Durham Symphony Orchestra 

William Henry Curry, Music Director

Announces auditions for the following positions:

Principal Trumpet

Third Horn

Fourth Horn

Section Second Violin




Auditions will also be heard for substitute players in all sections.

Auditions will be held on Saturday, September 10th, 2016 and Sunday, September 11th, 2016 at the Durham Arts Council, Durham, NC.

Please contact the Durham Symphony Orchestra Personnel Manager at auditions@durhamsymphony.org for details and to reserve an audition time.

2016-2017 Durham Symphony Audition Excerpts

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


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

VLN II Mendelssohn Sym 5 last mvt B-E



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 1st and 4th movements ONLY ( Pastorale and Farandole)

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 PRINTED

Rimsky-Korsakov: Scheherazade, Op.35, Mvt 3, cadenza-like sections

Brahms: Symphony #3 – 1st and 2nd 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 )



4th Horn

Beethoven: 9th Symphony, pickup to 83 through 89.

Brahms: Academic Festival Overture, 98 to letter E and 173 to letter G.

Dvorak: 9th Symphony, 1st movement, beginning through Reh. 2

Tchaikovsky: 4th Symphony, 1st mvt. beginning to bar 8.


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 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



Berlioz: Symphonie Fantastique, 2nd mvt.

Britten: Young Person’s Guide to the Orchestra, Harp Variation and Fugue

Tchaikovsky: Cadenza-Tchaikovsky’s Waltz of the Flowers,The Nutcracker.



Tchaikovsky: 1812 Overture – SNARE meas. 77 (reh. C) through meas. 91; meas. 124 (8 meas.

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