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TMF Orchestral Institute - Preliminary Auditions

Live Audition Application Deadline
Friday, January 19, 2018

The Texas Music Festival Orchestral Institute will accept applications for live auditions online only starting in late November 2017.  Letters of Recommendation are NOT required and should not be submitted.

  • Applicants are strongly encouraged to apply well before the Friday, January 19, 2018 deadline. The TMF office will contact you by e-mail to schedule your audition after receiving your application. Auditions are scheduled on a first-come, first-served basis. Applying by the deadline does not guarantee a live audition. Many cities have high demand and fill up before the application deadline. There is limited availability for percussion auditions in cities where other orchestral instrument auditions are also offered on the same day.
  • Live auditions are conducted by a single member of the TMF staff and are video recorded for review by TMF faculty and the Music Director.
  • Refunds are not given for auditions cancelled due to weather.

Live auditions will be held in the following cities:

  • Pittsburgh, PA  
    Saturday, January 20, 2018
    Carnegie Mellon University
    Directions to College of Fine Arts at CMU
    Parking is available in the East Campus Parking Garage - entrance off of Forbes, between Morewood and Beeler.
    Please arrive no earlier than 20 minutes prior to assigned audition time.
    Auditions for all orchestral instruments will take place in Kresge Recital Hall.
  • Baltimore, MD 
    Sunday, January 21, 2018
    Peabody Conservatory
    Directions/Parking Information for Peabody
    Please arrive no earlier than 20 minutes prior to assigned audition time.
    Warm-up available in Leakin Hall practice rooms, Room LH 119 and LH 16.
    Auditions for all orchestral instruments except percussion will take place in Joe Byrd Hall.
    Percussion auditions will take place in the Percussion Studio from 4:00 - 6:00 p.m.
    Percussion applicants must bring their own snare drum and snare stand to the audition. All other percussion instruments will be provided.
  • Los Angeles, CA
    Wednesday, January 24, 2018
    The Colburn School
    Directions/Parking Information for Colburn
    Please arrive no earlier than 20 minutes prior to your scheduled audition time.
    Auditions will take place in Mayman Hall. Percussion auditions only available from 9:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
    Percussion applicants must bring their own snare drum and snare stand. All other percussion instruments will be provided.
    G-172 is available for percussion warm-up, however, percussion instruments will likely not be available.
    Individual Warm-up for all other instruments is available in G-168 or the Mayman Green Room.
    NOTE: All cellists are required to avoid damage to the wood floor through the use of rock stops, straps, or similar items.
  • New York, NY
    Sunday, January 28, 2018
    Manhattan School of Music
    Directions to Manhattan School of Music
    Percussion auditions only available from 9:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. in Bossi-Comelli Studio.
    Percussion applicants must bring their own snare drum and snare stand. All other percussion instruments will be provided.
    Auditions for all other orchestral instruments will take place in Studio 707 during the afternoon.
    Individual warm-up available in Rooms 703 and 705 - please arrive no earlier than 20 minutes prior to your scheduled audition time.
  • Boston, MA
    Monday, January 29, 2018
    New England Conservatory
    Directions/Public Transportation Information for NEC
    Please arrive no earlier than 20 minutes prior to your scheduled audition time.
    Room JHB08 will be available for Percussion Audition warm-up.
    Percussion auditions will take place in Room JHB10 from 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
    Percussion applicants must bring their own snare drum and snare stand to the audition. All other percussion instruments will be provided.
    Rooms JH102 and JH103 will be available for warm-up for all other orchestral instruments.
    Auditions for all other orchestral instruments will take place in JH118 from 12:00 - 6:00 p.m.
  • Cleveland, OH (percussion auditions not available)
    Saturday, February 3, 2018
    Cleveland Institute of Music
    Directions/Parking Information for CIM
    Non-CIM applicants must arrive no earlier than 20 minutes prior to assigned audition time and must check in at the CIM North Security Desk upon arrival.
    Warm-up will take place in assigned practice rooms (generally practice rooms X & Y) located in the practice area in the lower level of the building.
    Auditions will take place in Room 214.
  • Cleveland, OH (percussion auditions only) 
