Auditions for the Durham Symphony’s 2014-15 season will be held on Saturday, September 6th at 10:00am and Sunday, September 7th at 2:00pm at the Durham Arts Council, 120 Morris Street, Durham.  To register for an audition or inquire about audition repertoire, please contact Eve Snyder, Executive Director, at 919-939-9536 or  We are currently seeking musicians to fill the following positions:


Violin I

Violin II


Bass Trombone


Sections not listed above are encouraged to audition for placement on our substitute list.

Audition excerpts are as follows:


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, 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, ) 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


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 ,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 )

3rd/Bass 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 in d minor, 4th mvt



Tchaikovsky: 1812 Overture – bar 77 (reh. C) through bar 91; bar 124 (8 bars After reh. E) through bar 135.



Tchaikovsky: 1812 Overture – bar 207 (reh. H) through bar 215; bar 299 (reh. M) through bar 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


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