Audition Requirements

A complete audition consists of orchestral excerpts and a solo piece of your choosing.  Each audition will be approximately 8 minutes long and will consist of two parts:

  • A solo work of your choice. This could be a part of a concerto, sonata, or a solo passage from a major orchestral work.
  • Orchestral excerpts. We have listed below the audition repertoires for each instrument. You can download and print them out using the links shown below. If you have difficulty getting music, contact orchestras@stanford.edu.

As part of the process in preparing for the audition, it is important that you listen to the professional recording of the excerpts. Note that Stanford affiliates have access to Naxos Music Library online, which provides music streaming of most major classical repertoire (link for off-campus users).

The following are the orchestral excerpts for the 2014-2015 auditions.


VIOLIN [Download excerpts]

  1. Mozart: Overture to The Marriage of Figaro (beg.-m. 58)
  2. Beethoven: Symphony No. 3 (3rdMovt., beg.-m. 69)
  3. Tchaikovsky: Symphony No. 5 (1st Movt., m. 58-99)

VIOLA [Download excerpts]

  1. Mozart: Overture to The Marriage of Figaro (beg.-m. 58)
  2. Beethoven: Symphony No. 5 (2ndMovt., beg.-m. 10; m. 49-59; m. 98-106)
  3. Tchaikovsky: Symphony No. 4 (2nd Movt., 3 bars after B-1 bar before C)

CELLO [Download excerpts]

  1. Mozart: Overture to The Marriage of Figaro (beg.-m. 58)
  2. Beethoven: Symphony No. 5 (2ndMovt., beg.-m. 10; m. 49-59; m. 98-106)
  3. Tchaikovsky: Symphony No. 4 (2nd Movt., m. 21-57)

DOUBLEBASS [Download excerpts]

  1. Mozart: Overture to The Marriage of Figaro (beg.-m. 58)
  2. Beethoven: Symphony No. 5 (3rdMovt., m. 140-218)
  3. Brahms: Symphony No. 1 (1st Movt., m. 161-189)

FLUTE [Download excerpts]

  1. Brahms: Symphony No. 4 (4thMovt., m. 96-105)
  2. Mendelssohn: Scherzo from A Midsummer Night’s Dream (2 bars before P-end)
  3. Ravel: Daphnis and Chloé Suite No. 2 (3 bars after 176-179; 184-185)

PICCOLO [Download excerpts]

  1. Beethoven: Symphony No. 5 (4th Movt., m. 698-735)
    (Optional but encouraged)

OBOE [Download excerpts]

  1. Brahms: Symphony No. 1 (1stMovt., m. 29-33)
  2. Brahms: Symphony No. 1 (2ndMovt., m. 17-23 and m. 38-43)
  3. Tchaikovsky: Symphony No. 4 (3rd Movt., m. 133-170)

ENGLISH HORN [Download excerpts]

  1. Dvořák: Symphony No. 9 “New World” (2nd Movt., m. 7-18)
    (Optional but encouraged)

CLARINET [Download excerpts]

  1. Beethoven: Symphony No. 6 (1stMovt., 2 bars before K-end)
  2. Beethoven: Symphony No. 6 (2ndMovt., D-E)
  3. Brahms: Symphony No 3 (2ndMovt., beg.-m. 22)
  4. Mendelssohn, Scherzo from Midsummer Night’s Dream (beg.-B)

BASSOON [Download excerpts]

  1. Mozart: Overture to The Marriage of Figaro (m. 139-171)
  2. Tchaikovsky: Symphony No. 5 (3rdMovt., C-8 bars before E)
  3. Stravinsky: Firebird Suite Berceuse (see excerpt for measures)

CONTRA BASSOON [Download excerpts]

  1. Beethoven: Symphony No. 5 (4th Movt., m. 580-627)
    (Optional but encouraged)

FRENCH HORN [Download excerpts]

  1. Brahms: Symphony No. 1 (2ndMovt., m. 90-105)
  2. Tchaikovsky: Symphony No. 5 (2ndMovt., m. 8-28)
  3. Shostakovich: Symphony No. 5 (1st Movt., 3 bars after 17-21)

TRUMPET [Download excerpts]

  1. Beethoven: Overture Leonore No. 3 (21 bars after D-E)
  2. Bizet: Carmen Suite No. 1 (Prelude, beg.-end)
  3. Mahler: Symphony No. 5 (1st Movt., beg.-m. 23)

TROMBONE [Download excerpts]

  1. Mozart: Requiem (Tuba mirum, beg. – B)
  2. Schubert: Symphony No. 9 (1stMovt., m. 29-53)
  3. Wagner: Ride of the Valkyries (pick-up to 3 until 3 bars after 6)

BASS TROMBONE [Download excerpts]

  1. Beethoven: Symphony No. 5 (4thMovt., m. 654-690)
  2. Schubert: Symphony No. 9 (1stMovt., m. 29-53)
  3. Wagner: Die Walküre: Ride of the Valkyries (4 bars after 10-12)

TUBA [Download excerpts]

  1. Wagner: Die Walküre: Ride of the Valkyries (4 bars after 10-12)
  2. Wagner: Overture to Die Meistersinger (see excerpt for measures)

PERCUSSION [Download excerpts]
Note: for logistical reasons, percussionists are also requested to email Linh Tran (lttran@stanford.edu) to sign up for an audition slot. Thanks!

Xylophone

  1. Gershwin (arr. Bennett): Porgy and Bess Symphonic Picture (see excerpt for measures)

Snare Drum

  1. Ravel: Bolero (beg. – m. 12)
  2. Rimsky-Korsakov: Scheherazade, 4th movt., P-R

Cymbals

  1. Tchaikovsky: Romeo and Juliet Fantasy Overture (2 bars before O-12 bars after O)

Tambourine

  1. Dvořák: Carnival Overture (beg.-m. 40; 8 bars before U-end)

Timpani

  1. Mozart: Symphony No. 39 (1stMovt., beg.-21)
  2. Beethoven: Symphony No. 3 (3rd Movt., m. 419-end)
  3. Beethoven, Symphony No. 9 (1st Movt., 18 bars before S-end)