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RSO Musician Auditions

AUDITION DATES AND OPEN POSITIONS FOR THE RICHARDSON SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA 2020/2021 SEASON WILL BE POSTED BY MAY 31, 2020

If you are interested in scheduling an audition, please mail a 1-page resume and a $50 check* to the RSO Offices prior to August 1, 2020. Both must be received prior to August 16th. Once your resume and check are received and reviewed, you will be contacted by the Executive Director to schedule an audition time. The $50 check will be returned after the audition. No refunds available for auditions cancelled after August 23rd.

*Check should be payable to “Richardson Symphony Orchestra.” Mail your resume and check to: RSO Offices;  399 West Campbell Road, Suite 200A; Richardson, Texas 75080

The RSO auditions will take place at First United Methodist Church in Richardson, located at 503 North Central Expressway. Park on the northeast corner of the church. Check in at the registration table. (See the attached map, below). The auditions will take place in the Fleming Rehearsal Hall.:

 

First Methodist Church Parking Map

 

Be sure to arrive at least 30 minutes ahead of your audition time to allow for check in process and warm up.

 

VIOLIN – SUB POSITION

● Solo work of your choice.

● Beethoven: Symphony No. 9; 2nd mvt: m. 21- H ; 3rd mvt: m. 99-114.

● Brahms: Symphony No. 1; 1st mvt: m. 1-9.

● Mendelssohn: A Midsummer Night’s Dream; Scherzo: 1st page.

● Mozart: Symphony No. 39; 2nd mvt: m. 1-27 (no repeats), m. 45-53, m. 96-125; 4th mvt: m. 1-42.

● Strauss: Don Juan; 1st page.

 

VIOLA – SUB POSITION

● Solo work of your choice.

● Beethoven: Symphony No. 5; 2nd mvt: m. 1-10, m. 49-59, m. 72-86, m. 98-106.

● Berlioz: Roman Carnival Overture; upbeat to 3 after 1 to 1 after  4 .

● Mendelssohn: A Midsummer Night’s Dream; Scherzo: B to  D  & upbeat to  K  through 3 before  L .

● Mozart: Symphony No. 35; 4th mvt: m. 134-181.

● Shostakovich: Symphony No. 5; 1st mvt: 15 to  17 .

● Strauss: Don Juan; beginning to D , G  to  K , 7 after   O  to 4 after  U .

 

CELLO – SUB POSITION

● Solo work of your choice.

● Beethoven: Symphony No. 5; 2nd mvt: m. 1-10, m. 49-59, m. 98-106, m. 114-124.

● Beethoven: Symphony No. 9; 4th mvt: beginning through end of basso recitativo.

● Brahms: Symphony No. 2; 1st mvt: C to  D ; 2nd mvt: m. 1-17, m. 49-55; 4th mvt: m. 1-32.

● Mendelssohn: A Midsummer Night’s Dream; Scherzo: N to  O .

● Mozart: Symphony No. 35; 4th mvt: m. 134-181.

● Strauss: Don Juan; beginning to D , G  to  K , 7 after   O  to 4 after  U .

 

BASS – SUB POSITION

● Solo work of your choice.

● Beethoven: Symphony No. 9; 4th mvt: beginning through end of basso recitativo.

● Mozart: Symphony No. 35; 4th mvt: m. 134-181.

● Strauss: Don Juan; A to  C , 5 after  I  to  K , 7 after   O  to  U .

● Tchaikovsky: Symphony No. 4; 1st mvt: m. 51-94; 4th mvt. A to  B .

 

FLUTE – SUB POSITION

● Solo work of your choice

● Beethoven: Leonore Overture No. 3; m. 328-360 (29 after E to 18 before F  ).

● Debussy: Prelude to the Afternoon of a Faun; beginning to m. 5, 2 to  3  .

● Mendelssohn: A Midsummer Night’s Dream; Scherzo: upbeat to one before P to end.

● Prokofiev: Peter and the Wolf; 2  to  4 .

● Ravel: Daphnis et Chloé, Suite No. 2; 176 to 179.

● Strauss: Don Juan; beginning to B .

Piccolo – Strauss: Don Juan; 1 before  Q  to 10 after V .

Tchaikovsky: Symphony No. 4; 3rd mvt: m. 162-170, m. 194-197, 365-398; 4th mvt:  A  to  B.

 

OBOE – SUB POSITION

● Solo work of your choice.

● Beethoven: Symphony No. 3; 3rd mvt: m. 7 to m. 28; 13 before A to 23 after  A .

● Ravel: Le Tombeau de Couperin; 1st mvt: beginning to 2 .

● Rossini: Overture to La Scala di Seta; 2 to 2 after  3 .

● Strauss: Don Juan; beginning to B , 4 after L  to  O .

● Tchaikovsky: Symphony No. 4; 2nd mvt: beginning to A .

English horn – Berlioz: Roman Carnival Overture; Solo at Andante sostenuto before  1.


CLARINET – SUB POSITION

● Mozart Clarinet concerto in A Major, K. 622, 1st Movement

● Beethoven: Symphony No. 8; 3rd mvt: m. 48-78.

● Beethoven: Symphony No. 6, 1st mvt: 2 before K to m.492

● Beethoven: Symphony No. 6, 2nd mvt: one before D to end of m.77

● Mendelssohn: A Midsummer Night’s Dream; Scherzo: beginning to B , 7 after D  to  E.

● Prokofiev: Peter and the Wolf; 20  to  21.

● Rimsky-Korsakov: Scheherazade; 1st mvt: D to 12 after  D ; 2nd mvt.  F  to  G.

● Strauss: Don Juan; beginning to C , M  to  N.

