Auditions

Orchestra members are paid professionals, many of whom are members of their local unions.
To schedule a time to audition for a position in the Dearborn Symphony, contact the Dearborn Symphony at info@dearbornsymphony.org or 313.565-2424. 
 
 

Auditions will be held Feb 21, 2024 for the following positions:

 
Principal 2nd Violin 

Audition Requirements

Below are performance requirements. A resume must be submitted. 
A time must be reserved in advance.

Assistant Concert Master

  • Mozart: Concerto No. 3, or 4, or 5. 1st movement with cadenza.
  • First or last movement of one of the following concertos:
    • Beethoven
    • Brahms
    • Mendelssohn
    • Bruch
    • Tchaikovsky
    • Bartok No. 2
    • Prokofief No. 2
  • Solo Excerpts:
    • Brahms: Symphony No. 1, movement II
    • Shostakovich: Symphony No. 1, Movement I and III
    • Rimsky-Korsakoff: Capriccio espagnol
  • Orchestra excerpts:
    • Beethoven: Eroica. Movement 3 “Scherzo” Beginning till Trio
    • Mozart: 39 Mvt II. Beginning to 8 after B.
    • Brahms: First Symphony Mvt. I Beginning till double bar (first page)
      Note: You many use excerpts from the Gingold book.
    • Mendelssohn: Midsummer Night’s Dream (Scherzo)

Principal 2nd Violin

First Violin Excerpts:

  • BRAHMS: Symphony No. 4
         Mvt. IV, measure 33 to letter D
  • MENDELSSOHN: Symphony No. 4 “Italian”
         Mvt. I, beginning to measure 110
  • MOZART: Symphony No. 39
         Mvt. II, beginning to measure 27

Second Violin Excerpts:

  • BRAHMS: Piano Concerto No. 1
         Mvt. III, Rondo, measure 238-264
  • MAHLER: Symphony No. 9
         Mvt. I two measures before rehearsal 9 to four measure before rehearsal 13
  • MOZART: Magic Flute Overture, measure 16-42
  • Solo Excerpts:
     
    BACH: St. Matthew Passion
                   “Erbarme dich, mein Gott”, beginning to measure 8
                   “Gebt mir meinen jesum wieder” (second orchestra) Beginning to measure 13
     

    Exposition from first or last movement of one of the following concertos:

    • Beethoven
    • Brahms
    • Mendelssohn
    • Bruch
    • Tchaikovsky
    • Bartok No. 2
    • Prokofief No. 2
 

Section Violin

      • Beethoven: Symphony No. 5, Mvt 1, beginning till  302 (D+7)
      • Mozart: 39 Mvt 2 Beginning till 8 before B.
      • Brahms: Symphony No. 2 Movement I From  17 till ms. 66 (Letter B) and ms. 118 till
        ms 156 (Letter E till F)
      • Strauss: Don Juan, beginning till B

Section Viola

      • Beethoven Symphony No. 5 Mvt. II 1-10, 23-37, 49-59
      • Mozart Symphony 35 Mvmt 4 measures 1 -80
      • Berlioz: Roman Carnival. Beginning and Andante sostenuto
      • Brahms: Haydn Variations (Var. V and VII)

Section Cello

      • Beethoven Symphony No. 5
        Mvt II  1-10, 49-59, 98-105, 114-123
        Mvt III  1-18, ms. 27 -71, 140-159, 201-213
      • Brahms Symphony No. 2
        Movement I  82 – ms. 156 (Letter C till letter F)
        Movement II Beginning till letter B
        Movement IV 8  Before letter L till M (ms. 238 -281)
      • Strauss: Don Juan. Beginning till ms8, Letter A till B, 2ms before Y till the END

Section D. Bass

      • Beethoven: Symphony No. 5, Mvt. III 1 -100, 141 -214 (Beginning to 5 ms after A, Trio to 23 ms. after B)
      • Mozart: Symphony No. 35, Mvt Beginning till ms70
      • Berlioz: Symphonie fantastique, MvtIV 2 after #50 till #53, #56 till the end
      • Stravinsky: Pulcinella (Duetto)

Piccolo

      • Rossini: La Gazza Ladra Overture and Semiramide Overture
      • Beethoven: Symphony No. 9, Finale, AllaMarcia
      • Tchaikovsky: Symphony No. 4, III. Scherzo
      • Ravel: Ma mèrel’oye, III. Laideronnette, Impératrice des pagodes
      • Stravinsky: Firebird Suite, 1919 version, “Variation de l’oiseaude feu”

Flute

      • Beethoven: Leonora 3. Adagio, 69(A)- 83, 228-352, 460-495
      • Dvorak: Symphony No. 8 (also known as 4) in G
        Mvt. I C – 8 after D, H – J
        Mvt II C – D, J – 3 after M
        Mvt IV D – F, R – end
      • Ravel: Daphnis and Chloe Suite No. 2 176 -187
      • Mendelssohn: A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Scherzo)
      • Stravinsky: Firebird Suite (Variation of the Firebird, #9 to 5 msafter #18)

