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  • 2022 New York String Orchestra Seminar Video Audition Repertoire and Details

    Information below is for the second round video auditions only.

    You must first submit the audio (mp3) audition by the October 3, 2022, 11:59 p.m. ET, deadline in order to be considered for the second-round video (mp4) audition.

    Those who pass the mp3 audition will be sent an invitation and a link for uploading the video audition. Those who do not pass the mp3 audition will be informed.

    Because the time between the mp3 audition and the mp4 audition deadlines is short, we strongly recommend submitting your initial audition and application as early as possible and beginning to prepare the video repertoire now—even if you don't yet know if you will be invited to submit it.

    Invited Second-Round Video (mp4) Audition Instructions and Repertoire—Due October 20, 2022, by 11:59 p.m. ET

    1. In order to best reflect the qualities of a live audition, the required repertoire must be recorded in one take, without stopping the camera, in the order listed. However, you may pause briefly between works to compose yourself and gather your thoughts, as you would in a live audition.
    2. Video auditions must be unaccompanied.
    3. You should not take repeats in any of the listed repertoire.
    4. Rests within an excerpt should not be counted over three bars
    5. The video audition should be between 10 and 20 minutes, including your pauses between works. For this reason, we recommend that you base your solo work on the length of time it takes you to play your assigned excerpts.

    Keep in mind that this is an orchestral program. The deciding factor between two players of equal merit is the level of preparation and execution of the repertoire excerpts. Preparation of these excerpts 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.

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

    Thanks to Luck's Music Library and Boosey & Hawkes, we will able to provide PDFs of the listed excerpts in early September to assist those who are unable to find the music elsewhere.

    Excerpts from Beethoven's "Emperor" Concerto and Mendelssohn's "Scottish" Symphony are provided with permission by Luck's Music Library for the New York String Orchestra Seminar's 2022 auditions. Excerpts from Prokofiev's "Classical" Symphony are provided with permission by Boosey & Hawkes, Inc., for the New York String Orchestra Seminar’s 2022 auditions.

    PLEASE NOTE: We do not require you to use any specific edition for your audition; you may use any edition available to you. However, measure numbers, rehearsal letters, etc., do vary between editions, so please compare your edition with the download provided if any question arises.

    Please also note that if you simply prepare the excerpt download and do not familiarize yourself further with the piece (looking at a score, acquiring a complete part, or even listening to a recording to familiarize yourself with the work, so that you can play your excerpts with that knowledge of context), your audition may not be competitive.

    2022 NYSOS Video Audition Repertoire

    Flute I (excerpt PDFs here)

    • J.S. Bach: solo work of choice*
    • Contrasting solo work of choice*

    Beethoven: Piano Concerto No. 5 in E-flat Major "Emperor"

    • Movement 3: m. 16 – 126, skip the long rests

    Mendelssohn: Symphony No. 3 in A Minor "Scottish"

    • Movement 1: m. 84 - m. 111
    • Movement 2: m. 32 – 124, skip the long rests
    • Movement 3: m. 80 – 99
    • Movement 4: beginning – m. 66

    Prokofiev: Symphony No. 1 "Classical"

    • Movement 1: m. 150 – end, skip rests 5 bars or longer (m. 150 is the 9th bar of letter N)
    • Movement 2: m. 13 – m. 20 (letter B-C)
    • Movement 4: beginning – letter M (skip the long rest at letter H

    Oboe I (excerpt PDFs here)

    • J.S. Bach: solo work of choice*
    • Contrasting solo work of choice*

    Mendelssohn: Symphony No. 3 in A Minor "Scottish"

    • Movement 1: opening - m. 16
    • Movement 2: m. 32 (one before Letter A) - m. 100

    Prokofiev: Symphony No. 1 "Classical"

    • Movement 1: No. 14 - No. 20 (m. 103- m. 142)
    • Movement 2: m. 30 - m. 39; m. 52 – m. 63
    • Movement 4: m. 155 - m. 203

