2021 – 2022 Season

Thank you to everyone who auditioned this year! Results can be found here.


Dear PUO,

At the bottom of this page you’ll find the excerpts for the 2021-2022 auditions. They are drawn from the two main works we hope to be performing in the Fall concerts: Rimsky-Korsakov’s Scheherezade and Rachmaninoff’s Symphony No. 2 in E minor.

The criteria we will be using in listening to these excerpts are pretty simple:

  1. A sense of the piece as a whole and of how a particular excerpt fits into that whole. There are more recordings of these popular works online than one can count, and you’re encouraged to explore, but here are two fine performances.

    Rimsky-Korsakov-  Reiner, Chicago
    Rachmaninoff- Gergiev, Mariinsky

  2. How closely you read all the details—rhythms, dynamics, articulations, tempi.

The rest of the audition will consist a piece of your choice. You may play anything so long as it shows contrast between more technical playing and more lyrical.

Those wishing to be considered for Concertmaster/Leader should also prepare the Scheherezade solos in addition to the Rachmaninoff and a prepared piece. I’d encourage you to take two time slots when signing up.

Percussionists- Please prepare the snare drum, triangle, glock, tambourine excerpts only, no prepared works, and bring a prepared timpani work.

Good luck to all!


All excerpts can be found in this Google Drive folder.

Cello Part Correction: you only need to play the last five lines of page 4, not the entire page.

Audition Details

  • Download the excerpts for your instrument above.
  • Online sign-ups for audition times are at the top of this page.
  • Bring the excerpt and a brief work of your choice to the audition. We recommend picking a work that’s different in character to your excerpt.
  • The auditions are ten minutes. Plan on playing about 8 minutes, as it always takes a little time to set up.
  • Come to the audition a little early so you can fill out the information sheet.