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Auditions

THERE ARE three upcoming auditions:

 

Third Horn

AUDITION ON: Tuesday, September 17, 2019

Should this position be won by a current member of the PSO, the resulting vacancy may be offered to the runner-up at this audition.

HOW TO APPLY: Highly qualified musicians are invited to send a one-page résumé by Tuesday, September 3, with $50 refundable deposit check (payable to Portland Symphony Orchestra) to:

Portland Symphony Orchestra
Attn. Martin Webster, Orchestra Personnel Manager
50 Monument Square, Floor 2
Portland, ME 04101

Résumés may also be emailed to mwebster@portlandsymphony.org. PDFs preferred, .doc format accepted. Please use the subject line: PSO Third Horn Audition.

Deposit checks will be returned at the audition, or will be destroyed if your audition is cancelled on or before Friday, September 13, 2019.

2019-2020 SEASON EMPLOYMENT: Employment to begin during the 2019-2020 season as soon as the winning candidate’s availability and the PSO’s schedule allow. The PSO is a per-service orchestra offering approximately 93 services in the 2019-2020 season. 2019-2020 pay for this position is $125.01 per service.

The Portland Symphony Orchestra audition committee reserves the right to dismiss any candidate not meeting the highest professional standards.

The audition will be held at Merrill Auditorium in Portland, Maine.

REQUIRED AUDITION REPERTOIRE:

Solo Works

Mozart: Horn Concerto No. 2, K. 417: Mvt. 1 exposition

 

Orchestral Excerpts  

Horn 3:

Berlioz: Romeo and Juliet Symphony-Queen Mab Scherzo: 3 mm. after Reh. 58 through 4 mm. after Reh. 62

Brahms: Piano Concerto No. 1: Mvt. 1 mm. 199-220

Brahms: Piano Concerto No. 2: Mvt. 1 mm. 174-198; Mvt 2 mm. 141-239

Brahms: Symphony No. 4: Mvt. 1 mm. 50-80, mm. 200-218;

Dvořák: Symphony No. 9 “From the New World”: Mvt. 1, mm. 16-27; Mvt. 3, 6 mm. before Reh. 3 through 4 mm. before Reh. 4

Mahler: Symphony No. 3: Mvt. 1 Pickups to Reh. 29 through 6 mm. before Reh. 33

Mendelssohn: Symphony No. 3 (Scottish): Mvt. 2 (Vivace non troppo), Reh. A through Reh. B AND 12 mm. before Reh. F through 2 mm. before Reh. G; Mvt. 3 (Adagio) 6 mm. after Reh. D through 4 mm. before Reh. E

Shostakovich: Symphony No. 5: Mvt. 1, 3 mm. after Reh. 17 through 1 m. after Reh. 21

Strauss: Till Eulenspiegel’s Merry Pranks: 13 mm. before Reh. 29 through 8 mm. before Reh. 33 

Wagner: Dawn and Siegfried’s Rhine Journey (from Götterdämmerung): Allegro after Reh. 30 through Reh. 31 

 

Horn 1:

Beethoven: Symphony No. 7: Mvt. 1 mm. 84-101

Ravel: Pavane pour une infante défunte, mm. 1-11

 

Section Round (All Horn 3 parts):

Brahms: Symphony No. 4: Mvt. 2, mm. 1-5

Dvořák: Cello Concerto: Mvt. 1, 2 mm. before Reh. 7 through 5 mm. after Reh. 7; Mvt. 2, Reh. 6 through 13 mm. after Reh. 6

Mahler: Symphony No. 3: Mvt. 4, 7 mm. after Reh. 1 through Reh. 4

Tchaikovsky: Symphony No. 4: Mvt. 1 Reh. J through 8 mm. after Reh. J

 

 

Section Viola

AUDITION ON: Thursday, October 31, 2019

HOW TO APPLY: Highly qualified musicians are invited to send a one-page résumé by Thursday, October 17, with $50 refundable deposit check (payable to Portland Symphony Orchestra) to:

Portland Symphony Orchestra
Attn. Martin Webster, Orchestra Personnel Manager
50 Monument Square, Floor 2
Portland, ME 04101

Résumés may also be emailed to mwebster@portlandsymphony.org. PDFs preferred, .doc format accepted. Please use the subject line: PSO Section Viola Audition.

Deposit checks will be returned at the audition, or will be destroyed if your audition is cancelled on or before Monday, October 28, 2019.

