Strings, Winds, and Brass Audition Repertoire

Please prepare the following music for your live audition. Live auditions are approximately eight minutes long and are unaccompanied.

Prepare seriously for your audition. Very often, the deciding factor between two players of equal merit is the quality of preparation of the repertoire excerpts, which should be as meticulous as the preparation of the applicant's chosen solo works.

We strongly recommend that you become familiar with the complete instrumental part for each work from which excerpts have been assigned. In some cases, the music is in the public domain, but if not, it is worth a visit to the library or the expense of purchasing a part in order to be well prepared.

(Thanks to for making these excerpts available to the 2013 New York String Orchestra Seminar applicants.)

Your private teacher is a valuable resource. Be sure to ask for his or her assistance as you prepare.

Flute (prepare Flute I unless otherwise indicated)


Oboe: Play A442 (prepare Oboe I unless otherwise indicated)

Clarinet (prepare Clarinet I unless otherwise indicated)


  • Mozart Bassoon Concerto, K. 191, Movement 1, exposition
  • A contrasting solo work of your choice (a movement or other excerpt from a lengthy solo work is acceptable because of time constraints)
  • Mozart: Overture to The Marriage of Figaro
    • m. 1 - m. 58; m. 101 - m. 123; m. 139 - m. 171; m. 214 - m. 236
  • Tchaikovsky: Symphony No. 6 (Pathétique)
    • Movement I: m. 1 - m. 12; m. 102 - m. 129; m. 160; m. 182 - m. 199; m. 306 - m. 313
    • Movement II: m. 25 - m. 49
    • Movement IV: m. 2 - m. 36



  • Mozart: Choose either the Horn Concerto No. 2 or Horn Concerto No. 4 and prepare the exposition from both Movement 1 and Movement 2
  • Strauss: Till Eulenspiegel, opening calls
  • Strauss: Ein Heldenleben, opening
  • Wagner: Siegfried, short call
  • Tchaikovsky: Symphony No. 5, slow movement solo
  • Mozart: Symphony No. 31 in D Major (Paris), K. 297
    • Movement II: Horn I, Letter N - end of movement (you do not have to hold for long rests)
  • Tchaikovsky: Symphony No. 6 (Pathétique)
    • Movement IV: Horn IV, Letter G - Letter N



  • A solo work of your choice
  • Haydn: Trumpet Concerto, complete
  • Tchaikovsky: Symphony No. 6 (Pathétique)
    • Trumpet I, complete
  • Mussorgsky/Ravel: Pictures at an Exhibition, opening
  • Stravinsky: Petrouchka, ballerina solo
  • Respighi: Pines of Rome, off-stage solo


 Violin (prepare Violin I)




  • A Bach work of your choice
  • A contrasting work of your choice (a movement or other excerpt from a lengthy work is acceptable because of time constraints)
  • Elgar: Introduction and Allegro, Op. 47
    • Fifth bar of Allegro after No. 15 - three after No. 16
    • Fifth bar of No. 18 - end of second bar of No. 19

Timpani: See the recorded audition requirements. There is no live audition for this position.

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