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Southern Illinois Symphony Orchestras Audition Instructions

PLEASE READ BEFORE AUDITIONING:

  • Every member of the orchestra, both new and returning, will be required to audition on the first week or school for the purpose of ensemble and seating placement. Please note that the auditions for the Symphony Orchestra is separate from the auditions for Wind Ensemble, Marching Salukis, and Jazz Ensemble.
  • During the audition, each auditioning member will be required to sightread and perform a solo piece as well as a set of excerpts.
  • Please follow the set of instructions below that specifically pertain to your instrument.
  • Auditions will be held on Tuesday, August 17 for Strings, and Thursday, August 19 for Winds and Brass between 6-9pm.
  • Contact Jace Kim for any questions: kim@siu.edu
  • FILL OUT THE FORM BELOW TO SIGN UP FOR AN AUDITION SLOT:

Individual Instruments – Audition Information

Please use the following list of instrument links to jump to specific information regarding each particular category:

Flute»
Oboe»
Clarinet»
Bassoon»
French Horn»
Trumpet»
Trombone»
Tuba»
Violin»
Viola»

Cello»
Bass»


FLUTE

  • Please prepare a 1 to 2-minute solo piece with no repeats that exemplifies your musical and technical abilities.
  • Sightreading will be provided during the audition.
  • You may audition for either the Select Orchestra OR the Large Orchestra. More advanced members are encouraged to audition for the Select Orchestra. Please note that auditioning for Select Orchestra does not guarantee your spot in the orchestra.
  • If you are auditioning for the Select Orchestra, please prepare the following excerpt:
    • Mendelssohn – Hebrides Overture, “Fingal’s Cave”
      • Measure 70 to the downbeat of measure 89
    • If you are auditioning for the Large Orchestra, please prepare the following excerpt:
      • Holst – “Jupiter: Bringer of Jollity” from Planets, abridged (see attached part)
        • Measure 12 to Measure 25

OBOE

  • Please prepare a 1 to 2-minute solo piece with no repeats that exemplifies your musical and technical abilities.
  • Sightreading will be provided during the audition.
  • You may audition for either the Select Orchestra OR the Large Orchestra. More advanced members are encouraged to audition for the Select Orchestra. Please note that auditioning for Select Orchestra does not guarantee your spot in the orchestra.
  • If you are auditioning for the Select Orchestra, please prepare the following excerpt:
    • Ravel – Le Tombeau de Couperin, I. Prelude – Vif
      • First oboe part of Beginning to the downbeat of Rehearsal Mark 2
    • If you are auditioning for the Large Orchestra, please prepare the following excerpt:
      • Holst – “Jupiter: Bringer of Jollity” from Planets, abridged (see attached part)
        • Measure 83 to 100. Starting from the first ending, second time only.

OBOE EXCERPTS (PDF)»


CLARINET

  • Please prepare a 1 to 2-minute solo piece with no repeats that exemplifies your musical and technical abilities.
  • Sightreading will be provided during the audition.
  • You may audition for either the Select Orchestra OR the Large Orchestra. More advanced members are encouraged to audition for the Select Orchestra. Please note that auditioning for Select Orchestra does not guarantee your spot in the orchestra.
  • If you are auditioning for the Select Orchestra, please prepare the following excerpt:
    • Mendelssohn – Hebrides Overture, “Fingal’s Cave”
      • *PLEASE NOTE THAT THIS PART IS FOR CLARINET IN A*
      • Measure 202 to Measure 217
    • If you are auditioning for the Large Orchestra, please prepare the following excerpt:
      • Holst – “Jupiter: Bringer of Jollity” from Planets, abridged (see attached part)
        • Measure 6 to Measure 25

CLARINET EXCERPTS (PDF)»


BASSOON

  • Please prepare a 1 to 2-minute solo piece with no repeats that exemplifies your musical and technical abilities.
  • Sightreading will be provided during the audition.
  • You may audition for either the Select Orchestra OR the Large Orchestra. More advanced members are encouraged to audition for the Select Orchestra. Please note that auditioning for Select Orchestra does not guarantee your spot in the orchestra.
  • If you are auditioning for the Select Orchestra, please prepare the following excerpt:
    • Mendelssohn – Hebrides Overture, “Fingal’s Cave”
      • Beginning to the downbeat of Measure 24
    • If you are auditioning for the Large Orchestra, please prepare the following excerpt:
      • Holst – “Jupiter: Bringer of Jollity” from Planets, abridged (see attached part)
        • Measure 6 to Measure 25

BASSOON EXCERPTS (PDF)»


FRENCH HORN

  • Please prepare a 1 to 2-minute solo piece with no repeats that exemplifies your musical and technical abilities.
  • Sightreading will be provided during the audition.
  • You may audition for either the Select Orchestra OR the Large Orchestra. More advanced members are encouraged to audition for the Select Orchestra. Please note that auditioning for Select Orchestra does not guarantee your spot in the orchestra.
  • If you are auditioning for the Select Orchestra, please prepare the following excerpt:
    • Martinu – Nonet No. 2, I. Poco Allegro
      • Second measure of Rehearsal Mark 7 to the sixth measure of Rehearsal Mark 8
    • If you are auditioning for the Large Orchestra, please prepare the following excerpt:
      • Tchaikovsky – Overture to 1812, abridged (see attached part)
        • Measure 48 to Measure 63

