Audition Requirements

Auditions Requirements

The following are the excerpts required for audition with the PSO. Please our Orchestra Openings page for more information about which positions we are currently auditioning.

For All Musicians

  • Prepare solo work (can be excerpts), 8-10 minutes in length, demonstrating contrasting tempi/styles.
  • You may also be asked to sight-read.
  • All excerpts are available from unless otherwise indicated.
  • Please assume first part for all excerpts unless otherwise noted.



Flute & optional Piccolo

    Debussy, Prelude to the Afternoon of a Faun
         beginning to [3]

    Mendelssohn, A Midsummers Night's Dream
         Scherzo pick up to 12 before [P] through double bar after [Q]

    Beethoven, Leonore Overture #3
         mm. 1-36; mm. 301-360

    Beethoven, Symphony No. 9
         Piccolo part Mvmt IV mm. 343-431 optional

    Rossini, La Gazza Ladra
         Piccolo part mm. 188-218 optional

Oboe & optional English horn

    Berlioz, Symphony Fantastique
         Mvmt III beginning to 1 measure after [37]

    Dvorak, Symphony No. 9
         Mvmt II [2] to [3]; [4] to [5]

    Brahms, Symphony No. 1
         Mvmt II mm. 17-24; [B] to mm. 44

    Rimsky-Korsakov, Capriccio Espagnol
         Mvmt IV beginining to 1 measure before [O]

    Dvorak, Symphony No. 9
         English Horn part Mvmt II mm. 7-18 optional

Clarinet & optional Bass Clarinet

    Rimsky-Korsakov, Capriccio Espagnol
         Mvmt I [A] to [B]; [C] to 15 measures after [C]

    Berlioz, Symphony Fantastique
         Mvmt III [43] to [44]

    Beethoven, Symphony No. 6
         Mvmt I 2 measures before [K] to mm. 492 (including downbeat)

    Beethoven, Symphony No. 7
         Mvmt II 1 measure before [D] to mm. 78

    Beethoven, Symphony No. 8
         Mvmt III mm. 122-133

    Mendelssohn, A Midsummer Night's Dream
         Scherzo beginning to [B]; [D] to [G]

    Strauss, Till Eulenspiegel's Merry Pranks
         Bass Clarinet part 8 measures before [13] to [14] optional
         Bass Clarinet part 2 measures before [18] to 5 measures before [20] optional
         Bass Clarinet part 10 measures after [31] to [32] optional
         Bass Clarinet part [37] to 15 measures after [37] optional

Bassoon & optional Contrabassoon

    Berlioz, Symphony Fantastique
         Allegretto non troppo (IV) mm. 49-63

    Tchaikovsky, Symphony No. 4
         Andantino in modo di canzona (II) mm. 274 - end

    Mozart, Marriage of Figaro
         Overture mm. 1-25 and mm. 139-172

    Brahms, Violin Concerto (Op. 77)
         Bassoon 2 part Adagio (II) Jan-33

    Brahms, Academic Festival Overture
         Contrabassoon part [K] - [L] optional



    Parts also available at

    Mozart, Symphony No. 40
         Mvmt 3 mm. 61-84

    Beethoven, Symphony No. 9
         Mvmt 2 pickup to mm. 83-98

    Dvorak, Symphony No. 9
         Horn 3 part Mvmt 1 mm. 16-27

    Shostakovich, Symphony No. 5
         Mvmt 1 mm. 17-21

    Tchaikovsky, Symphony No. 4
         Mvmt 1 mm. 1-20


    Parts not found on IMSLP are available upon request

    Haydn, Trumpet Concerto in Eb Major
         Mvmt I Exposition
         Mvmt II All

    Bartok, Concerto for Orchestra
         Trumpet 2 part Mvmt II [90] to [147]

    Mussorgsky, arr. Ravel, Pictures at an Exhibition
         Promenade beginning to [2]

    Respighi, Pines of Rome
         II. Pini presso una Catacomba Tromba Interna (off stage trumpet solo)

    Stravinsky, Petrouchka (1947 version)
         Ballerina's Dance [134] to [139]


    Rimsky-Korsakov, Russian Easter Festival
         Trombone 2 part Overture [M] - [N]

    Wagner, Die Meistersinger
         Introduction to Act III; III. Aufzug, Scene V top of Pg. 8 to Vivace

    Berlioz, Damnation of Faust
         Bass Trombone part Hungarian March pickup to [4] to 3 after [5] optional


    Berlioz, Symphonie Fantastique
         Mvmt IV [56] to 6 measures after [57]
         Mvmt V [84] to end

    Franck, Symphony in D minor
         Mvmt I [U] to 12 measures after [V]
         Mvmt III 2 measures after [N] to 16 measures after [N]

    Hindemith, Symphonic Metamorphosis
         4 measures after [L] to [N]

    Stravinsky, Petroushka (1911 version)
         [100-101] and [121-122]



    Please select four orchestral excerpts from standard orchestral literature showing advanced knowledge of repertoire and skills on all of the following instruments: timpani; snare drum; xylophone; glockenspiel; cymbals; bass drum; tambourine; triangle.,


Violin - Section Members

    Mozart, Symphony No. 40
         Mvmt I mm. 1-42

    Glinka, Overture to Ruslan and Lyudmila
         mm. 1-19

    Prokofiev, Symphony No. 1
         Mvmt II mm. 5-32

    Rimsky-Korsakov, Scheherezade
         Mvmt I [D] to [E}

Violin - Concertmaster and Principal Second

    All of above plus:

    Rimsky-Korsakov, Scheherazade
         Mvmt II beginning to [A]

    Strauss, Don Juan
         Page 1

    Bartok, Concerto for Orchestra
         Mvmt I mm. 51-63
         Mvmt V mm. 21-47

Viola - Section Members

         G major - 3 octaves; E Major - 3 octaves; D minor - 3 octaves

    Glinka, Overture to Ruslan and Lyudmila
         mm. 1-19

    Mozart, Symphony No. 40
         Mvmt IV mm. 146-185

    Brahms, Symphony No. 1
         Mvmt I 4 m. before [E] to 9 before [F]

    Brahms, Symphony No. 2
         Mvmt I Beginning to [B]

    Shostakovitch, Symphony No. 5
         Mvmt I [15] to [17] Available at

Viola - Principal

    All of above plus:

    Strauss, Don Juan
         mm. 1-36

Cello - Section Members and Principal

    Scales, Quarter note = 60,
         C major - 4 octaves; E major - 3 octaves; D minor - 4 octaves

    Beethoven, Symphony No. 7
         Mvmt I mm. 233-299

    Tchaikovsky, Symphony No. 5
         Mvmt II pickup to m. 33 to 1 before [B]

    Beethoven, Coriolan Overture
         mm. 102-176 Stay on top part. Pay close attention to dynamics. Metronome marking 78-half note.

    Verdi, La Forza Del Destino
         8 mm. after [C] to [F]

Double Bass - Section Members

    Beethoven, Symphony No. 9
         Mvmt IV mm. 8-mm. 91

    Beethoven, Symphony No. 5
         Mvmt III mm. 1-mm. 96

    Mozart, Symphony No. 40
         Mvmt I mm. 114-mm. 138

    Brahms, Symphony No. 1
         Mvmt I [E] to 9 mm. before [F}

Double Bass - Principal

    All of above plus:

    Prokofiev, Lieutenant Kije
         Mvmt II (solo version) [15] to [17]

    Mahler, Symphony No. I
         Mvmt III mm. 3-mm.10