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Auditions

Temecula Valley Symphony accepts new musicians throughout the concert season based on open chairs and instrumentation requirements. If you are interested in auditioning please call 951-587-1536.

Audition materials are suggested below. If you choose to audition and do not have time to learn the repertoire suggested, please plan to prepare a solo or be able to demonstrate an appropriate skill level for your instrument. Please note: The musicians who perform with the Temecula Valley Symphony volunteer their services.

Current Openings

We are currently auditioning for the following sections:

  • Violin
  • Viola
  • Cello
  • Bass
  • Oboe
  • Bassoon
  • Trumpet
  • Percussion (Auxillary & Mallets)

Strings, woodwind, brass, and percussion players, including harp and piano, are encouraged to audition for the sub list even if you are not available for the entire season. We often need subs for specific concerts.

Audition Policy

The Temecula Valley Symphony (TVS) is a leading regional orchestra. TVS presents an average of six concert programs per season and performs occasional outside engagements. Rehearsals are scheduled in Temecula or Murrieta-based venues, on Thursday evenings from 7:00-9:30 pm, five consecutive weeks prior to each concert. They begin in mid-August with the orchestra’s season ending in May.

In order to maintain and improve the musical quality of the TVS it is the policy of the Board of Directors that all new musicians must audition unless recommended by the Conductor or Orchestra Staff. This applies to those who are auditioning for specific chairs and to those who wish to be placed on the sub list.

These auditions consist of 10 minutes of playing, consisting of a prepared solo and sight-reading. In addition, there will be a short informal discussion of the applicant’s experience, stability, and interest in playing with TVS. These orchestral auditions are for volunteer positions only.

The official guidelines for new auditions are as follows:

  • Candidates must submit a resume of previous orchestral experience
  • Open positions are posted. If a section is full, anyone wishing to be placed on a sub list for rehearsals or concerts may also audition. Membership on the sub list does not guarantee permanent membership in the orchestra.
  • Members of the sub list must re-audition to fill any permanent opening.

At any time during the season, if you are interested in joining the orchestra, and if there is an opening, you may request a brief audition to become part of the orchestra on an interim basis. The audition committee will typically consist of the music director, personnel manager, section principal, etc.

Current TVS Members:

  • Current long-standing musicians with the TVS will retain their present seat as long as they choose to remain loyal to the orchestra, maintain proficiency on their instrument, and remain professional and courteous to other symphony members.
  • If a member cannot play at any rehearsal or concert, they are required to communicate this to the Orchestra Coordinator and to the principal of their section.
  • Those wishing to make a chair challenge must demonstrate a commitment to the orchestra by having participated fully in the orchestra’s rehearsals and concerts for at least 6 months. Music for chair challenges will be taken from the new concert music for the upcoming program. Those auditions will be heard at the 1st rehearsal of each new set of concert music by the Audition Committee, who will decide the seating placement. Loyalty and commitment to participate are of paramount importance for those taking leadership positions. Auditions do not guarantee a high placement spot.
  • Prior to each concert the Conductor, Orchestra Coordinator, Director of Orchestra Affairs and/or Principals of each section will determine the number of players and/or seating of players according to the needs of the orchestra.
  • Current members must be able to adequately play the repertoire chosen for each concert program. If it is determined that a player is not able to meet this challenge then the Conductor or Orchestra Staff may ask the musician to sit out on a particular concert.
  • In order to maintain a high musical standard in Temecula Valley Symphony current members may be asked to play for the audition committee if it is determined that an evaluation of the musician’s abilities is needed.
  • Attendance at scheduled rehearsals is paramount to the success of the music preparation for concerts. If a current member of the symphony misses more than two consecutive rehearsals without giving notice to the Orchestra Coordinator, then it will be assumed that the musician is abandoning their chair. Orchestra Staff may choose to replace the musician with another person who will show a commitment to the Symphony and attend regular rehearsals. Should this happen the musician in default may reapply to join the orchestra in the future when his or her schedule permits.

Audition Repertoire

The excerpts listed are standard excerpts required by professional orchestras. We encourage you to use these when auditioning for TVS but if you have other material prepared that you would prefer to use for your audition you may do so. Please be sure to let us know what selections you plan to use for your audition.