2019-2020 SEASON EMPLOYMENT: Employment to begin during the 2019-2020 season as soon as the winning candidate’s availability and the PSO’s schedule allow. The PSO is a per-service orchestra offering approximately 93 services in the 2019-2020 season. 2019-2020 scale for this position is $125.01 per service.

The Portland Symphony Orchestra audition committee reserves the right to dismiss any candidate not meeting the highest professional standards.

The audition will be held at Merrill Auditorium in Portland, Maine.

REQUIRED AUDITION REPERTOIRE:

Solo Works

A.      First movement of either:

  • Bartók Viola Concerto,
  • Walton Viola Concerto or
  • Hindemith Der Schwanendreher

B.      J. S. Bach: a movement from either a Cello Suite or a Sonata/Partita for Violin

 

Orchestral Excerpts

Beethoven: Symphony No. 5, mvt. 2

Berlioz: Roman Carnival Overture, pickup to 3rd bar after Reh. 1 through downbeat of Reh. 3

Brahms: Symphony No. 2, mvt. 1

Brahms: Symphony No. 3, mvt. 4

Mendelssohn: A Midsummernight’s Dream, Scherzo

Mozart: Symphony No. 35, mvts. 1 and 4

Shostakovich: Symphony No. 5, mvt. 1 (Reh. 15-17)

R. Strauss: Don Juan, opening to letter D

Tchaikovsky: Symphony No. 5, mvt. 3, pickup to Reh. E through 3rd bar of Reh. I

Tchaikovsky: Symphony No. 6, mvt. 1, mm. 19-89

 

 

Principal Second Violin and (2) Section Violin 1. (One audition)

AUDITION ON: Monday, November 4, 2019

Should the principal position be won by a current PSO member, the resulting vacancy may be offered to the runner-up at this audition.

HOW TO APPLY: Highly qualified musicians are invited to send a one-page résumé by Monday, October 21, with $50 refundable deposit check (payable to Portland Symphony Orchestra) to:

Portland Symphony Orchestra
Attn. Martin Webster, Orchestra Personnel Manager
50 Monument Square, Floor 2
Portland, ME 04101

Résumés may also be emailed to mwebster@portlandsymphony.org. PDFs preferred, .doc format accepted. Please use the subject line: PSO Violin Audition.

Deposit checks will be returned at the audition, or will be destroyed if your audition is cancelled on or before November 1, 2019.

2019-2020 SEASON EMPLOYMENT: Employment to begin during the 2019-2020 season as soon as the winning candidate’s availability and the PSO’s schedule allow. The PSO is a per-service orchestra offering approximately 93 services in the 2019-2020 season. 2019-2020 Principal pay scale for this position is $187.52 per service; section scale is $125.01.

The Portland Symphony Orchestra audition committee reserves the right to dismiss any candidate not meeting the highest professional standards.

The audition will be held at Merrill Auditorium in Portland, Maine.

REQUIRED AUDITION REPERTOIRE:

All candidates:

Solo Works

1st movement from one of the following concerti:

  • Bartok #2
  • Beethoven
  • Brahms
  • Dvorak
  • Mendelssohn
  • Prokofiev #1 or #2
  • Sibelius
  • Tchaikovsky

 

Orchestral Excerpts (First violin):

Brahms Symphony #4:

  • Movement 1: Beginning to 4 before “C”
  • Movement 2: “E” to “F”
  • Movement 3: 10 after “G” to end
  • Movement 4: 8 before “B” to “D”

Debussy “La Mer”

  • #19-#20
  • #33-#39

Mozart Symphony #39

  • Movement 1 Beginning to “C”
  • Movement 2 Beginning to measure 27
  • Movement 4 Beginning to “A”

Mendelssohn “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” Scherzo

  • Beginning to 7 after “C”

Strauss “Don Juan”

  • First page

 

Principal Second Violin Additional Excerpts:

Bach St Matthew’s Passion: Orchestra 2, (Violin 1); #51 Aria (“Gebt mir meinem Jesum wieder)

  • Solo, beginning to “C”

Mozart Symphony #41 (Violin 2)

  • Movement 4: Beginning to “B”

Smetana Bartered Bride Overture (Violin 2)

  • Beginning to 5 after “A”

Strauss “Ein Alpensinfonie” (Violin 2)

  • #129-#134

 


Administrative Positions

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