    Sunday, February 4, 2018
    Cleveland State University
    Directions/Parking Information for CSU
    Music Building entrance is on E. 21st street off of Chester Ave.
    Auditions will take place in the Concert Hall from 9:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. and a warm-up area will be available.
    Percussion applicants must bring their own snare drum and snare stand to the audition. All other percussion instruments will be provided.
  • Bloomington, IN (percussion auditions not available)
    Friday, February 9, 2018
    Indiana University
    Directions/Parking Information for Jacobs School of Music
    Please arrive no earlier than 20 minutes prior to assigned audition time.
    Auditions will take place in Room JS234 in the Music East Studio Building.
  • Ann Arbor, MI 
    Sunday, February 11, 2018
    University of Michigan
    Directions to University of Michigan E.V. Moore Building (School of Music)
    Please arrive no earlier than 20 minutes prior to your scheduled audition time.
    Room TBD will be available as a group warm-up room.
    Auditions for all orchestral instruments will take place in Room 1412.
    Percussion applicants must bring their own snare drum and snare stand. All other percussion instruments will be provided.
  • Cincinnati, OH
    Sunday, February 11, 2018
    University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music
    Directions to CCM and Parking Information
    Please arrive no earlier than 20 minutes prior to your scheduled audition time.
    Percussion auditions will take place in Room 1340 from 9:30 - 11:45 a.m.
    Percussion applicants must bring their own snare drum and snare stand to the audition. All other percussion instruments will be provided.
    Auditions for all other orchestral instruments will take place in Room 3250 from 12:30 - 4:45 p.m.
    Warm-up Rooms TBD.
  • Houston, TX
    Wednesday, February 14, 2018
    University of Houston
    Moores School of Music
    Directions to UH & Metered parking is available in Lot 16
    Please arrive no earlier than 20 minutes prior to your scheduled audition time.
    Percussion warm-up is available in MSM 185 from 9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
    Rooms 242 and 248 will be used as group warm-up rooms for all other orchestral instruments.
    Auditions for all orchestral instruments except percussion from 9:00 a.m. - 10:40 a.m. & 2:20 - 6:00 p.m on the Moores Opera House stage.
    Percussion auditions available from 11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. on the Moores Opera House stage.  Percussion applicants must bring their own snare drum and snare stand to the audition. All other percussion instruments will be provided.
  • Chicago, IL 
    Sunday, February 18, 2018
    Roosevelt University
    Chicago College of Performing Arts (CCPA)
    Directions to Roosevelt University
    CCPA Floor Map.
    All applicants are required to bring a valid ID to show to the security desk upon arrival.
    Room 178 (Orchestra Rehearsal Room) is available as a group warm-up room and is located on the 1st floor of the Auditorium Building.
    Percussion auditions available from 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. in the Auditorium Building Room 1080. Percussion applicants must bring their own snare drum and snare stand to the audition. All other percussion instruments will be provided.
    Auditions for all other orchestral instruments will take place in Opera Rehearsal Room 1450 from 1:00  - 4:30 p.m.
  • Dallas, TX (percussion auditions not available)
    Sunday, February 18, 2018
    Southern Methodist University
    Directions to Southern Methodist University
    Parking Instructions: Park on South side of the Meadows School of Music. H Lot, from Bishop Blvd. or Hillcrest. Gates will be up. Enter Meadows School from South side of building. Meadows School Operations Office at the top of stairwell if you have any questions.
    Please arrive no earlier than 30 minutes prior to assigned audition time.
    Auditions will take place in Owens Arts Center, Room 1110 (Band Hall)
    SMU Practice Rooms will be available for warm-up and are located around the corner from the Band Hall and down the stairs
  • Rochester, NY (percussion auditions not available) 
    Tuesday, February 20, 2018
    Eastman School of Music
    Directions/Parking Information for Eastman
    Please arrive no earlier than 20 minutes prior to assigned audition time.
    Because of space limitations there is not a dedicated warm-up room in the Student Living Center, but applicants can usually find a practice room prior to their audition in the Annex building, attached by pedestrian bridge to the 2nd, 3rd, and 4th floor of the main building (see campus map link above.)
    Auditions will take place in Ciminelli Formal Lounge in the Eastman Commons Student Living Center.

