UNLV Symphony Orchestra and Chamber Orchestra Audition Excerpts

Everyone is required to prepare one solo piece. Sight reading may be requested. All candidates will audition behind a screen.

All music is available free of charge online.

Violin

  • Mozart: Symphony #39, First Mov. Beginning to mm.16; 2nd Mov. beginning through mm. 38; Fourth Mov. Beginning to mm. 78
  • Strauss: Don Juan, First page only
  • Schumann: Symphony #2, Second mov. Scherzo Beginning to 20 after K
  • Brahms: Symphony No. 3, First Mov. Beginning to B
  • Brahms: Symphony No. 4 (4th Mvt., 8 bef. B to D)
  • Beethoven Symphony No.9 Third Mov. mm.99-114
  • Rimsky Korsakov:Sheherezade all solos(only if auditioning for Concertmaster position)

Viola

  • Strauss Don Juan, Beginning to Letter D
  • Berlioz Roman Carnival, 1to 4
  • Mozart Symphony No. 35 “Haffner”  Last Mov. mm.134-181
  • Beethoven Symphony No. 5 Second Mov, Beginning to Letter C
  • Ravel Daphnis and Chloe Suite No. 2 rehearsals No. 158-161 and 212-216
  • Mendelssohn Scherzo from “Midsummer Night’s Dream” (entire)
  • Tchaikovsky: Symphony No. 6 (1st Mvt., Allegro non troppo to C)

Cello

  • Brahms: Symphony #2, Second Mov. Beginning to A
  • Mendelssohn: Scherzo from Midsummer Night’s Dream” Letter C to D
  • Beethoven: Symphony #5 Second Mov., beg. to C
  • Mozart Symphony No. 35, mm. 134-181
  • Brahms: Symphony No. 3, Third mov. Beginning through letter B
  • Strauss Don Juan Beginning through letter C
  • Beethoven: Symphony No. 9, Fourth mov. Beginning through mm. 91
  • Smetana: The Bartered Bride (Overture - beg. to A – play top line of divisi)

Double Bass

  • Beethoven Symphony #9, Fourth Mov, Beginning through Mm. 91
  • Mozart Symphony # 40 First Mov. Mm. 114-133
  • Mozart Symphony No. 39, First mov. mm. 14-21 and mm. 40-97
  • Beethoven Symphony no. 5 Third mov. Beginning through 5 after A and trio to 23 after B
  • Beethoven Symphony No. 5 Third mov. (mm. 140-170)
  • Brahms Symphony No. 2, First mov. Letter E through Letter F
  • Strauss Heldenleben, Rehearsal 5 to 1 measure after rehearsal 8

Flute

  • Beethoven: Leonore Overture No. 3 (beg. to m. 25 & ms. 328-360)
  • Brahms: Symphony No. 4 (4th Mvt., 13 aft. D to 8 bef. E)
  • Debussy: Prélude à l'apres-midi d'un faune (complete)
  • Dvorak: Symphony No. 8 (4th Mvt., 8 bef. D to E)
  • Mendelssohn: A Midsummer Night's Dream (Scherzo)
  • Ravel: Daphnis and Chloe, Suite No. 2 (176 to 179)
  • Beethoven: Symphony No. 3, 4th movement, measure 173 to measure 200

Oboe

  • Beethoven: Symphony No. 7 (3rd Mvt., ms. 63 to 10
  • Brahms: Violin Concerto (2nd Mvt., beg. to m. 32)
  • Brahms: Symphony No. 1 (1st Mvt., 9 aft. A & 2nd Mvt., beg. to A)
  • Mendelssohn: Symphony No. 3 (2nd Mvt., A – D)
  • Ravel: Tombeau de Couperin (Prélude & Menuet)
  • Strauss: Don Juan (L to N)
  • Tchaikovsky: Symphony No. 4 (2nd Mvt., first 21 bars)

Clarinet

  • Beethoven: Symphony No. 4 (2nd Mvt., F to 7 bef. G)
  • Beethoven: Symphony No. 6 (2nd Mvt., D to E)
  • Beethoven: Symphony No. 8 (3rd Mvt., Trio)
  • Brahms: Symphony No. 3 (2nd Mvt., beg. to B)
  • Debussy: Prelude to the Afternoon of a Faun (3 to 4 & 6 to 7)
  • Mendelssohn: A Midsummer Night's Dream (Scherzo)
  • Rimsky-Korsakov: Scheherazade (2nd Mvt., F to G)

