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Adam Bodony
Artistic Director

Cara Pittenger
Executive Director

Susan Kitterman
Founder and Artistic Director Emerita

Audition Requirements

Acceptance is by audition only. Auditions are submitted via video. See audition application for instructions. Memorization is NOT required. Auditions should be played without accompaniment.  If you have extenuating circumstances that necessitate an in-person audition, please reach out to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to discuss options.

Read more about each orchestra here.

Prelude Orchestra:

All instruments:  D Major, G Major, C Major Scales (1 octave), 2 excerpts of your choice showing your current playing level (1-2 minutes each)

Concert, Philharmonic, and Symphony Orchestra:

Violins
Concert Orchestra: D Major, Bb Major, & 1 of your choice (2 octaves); Etude of choice (2 min max); Solo of choice (3 min max)

Philharmonic Orchestra: A Major, C Major, Eb Major & 1 of your choice (2-3 octaves); Etude of choice (2 min max); Solo of choice (3 min max)

Symphony Orchestra: A Major, C Major, Eb Major & 1 of your choice (3 octaves); Etude of choice (2 min max); Solo of choice (3 min max)

Violas
Concert Orchestra: D Major, F Major, & 1 of your choice (2 octaves); Etude of choice (2 min max); Solo of choice (3 min max)

Philharmonic Orchestra: D Major, F Major, A Major & 1 of your choice (2-3 octaves); Etude of choice (2 min max); Solo of choice (3 min max)

Symphony Orchestra: D Major, F Major, A Major & 1 of your choice (3 octaves); Etude of choice (2 min max); Solo of choice (3 min max)

Cellos
Concert Orchestra: D Major, F Major, & 1 of your choice (2 octaves); Etude of choice (2 min max); Solo of choice (3 min max)

Philharmonic Orchestra: D Major, F Major, A Major & 1 of your choice (2-3 octaves); Etude of choice (2 min max); Solo of choice (3 min max)

Symphony Orchestra: D Major, F Major, A Major & 1 of your choice (3 octaves); Etude of choice (2 min max); Solo of choice (3 min max)

Basses
Concert Orchestra: D Major, F Major, & 1 of your choice (1-2 octaves); Etude of choice (2 min max); Solo of choice (3 min max)

Philharmonic Orchestra: G Major, E Major, F Major & 1 of your choice (2 octaves); Etude of choice (2 min max); Solo of choice (3 min max)

Symphony Orchestra: G Major, E Major, F Major & 1 of your choice (3 octaves); Etude of choice (2 min max); Solo of choice (3 min max)

Woodwind and Brass Instruments
Philharmonic Orchestra: Chromatic scale and 1 scale of your choice, (2 octaves is a goal, not a requirement. Play to the extent of your range for chromatic scale); 2 shorter contrasting etudes (or excerpts from etudes) that showcase both the technical/articulation strengths and lyrical/expressive qualities. These excerpts can be taken from solo literature. (4 min max total for etudes); Solo of your choice (3 min max)

Symphony Orchestra: Chromatic scale and 1 scale of your choice, (2+ octaves for each. Play to the extent of your range for chromatic scale); 2 shorter contrasting etudes (or excerpts from etudes) that showcase both the technical/articulation strengths and lyrical/expressive qualities. These excerpts can be taken from solo literature. (4 min max total for etudes); Solo of your choice (3 min max)

Harps
Symphony Orchestra: Scales and arpeggios as extensive as possible; Solo of your choice (3 min max)

Percussion Instruments
Symphony Orchestra: 1 Etudes/excerpts of etudes on 2 of these instruments: snare, timpani, or a mallet instrument; 1 Etudes/excerpts of etudes of 2 of the following instruments: tambourine, triangle, or crash cymbals; Solo of your choice (3 min max)