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Recorded Audition Application Deadline
Monday, February 23, 2018

The Texas Music Festival Orchestral Institute will accept applications and recorded auditions online only starting in late November 2017.   Applicants who wait to apply until the deadline (11:59 p.m. CST on February 23, 2018) may experience siginificant delays when uploading their audition materials.

PLEASE NOTE: Solos and excerpts must be recorded as one video file (no audio file accepted) and must contain all audition repertoire in the order listed, WITHOUT ACCOMPANIMENT, and played in a CONTINUOUS UNEDITED SEGMENT. Please ensure that your audition conforms strictly to these requirements.

2018 Preliminary Audition Requirements

  • Each instrument requires specific excerpts and solo requirements. NOTE: Solo to be recorded without accompaniment.
  • Specific excerpts may be listed for piccolo, English horn, E-flat clarinet, bass clarinet and contrabassoon.  Auxiliary instrument auditions are not required for the preliminary auditions.  However, it is expected that all auxiliary instrument responsibilities/opportunities will be shared in each section:
    All flute participants are expected to bring a piccolo, if you have one.

    All oboe participants are expected to bring an English horn, if you have one, and reeds and the equipment needed to make new English horn reeds. Bring a device for supporting the weight of the instrument, if needed.

    In addition to B-flat and A instruments, all clarinet participants are also expected to bring E-flat and bass clarinet instruments and/or mouthpieces, if you have one.

    All bassoon participants are expected to bring a contrabassoon, if you have one, and contrabassoon reeds and equipment to make new reeds. Bring a device for supporting the weight of the contrabassoon, if needed.

Strings

Violin

Solo: Exposition from the first movement of a standard concerto

Excerpts (printable version):

  • StraussDon Juan

    Beginning – end of first page

  • Mozart Symphony No. 39

    Movement II: Beginning – measure 27 (no repeats)

  • Mendelssohn Scherzo from A Midsummer Night's Dream

    Beginning – 7 measures after Letter D

Viola

Solo: Exposition from the first movement of a standard concerto

Excerpts (printable version):

  • Shostakovich Symphony No. 5

    Movement I: 1 measure after Rehearsal Number 15  – Rehearsal Number 17

  • Mendelssohn Scherzo from A Midsummer Night's Dream

    Beginning – Letter D

  • Strauss Don Juan

    Beginning – 9 after Letter B (omit pizzicato measures)

Cello

Solo: Exposition from the first movement of a standard concerto

Excerpts (printable version):

  • Beethoven Symphony No. 5

    Movement II: measures 1 – 10; 49 – 59; 98 – 106

  • Brahms Symphony No. 2 

    Movement II: beginning – measure 15

  • StraussDon Juan

    Measures 1 – 9
    Letter C – Letter D

Double Bass

Solos: One movement from a Bach Cello Suite without repeats

AND

The first movement from one of the following concertos:

Bottesini Concerto No. 2 (beginning to measure 58)

Dragonetti Concerto (beginning to measure 57)

Dittersdorf Concerto No. 2 (beginning to measure 98)

Koussevitzky Concerto (beginning to measure 77)

Vanhal Concerto (beginning to measure 83)

Excerpts (printable version):

  • Beethoven Symphony No. 5

    Movement III: Beginning – 5 measures after Rehearsal Letter A

  • Brahms Symphony No. 1

    Movement I: Letter E – second ending

  • Mozart Symphony No. 40

    Movement I: melody before Letter C – 5 measures after Letter C

  • StraussEin Heldenleben

    Rehearsal Number 9 – Rehearsal Number 11

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Woodwinds

Flute

Solos: Exposition from the first movement of either Mozart D or G Major Concerto.

Excerpts are from Theodore Presser's Orchestral Excerpts for Flute (printable excerpt list)

  • Beethoven Symphony No. 3

    Movement IV: 5 measures before B – 24 measures after B (measure 172 – measure 200)

  • Debussy Prélude à l’après-midi d’un faune

    Rehearsal #2 – Rehearsal #3

  • Hindemith Symphonic Metamorphosis

    Movement III/Andantino: 5 before C – end

  • Stravinsky Chant du Rossignol

    Rehearsal #12 – Rehearsal #16
    Rehearsal #38 –9 after Rehearsal #39

Piccolo

Excerpts from Walfrid Kujala’s Orchestral Techniques for Flute and Piccolo: An Audition Guide

