The NBSO schedules auditions for sublist positions in the fall and spring as needed. All auditions are held at New England Conservatory, 290 Huntington Avenue, Boston, MA.

Audition repertoire for the sublist audition consists of a solo concerto movement of your choice, excerpts from the list below, and possible sight-reading.

List of Excerpts for Sublist Auditions
(For the excerpt list for specific positions, please EMAIL ELISA BIRDSEYE.)

Flute

  • Beethoven: Leonore #3 Overture, opening passage plus solo
  • Mendelssohn: Scherzo from Midsummer Night’s Dream
  • Prokofiev: Classical Symphony Minuet
  • Stravinsky: Firebird

Oboe/EH

  • Ravel: Le Tombeau de Couperin – 1st mvt. opening solo to rehearsal 2
  • Beethoven: Symphony 3- 2nd mvt. first 2 solo entrances (beginning to A; mm.36- 47), 3rd mvt. mm.1-28 and pickup to 12 before A to 23 after A (mm. 80-115)
  • Brahms: Symphony 1- 2nd mvt. mm. 17-23 and 1 note before B to 5 after B
  • Rossini: La Scala di Seta- the Andantino: beginning to reh. 1 and the Allegro from reh. 2-3

Clarinet

Slow excerpts:

  • Rachmaninov: Symphony #2, 3rd mvt.- beginning to 1 measure before 47
  • Brahms: Symphony #4, 2nd mvt.- beginning to measure 13

Fast:

  • Mendelssohn: Scherzo from Midsummer Night’s Dream- beginning to measure 48
  • Ravel: Daphnis and Chloe Suite #2- 214 to the end

Bassoon

  • Mozart: Marriage of Figaro (overture), bsn1
  • Tchaikovsky: 4th Symphony, 2nd mvt. bsn1
  • Brahms: violin concerto, 2nd mvt. bsn2
  • Mozart: Haffner symphony, 4th mvt. bsn2

Horn

  • Beethoven: Symphony No. 6, scherzo, first horn
  • Brahms: Symphony No. 1, second mvt. solo, first horn
  • Strauss: Till Eulenspiegel, opening solo, first horn

Trumpet

  • Stravinsky: Petrushka: Ballerina’s Dance
  • Mussorgsky/Ravel: Pictures at an Exhibition: Promenade only
  • Respighi Pines of Rome: offstage solo only
  • Strauss: Till Eulenspiegels: trumpet 3, rehearsal #36 to end

Trombone

  • Mozart: Requiem: Tuba Mirum
  • Strauss: Till Eulenspiegels: excerpts 2 before #2 through #4, #35-38
  • Rossini: La Gazza Ladra
  • Hindemith: Symphonic Metamorphosis: mvt. 2 Letter H-J

Tuba

  • Wagner: Die Meistersinger, Act I Prelude (Overture) Letter J –L
  • Prokofiev: Symphony No 5: Mvt I, #3-#6, and mvt. IV, #94-to 5 after #98
  • Hindemith: Symphonic Metamorphosis: mvt. 2 4 after L to2 after N
  • Berlioz: Symphonie Fantastique mvts. 4 & V (Tuba I)

Violin

  • Don Juan page 1
  • First page of Schumann 2 scherzo
  • Intro to Brahms 1 and the concertmaster solo

Viola

  • Page 1 of Don Juan
  • Roman Carnival overture (key passage)
  • Beethoven 5 2nd mvt.
  • Shostakovich 5 (key passage mvt. 1)

Cello

  • Beethoven 5 (2nd and 3rd mvt.)
  • Don Juan 1st page
  • La Mer (top line of quartet section – 1st mvt.) Mendelssohn MSND
  • Scherzo Brahms 2 (or 3) slow mvt. Mozart 35 1st and/or 4th mvt.
  • Beethoven 8 trio

Bass

  • Beethoven 9 Symphony recitative
  • Beethoven 5 2nd mvt., 3rd mvt. – Scherzo; measure 44 to 5 measures after A
  • Beethoven 5 3rd mvt. – Trio; beginning for 37 measures – no repeat
  • Prokofiev: Lieutenant Kije Solo
  • Mozart: Symphony No. 39, K. 543, E-flat major (mvts. 1 and 4)

FOR QUESTIONS ABOUT NBSO AUDITIONS, EMAIL NBSO PERSONNEL MANAGER ELISA BIRDSEYE.