Princeton University Orchestra 2018-2019 Audition Materials
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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
Oboe– La mer Mvt. 2 Jeux de vagues
English horn– La mer Mvt. 2 Jeux des vagues
Clarinet– A Midsummer Night’s Dream Scherzo
Bassoon– A Midsummer Night’s Dream Scherzo
Horn- A Midsummer Night’s Dream Nocturne
Trumpet– A Midsummer Night’s Dream Wedding March
La mer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hlR9rDJMEiQ Beginning Jeux de vagues 9:25
Trombone– A Midsummer Night’s Dream Wedding March
Tuba– A Midsummer Night’s Dream Overture
Violin– A Midsummer Night’s Dream Overture
Viola– A Midsummer Night’s Dream Scherzo
Cello– A Midsummer Night’s Dream Scherzo
La mer- Movement 1
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hlR9rDJMEiQ&t=72s 4:50 top line
Bass– A Midsummer Night’s Dream Scherzo
Harp– La mer- Movement 1
Glockenspiel– La mer Jeux de vagues
Snare drum– Bartók Concerto for Orchestra Scherzo
Timpani– Bartók Concerto for Orchestra Finale
Thanks and good luck!