Audition Information for our inaugural Orchestral Fellowship Program!

Applications are now open for all instrumentalists to audition for the inaugural year of our Fellowship Program. Thirteen musicians will be chosen to be part of our 2021-2022 class. This is a full-time commitment from October 2021 to May 2022. These fellowships include salary and benefits. This program is only available to graduates of professional music programs. You must be able to work in the United States. Fellows will not only serve as principal players in the Gulf Coast Chamber Orchestra, but also curate a series of chamber music concerts and other programs to further their individual artistic curiosities and points of view. Fellows will also serve as teachers for various Gulf Coast Symphony educational initiatives. Following your initial video audition, select instrumentalist may be invited for in person auditions in Fort Myers Florida in mid-September (paid by the GCS). To apply click here!

Audition Repertoire by Instrument

In additional to any solo excerpts listed below, we ask that you select any three orchestra excerpts that you wish from this list. You may also include an additional selection that showcases your personal artistic tastes/point of view.

Violin

Solos:

1st movement exposition from a Mozart Concerto and the exposition of a concerto or solo piece of your choice 

Excerpts:

  • Beethoven: Symphony No. 3 (3rd Mvt., beg. to Trio – no repeat)
  • Beethoven: Symphony No. 9 (3rd Mvt., ms. 99 – 114)
  • Brahms: Symphony No. 4 (4th Mvt., 8 bef. B to D)
  • Debussy: La Mer (2nd Mvt., 33 to 6 aft. 38)
  • Mendelssohn: A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Scherzo)
  • Prokofiev: Symphony No. 1 “Classical” Mvt 1 or Mvt IV
  • Schumann: Symphony No. 2 (2nd Mvt., beg. to m. 77 – no repeat)
  • Stravinsky: L’histoire du Soldat Trios Danses: Tango
  • Strauss: Don Juan (4 bef. H – K)
  • Strauss: Ein Heldenleben, Op. 40 All Solos

Viola

Solos:

One movement of solo Bach (no repeats) and the exposition of a standard repertoire concerto movement

Excerpts:

  • Beethoven Symphony #5 Mvt 2: Beg to m.123
  • Brahms: Haydn Variations (Var. V)
  • Brahms: Symphony No. 4 (4th Mvt., B to D)
  • Mendelssohn: A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Scherzo)
  • Mozart: Symphony No. 35 (4th Mvt., ms. 134 to 181)
  • Ravel: Daphnis and Chloë, Suite No. 2 (158 – 161 & 212 – 216)
  • Ravel: Mother Goose Suite, Mvt V: 1 to 37
  • Shostakovich: Symphony No. 5 (1st Mvt., 15 – 17)
  • Strauss: Don Juan (beg. to D)

Cello

Solos:

One movement of solo Bach (no repeats) and the exposition of a standard repertoire concerto movement

Excerpts:

  • Beethoven: Symphony No. 5 (2nd Mvt., beg. to C)
  • Brahms: Symphony No. 2 (2nd Mvt., beg. to A)
  • Debussy: La Mer (1st Mvt., 2 bef. 9 to 6 bef. 10)
  • Mendelssohn: A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Scherzo)
  • Mozart: Symphony No. 35 (4th Mvt., m. 134 to 181)
  • Mozart: Overture Marriage of Figaro m. 139 to 145 & m 156 to 164
  • Strauss: Don Juan (7 m. bef. G to H – top line)
  • Tchaikovsky: Symphony No. 4 (2nd Mvt., 21 bef. A to A)

Bass

Solos:

One movement of solo Bach (no repeats) and the exposition of standard repertoire concerto movement

Excerpts:

  • Beethoven: Symphony No. 5 (3rd Mvt., beg. to 5 aft. A & Trio to 23 aft. B)
  • Brahms: Symphony No. 2 (1st Mvt., E to F)
  • Mahler: Symphony No. 1 (3rd Mvt., solo)
  • Mozart: Symphony No. 35 (4th Mvt., ms. 134 to 181)
  • Strauss: Ein Heldenleben (9 – 6 m. aft. 12)
  • Stravinsky: Pulcinella (Duetto)
  • Verdi: Otello (Act IV soli)

Flute

Mozart Concerto in G or D (1st Mvt. exposition) 

Excerpts:

  • Beethoven: Leonore Over No. 3
  • Brahms: Symphony No. 4 (4th Mvt., 13 aft. D to 8 bef. E)
  • Debussy: Prélude à l’apres-midi d’un faune (opening & 2-3)
  • Hindemith: Symphonic Metamorphoses (3rd Mvt., 5 bef. C to end)
  • Mendelssohn: A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Scherzo)
  • Prokofiev: Peter and the Wolf (2 to 4)
  • Ravel: Daphnis and Chloë, Suite No. 2 (176 to 179)
  • Saint-Saëns: Carnival of the Animals (Volière)
  • Stravinsky: The Firebird Suite (Variation of the Firebird)

Oboe

Solos:

Mozart Concerto (1st Mvt. exposition)  

Excerpts:

