Durham Symphony Orchestra

William Henry Curry, Music Director

Announces auditions for the following positions:




Second Bassoon

Third Horn

Principal Trombone


 Auditions will be held on Saturday, September 12th 10:30am to 3:00pm and Sunday, September 13th 1:00pm to 5:00pm 2015 at the Durham Arts Council located at 120 Morris St, Durham, NC 27701.  Auditions will also be heard for substitute players in all sections. Please contact the Durham Symphony Orchestra Personnel Manager at auditions@durhamsymphony.org for details and to reserve an audition time.



Mozart: Symphony #39, Last Movement, Beginning – Bar 41

Mendelssohn: Scherzo from A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Beginning – Bar 99

Beethoven: Symphony #9, 3rd Movement, Bars 99 – 114

Tchaikovsky:  Romeo and Juliet


Tchaikovsky:  Romeo and Juliet

Rossini: La Gaza Ladra Overture, Allegro in 3/4 (listed under G, www.imslp.org)

Tchaikovsky: Serenade for Strings, 2nd and 3rd movements



Tchaikovsky:  Romeo and Juliet

Beethoven: 5th Symphony, 3rd movement (scherzo and trio)

Beethoven: 9th symphony, 4th movement (1st two pages)

Rimsky-Korsakov: Scheherazade, 3rd movement, 1st two pages


Double Bass:

Tchaikovsky:  Romeo and Juliet

Mozart: Symphony #39 – 1st movement, Allegro (measure 26) to letter

Beethoven: Symphony #5, Scherzo and Trio

Beethoven: Symphony #9, 4th movement, recitatives



Prokofiev: Peter and the Wolf

Bach: 2nd Orchestral Suite, last 2 mvts

Brahms: 4th Symphony, 4th mvt

Stravinsky: 1911 Suite from “The Firebird”



Bizet: 2nd L’Arlesienne

Suite Sousa: Stars and Stripes Forever, solo section

Tchaikovsky: 4th Symphony, 3rd mvt



Stravinsky: 1911 Suite from “The Firebird”

Richard Strauss: Don Juan (lyrical solo in G major)

Rossini: Overture to La Scala di Seta, solos (listed under S,www.imslp.org )

Bizet: Symphony in C, 2nd movement



Stravinsky: 1911 Suite from “The Firebird”

Beethoven: The Consecration of the House Overture, 1st two pages (listed under W, Der Weihe des Hauses, www.imslp.org)

Rimsky-Korsakov: Scheherazade, 2nd movement solos

Dukas: The Sorcerer’s Apprentice



Rimsky-Korsakov: Capriccio Espagnole, Op 34 – I. Alborado and III. Alborado

Mendelssohn: Midsummer Night’s Dream- Scherzo movement

Rimsky-Korsakov: Scheherazade, Op.35, Mvt 3, cadenza-like sections Brahms: Symphony #3 – 1st and 3rd mvts



Beethoven: Leonore Overture No. 3, 1st Trumpet, off-stage trumpet calls

Stravinsky: Ballerina’s Dance from Petrouchka (listed at www.imslp.org ,1st cornet, rehearsal number 69-70. The player may choose to play this excerpt either on trumpet or cornet)

Brahms: Academic Festival Overture Mahler: 5th Symphony, 1st movement/opening solo

Stravinsky: Firebird Suite, 1919 version, 2nd section (Variation; Dance of the Firebird, 6/8)


3rd Horn:

Rossini: Semiramide (2nd Horn , 6/8 introduction, with our principal) Stravinsky: 1911 Suite from “The Firebird”

Schubert: Symphony no. 9 (2nd Horn, 1st mvt. introduction ) Beethoven: Symphony no. 9 (3rd mvt. 4th horn, famous solo passage )


1st Trombone:

Schumann: 3rd Symphony “Rhenish” , 4th mvt.

Stravinsky: 1911 Suite from “The Firebird”

Mahler: 3rd Symphony, 1st mvt solos

Rimsky-Korsakov: Russian Easter Overture (2nd Trombone recitative solos )

Mozart: Requiem “Tuba Mirum” famous 2nd trombone solo


3rd Trombone:

Stravinsky: 1911 Suite from “The Firebird” Brahms:

1st Symphony 4th mvt Rossini: William Tell Overture, 1st Allegro Liszt:

Les Preludes (Bar 405 to the end, Allegro maestoso)



Liszt: Les Preludes ( Bar 405 to the end, Allegro maestoso)

Stravinsky: 1911 Suite from “The Firebird”

Wagner: Die Meistersinger Overture Franck: Symphony, 4th mvt



Tchaikovsky: 1812 Overture –

SNARE meas. 77 (reh. C) through meas. 91; meas. 124 (8 meas. after reh. E) through meas. 135.

TAMBOURINE meas. 207 (reh. H) through meas. 215; meas. 299 (reh. M) through meas. 303.



Gershwin: Porgy and Bess



Dukas: The Sorcerer’s Apprentice



Beethoven Symphony No. 9:

Mvt. 1 – Opening through Letter A

Mvt. 1 – First 12 bars at Letter K

Mvt. 1 – Bar 387 to bar 414

Mvt. 2 – Letter F through bar 283

Mvt. 4 – Opening 8 bars

Mvt. 4 – Letter M through bar 563

Mvt. 4 – Letter T to End

Brahms Symphony No. 4:

Mvt. 1 – 2 before Letter R to End

Mvt. 2 – Bar 84 through 87

Mvt. 3 – Opening to Letter A

Mvt. 3 – Bar 2Mvt. 3 – Bar 257 through 307

Mvt. 4 – Opening to Letter A

All music can be downloaded free at www.imslp.org