  • RavelMother Goose Suite

    Rehearsal #1 – 5 measures after Rehearsal #2

  • RossiniSemiramide Overture

    8 before U – U

Oboe

Solo:

  • Mozart Concerto for Oboe in C Major, K.314

    Movement I: Exposition

Excerpts (printable version):

  • Brahms Violin Concerto in D Major

    Movement II: Beginning – measure 32

  • Mendelssohn Scottish Symphony

    Movement II: Pick-up to Letter A – downbeat of Letter B
    17 measures after Letter B – 13 measures after Letter C

  • RavelLe Tombeau de Couperin

    Opening – Movement I: Beginning – Rehearsal Number 2
    Movement III: Beginning – Rehearsal Number 4 (no repeats)

English horn

Excerpt (included in the printable Oboe Preliminary Excerpts above):

  • DvorakSymphony No. 9

    Movement II: measures 7 – 18

Clarinet

Solo:

  • Mozart Clarinet Concerto in A major, K.662

    Movement I: Exposition

Excerpts (printable version):

  • MendelssohnScherzo from A Midsummer Night's Dream

    Beginning – Rehearsal Letter B

  • Beethoven Symphony No. 6

    Movement I: measure 418 – 1 measure before Rehearsal Letter I & 2 measures before Rehearsal Letter K – measure 482
    Movement II: measures 68 – 77

  • Shostakovich Symphony No. 9

    Movement II: beginning – measure 32

    Movement III: beginning – measure 17

  • Respighi Pini di Roma

    I pini del Gianicolo: Pick up to Rehearsal Number 13 – Rehearsal Number 15
    Pick up to 5 measures after Rehearsal Number 17 for 7 measures

  • Stravinsky The Firebird Suite (1919)

    Variation de l'oiseau de feu: complete

  • Puccini Tosca

    Andante lento appassionato solo for 15 bars

E-flat Clarinet  

Excerpts (included in the printable Clarinet Preliminary Excerpts above):

  • BerliozSymphonie fantastique

    Rehearsal Number 63 – 5 measures after Rehearsal Number 64

  • StraussTill Eulenspiegel’s Merry Pranks

    7 measures before Rehearsal Number 29 – Rehearsal Number 32
    5 measures after Rehearsal Number 38 – 4 measures before Rehearsal Number 41

Bass Clarinet  

Excerpts (included in the printable Clarinet Preliminary Excerpts above):

  • GroféGrand Canyon Suite
    3. On the Trail: Rehearsal Number 2 – Rehearsal Number 3
    8 measures before Rehearsal Number 13 – 4 measures after Rehearsal Number 13
  • Liszt Tasso Lamento e Trionfo

    Letter B: both solos

Bassoon

  • Mozart Concerto for Bassoon in B-flat Major K. 191

    Movement I: Exposition

Excerpts (printable version)

  • Tchaikovsky Symphony No. 4

    Movement II: measures 274 – end

  • Mozart Overture to The Marriage of Figaro

    Measures 139 – 171

  • Rimsky-KorsakovScheherazade

    Movement II: measure 5 - Letter A (measure 26)

  • TchaikovskySymphony No. 6

    Movement I: measures 1 – 12

  • RavelBolero

    Two measures after Rehearsal Number 2 - Rehearsal Number 3

Contrabassoon

Excerpts (included in the printable Bassoon Preliminary Excerpts above):

  • Beethoven Symphony No. 5

    Movement IV: 1 measure before Letter A – 5 measures after Letter B

  • RavelMother Goose Suite

    Movement IV: Rehearsal Number 2 – 12 measures before Rehearsal Number 4

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Brass

Horn

Solo:

  • Mozart Concerto No. 4 in E-flat Major

    Movement I: Exposition

Excerpts (printable version - all Horn I parts except when otherwise noted):

  • Brahms Symphony No. 3

    Movement III: measures 97 – 110

  • Mahler Symphony No. 1 (Horn II)

    Movement III: four after Rehearsal Number 13 – Rehearsal Number 15

  • Shostakovich Symphony No. 5

    Movement I: three after Rehearsal Number 17 – one after Rehearsal Number 21

  • RavelPavane for a Dead Princess

    Opening Solo: Measures 1 – 11

  • StraussTill Eulenspiegel

    Opening Solo

Trumpet

Solo: no solo is required

Excerpts (printable version):