  • Beethoven: Symphony No. 6 Mvt 3
  • Beethoven: Symphony No. 7 (3rd Mvt., ms. 63 to 106)
  • Brahms: Violin Concerto (2nd Mvt., beg. to m. 32)
  • Debussy: La Mer (2nd Mvt., 17 to 19 & 34 to 35)
  • Mahler Das Lied von der Erde, Mvts II and VI
  • Mendelssohn: Symphony No. 3 (2nd Mvt., A – D)
  • Ravel: Le Tombeau de Couperin (Prélude & Menuet)
  • Rossini: Overture to La Scala di Seta (beg. to 3)
  • Schumann Symphony No. 2: Mvt 3
  • Strauss: Don Juan (L to N)
  • Stravinsky: Pulcinella (Gavotte and Variation)

Clarinet

Solos:

Mozart Concerto (1st Mvt. exposition) 

Excerpts:

  • Beethoven: Symphony No. 4 (2nd Mvt., F to 7 bef. G)
  • Beethoven: Symphony No. 6 (2nd Mvt., D to E)
  • Beethoven: Symphony No. 8 (3rd Mvt., Trio)
  • Brahms: Symphony No. 3 (2nd Mvt., beg. to B)
  • Mendelssohn: A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Scherzo)
  • Prokofiev: Peter and the Wolf (20 to 21)
  • Ravel: Daphnis & Chloe, Suite No. 2: #155 to 3 measure after #157; 163 to 4 measures after #165; 3 measures before #213 to the end
  • Respighi: Pini di Roma (3rd Mvt. solo)
  • Rimsky-Korsakov: Capriccio espagnol (1st Mvt., A to C & 3rd Mvt., 11 aft. K to end)
  • Stravinsky: Suite from The Firebird (1919) Mvt 1: Firebird’s Variation
  • Verdi: Luisa Miller Overture

Bassoon

Solos:

Mozart Concerto (1st Mvt. exposition) 

Excerpts:

  • Beethoven: Symphony No 3 (2nd Bassoon part) mvt 4 m351 to the end of m 358
  • Mozart: Overture to Le Nozze di Figaro (ms. 139 – 171)
  • Ravel: Boléro (2 to 3)
  • Ravel: Piano Concerto in G (3rd Mvt., 14 to 16)
  • Rimsky-Korsakov: Scheherazade (2nd Mvt., m. 5 to A & L to M)
  • Shostakovich: Symphony No. 9 (4th Mvt., beg. to A in 5th Mvt.)
  • Stravinsky: Le Sacre du Printemps (beg. to 3 aft. 3)
  • Tchaikovsky: Symphony No. 4 (2nd Mvt., last 31 bars)
  • Tchaikovsky: Symphony No. 6 (1st Mvt., first 12 bars)

Horn

Solos:

1st movement exposition from a Mozart Concerto 

Excerpts:

  • Beethoven: Symphony No. 3 (3rd Mvt., Trio [2nd horn])
  • Beethoven: Symphony No. 9 (3rd Mvt., ms. 82-98 [4th horn])
  • Brahms: Symphony No. 3 (3rd Mvt., F to G)
  • Ravel: Piano Concerto in G (1st Mvt., 25 to 26)
  • Shostakovich: Symphony No. 5 (1st Mvt., 17 to 21)
  • Strauss: Ein Heldenleben (beg. to 5 aft. 1)
  • Strauss: Till Eulenspiegel (beg. to 1)
  • Wagner: Götterdämmerung (Short call)

Trumpet

Haydn Concerto (1st and 2nd movement expositions) 

Excerpts:

  • Mahler: Symphony No. 5 (1st Mvt., beg. to 6 aft. 1)
  • Mussorgsky/Ravel: Pictures at an Exhibition (Promenade, beg. to 2)
  • Ravel: Piano Concerto in G (1st Mvt., 2 to 3 & 36 to end)
  • Respighi: Pini di Roma (offstage solo, 8 aft. 10)
  • Schumann: Symphony No. 2 (1st Mvt., first 13 bars [1st & 2nd tpts.])
  • Shostakovich: Symphony No. 5 (1st Mvt., 27 to 29)
  • Strauss: Don Juan (F to G)
  • Stravinsky: Petrouchka (1947 version, 1 bef. 134 to 139 & 149 to 151)

Trombone

Solos:

David or Grondahl Concerto (1st movement exposition)

Excerpts:

  • Berlioz: Hungarian March (Rakoczy) (6 bef. 4 to 5 [2nd trb.])
  • Mahler: Symphony No. 3 (1st Mvt., 13-17)
  • Mozart: Requiem (Tuba Mirum)
  • Ravel: Boléro (10 to 11)
  • Rossini: Overture to William Tell (First entrance – 40 ms. aft.)
  • Strauss: Ein Heldenleben (60 to 65 [2nd trb.])
  • Stravinsky: Pulcinella (Duetto)
  • Wagner: Ride of the Valkyries

Bass Trombone

Solos:

J.S. Bach: Sarabande from Suite No. 5 for Cello 

Excerpts:

  • Haydn: The Creation (No. 26, beg. to C)
  • Kodály: Háry János Suite (4th Mvt.)
  • Respighi: Fontane di Roma (11 to 14)
  • Rossini: Overture to La Gazza Ladra (ms. 115 to 132 & ms. 433 – 442)
  • Schumann: Symphony No. 3 (4th Mvt., beg. to 13 aft. A)
  • Strauss: Ein Heldenleben (61 to 65)
  • Wagner: Lohengrin (Introduction to Act III, B to C)

Percussion

Each selection should be filmed in one take with no editing. All of the following excerpts are required.