Please bring 3 copies of your repertoire with you for the Audition Committee on the day of your audition. Thank you. (The committee already has copies of the excerpts listed on this website)
(All instruments)

These are the audition requirements:

  • Please play the listed excerpts for your instrument(s) unless you have made other arrangements with the Audition Committee. We do realize that in some cases you may not be current with repertoire and audition materials. On occasion we do make exceptions to our Audition Policy on a case by case basis and base our decision on the potential overall contribution a person may make to the organization by his or her participation.
  • You will be asked to perform the exposition of a standard concerto or sonata for your instrument, unless you have made arrangements to play other selections.
  • You will be asked to sight-read at the audition.

Strings:

Violin

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  • L. van Beethoven – Leonore Overture No. 3, Op. 72 – Presto
  • J. Brahms – Symphony No. 1, 4th Mvt. in C-minor, Op. 68, play A to B and D to E
  • W. A. Mozart – Symphony No. 41 in C-major, K.551, Jupiter, play B to 20 meas. after C in the finale
  • R. Strauss – Don Juan, Op.20, Allegro molto con brio.
  • I. Stravinsky – The Rite of Spring, 1st part – (Les Augures Printaniers: Danses des Adolescents)
    • Play 2nd violin part from 54-56

The following excerpt is under copyright and cannot be posted. It may be available upon request only.

  • B. Bartok – Concerto for Orchestra, 5th Mvt. (First violin)

Viola

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  • Tchaikovsky Swan Lake into B through D
  • Berlioz Symphonie Fantastique mvt 4 – 1 measure before 54 through 5 after 56
  • Mahler Symphony No 1, 1st mvt Measure 30 to 3 measures after 33
  • Beethoven Symphony No 7 mvt IV section D – E

Cello

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  • J. Brahms – Piano Concerto No. 2 in Bb-major, Op.83, 3rd Mvt.
  • R. Strauss – Don Juan, Op.20
  • C. M. von Weber – Aufforderung Zum Tanz (Invitation to the Dance), Op.65

The following repertoire will be required for the audition but no PDF’s are currently available.

  • W. A. Mozart – Don Giovanni, 1st Act., Aria No. 12
  • I. Stravinsky – Symphony in C
  • L. van Beethoven – Symphony No. 5 in C-minor, Op.67, 2nd Mvt.

Bass

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  • L. van Beethoven – Symphony No. 5, 3rd Mvt, Allegro
  • G. Mahler – Symphony No. 1 in D-major, 3rd Mvt.
  • W. A. Mozart- Symphony No. 35

The following repertoire will be required for the audition but no PDF’s are currently available.

  • L. van Beethoven – Symphony No. 9 in D-minor, Op. 125, 4th Mvt. Presto
  • I. Stravinsky – Pulcinella Suite, 7th Mvt. Vivo

Woodwinds:

Flute

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  • L. van Beethoven – Leonore Overture, No. 3, Op. 72a
  • J. Brahms – Symphony No. 4, Op. 98, 4th Mvt.
  • F. Mendelssohn – A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Op. 61, Scherzo
  • M. Ravel – Daphnis et Chloè, Suite No. 2

The following repertoire will be required for the audition but no PDF’s are currently available.

  • I. Stravinsky – Petruschka, Vivace and Cadenza “poco più mosso”

Piccolo

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  • L. van Beethoven – Symphony No. 9 in D-minor, Op.125 4th Mvt. Alla Marcia
  • G. Rossini – Semiramide Overture
  • P. Hindemith – Nobilissima Visione, 2nd Mvt., Marsch and Pastorale

Oboe

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  • J. Brahms – Violin Concerto in D-major, Op.77 2nd Mvt. Adagio
  • F. Mendelssohn – Symphony No. 3 in A-minor, 2nd Mvt. Vivace non troppo
  • R. Strauss – Don Juan, “a tempo ma tranquillo”
  • Rimsky-Korsakov – Sheherazade, Op. 35
  • Mussorgsky / Ravel – Pictures at an Exhibition

The following repertoire will be required for the audition but no PDF’s are currently available.

  • I. Stravinsky – Pulcinella

English Horn

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  • H. Berlioz – Roman Carnival Overture, Op. 9, Andante sostenuto
  • A. Dvorak – Symphony No. 9 in E-minor, New World, Op. 95, 2nd Mvt Largo
  • G. Rossini – William Tell Overture
  • M. de Falla – El Sombrero de tres Picos, (Three Cornered Hat)

Clarinet

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  • Mozart – Clarinet Concerto
  • L. van Beethoven – Symphony No. 4, 4th Mvt. Adagio
  • F. Schubert – Symphony No.9, Unfinished, 1st and 2nd Mvts.
  • C. M. von Weber – Oberon Overture
  • G. Mahler – Symphony No. 7 in E -minor, 2nd Mvt., Nachtmusik

The following repertoire will be required for the audition but no PDF’s are currently available.

