Auditions

2017 ORCHESTRA AUDITIONS

Each year the Spoleto Festival USA Orchestra takes on a dynamic new identity with the participation of both returning and new musicians. Through nationwide auditions, an extremely talented group of young professionals and students of many nationalities is selected to form the Festival resident ensemble. The Orchestra works with Resident Conductor and Director of Orchestral Activities John Kennedy, as well as with guest conductors in opera, symphonic, choral, chamber, and contemporary music performances. Orchestra members are provided with an honorarium, housing, and travel stipend.

The Festival Orchestra is central to the international excellence of performances at Spoleto Festival USA and has over the years proven to be one of the finest opportunities for young musicians to gain extensive performance experience. Alumni of the Spoleto Festival USA Orchestra can be found in almost every professional orchestra in the United States and many abroad.

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Thank you for your interest in auditioning for Spoleto Festival USA! The general application deadline for the 2017 Festival Orchestra has passed. Late applications will be considered on a case-by-case basis, and do not guarantee an audition. Click here for the late-application link. Percussionists only who live in the NYC region may submit a video application at this link by February 20, 2017.

2017 Spoleto Festival USA Orchestra Dates: May 14 – June 12, 2017

2017 AUDITION SCHEDULE

December 12, 2016 | Miami | New World Center
January 12 and 13, 2017 | NYC | Turtle Bay Music School (*no percussion)
January 15, 2017 | Boston | New England Conservatory
January 21, 2017 | Chicago | Bienen School of Music, Northwestern University
January 28, 2017 | Houston | Shepherd School of Music, Rice University
February 8th, 2017 | San Francisco | San Francisco Conservatory
February 10, 2017 | Los Angeles | Colburn School
February 24, 2017 | Charleston | Memminger Auditorium (*no percussion)

Information regarding the 2018 Festival Auditions will be posted in November 2017.


SPOLETO FESTIVAL USA 2017 ORCHESTRA AUDITION GUIDELINES:
There are no specifically required orchestral excerpts for our 2017 auditions, and candidates are encouraged to use these guidelines to prepare and offer 5-7 minutes of material which displays a variety of repertoire and shows you at your best. Solo substitutions are permitted at your discretion, and do not require approval. Candidates also have the option of offering a contemporary music solo in lieu of the concerto options – please bring a copy of the score if that is the case.

VIOLIN:
1. Mozart Concerto No. 4 in D major OR Concerto No. 5 in A major – exposition of first movement.
2. Several excerpts from the standard orchestral repertoire, OR first movement exposition of a Romantic violin concerto.

VIOLA:
1. One movement from the Bartok Concerto for Viola.
2. Several excerpts from the standard orchestral repertoire.

CELLO:
1. Haydn Concerto in D major OR C major, first movement, OR a movement of the Dvorak Concerto.
2. Several excerpts from the standard orchestral repertoire.

DOUBLE BASS:
1. One movement exposition from the Koussevitzky or Dittersdorf Concerto.
2. Several excerpts from the standard orchestral repertoire.

FLUTE:
1. Mozart Concerto No. 1 in G major, exposition of one movement.
2. Several excerpts from the standard orchestral repertoire.
3. Flute players must also audition on piccolo and should prepare one excerpt from the standard orchestral repertoire.

OBOE:
1. Mozart Concerto in C major, exposition of one movement.
2. Several excerpts from the standard orchestral repertoire.
3. Oboe players must also audition on the English Horn and should prepare one excerpt from the standard orchestral repertoire.

CLARINET:
1. Mozart Clarinet Concerto in A major, exposition of one movement.
2. Several excerpts from the standard orchestral repertoire.
3. Clarinet players must also audition on auxiliary instruments (E flat and/or bass clarinet) and should prepare one excerpt from the standard orchestral repertoire on these instruments.

BASSOON:
1. Mozart Concerto in B flat major, exposition of one movement.
2. Several excerpts from the standard orchestral repertoire.
3. Audition on contrabassoon is optional to those players who have an instrument available – with an excerpt from standard orchestral repertoire.

HORN:
1. Exposition from a Mozart Concerto OR Strauss Concerto.
2. Several excerpts from the standard orchestral repertoire.

TRUMPET:
1. Exposition from a Haydn Concerto OR Hummel Concerto.
2. Several excerpts from the standard orchestral repertoire.

TROMBONE:
1. Exposition from Davíd Concerto.
2. Several excerpts from the standard orchestral repertoire.

BASS TROMBONE & TUBA:
1. Exposition of concerto or solo of your choice.
2. Several excerpts from the standard orchestral repertoire.

HARP:
1. Handel Concerto for Harp Opus 4 in B-flat major, first movement.
2. Several excerpts from the standard orchestral repertoire.

TIMPANI & PERCUSSION:
1. No solos.
2. Several excerpts from standard and contemporary orchestral repertoire on timpani, bells, xylophone, and snare drum.