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Auditions & Employment Opportunities

An Equal Opportunity Employer: It is the policy of the Portland Symphony Orchestra to provide all persons with equal employment opportunities without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, handicap, age, or veteran status. 

 

ADMINISTRATIVE POSITIONS

THERE are currently no administrative POSITIONs open at this time

 

AUDITIONS

THERE is one upcoming audition

Oboe 2


 

Auditions

 

OBOE 2

Saturday, June 18, 2022

Highly qualified musicians are invited to send a one-page résumé, due by Friday, June 3, 2022, with $50 refundable deposit check (payable to Portland Symphony Orchestra) and proof of full COVID-19 vaccination, with booster, to: 

Portland Symphony Orchestra
Attn. Martin Webster, Orchestra Personnel Manager

50 Monument Square, Floor 2 
Portland, ME 04101

Email: mwebster@portlandsymphony.org. Emailed résumés in pdf or Word, please. Deposit checks will be returned at the audition or will be destroyed if your audition is cancelled on or before Friday, June 10, 2022. 

Offer of employment at this audition is contingent on winning candidate’s ability to furnish proof of current ability to work in the US. Employment will begin during the 2022-2023 season. The PSO is a per-service orchestra offering approximately 80 services in the 2021-2022 season. Current scale for this position is $137.51 per service.  

The PSO requires all applicants for this position to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19. Please include a copy of your COVID-19 vaccination card with your deposit check. Further COVID protocols may be required at audition time. 

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. 

The Portland Symphony Orchestra is passionate about creating an inclusive workplace that promotes and values diversity. In an effort to reduce the financial barriers for auditioning musicians, there is financial support available through NAAS (National Alliance for Audition Support) grant programs for auditioning Black and Latinx musicians: https://www.sphinxmusic.org/naas-grants 

 

REQUIRED AUDITION REPERTOIRE

SOLO

Benedetto Marcello: Oboe Concerto in C Minor, Mvt. II Adagio complete

Orchestral excerpts
OBOE 1 EXCERPTS

BACH                 Cantata No. 82, “Ich Habe Genug,” Beginning through Measure 35

BRAHMS            Violin Concerto, Op. 77, Measure 3- Measure 32

RAVEL                Le Tombeau de Couperin

  • Prelude, Opening – rehearsal 2; rehearsal 8-rehearsal 9
  • Forlane, Rehearsal 1 – rehearsal 2 and rehearsal 6 to rehearsal 8, repeat included


ROSSINI
            La Scala di Seta Overture Pickup to Measure 6-downbeat of rehearsal 3

STRAVINSKY     Pulcinella Suite, Serenata Rehearsal 8 through rehearsal 10

 

OBOE 2 EXCERPTS

BARTÓK            Concerto for Orchestra Movement II: Measure 25 through m. 44 and Measure 180 to m. 198

BRAHMS           Variations on a Theme by Haydn, Op. 56a

  • Theme Beginning – Measure 29 with repeats


BRAHMS
           Symphony No. 2, Op. 72, Mvt. 2 Opening – Measure 31

DVOŘÁK           Cello Concerto II. Measure 1 – Measure 9

DVOŘÁK           Symphony No. 7, Op. 70 II. Measure 1 – Measure 8

PROKOFIEV      Classical Symphony

  • Mvt II 3rd measure after Rehearsal 37 – the second measure of Rehearsal 40
  • Mvt III Rehearsal 44 – Rehearsal 45
  • Mvt IV 2 Measures before Rehearsal 50 – the 5th Measure of Rehearsal 55
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