Auditions

Cascade Symphony is a non-professional orchestra with an enviable reputation for the highest standards of excellence. Members are accomplished musicians devoted to classical music who pursue careers in other fields and perform purely for the joy of it. Based in South Snohomish County, the symphony rehearses on Monday evenings from September to May. Five concerts per season occur on Mondays in October, December, January, March and May, with dress rehearsals on the Sundays immediately preceding the concerts. A children’s concert occurs in February on a Saturday afternoon. Annual auditions are held in August, but individual auditions may be arranged.

Cascade Symphony is looking for a 2nd Clarinet and strong amateur violinists and violists. Auditions for the 2018-2019 Season will be held on June 11th. 

There will be an additional audition for Principal 2nd Violin and Principal Cello  on July 23rd.

For more information and to schedule an audition appointment, call Laura Heard at 206-525-0965 or write to her at lcheard@uw.edu

CLARINET EXCERPTS

Mozart Clarinet Concerto Mvt 1 Exposition

Mendelssohn Scherzo from Midsummer Night’s Dream Beginning to letter B

Brahms Symphony No. 3 Andante Beginning to letter A

Rachmaninoff Symphony No. 2 Mvt. 3, Bar 6-Rehearsal number 47

Beethoven Symphony No. 6 Mvt. 2, 1 bar before D to 1 bar before E

Rimsky-Korsakov Scheherezade Mvt. 4, I to K

Possible sight reading

The link below includes everything except the Beethoven and Mozart. The Beethoven will be added soon.

Clarinet Audition Music006

String Audition Requirements and Excerpts

VIOLIN

  1. Exposition from the first movement of any major violin concerto.
  2. Excerpts:

NOTE: PARTS HAVE NO BOWINGS OR FINGERINGS MARKED. PLEASE PROVIDE YOUR OWN.

PRINCIPAL 2ND VIOLIN

Same as Violin (above) plus Beethoven 9th Excerpt

VIOLA

  1. Exposition from the first movement of any major viola concerto or comparable work, (e.g Mozart– Symphonie Concertante for Violin and Viola or a Bach Suite).
  2. Excerpts

  3. One of the following excerpts :

  4. One of the following excerpts :

PRINCIPAL CELLO

  1. Exposition from the first movement of any major cello concerto
  2. Solo excerpts from orchestral literature:
    Solo_William Tell
    BrahmsPianoConcerto2
    Swan Lake
  3. Excerpts from orchestral literature:
    Orchestral_Prokofiev5 (Upper Part)
    Midsummer Night’s Dream
    Orchestral_Rachmaninoff Symphony No2

CELLO

  1. Two minutes of a cello solo demonstrating skills above fourth position
  2. Excerpts:

  3. One of the following excerpts:

BASS

  1. Excerpts

Other Auditions

Auditions for the substitute list of any section can be arranged. For information or to make an appointment for an audition, please send an email to auditions@cascadesymphony.org.

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