Bassoon

  • Berlioz: Symphonie Fantastique (5th Mvt., 8 ms. after 63 to 4 ms. after 64)
  • Mozart: Overture to Le Nozze di Figaro - (beg. to m. 24 & ms. 156-171)
  • Rimsky-Korsakov: Scheherazade (2nd Mvt., m. 5 to A & L to M)
  • Stravinsky: Le Sacre du Printemps (beg. to 3 aft. 3)
  • Tchaikovsky: Symphony No. 4 (2nd Mvt., last 31 bars)
  • Tchaikovsky: Symphony No. 6 (1st Mvt., first 12 bars)

Horn

  • Beethoven: Symphony No. 3 (3rd Mvt., Trio [2nd horn])
  • Beethoven: Symphony No. 9 (3rd Mvt., ms. 82-98 [4th horn])
  • Brahms: Symphony No. 3 (3rd Mvt., F to G)
  • Mahler: Symphony No. 1 (3rd Mvt., 13-15 [2nd Horn])
  • Mendelssohn: Midsummer Night’s Dream (Nocturne)
  • Strauss: Ein Heldenleben (beg. to 5 aft. 1)
  • Strauss: Till Eulenspiegel (beg. to 1)
  • Wagner: Götterdämmerung (Short call)

Trumpet

  • Bizet: Carmen (Prélude, Andante moderato to end)
  • Mahler: Symphony No. 5 (1st mvt., beg. to 6 aft. 1)
  • Schumann: Symphony No. 2 (1st Mvt., first 13 bars [1st & 2nd tpts.])
  • Brahms: Academic Overture mm 63-92
  • Strauss: Don Juan (F to G)
  • Stravinsky: Petrouchka, 1911 version, reh. 69-70 (Ballerina's Dance) or 1947 version reh. 134-139

Trombone

  • Berlioz: Hungarian March (Rakoczy) (6 bef. 4 to 5 [2nd trb.])
  • Mahler: Symphony No. 3 (1st Mvt., 13-17)
  • Mozart: Requiem (Tuba Mirum)
  • Schumann: Symphony No. 3 (4th Mvt., beg. to 3 aft. A)
  • Strauss: Ein Heldenleben (60 to 65 [2nd trb.])
  • Wagner: Ride of the Valkyries

Bass Trombone

  • Haydn: The Creation (No. 26, beg. to C)
  • Schumann: Symphony No. 3 (4th Mvt., beg. to 13 aft. A)
  • Strauss: Ein Heldenleben (61 to 65)
  • Wagner: Lohengrin (Introduction to Act III, B to C)
  • Wagner: Overture to Tannhäuser (A to B)

Tuba

  • Berlioz: Hungarian March (Rakoczy) (4 to 5)
  • Prokofiev: Symphony No. 5 (1st Mvt., 3 to 6)
  • Strauss: Till Eulenspiegel (37 to 38)
  • Wagner: Overture to Die Meistersinger (J to L)
  • Wagner: Ride of the Valkyries

Timpani

  • Beethoven: Symphony No. 1 (3rd Mvt., A to D.C. & 4th Mvt., 18 bef. E to end)
  • Beethoven: Symphony No. 7 (1st Mvt., 20 bef. C to 2 aft. C & 4th Mvt., 7 bef. K to end)
  • Beethoven: Symphony No. 9 (1st Mvt., beg. to A & 18 bef. S to end)
  • Brahms: Symphony No. 1 (1st Mvt., beg. to C & 4th Mvt., 9 aft. Q to end)
  • Elgar: Enigma Variations (Mvt. VII))
  • Mozart: Symphony No. 39 (1st Mvt., beg. to A)
  • Sibelius: Finlandia (D to H)
  • Stravinsky: The Rite of Spring (103 to 117 & 189 to end)

Percussion

Xylophone

  • Stravinsky: The Firebird (127 to 133)

Glockenspiel

  • Debussy: La Mer (2nd Mvt.)
  • Tchaikovsky: Sleeping Beauty Suite (Waltz [No. 5])

Snare Drum

  • Rimsky-Korsakov: Scheherazade (3rd Mvt., D to G & 4th Mvt., M to U)

Bass Drum

  • Stravinsky: Le Sacre du Printemps (72 to end of Part I)

Cymbals

  • Tchaikovsky: Romeo and Juliet

Tambourine

  • Dvorák: Carnival Overture (beg. to C & 8 bef. U to end)

Triangle

  • Brahms: Symphony No. 4 (3rd Mvt., I to end)