Music

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  • CSUN Symphony Timpani player and timpani
  • Harpist
  • 4 actors on stage in an opera performance
  • CSUN Symphony Orchestra on stage
  • Trombone section of an orchestra

Orchestra Audition

Autition Schedule and Excerpt Material

Audtion Dates and Times:

Saturday, August 24 - Room CY218

 
Violins11am-12:40pm
Violas1pm-1:30pm
Celli1:30pm-2pm
Basses2pm-2:30pm
Flutes3pm-4:10pm
Clarinets4:10pm-5:20pm
 Oboes/Bassons5:20pm-6pm 


Sunday, August 25 - Room CY159

 
Room Set-up11 am
Orchestral Percussion 12-2pm
Wind Ensembles Percussion2-4:20pm
Full Percussion Area Meeting5-5:45pm

Signup sheets will be posted on room 212 the week of auditions. You can sign up that week or on the day of auditions. On audition day the signup sheet will be posted on the audition room.

 

AUDITION REQUIREMENT 

Students are required to play orchestra excerpts. Student’s may be asked to sight read as well. It is highly recommended that you print off the excerpts and then study the excerpts by carefully noting dynamics, articulation, tempo and style. Listening to multiple recordings of the work from which each excerpts was taken is highly encouraged. 

The audition excerpts and links are included below

Excerpt Preparation

It is always critically important to familiarize yourself with the orchestral works from which the excerpts are taken.  Listening to muliple recordings of the works will help you to understand, tempo possibilities, character and context fromwhich the excerpts come.

 STRINGS: Excerpts for strings can be found here.

Violins:

Beethoven IV mvt. 2 / Debussy – Prelude / Mozart 35 mvt 4

Violas:

Beethoven V mvt. 2 / Brahms 2 mvt 1 / Mozart 41

Celli:

Brahms 2, mvt. 2 / Mozart 41 / Shostakovich 5 (first 4 lines only)

Bass:

Mahler 1 and Pulcinella (same link) / Britten – Young Peoples…. / Mozart 35, mvts. 3 and 4

Woodwinds and Brass

Click on the link, then click on your instrument and print off excerpts.

Download Excerpts

Only prepare the excerpts listed below!!!

Flute/Piccolo

Prepare all excerpts

Oboe

Prepare all excerpts (no English Horn)

Clarinet

Beethoven 8, Mendelssohn, Stravinsky, Rachmaninoff

Bassoon

Prepare all excerpts

Horn

Tchaikovsky 4 and 5, Strauss

Trumpet

Mussorgsky, Stravinsky, Mahler, Respighi

Trombone

Mozart, Wagner, Tchaikovsky

Bass Trombone

Haydn, Tchaikovsky, Wagner

Tuba

Wagner, Hindemith, Prokofiev

Percussion and Timpani

All excerpts can be found in the Raynor Carroll excerpts books. You may audition for timpani or percussion or both.

Snare:

Lieutenant Kije, Scheherezade Mvt. 4

Glock:

Magic Flute

Xylophone:

Porgy and Bess and Appalachian Spring

Triangle:

Liszt Piano Concerto

Tambourine:

Berlioz Roman Carnival

Cymbals:

Tchaikovsky Romeo and Juliet

Timpani:

Brahms1 - Movement 1: 68-91, Movement 4 375 to end 

Beethoven 9 - Movement 1: 18 before S to end 

Tchaikovsky 4 - Movement 1: 2 before T to U

 

Possible keyboard sight reading