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Auditions & Employment Opportunities

ADMINISTRATIVE POSITIONS:

THERE are currently no administrative POSITIONs open at this time

 

AUDITIONS:

THERE are Three upcoming auditions

Principal ViolaSection Bass (2 positions), and Festival Youth Chorus

 


 

Auditions

 

PRINCIPAL VIOLA

MONDAY, APRIL 11, 2022

ADDITIONAL POSITIONS MAY BE AWARDED AT THIS AUDITION

Highly qualified musicians are invited to send a one-page résumé, due by Monday, March 28, 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 Monday, April 4, 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 may begin during the 2021-2022 season or at the start of 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 $187.52 per service.  

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

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 close to the audition date. 

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

First movement exposition of Bartok, Walton, or Hindemith concerto  

Solo orchestral rep

GINASTERA          Variaciones concertantes. 1 measure before 32 to end of variation  

RAVEL                   Mother Goose Suite. Mvt. V. Rehearsal #2 to rehearsal #4 – solo line only  

STRAUSS              Don Quixote. 4 m. after #14 to 5 m. after #16; 6 m. after #29 to #34  

Tutti orchestral rep

BEETHOVEN         Symphony No. 5 II. Andante con moto beginning through letter C 

BRAHMS               Variations on a Theme by Haydn. Variations V, VII, VIII  

MENDELSSOHN   Midsummer Night’s Dream. Scherzo. C to D; E to G  

MOZART                Symphony No. 35, “Haffner” IV. Finale m. 134 to m. 181 

RAVEL                    Daphnis and Chloe Suite No. 2. Reh. 158-166; Reh. 212-218 

SHOSTAKOVICH   Symphony No. 5 Mvt. I. Moderato Reh. 15 to 17  

STRAUSS               Don Juan (beginning to D)  

TCHAIKOVSKY      Symphony No. 6, “Pathetique”. Mvt. 1. Allegro non troppo through 6 m. after letter C 

Sight reading may be requested at any round.

 

 

section bass (2 positions)

Tuesday, APRIL 12, 2022

Highly qualified musicians are invited to send a one-page résumé, due by Monday, March 28, 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 Monday, April 4, 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 may begin during the 2021-2022 season or at the start of the 2022-2023 season. The PSO is a per-service orchestra offering approximately 80 services in the 2021-2022 season. Current scale for these positions 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 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 close to the audition date. 

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

Solo of your choice

Orchestral excerpts 

J. S. BACH           Violin Concerto in E Major, BWV 1042. 2nd mvt:  Bars 1 to 10 

MOZART              Symphony #39. Mvt. 2,  Bar 13 to Letter C  NOTE: Tacet 4 before Allegro until 15 after (bars 22-39)  

MOZART              Symphony #35. 4th mvt:  10 bars after Letter D to Letter E   

BEETHOVEN        Symphony # 5 

  • 2nd mvt:  Letter C to 11 bars after C and 5 bars after Letter E to 20 after E   
  • 3rd mvt:  Opening to Letter A and 8 bars before Double bar (trio) to 23 bars after Letter B No repeat     

BRAHMS              Symphony #1 

  • 1st mvt:  Letter E to 1st ending   
  • 4th mvt:  Letter K to Letter L   

R. STRAUSS         Ein Heldenleben

  • Number 9 to one bar after Number 11  
  • Number 40 to one bar before Number 41  

MUSSORGSKY     Pictures at an Exhibition. VI mvt Samuel Goldenberg und Schmuyle: Number 56 to Number 58  

BRITTEN               Young Person’s Guide to the Orchestra. Variation H 

MAHLER               Symphony #1. 3rd mvt solo  

STRAVINSKY        Pulcinella Suite. VII mvt: (Vivo) With Repeat solo

 

 

FESTIVAL YOUTH CHORUS

TBD

The PSO is seeking talented young treble singers between the ages of 9-18 to sing in the upcoming spring performances of Bach’s St Matthew Passion on April 10th and April 12th, 2022.

This newly established Festival Youth Chorus, directed by Dr. Nicolás Alberto Dosman, will give young singers the exciting opportunity to join along ChoralArt, the USM Chamber Singers, and internationally renowned vocal soloists as they perform at Merrill Auditorium with the full Portland Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Eckart Preu.

The Festival Youth Chorus will rehearse in Portland, Maine (time/location TBD), on Saturday mornings beginning on January 29th, 2022, and will continue through April 2nd, 2022, at which point they will join the full chorus and/or orchestra for rehearsals and performances at the following dates/times:

  • Thursday, April 7th, 2022: 7:00pm-9:30pm (Chorus/Piano Rehearsal, Woodfords CC)
  • Friday, April 8th, 2022: 7:00pm-10:00pm (Rehearsal, Merrill Auditorium)
  • Saturday, April 9th, 2022: 10:00am-12:30pm (Rehearsal, Merrill Auditorium) 
  • Saturday, April 9th, 2022: 2:00pm-5:00pm (Dress Rehearsal, Merrill Auditorium) 
  • Sunday, April 10th, 2022: 2:30pm-5:30pm (Performance #1, Merrill Auditorium) 
  • Tuesday, April 12th, 2022: 7:30pm-10:30pm (Performance #2, Merrill Auditorium) 

***Festival Youth Chorus members must be able to attend all rehearsals and performances. 

Due to the recent authorization of the Pfizer vaccine for elementary age students, the eligible age range for auditioning singers has been extended to 9-18. In order to give younger singers sufficient time to get fully vaccinated and become eligible to participate in the Festival Youth Chorus, the audition date has been changed. Auditions will be held at Woodfords Congregational Church in Portland, Maine, found at the address below:

202 Woodford Street 
Portland, ME 04103

To reserve an audition time slot, please email FYC Assistant Director, Matt LaBerge at mlaberge@portlandsymphony.org  

***All those planning to audition MUST reserve an audition time slot and show up at least 15 minutes prior to their scheduled time.  

COVID-19 SAFETY PROTOCOLS:
The Portland Symphony Orchestra requires all auditioning singers to be fully vaccinated with a  CDC-approved  COVID-19  vaccine prior to the audition date
. Please email proof of vaccination status to FYC Assistant Director, Matt LaBerge, when you plan to sign up for an audition time. Proof of vaccination is required in order to reserve an audition time.

 

Audition Materials 

In the audition, singers will be required to perform pitch-matching and sight-reading exercises determined by the director, as well as the following excerpts from the St Matthew Passion score, available to download below:

  • Audition Cut #1: Top Line, labeled “Sopr. in ripieno”, mm. 30-37 
  • Audition Cut #2: Top Line, labeled “Sopr. in ripieno”, mm. 76-79 

Auditioning singers will perform both audition cuts a cappella and may use score if needed.

Download the St Matthew Passion score here

Music Practice Materials 

For additional help learning the music of the above audition cuts, please see the following directions: 

  1. Go to the following web page: http://www.cyberbass.com/Major_Works/Bach_J_S/bach_js_st_matthew_passion.htm 
  2. Find the section column labeled “Movement”. 
  3. Next to “Part I”, Movement “1”, you should see “Kommt, ihr Töchter, helf mir klagen”.  
  4. To the right of “Kommt, ihr Töchter, helf mir klagen”, click the word “Children”. 
  5. Music should start playing, and you can control the recording using the audio player below. 
  6. In the recording, see the following time stamps in order to practice the audition cuts: 
    Audition Cut #1 (mm. 30-37): 1:07-1:43 
    Audition Cut #2 (mm. 76-79): 4:42-5:02 

Text Practice Materials 

The verbal pronunciation guide for the German text can be found here or played below.

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