Mallets:  1. Contemporary 4-mallet solo of your choice (2-3 minutes)  2. Bach- Violin Partitas and sonatas- One movement of your choice (2 or 4 mallet)  3. Xylophone: Stravinksy: Firebird: pickup reh 47 to reh 48 4. Glockenspiel: The Nutcracker: Act 1 No. 9 Waltz of Snowflakes Letter G (m181 ) to m196

Snare Drum:  1. Choose ONE solo from Tompkins or Delecluse.2. Long Roll- 60 seconds start a pp crescendo to ff and diminuendo to pp 2. Excerpt- Prokofiev Lieutenant Kije : Mv 1 Reh 1 to Reh 2; Mvt 1 Reh 13 to 4 measures after reh 14) 

Drum Set: 1. Styles- Play 16 Bars each of Rock, Latin, Swing, and 2 Beat with fill transitions between the styles.  Total performance should be 64 bars in length.  

Accessories: Tambourine- Chabrier- Espana & Dvorak Carnival Overture: Beg to 3 measures before Letter C; 8 measures before Letter U to the end. Cymbals: Tckaikovsky: Romeo & Juliet Fantasy Overture, 3 measure before letter O to 7 measure before Letter P; 1 measure after Letter T to 13 measures before Letter U Triangle: Dvorak: Sym 9 “From the New World” Mvt III, 31 measures after reh 5 to reh 6

Timpani: 1. Excerpts- Beethoven 9 Coda 1st Movement;  Brahms 1, Mvt IV; Mozart- Magic Flute Overture 

Become a member of the Gulf Coast Symphony!

The Gulf Coast Symphony is composed of a mix of professional and volunteer musicians who enjoy the opportunity to continue their musical development through participation in a full-size symphony orchestra.  Our orchestral fellows and other professional members of the Gulf Coast Chamber Orchestra sit side-by-side with the very best volunteer musicians in our community.

Gulf Coast Symphony member’s level of commitment can vary, depending on your schedule and your instrument! The Gulf Coast Symphony typically performs between 15 and 20 concerts each season. Four to six rehearsals are held in the week/s prior to each concert.  This is a fast-paced performance/rehearsal environment.  Snowbirds are welcomed.

Musicians in the Southwest Florida area are encouraged to audition for membership in the group. Auditions are held during the year on an as-needed, as-available basis. The audition is not about perfection, but rather about assessing if the Gulf Coast Symphony is right for you!

Contact Us for more details and to schedule an audition.

 

Gulf Coast Symphony Audition Requirements

For each instrument, we would like to hear two solo selections of your choosing: one slow and one fast. Just a portion of longer solos is fine. If your solo selection contains both tempos, one piece is adequate. We want to hear you at your best, so play something with which you are entirely comfortable.

You may be asked to sight read a short selection from our upcoming repertoire. You will also be asked to prepare several short orchestral excerpts which will be provided by the Symphony. Please contact us for these excerpts, as they change on an annual basis.

In addition, you will be asked to play scales and arpeggios appropriate to your instrument—below are some suggestions for each instrument; you may also be coached to play either your solos or your scales in a variety of ways, e.g., legato, marcato, stacatto.

Violin: Major/minor scales up to 4 sharps and 3 flats, two octaves, followed by a two octave arpeggio for the major keys; for placement in the first violin section, three octave scales should be performed

Viola: Major/minor scales up to 4 sharps and 3 flats, two octaves, followed by a two octave arpeggio for the major keys

Cello: Major/minor scales up to 4 sharps and 3 flats, two octaves, followed by a two octave arpeggio for the major keys

Bass: Major/minor scales up to 3 sharps and 3 flats, one octave, followed by a one octave arpeggio for the major keys

Flute: 3 octaves: CM; 2 octaves: C#, D, Eb, E, F, F#, G, Ab, A, Bb, B

Oboe: 2 octaves: Bb, B, C, C#, D, Eb, E, F; 1 octave: F#, G, Ab, A

Clarinet: 3 octaves: E, F, F#, G; 2 octaves: Ab, A, Bb, B, C, C#, D, Eb

Bassoon: 3 octaves: Bb; 2 octaves: B, C, C#, D, Eb, E, F, F#, G, Ab, A

Horn: 2 octaves: F, F#, G, Ab, A, Bb; 1 octave: B, C, C#, D, Eb, E

Trumpet: 2 octaves: F#, G, Ab, A, Bb, B, C; 1 octave: C#, D, Eb, E, F

Trombone/Tuba: 2 octaves: E, F, F#, G, Ab, A, Bb; 1 octave: B, C, C#, D, Eb

Percussion: Solo material and any rudiments to be determined

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