Bass Clarinet – Strauss: Don Quixote;  16  to  18.

 

BASSOON – SUB POSITION

●  Solo work of your choice.

● Mozart: Overture to Le nozze di Figaro; m. 1-24, m. 156-171.

● Ravel: Bolero; 2 after 2 to  3.

● Rimsky-Korsakov: Scheherazade; 2nd mvt: m. 5 to A ; L  to  M .

● Strauss: Don Juan; beginning to 5 after B , R  to  U.

● Tchaikovsky: Symphony No. 4; 1st mvt: m. 35-46; 2nd mvt: m. 274-end of mvt.

Contrabassoon – Beethoven: Symphony No. 5; 4th mvt: beginning to  B .

Strauss: Don Juan; beginning to  C.  

 

HORN – SUB POSITION

● Solo work of your choice.

● Beethoven: Symphony No. 9; 3rd mvt: m. 82-98 [4th horn].

● Brahms: Symphony No. 2; 1st mvt: m. 454-477; 2nd mvt: A to  B  (m.17-32).  

● Shostakovich: Symphony No. 5; 1st mvt: 17 to  21 ,  35  to  41 ; 2nd mvt:  54  to  57.

● Strauss: Don Juan; 20 after D to 1 after  F , 11 after   N  to  P ; 10 before   W  to  AA.

Tchaikovsky: Symphony No. 4; 1st mvt: beginning to 6 after A , I  to  L.


TRUMPET – SUB POSITION

● Solo work of your choice.

● Brahms: Symphony No. 2; 1st mvt: m.282-298, m.513-end; 4th mvt: m. 405-end.

● Mussorgsky/Ravel: Pictures at an Exhibition; Opening Promenade, Goldenberg and Schmuyle.

● Respighi: Pines of Rome; 1st mvt: beg. to 8 ; 2nd mvt: Offstage Solo.

● Strauss: Don Juan; 5 after F to 3 before  G .

● Shostakovich: Symphony No. 9; 3rd mvt: D to  E .

● Stravinsky: Petrushka (1947); 135 to 139, 149 to 151.

 

TROMBONE – SUB POSITION

● Solo work of your choice.

● Berlioz: Hungarian March from The Damnation of Faust; 1 before 4 – 2 after  5 .

● Mozart: Tuba mirum from Requiem; entire movement.

● Ravel: Bolero; 10  to  11 .

● Rossini: Overture to La Gazza Ladra; C – m. 131;  F  – m. 291;  I  – m. 442.

● Wagner: Ride of the Valkyries from Die Walküre; 6  –  7  ; 4 before 10 – 5 after 12.

 

BASS TROMBONE – SUB POSITION

● Solo work of your choice

● Haydn: The Creation; No. 26: beginning to  C

● Rossini: Overture to La Gazza Ladra;  C  – m. 131;  F  – m. 291;  I  – m. 442

● Strauss: Ein Heldenleben;   61  to  65

● Wagner: Overture to Tannhäuser;  A  to  B

 

TUBA 

● Solo work of your choice

● Berlioz: “Hungarian March” from The Damnation of Faust; 4 – 2 after 5; 6 to end

● Stravinsky: Petrushka; 189 to 191

● Wagner: Prelude to Die Meistersinger; beginning to A;  J  to L

● Wagner: “Ride of the  Valkyries” from Die Walküre; 11 to 5 after 12

  

HARP – SUB POSITION 

● Solo work of your choice

● Debussy: Prelude to the Afternoon of a Faun

● Franck: Symphony in D minor

● Rimsky-Korsakov: Scheherazade

● Wagner: Prelude and Liebestod from Tristan und Isolde

HARP: Please note that if no specific segments are listed for a particular work, candidates are expected to prepare all significant excerpts from that work.

 

TIMPANI – SUB POSITION

● Solo work of your choice.

● Bartok: Concerto for Orchestra; 4th mvt: m. 42-50; 5th mvt: m. 8-43.

● Beethoven: Symphony Nos. 1 & 9

● Britten: Young Person’s Guide to the Orchestra; Percussion Variation: Var. M

● Mozart: Symphony No. 39

● Shostakovich: Symphony No. 5

● Tchaikovksy: Symphony No. 4

TIMPANI: Please note that if no specific segments are listed for a particular work, candidates are expected to prepare all significant excerpts from that work.

 

PERCUSSION – SUB POSITION

Snare Drum:

● Delécluse: Etude No. 3 (from Twelve Etudes)

● Prokofiev: Lt. Kije Suite; 1st mvt: 1 –  5 ;  13  – end.

● Rimsky-Korsakov: Scheherazade; 3rd mvt: D –  I ; last 4 bars.

Glockenspiel:

● Strauss: Don Juan

● Respighi: Pines of Rome; 1st mvt: beginning to 10 after 4 ; 3 before 6  –  6 ;   7   to end.

Xylophone:

● Copland: Appalachian Spring; 48 to 4 after  49 .

● Kabalevsky: Colas Breugnon Overture; 9 –  12 ; 1 before  36  –  37 ;  57  – end.

Cymbals:

● Rachmaninoff: Piano Concerto No. 2; 3rd mvt: 32  – Allegro scherzando.

● Shostakovich: Symphony No. 5; 4th mvt: 2 before 134 to 8 after  134 .

● Tchaikovksy: Symphony No. 4; 4th mvt: m. 272 to end.

Tambourine:

● Dvořák: Carnival Overture; beginning – C ; Q  – end.

● Stravinsky: Petrushka (1947); 201 to 206.

PERCUSSION: Please note that if no specific segments are listed for a particular work, candidates are expected to prepare all significant excerpts from that work.