    Beethoven: Piano Concerto No. 5 in E-flat Major "Emperor"

    • Movement 1 (Allegro): m. 75 - m. 108 
    • Movement 3 (Rondo Allegro): m. 16 - m. 42

    Clarinet I (excerpt PDFs here)

    Mozart: Clarinet Concerto

    • Movement 1: exposition
    • Movement 2: opening - m. 54

    Contrasting solo work of choice*

    Beethoven: Piano Concerto No. 5 in E-flat Major "Emperor"

    • Movement 1: Letter F for 6 bars; m. 273 - m. 283
    • Movement 3: Opening tutti to 7 bars after letter R

    Mendelssohn: Symphony No. 3 in A Minor "Scottish"

    • Movement 1: m. 64 - m. 83; m. 126 - m. 143
    • Movement 2: m. 8 - m. 67; m. 84 - m. 102; m. 190 - m. 225
    • Movement 4: m. 291 - m. 299; m. 361 - m. 388

    Prokofiev: Symphony No. 1 "Classical"

    • Movement 1: First 3 bars
    • Movement 4: Final 2 bars before m. 47 through m. 47; m. 59 - m. 60

    Bassoon I (excerpt PDFs here)

    • Mozart: Bassoon Concerto, K. 191, Movement 1, exposition
    • Contrasting solo work of choice*

    Beethoven: Piano Concerto No. 5 in E-flat Major "Emperor"

    • Movement 1: m. 133 - m. 141; m. 274 - m. 300
    • Movement 3: m. 1 - m. 36

    Mendelssohn: Symphony No. 3 in A Minor "Scottish"

    • Movement 1: m. 140 - m. 146
    • Movement 2: m. 48 - m. 67;  m. 190 - m. 213
    • Movement 4: m. 369 - m. 388

    Prokofiev: Symphony No. 1 "Classical"

    • Movement 1: Reh. 6 - Reh. 7; Reh. 15 to Reh. 18; Reh. 24 to Reh. 28

    Horn I (except where noted otherwise)

    Mozart: Horn Concerto No. 2 or No. 4

    • Movement 1: Exposition

    Mendelssohn: Symphony No. 3 in A Minor "Scottish" (Horn III) - (excerpt PDF here)

    • Vivace non troppo: 16 bars after A - 1st bar of B; 12 before F - 3 before G
    • Adagio: 6th bar of D - 4th bar before E

    Strauss: Till Eulenspiegel

    • 1st horn solo opening

    Shostakovich: Symphony No. 5

    • Low tutti

    Strauss: Ein Heldenleben

    • Opening

    Trumpet I

    Haydn: Trumpet Concerto

    • complete

    Contrasting solo work of choice

    Mussorgsky/Ravel: "Pictures at an Exhibition"

    • Opening

    Stravinsky: "Petrouchka"

    • Ballerina solo

    Respighi: "Pines of Rome"

    • Off-stage solo

    Prokofiev: Symphony No. 1 "Classical" (excerpt PDF here)

    • Movement 1: 5th bar of Reh. 17 through Reh. 19

    Mendelssohn: Symphony No. 3 in A Minor "Scottish" (excerpt PDF here)

    • Movement 3 (in D): m. 105 - m. 116
    • Movement 4 (in C): m. 82 - m. 90

    Timpani (excerpts PDF here)

    Beethoven: Piano Concerto No. 5 in E-flat Major "Emperor"

    • Movement 1: m. 46 - 53

    Mendelssohn: Symphony No. 3 in A Minor "Scottish"

    • Movement 1: Letter O - Letter P

    Prokofiev: Symphony No. 1 "Classical"

    • Movement 4: Opening 17 bars

    Bartok: Concerto for Orchestra

    • Movement 4: entire

    Martin: Concerto for 7 Winds, Strings & Percussion

    • Movement 3: solo passage


    Violin I (excerpt PDFs here)