TRUMPET

  • Please prepare a 1 to 2-minute solo piece with no repeats that exemplifies your musical and technical abilities.
  • Sightreading will be provided during the audition.
  • You may audition for either the Select Orchestra OR the Large Orchestra. More advanced members are encouraged to audition for the Select Orchestra. Please note that auditioning for Select Orchestra does not guarantee your spot in the orchestra.
  • If you are auditioning for the Select Orchestra, please prepare the following excerpts:
    • v. Beethoven – Piano Concerto No. 1, Mvt. I – Allegro con brio
      • 4 measures after Rehearsal Mark B to Rehearsal C
    • If you are auditioning for the Large Orchestra, please prepare the following excerpts:
      • Tchaikovsky – Overture to 1812, abridged (see attached part)
        • Measure 156 to Measure 172

TROMBONE

  • Please prepare a 1 to 2-minute solo piece with no repeats that exemplifies your musical and technical abilities.
  • Please prepare the following excerpts:
    • Tchaikovsky – Overture to 1812, abridged (see attached part)
      • Measure 158 to the end

TROMBONE EXCERPTS (PDF)»


TUBA

  • Please prepare a 1 to 2-minute solo piece with no repeats that exemplifies your musical and technical abilities.
  • Please prepare the following excerpts:
    • Tchaikovsky – Overture to 1812, abridged (see attached part)
      • Measure 158 to Measure 180

VIOLIN

  • Please prepare a 1 to 2-minute solo piece with no repeats that exemplifies your musical and technical abilities.
  • Sightreading will be provided during the audition.
  • You may audition for either the Select Orchestra OR the Large Orchestra. More advanced members are encouraged to audition for the Select Orchestra. Please note that auditioning for Select Orchestra does not guarantee your spot in the orchestra.
  • If you are auditioning for the Select Orchestra, please prepare the following excerpts:
    • Mendelssohn – Hebrides Overture, “Fingal’s Cave”
      • Measure 76 to Measure 88
  • If you would like to audition to be on a PRICIPAL CHAIR OF THE LARGE ORCHESTRA, please prepare the following excerpt:
    • v. Beethoven – Piano Concerto No. 1, Mvt. I – Allegro con brio
      • Measure 21 to Measure 46
  • If you are auditioning for the Large Orchestra, please prepare the following excerpt:
    • Rossini – Finale to Overture to William Tell, abridge (see attached part)
      • Measure 16 to Measure 34. No repeats, second endings only.

VIOLA

  • Please prepare a 1 to 2-minute solo piece with no repeats that exemplifies your musical and technical abilities.
  • Sightreading will be provided during the audition.
  • You may audition for either the Select Orchestra OR the Large Orchestra. More advanced members are encouraged to audition for the Select Orchestra. Please note that auditioning for Select Orchestra does not guarantee your spot in the orchestra.
  • If you are auditioning for the Select Orchestra, please prepare the following excerpts:
    • Mendelssohn – Hebrides Overture, “Fingal’s Cave”
      • Measure 243 to Measure 255
  • If you are auditioning for the Large Orchestra, please prepare the following excerpts:
    • Tchaikovsky – Overture to 1812, abridged (see attached part)
      • Measure 84 to Measure 98

CELLO

  • Please prepare a 1 to 2-minute solo piece with no repeats that exemplifies your musical and technical abilities.
  • Sightreading will be provided during the audition.
  • You may audition for either the Select Orchestra OR the Large Orchestra. More advanced members are encouraged to audition for the Select Orchestra. Please note that auditioning for Select Orchestra does not guarantee your spot in the orchestra.
  • If you are auditioning for the Select Orchestra, please prepare the following excerpts:
    • Mendelssohn – Hebrides Overture, “Fingal’s Cave”
      • Measure 244 to Measure 257
  • If you are auditioning for the Large Orchestra, please prepare the following excerpts:
    • Tchaikovsky – Overture to 1812, abridged (see attached part)
      • Measure 84 to Measure 99

BASS

  • Please prepare a 1 to 2-minute solo piece with no repeats that exemplifies your musical and technical abilities.
  • Sightreading will be provided during the audition.
  • You may audition for either the Select Orchestra OR the Large Orchestra. More advanced members are encouraged to audition for the Select Orchestra. Please note that auditioning for Select Orchestra does not guarantee your spot in the orchestra.
  • If you are auditioning for the Select Orchestra, please prepare the following excerpts:
    • Mendelssohn – Hebrides Overture, “Fingal’s Cave”
      • Measure 244 to Measure 257
  • If you are auditioning for the Large Orchestra, please prepare the following excerpts:
    • Tchaikovsky – Overture to 1812, abridged (see attached part)
      • Measure 158 to Measure 179