Oboe

      • Brahms: Violin Concerto, Mvt. II solo oboe, 3 – 32
      • Ravel:Le Tombeau de Couperin
        Mvt I, beginning till #2
        Mvt #1 – #2, #4- #5, #6-#8 #16-17
      • Rossini: La Scala di Seta, Beginning till allegro. #2 -#3
      • Tchaikovsky: Symphony No. 4 (Mvt. II, 1 to 21)
      • Stravinsky: PulcinellaSuite (Gavotte and Variation Ia)

English Horn

          • Required:

         

        • Berlioz: Roman CarnevalOverture
        • Dvorak: Symphony No. 9 “New World”
        • Ravel: Piano Concerto in G
          • Optional:
      •  

        • Franck: Symphony
        • Rossini: William Tell Overture

Clarinet

      • Beethoven: Symphony No. 8 Mvt. III, Trio to D.C.
      • Brahms: Symphony No. 3 Mvt. I, II
      • Rimsky-Korsakov: Capriccio espagnol,
        Mvt. I, A to B;
        Mvt. III, 11  after K to end.
      • Rimsky-Korsakov: Scheherazade, Mvt. II F to G
      • Mendelssohn: A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Scherzo)

Bassoon

Principal

  • Beethoven: Leonora 3. Adagio, 69(A)- 83, 228-352, 460-495
  • Dvorak: Symphony No. 8 (also known as 4) in G
    • Mvt. I C – 8 after D, H – J
    • Mvt. II C – D, J – 3 after M
    • Mvt. IV D – F, R – end
  • Ravel: Daphnis and Chloe Suite No. 2; 176 -187
  • Mendelssohn: A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Scherzo)
  • Stravinsky: Firebird Suite (Variation of the Firebird, #9 to 5 ms after #18)

2nd Bassoon

      • Mozart: Concerto for Bassoon, K. 191;
        • 1st Mvt., Exposition, mm. 35-71
        • 2nd Mvt., mm. 7-20
      • Wagner: Tannhauser, Overture; Opening 24 bars
      • Prokofiev: Peter and the Wolf; 1st Grandfather theme
      • Ravel: Rapsodie Espagnole; Mvt. 1, Reh. #’s 8 to 9. (Cadenza)
      • Brahms: Concerto for Violin; 2nd Mvt., Adagio, mm. 1-22
      • Optional/sight reading
        • Verdi: I Vespri Siciliani, Overture; 1st Bassoon part: from Letter A to the key change at the following Allegro

French Horn

      • Brahms Symphony No. 1, 2nd movement solo
      • Strauss: Till Eulenspiegel.  ms6 till ms  5th ms after Reh 29 till  2 ms after 33.  Reh 37 till 3ms before 38.

Additionally – for High Horn

      • Beethoven 7 1st movement ms84 -101 (1st horn)
      • Wagner: Siegfried (Short call)
      • Mahler 1 Movement I, 4ms before Reh#2 till Reh #3
        Mvt III Rehearsal #13-#16

Additionally – for Low Horn:

      • Shostakovich Symphony No.5, mvt 1 Low tutti
      • Beethoven: symphony No. 9 Mvt III From ms 83 (Adagio) till ms 124 (Letter A)
      • Mahler: Symphony No. 1, Mvt I 4ms before Reh #2 till Reh #3 (from 2nd horn part) Reh #15 till 12 ms after Reh #15(4th horn part)

Trumpet

      • Shostakovich: Symphony No. 5, Mvt. I, #27 -#29
      • Stravinsky: Petrouchka(Ballerina’s Dance and Waltz) $135 to #139 and #145 to #151
      • Schumann: Symphony No. 3, Mvt. IV
      • Beethoven: Leonora No. 3

Trombone

      • Mozart: Tuba Mirumfrom the Requiem
      • Berlioz: Hungarian March from 6 before #4 to end.
      • Ravel: Bolero, “solo”
      • Schumann: Symphony No. 3, MvtIV, beginning to 3 ms after A
      • Stravinsky: PulcinellaSuite (Duetto)

Bass Trombone

      • Schumann: Symphony No. 3, MvtIV (complete)
      • Haydn: The Creation, #26
      • Beethoven: Symphony No. 9 MvtIV  595 (andante maestoso) till ms. 626. Letter O – R.
      • Wagner: TannhäuserOverture, standard excerpts
      • Wagner: Lohengrin, Prelude to Act 3, B to C

Tuba

      • Berlioz: BenvenutoCellini Overture, #16 to end
      • Berlioz: Hungarian March 4 to 5
      • Stravinsky: Petrouchka189 to 191
      • Wagner: Meistersingers Overture J to L (some scores have it as E to G or ms.158 to 187)
      • Respighi: Fountains of Rome 11 to 14

Percussion

    • Call for information

Substitutes
Contact the office at 313.565.2424 or info@dearbornsymphony.org.