruments except timpani and percussion:

Please prepare:

  • 2 pieces of your choice (or movements of pieces) of different character and period, for a total of about 10 minutes
  • Orchestral excerpts, scores available to download here
  • For violin, viola and cello: one of 2 pieces has to be a movement from a Bach solo work.
  • For woodwind instruments, it is possible to play 1 of the pieces on an additional instrument (Piccolo, English Horn, Eb clarinet, Bass clarinet, Contrabassoon).


For timpani and percussion, you will be asked to play some of the following program, scores available to download

List of Excerpts


Brahms: Symphony no. 4, 1st mvt., bar 392 to end
Mendelssohn: Midsummer Night’s Dream, Scherzo, bar 17 to 99
Strauss: Don Juan, bar 1 to 62


Bartok: Concerto for Orchestra, 4th mvt., bar 42 to 50
Mendelssohn: Midsummer Night’s Dream, Scherzo, letter C to D
Mozart: Haffner Symphony, 4th mvt., bar 1 to 30


Rossini: Wilhelm Tell Overture, solo, bar 1 to 34
Schubert: Symphony no. 9, Scherzo, first 5 lines
Strauss: Don Juan, letter A to 10 bars after B

Double Bass

Beethoven: Symphony no. 5, 3rd mvt., bar 1 to 61 and 141 to 177
Mahler: Symphony no. 2, 1st mvt., bar 1 to 20
Mozart: Symphony no. 35, 1st mvt., bar 13 to 41


Beethoven: Leonore Overture #3, bar 328 to 360
Brahms: Symphony no. 4, 4th mvt., bar 97 to 105
Mendelssohn: Midsummer Night’s Dream, Scherzo, 2 bars before letter P to end
Ravel: Daphnis et Chloe Suite #2, from reh. no. 176 to 2 bars after 179


Brahms:  Violin Concerto, 2nd mvt., bar 3 to 32
Ravel: Le Tombeau de Couperin, Prélude, beginning to reh. no. 2 and 8 to 9
Rossini: La Scala di Seta Overture, opening solo until reh. no. 3


Beethoven: Symphony no. 6, 2nd mvt., bar 68 to 77
Berlioz: Symphonie Fantastique, 3rd mvt., solo, bar 119 to 131
Mendelssohn: Midsummer Nights’ Dream, Scherzo


Mozart: Nozze di Figaro overture, bar 139 to 171
Stravinsky: Le Sacre du Printemps, beginning to 3 bars after reh. no. 3
Tchaikovsky: Symphony no. 6, 1st mvt., bar 1 to 12


Beethoven: Symphony no. 9, 3rd mvt., 4th Horn, bar 82 to 100

Strauss: Till Eulenspiegel, 1st Horn, beginning until reh. no. 1

and reh. no. 29 to 30

Wagner: Siegfried, long call


Mahler: Symphony no. 5, opening to reh. no. 2

Moussorgsky: Pictures at an Exhibition, opening to reh. no. 2

Stravinsky: Petrouchka, ballerina’s dance, reh. no. 69 to 70


Rossini: La Gazza Ladra, ouverture, letter C, F & I

Ravel: Bolero, solo, 3 bars after reh. No. 10

Schumann: Symphony no. 3, IV mvt., opening (optional alto trombone)

Bass Trombone

Berlioz: Marche Hongroise, reh. no. 4 to 5

Schumann: Symphony no. 3, IV mvt., opening

Wagner: Die Walküre, trombone call (4th trombone)


Berlioz: Symphonie Fantastique, 4th mvt., reh. no. 56 to 6 bars after 57 (1st Tuba)

Mahler: Symphony no. 1, 3rd mvt., solo, 4 bars before reh. no. 3 to 4

Wagner: Die Walküre, tuba call


Berlioz: Symphonie Fantastique, 2nd mvt., 1st harp, bar 5 to 66 and 191 to 206

Prokofiev: Symphony no. 5, 2nd mvt., reh. no. 40 to 42

Tchaikovsky: Nutcracker, Valse des Fleurs, Solo


Beethoven: 9th Symphony – 1st mvt., 19th measure after R to the end;
Tchaikovsky: 4th Symphony – 1st mvt., begin 2 measures before T to the third measure before U;
Stravinsky: Rite of Spring, last page, 189 to the end.


Dvorak: Carnival Overture, beginning to C.
Mallet Solo on Marimba:
1 piece of your choice


Shostakovich: Polka from The Golden Age – No. 3, 45 to 46 (the first solo entrance only);
Kabalevsky: Colas Breugnon, 9 to 12.

Snare Drum:

Rimsky-Korsakov: Capriccio Espagnol – Alborada, beginning to H – Scena e Canto Gitano, long roll plus 10 measures; Sheherazade – 3rd mvt., D to E – 4th mvt., P to R;
Prokofiev: Lt Kije, Opening 1 to 2.