  • Z. Kodaly – Dances of Galanta
  • I. Stravinsky – Petruschka, 2nd Mvt. – is currently under copyright and may be available upon special request only.

Eb Clarinet

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  • Berlioz – Symphony Fantastique (excerpt section still needs to be identified)

The following repertoire will be required for the audition but no PDF’s are currently available.

  • Stravinsky – La Sacre du Printemps (The Right of Spring)
  • Grofe – Grand Canyon Suite

Bass Clarinet

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  • R. Strauss – Till Eulenspiegel’s Merry Pranks

Bassoon

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  • P.I. Tchaikovsky, Symphony No.4
  • P.I. Tchaikovsky, Symphony No. 5, mvt. 3
  • Wagner, Die Meistersinger
  • I. Stravinsky, “Firebird” Suite – Berceuse
  • W. A. Mozart, “The Marriage of Figaro”, Overture, K.492 Presto
  • J. Sibelius, Symphony No. 2
  • D. Shostakovich, Symphony No. 9 Op.70 Largo-Allegretto
  • B. Smetana, “The Bartered Bride” Overture

Contrabassoon

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  • L. van Beethoven – Symphony No. 9 in D-minor, Op.125, 4th Mvt.
  • M. Ravel – Piano Concerto in D-major, Lento

The following repertoire will be required for the audition but no PDF’s are currently available.

  • A. Berg – Wozzeck

Brass:

Trumpet

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  • Pictures at an Exhibition 1. Promenade (beginning to rehearsal #2)
  • L. van Beethoven – Leonore Overture No. 3 in Bb-major
  • G. Mahler – Symphony No. 3 (post horn solo)
  • Stravinsky – Le Chant du Rossignol (Trumpet 1): rehearsal #’s 24-25 and rehearsal #26 to two bars after rehearsal #29. Solo – three bars before rehearsal #69 to four bars after rehearsal #70.
  • Scriabin – Le Poème de l’extase (Trumpet 1): rehearsal #13-15 and Allegro Molto, four bars before rehearsal #37 to 38.

Please note: Bartok’s – Concerto for Orchestra, 5th Mvt. part is only available upon request due to copyright law.

Piccolo Trumpet

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  • M. Mussorgsky – Pictures at an Exhibition, “Samuel Goldenberg”
  • J. S. Bach – Christmas Oratorio (Weihnachtsoratorium BWV 248)

French Horn

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  • Beethoven – Symphony No. 7, 2nd Mvt., mm 115-135 (second horn)
  • Beethoven – Symphony No. 8, 3rd Mvt., mm 45-78 (second horn)
  • Beethoven – Symphony No. 9, Last Mvt., Letter E – m. 330 (first horn)
  • Brahms – Piano Concerto #2, 1st Mvt, mm 174-198 (third horn)
  • Dvorak – Symphony No. 9, 1st Mvt., mm 16-27 (third horn)
  • Shostakovich – Symphony No. 5, 1st Mvt., Rehearsal #17-21, Rehearsal #36-39 (second horn)

Trombone

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  • M. Ravel – Boléro
  • G. Rossini – William Tell Overture
  • R. Strauss – Also sprach Zarathustra, Op. 30
  • G. Mahler – Symphony No. 3 in D-minor, 1st Mvt.
  • C. Saint-Saëns – Symphony No. 3

Bass Trombone

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  • H. Berlioz – Symphonie Fantastique, 4th Mvt.
  • J. Haydn – Die Schopfung, No. 26, Chorus
  • G. Rossini – William Tell Overture
  • R. Strauss – Till Eulenspiegel
  • R. Wagner – Die Walkúre – 3 Aufzug 1 Szene(Walkúnenritt) y 3 Aufzug 2 Szene

The following repertoire will be required for the audition but no PDF’s are currently available.

  • Z. Kodàly – Háry János Suite from the opera, 4th Mvt.

Tuba

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  • A. Bruckner – Symphony No. 7, 1st and 4th Mvts.
  • G. Mahler – Symphony No. 1 in D-major, 3rd Mvt.
  • I. Stravinsky – Petruschka, “Bär und Mann”, and “Die Masken”

The following repertoire will be required for the audition but no PDF’s are currently available.

  • B. Bartok – Concerto for Orchestra, Finale