Stephen Drake's Audition
Lists for Orchestral Cello Jobs

These lists were originally developed by cellist Stephen Drake, who has graciously given permission to Cello Heaven to publish here. Some are repertoire lists for section positions, and some are for principal or solo positions.

The lists are provided for informational purposes only. They do not mean that there are jobs available at these orchestras.

These audition requirements will change as the years go by. If you have more recent information, or information about another orchestra, anywhere in the world, please email it to Cello Heaven, so I can update this web page. So far all of the lists here are of American or Canadian orchestras.

Table of contents

Atlanta Symphony Orchestra 2/93


1. A major cello concerto
2. a movement from a Bach unaccompanied suite

Orchestral Works

1. Bartok: Miraculous Mandarin: Suite
2. Beethoven: Symphony No. 5, Op. 67
3. Beethoven: Symphony No. 8, Op. 93 (3rd movement)
4. Brahms: Symphony No. 2, Op. 73
5. Bruckner: Symphony No. 7 (1st & 4th movements)
6. Debussy: La Mer (1 before figure 9, all parts)
7. Mahler: Symphony No. 5
8. Mozart: Symphony No. 35
9. Prokofiev: Symphony No. 5, Op. 100
10. Smetana: Overture to Bartered Bride
11. Strauss: Don Juan, Op. 20
12. Strauss: Ein Heldenleben (beginning to 13)
13. Tchaikovsky: Symphony No. 4

Selected Sight Reading

Note: In the preliminary round, only the concerto and the Bach were heard, and 2 excerpts from Beethoven 5th, 2nd mvt; the trio from Beethoven 8, and part of the 4th mvt of Mozart 35.

Baltimore Symphony - section cello January 2001


Bach-Sarabande and Gigue from Suite #3, C Major

First movement of one of the following works (applicant's choice)

Finalists may be asked to perform with piano accompaniment.

Orchestra Excerpts

Boston Symphony Orchestra - Section Cello - 12/90

Required Solos (need not be memorized):

Schubert: "Arpeggione" Sonata - 1st movement up to recapitulation (no repeat)
Bach: 4th Suite in Eb - Courante (without repeats)

Cello Orchestra Passages from:

Beethoven: Symphony No. 5
Beethoven: Symphony No. 9
Brahms: Symphony #2
Brahms: Symphony #3
Debussy: La Mer
Mozart: Symphony #41
Strauss: Don Juan
Tchaikovsky: Symphony No. 4
Wagner: Prelude and Liebestod from "Tristan & Isolde"


(At auditions you may use your own music or the music provided by the BSO, but you should be prepared to use BSO parts if requested.)

The Auditions Committee reserves the right to dismiss immediately any candidate not meeting the highest professional standards at these auditions.

Buffalo Philharmonic

Associate Principal Cello Audition (1999)

Exposition of first movement of standard concerto of candidate's choice.
One movement of a Bach cello suite of candidate's choice


C. SIGHT READING may be required
Charleston Symphony - Section Cello (1999)


ORCHESTRAL REPERTOIRE (tutti parts only)


Chicago Symphony Orchestra - Section Cello 11/96

Solo work:
A. The first movement of the Dvorak Cello concerto in B minor.
B. The first movement of the Concerto in D major by Haydn.

Excerpts required for each player:
Beethoven: Symphony No. 5, 2nd and 3rd movements
Brahms: Symphony No. 2, 2nd movement
Brahms: Symphony No. 3, 3rd movement
Brahms: Variations on a theme by Haydn, var. I & V
Mendelssohn: Scherzo from Midsummer Night's Dream
Mozart: Overture to the Magic Flute
Strauss: Don Juan
Strauss: Also Sprach Zarathustra, Nos. 3-5 and 13-20
Wagner: Overture to Tannhauser, letter E to letter F (letter I to letter K in the Kalmus edition)

Sight-reading: Excerpts from the standard repertoire to be determined at the audition.

Columbus Symphony Orchestra Section Cello 1/88

Bach - A solo suite of the applicant's choice - two contrasting movements (no repeats)

First movement (with cadenza, if applicable) of one of the following concerti: Dvorak, Elgar, Haydn C or D, Lalo, Saint-Saens, Schumann, or Tchaikovsky - Rocco [sic] Variations (complete)


  • Coriolan Overture, (Kalmus), Meas. 52-78

  • Symphony No. 5, (Breitkopf Weisbaden), Mvt. II, meas. 1-10, 98-105; Mvt. III, meas. 141-177

  • Symphony No. 8, (Breitkopf Leipzig), Mvt III, meas. 45-78

  • Symphony No. 9, (Breitkopf Weisbaden), Mvt II, meas. 9-57; Mvt IV, meas. 1-106, 541-594, 709-717