    • First movement/exposition of a Mozart concerto
    • Exposition of the first movement of a contrasting concerto of choice

    Mendelssohn: Symphony No. 3 in A Minor "Scottish"

    • Movement 1: m. 17 - m. 85; m. 99 - m. 141; m. 181 - m. 206
    • Movement 2: beginning - m. 89; m. 133 - m. 176; m. 183 - end of movement
    • Movement 3: beginning - m. 33; m. 69 - m. 99; m. 117 - m. 142
    • Movement 4: beginning - m. 54; m. 109 - m. 147; m. 407 - end of movement

    Prokofiev: Symphony No. 1 "Classical"

    • Movement 1: beginning - bar 85
    • Movement 2: beginning - bar 13
    • Movement 4: beginning - bar 41; bar 59 - first ending

    Viola (excerpt PDFs here)

    • J.S. Bach: movement of choice of any solo suite for viola
    • Exposition of a contrasting work of choice

    Mendelssohn: Symphony No. 3 in A Minor "Scottish"

    • Movement 1: beginning - m. 16; m. 64 - m. 124; m. 158 - m. 205
    • Movement 2: beginning - m. 48; m. 61 - m. 91; m. 105 - m. 120; m. 139 - m. 164; m. 193 - m. 228
    • Movement 3: m. 117 - m. 140
    • Movement 4: m. 39 - m. 66; m. 127 - m. 151; m. 182 - m. 225; m. 304 - m. 345; m. 396 - m. 464

    Prokofiev: Symphony No. 1 "Classical"

    • Movement 1: beginning - bar 10; bar 19 - bar 30; bar 87 - bar 103; bar 198 - end of movement
    • Movement 2: bar 18 - bar 39
    • Movement 3: beginning - bar 12
    • Movement 4: bar 37 - first ending (bar 90); bar 108 - bar 131; bar 167 - 203

    Cello (excerpt PDFs here)

    • J.S. Bach: movement of choice of any solo suite for cello
    • Exposition of a contrasting work of choice

    Mendelssohn: Symphony No. 3 in A Minor "Scottish"

    • Movement 1: m. 30 - m. 46; m. 82 - m. 124; m. 129 - m. 141; m. 209 (2nd ending) - m. 247; m. 313 - m. 363; m. 447 - m. 483
    • Movement 2: m. 49 - m. 92; m. 103 - m. 124; m. 135 - m. 176; m. 193 - m. 214
    • Movement 3: m. 73 - m. 99; m. 117 - m. 136
    • Movement 4: m. 15 - m. 23; m. 37 - m. 66; m. 198- m. 225; m. 290 - m. 338; m. 396 - m. 424; m. 441 - m. 468

    Prokofiev: Symphony No. 1 "Classical"

    • Movement 1: beginning - bar 3; bar 23 - bar 28; bar 111 - bar 142
    • Movement 2: beginning - bar 42
    • Movement 4: beginning - bar 42; bar 58 - bar 77; bar 189 - bar 203


    Bass (excerpt PDFs here)

    • J.S. Bach: One movement from any suite for solo cello
    • Exposition of the first movement of a contrasting concerto of your choice

    Tchaikovsky: Serenade for Strings

    • Movement 1: m. 265 - end
    • Movement 2: m. 75 - m. 101
    • Movement 4: m. 55 - m. 82

    Beethoven: Piano Concerto No. 5 in E-flat Major "Emperor"

    • Movement 1: m. 57 - downbeat of 92

    Mendelssohn: Symphony No. 3 "Scottish"

    • Movement 1: m. 238 - m. 293
    • Movement 2: pickup to m. 48 - m. 92; m. 183 - m. 213

    Prokofiev: Symphony No. 1 "Classical"

    • Movement 1: [J] to 4 after [L]—if your edition doesn't have letters, Reh. No. 15 through 2 before 20  

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