Audition

Princeton University Orchestra 2018-2019 Audition Materials

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Dear Tutti,

For your audition, please bring a prepared work of 5 minutes or less. You can pick a work that’s different in character to your excerpt. For example, violinists might want to bring something lyrical, as your excerpt is very technical.

Additionally, please bring these following excerpts to your audition and be prepared to play them in as polished a manner as you can:

Audition Orchestral Excerpts

You can download PDF files of the audition excerpts here

Aside from the usual issues of tone, intonation and technique, we will also want to see that you have a sense of the whole style and context of the piece. For example, trying to play the La mer excerpts without having a sense of how the whole piece goes would be pretty frustrating. Use the videos wisely—don’t just listen to where you play.

Details also matter—rhythm, dynamics especially.

Percussion—since you have three media to deal with, your prepared works can be brief.

English horn optional. If you don’t have an instrument, no worries. If you wish to play both instruments, get two times.

Flute– A Midsummer Night’s Dream Scherzo

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hHTV3GFyHfM

Oboe– La mer  Mvt. 2 Jeux de vagues

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hlR9rDJMEiQ    (9:25)

English horn– La mer  Mvt. 2 Jeux des vagues

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hlR9rDJMEiQ   (9:25)

Clarinet– A Midsummer Night’s Dream Scherzo

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hHTV3GFyHfM

Bassoon– A Midsummer Night’s Dream Scherzo

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hHTV3GFyHfM

Horn- A Midsummer Night’s Dream Nocturne

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3WcbAtZ2bJg

Trumpet– A Midsummer Night’s Dream Wedding March

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z85QVFf3-2M

La mer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hlR9rDJMEiQ  Beginning Jeux de vagues 9:25

Trombone– A Midsummer Night’s Dream Wedding March

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z85QVFf3-2M

Tuba– A Midsummer Night’s Dream Overture

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wIcImOYivDA

Violin–  A Midsummer Night’s Dream Overture

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wIcImOYivDA

Viola– A Midsummer Night’s Dream Scherzo

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hHTV3GFyHfM

Cello– A Midsummer Night’s Dream Scherzo

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hHTV3GFyHfM

La mer- Movement 1

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hlR9rDJMEiQ&t=72s   4:50  top line

Bass– A Midsummer Night’s Dream Scherzo

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hHTV3GFyHfM

Harp– La mer- Movement 1

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hlR9rDJMEiQ&t=72s  1:45  Harp 1

Glockenspiel– La mer Jeux de vagues

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hlR9rDJMEiQ

Snare drum– Bartók Concerto for Orchestra Scherzo

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bLtEnXinTbU  9:09

Timpani– Bartók Concerto for Orchestra Finale

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bLtEnXinTbU 26:10

Thanks and good luck!

Michael Pratt
Ruth Ochs