  • Brahms:
  • Symphony No. 2, (Breitkopf Leipzig), Mvt I, meas. 350-369; Mvt II, meas. 1-15

  • Symphony No. 3, (Breitkopf Weisbaden), Mvt. I, meas. 87-100; Mvt. III, meas. 1-16; Mvt. IV, meas. 150-197

  • Debussy: La Mer, (Kalmus), 2 meas. before 9-six meas. after 9; 61-62 (all lines)
    Mahler: Symphony No. 2, (Kalmus), Mvt. II, meas. 3 - fourteen after 4, one before 6 - eight after 7, four before 14 - sixteen after 14
    Mozart: Symphony No. 35, (Breitkopf Weisbaden), Mvt. I, meas. 74-154; Mvt. IV, meas. 134-181
    Schoenberg: Verklarte Nacht, (Associated), meas. 320-344 [they didn't specify whether it's cello I or II]
    Smetana: Bartered Bride Overture, (Assoc./Bote), Beginning - five after A; eighteen after A - forty eight after A
  • Don Juan, (Kalmus), meas. 1-9, five before B - four before D, seven before G - H, seven after O - four before Q, R - T, Tempo I after V - four after W

  • Ein Heldenleben, (Lucks), 6 - seven after 13, three after 56 - 63

  • Tchaikovsky: Symphony No. 4, (Kalmus), Mvt. I, eight before F - F, H - I, P - twelve after P; Mvt. II, twenty one before A - A
    Verdi: Requiem, (Peters), Mvt. III, Offertorio, meas. 1-28
    Wagner: Prelude an Liebestod from Tristan and Isolde, (Breitkopf Leipzig), meas. 18 - 33, eight before A - four after B

    Sight reading may be required.

    Other excerpts from the standard orchestral repertoire may be asked of the finalists.

    Be prepared to play from CSO parts if requested.

    All auditions are on a solo playing basis - no accompaniments are necessary.

    Denver Symphony Orchestra - Asst. Principal Cello, (no date)


    Haydn: Concerto in D Major, 1st Movement until recapitulation.
    First movement of a concerto or a concerto piece of the applicant's choice.

    Orchestral Excerpts:

    Beethoven: Symphony No. 5, Andante con Moto (exclude use of the A string except in forte)
    Brahms: Symphony No. 1, Trio of Allegretto movement; Pizzicato of Finale
    Smetana: Bartered Bride Overture
    Strauss: Ein Heldenleben, Opening to No. 2, 9 - 13, 28 - 33, 46 - 50, 68 - 71.
    Verdi: Offertorio from Requiem
    Tchaikovsky: Symphony No. 4, 1st movement, Moderato Assai before F to F, M - Q; 2nd movement, Theme
    Beethoven: Eroica Symphony, Finale - Bar 44 until A; Presto to end

    Solo Orchestral Repertoire:

    Beethoven: Prometheus, Act 2, #5 (as in International excerpts)
    Haydn: Symphony No. 31 in D (Horn Signal), 2nd and 4th movements
    Suppe: Overture to Morning, Noon, and Night in Vienna
    Verdi: Rigoletto, Act 2, #9 Aria with Cello in D Flat
    Brahms: Piano Concerto #2, Solo
    Puccini: Tosca, Act 3 - famous cello solo
    Strauss: Don Quixote: Theme, Variation 1, Variation 5 Solo Cello

    Saint Louis Symphony Orchestra - Section cello 12/96

    1. Movement of a standard concerto of your choice
    2. movement of a Bach suite

    Orchestral Excerpts: (excerpts enclosed!)

    Beethoven: Symphony #5 in C minor

  • Mvt. II: Measures 1-106
  • Mvt. III: Measures 1-18 and 141-196

  • Brahms: Symphony No. 2 in D Major
  • Mvt. II: Measures 1-15

  • Brahms: Symphony No. 3 in F Major
  • Mvt. I: Measures 187-201
  • Mvt. III: Measures 1-39

  • Tchaikovsky: Symphony No. 4 in F minor
  • Mvt. I: 13 measures after A to 22 measures after A, and 8 measures before F to F
  • Mvt. II 21 measures before A to A

  • Debussy: La Mer; 2 measures before 9 to 6 measures after 9
    R. Strauss: Don Juan, first three pages
    Mozart: Symphony No. 40 in G minor
  • Mvt. I: Measures 114-133

  • Bartok: Concerto for Orchestra
  • Mvt. I: Measures 76-93

  • Beethoven: Symphony No. 8 in F Major
  • Mvt III: Trio

  • Mendelssohn: "A Midsummers Night Dream"
  • Scherzo from N to O

  • Mahler: Symphony No. 5 in C# minor
  • Mvt. I: 4 to 6
  • Mvt. II: 5 measures after 5 to 8 measures after 6, and 26 measures before 12 to 3 measures after 13
  • Mvt. V: 1 measure before 2 to 23 measures after 2 and 5 measures after 17 to 2 measures before 18 and 2 measures before 21 to 22
  • There will be sightreading.