  • Shostakovich Symphony No. 1

    Movements I & III: Excerpts provided

  • Strauss Also Sprach Zarathustra

    Excerpts provided

  • Stravinsky Petrouchka

    Ballerina's Dance: 1 bar before Rehearsal Number 134-139

  • Bernstein Symphonic Dances from West Side Story

    Rehearsal Number 508 – 1 after Rehearsal Number 520

Tenor Trombone

Solos:

  • BachSuite No. 3 in C for Solo Cello, Bouree No. 1 (no repeats)
  • David Concertino in E-flat major, Opus 4

    Movement I: Letter A – Letter C

Excerpts (printable version):

  • Mozart Requiem

    Tuba mirum: 2nd trombone solo (beginning – measure 18)

  • Strauss Ein Heldenleben

    2 measures before Rehearsal Number 61 – 2 measures before Rehearsal Number 66 (2nd trombone part)

  • RavelBolero

    Solo – Rehearsal Number 11

  • WagnerDie Walkure

    Pick-up to Rehearsal Number 3 – 2 measures before Rehearsal Number 4
    Pick-up to Rehearsal Number 5 – 3 measures after Rehearsal Number 6

Bass Trombone

Solos:

  • BachSuite No. 5 in C minor for Solo Cello, Sarabande (no repeats)
  • BozzaNew Orleans

    Beginning – downbeat of Rehearsal Number 4

Excerpts (printable version):

  • Strauss Ein Heldenleben

    1 measure after Rehearsal Number 61 – 1st measure of Rehearsal Number 65

  • Haydn The Creation

    Chor und Terzett: Beginning – Letter C

  • Respighi Fontane di Roma

    Pickup to Rehearsal Number 11 – 9th measure of Rehearsal Number 15

  • WagnerDie Walkure

    III. Aufzug/Scene I: Measures 36 – 44 & Measures 123 – 140

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Tuba

Solo: Please play a brief cantabile selection (2 - 3 minutes)

Excerpts (printable version):

  • ShostakovichSymphony No. 1

    Movement I: Rehearsal Number 24 – Rehearsal Number 29

  • BerliozHungarian March (from Damnation of Faust)

    Rehearsal Number 20 – Rehearsal Number 21

  • TchaikovskySymphony No. 6

    Movement III: Rehearsal Letter G – Rehearsal Letter H

    Finale: Rehearsal Letter L – Rehearsal Letter M

  • StraussAlso Sprach Zarathustra (Tuba 1)

    Rehearsal Number 6 for 6 measures

    Rehearsal Number 16 for 11 measures

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Harp

Please note that TMF does not provide a harp for live auditions.

Solo: A solo from standard solo repertoire of no more than 5 minutes

Cadenzas:

  • Ravel Tzigane
  • Tchaikovsky Suite from Swan Lake

Excerpts (printable version):

  • BerliozSymphonie fantastique

    Movement II: Beginning – Animato

  • BrittenYoung Person's Guide to the Orchestra

    Cadenza and Fugue

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Percussion

Excerpts (printable version):

Timpani

  • Beethoven Symphony No. 1

    Movement III: Pick up to Rehearsal Letter A – bar 79

  • Shostakovich Symphony No. 1

    Movement IV: Rehearsal Number 35 – Rehearsal Number 36

Snare Drum

  • Prokofiev Lieutenant Kije

    Movement I: Rehearsal Number 13 – End

  • Shostakovich Symphony No. 10

    Movement II: Rehearsal Number 98 – End

Marimba

  • Bach Lute Suite in E Minor

    Allemande: Beginning – Double Bar with no repeat

Xylophone

  • Kolday Hary Janos

    Movement VI: Beginning – Rehearsal Number 1

Vibraphone

  • Bernstein Symphonic Dances from West Side Story

    Measures 620– 632

Glockenspiel

  • RespighiPini di Roma

    Beginning – 15 before Rehearsal Number 3

Cymbals

  • Tchaikovsky Romeo and Juliet Fantasy Overture

    2 before Rehearsal Letter O – 8 before Rehearsal Letter P

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