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AUDITION ANNOUNCEMENTS updated November 1, 2017

The Royal Oak Symphony Orchestra is a community orchestra and musician members are not compensated.

The September-May Concert Season includes 4 subscription Friday night concerts. Rehearsals are Wednesday evenings from 7:30-9:30PM. There is a dress rehearsal the Thursday night before each Concert. Usually there are no rehearsals during summer months.

Auditions shall be by appointment.

Interested applicants should send a resume to Personnel Manager Susan A. Lazar.

Questions may also be directed to Susan A. Lazar at

The Royal Oak Symphony Orchestra announces auditions for the following positions:

Principal Trumpet

Section First Violin

Section Second Violin

Section Cello

Section Bass

Bass Trombone (.562 bore or larger)

Section Percussion


Required Repertoire:

Principal Trumpet: No scales or sight reading will be required for Principal Trumpet.
Required Solo: Any Trumpet Concerto, first movement only, NO CADENZA, please bring 3 copies for the judges
Orchestral Excerpts:
1. Mahler: Symphony No. 5
Trumpet 1 in B-flat
Movement I: Beginning to 6 measures after [1]

2. Mussorgsky/Ravel: Pictures at an Exhibition
Trumpet 1 in C
Promenade: Beginning to [2]
Samuel Goldenberg und Schmuyle

3. Mendelssohn: Fingal's Cave:
Trumpet in D or Bb
5 before [B] through 4 after [C]
9 after [G] through 7 before [H]

4. Beethoven: Symphony No. 9
Trumpet 1 in D
Movement IV: [B] to 15 measures after [C]

5. Dvorak: Symphony No. 9
Trumpet 1 in E
Movement IV: mm. 8-25

Percussionists may choose a solo on snare and a solo on timpani, xylophone, marimba, or piano.

All others, except harp (see below), repertoire includes your choice of a movement from a solo composition, major and minor scales, and orchestra excerpts (see below).

You must provide three copies of your selected solo for the judges. See IMSLP for excerpts.

First Violin: (choose three from the following)

Carl Maria von Weber, Overture to Der Freischutz: measures 145-176 (D to F) or 312 (M) - 336. 

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Symphony #41: Finale, opening up to letter A.

Edvard Grieg, Peer Gynt Suite #1, Anitra's Dance: opening to first double bar.

Ludwig von Beethoven, Symphony #1: Andante cantabile con moto, measures 

 154 (E) - 182. Also last movement (Allegro molto e vivace), measures 6 - 30.

Second Violin: (only 2 excerpts required)

Beethoven Symphony 9: Mvt 4-- K through 18 before M

Smetana Overture to Bartered Bride  (for this edition a little more than 1st page as you will see)


Mozart: Symphony No. 35 "Haffner": Finale

Beethoven: Symphony No. 5: Second mvt-- opening to bar 10, bar 49 to 59, bar 98 to 106, bar 114 to 123; Third mvt-- opening to bar 18, bar 52 to 74, bar 140 to 218

Brahms: Symphony No. 2: Second mvt: opening to bar 16

Double Bass:

The Elephant from Carnival of the Animals by Saint-Saens 

Symphony #8 (Unfinished) by Schubert 

Symphony #2 by Sibelius (beginning of second movement, parts of movement IV)

 Bass Trombone:

Beethoven Symphony 9 mvt. IV measures 595-626

Berlioz Hungarian March bar before rehearsal # 4 to rehearsal #5

Rossini La Gazza Ladra


1. Two or three-minute solo: For example-- first movement exposition of Handel Harp Concerto in B-Flat Major; or first movement exposition of Mozart Concerto for flute and harp; or other composition of your choice from either the Baroque or Classical Period which demonstrates your precision, proficiency, and interpretative skills.

2. Four-octave ascending and descending melodic minor scale in one key, hands together.

3. Four-octave ascending and descending arpeggios in two keys, alternating hands. ie C, c, c?, C+, CM7, C7, Cm7, c ø7, c?7

4. Orchestral Cadenzas: from Tchaikovsky Waltz of the Flowers; and Rimsky Korsakov Capriccio Espagnol