    The Philadelphia Orchestra - Section Cello 2/96

    Complete concerto of your choice from the standard repertoire (all movements). (An accompanist will be provided during all rounds.)

    All of the following excerpts:
    Beethoven: Symphony No. 5 in C minor, Op. 67
    Beethoven: Symphony No. 9 in D minor, Op. 125 ("Choral"): Recitative
    Brahms: Symphony No. 2 in D major, Op. 73
    Brahms: Symphony No. 3 in F major, Op. 90
    Mendelssohn: Midsummer Night's Dream: Scherzo
    Mozart: Marriage of Figaro Overture, K. 492
    Mozart: Symphony No. 35 in D major, K. 385
    Mozart: Symphony No. 39 in E-flat major, K. 543
    Strauss: Don Juan, Op. 20 (critical edition)
    Strauss: Ein Heldenleben, Op. 40
    Verdi Messa da Requiem: Offertorium


    The Minnesota Orchestra - Section Cello 8/95

    Solo Repertoire:
    1. First movement of major concerto (no accompaniment).
    2. Prelude of any Bach Suite.

    Orchestral Excerpts
    Bartok Concerto for Orchestra, Fugue from last movement
    Beethoven: Symphony No. 5, second and third movements
    Beethoven: Symphony No. 8, third movement Trio
    Brahms: Symphony No. 2, second movement (measures 1 to 16)
    Brahms: Symphony No. 3, first movement (measures 187 - 202) and third movement (measures 1-16)
    Debussy La Mer, two measures before reh. no. 9 for 9 measures
    Mendelssohn: A Midsummer's Night Dream, Scherzo
    Mendelssohn: Symphony No. 4, first movement (measures 25 - 85, 260 - 287)
    Mozart: Symphony No. 40, first and fourth movements
    Prokofiev Symphony No. 5, second movement (reh. no. 55 to 56) and fourth movement (reh. no. 79 to 80)
    Strauss: Ein Heldenleben, beginning through seven measures after reh. no. 13
    Strauss: Don Juan, all
    Verdi: Requiem, Offertorio, first page

    Savannah Symphony - Principal Cello 4/97
    (section cello is the same but without the orchestral solos at the end)

    One movement (applicant's choice) from a major concerto or a major solo work (no sonatas)

    Orchestral repertoire:

    Beethoven: Symphony no. 5

  • Mvt. 2, measures 1-10
  • Mvt. 2, measures 98-106

  • Brahms: Symphony No. 2, Mvt. 2, measures 1-18
    Debussy: La Mer, Mvt 1, 2 measures before reh. no. 9 to 6 before reh. no. 10
    Mozart: Symphony No. 35, Mvt. 4, measures 134 - 181
    Strauss: Don Juan
  • Beginning to reh. let. C.
  • Un Poco Piu Lento to to 4 after reh. let. H.
  • Tempo I before W to 4 after W.

  • Verdi: Requiem, Offertorio, beginning to measure 29

    Orchestral Solos:

    Brahms: Piano Concerto No. 2
    Haydn: Symphony No. 31
    Suppe: Poet and Peasant Overture

    Note: I was a candidate at the most recent audition, 6/7/97. I didn't make the finals. What they asked for in the preliminary round:
    1. Solo work. (about 1 minutes worth.)
    2. Beethoven excerpts.
    3. Mozart excerpt.
    4. Strauss excerpt.
    5. Brahms Piano Concerto solo, the section at the start of it.
    They were very good about it, and told us what was going to be asked in the preliminary round, and the final round. I wish all auditions could be run like this one was!

    The Nashville Symphony - Principal Cello 2/90

    Bach: Movement of your choice from any unaccompanied Cello Suite
    Concerto: Your choice, approximately 2 minutes.

    Orchestral Excerpts:

    Beethoven: Symphony No. 5, 2nd and 3rd Mvmnts.
    Beethoven: Symphony No. 9, 4th Mvt.
    Brahms: Piano DConcerto No. 2, 3rd Mvt, Solo.
    Mendelssohn: Scherzo from Midsummer Night's Dream
    Mozart: Symphony No. 41, 4th Mvt.
    Prokofiev: Symphony No. 5, 4th Mvmt, top line of 79 to 80
    Rossini: William Tell Overture, Solo Strauss: Ein Heldenleben, first page to [6], page 7 [43] to [50]
    V. Suppe: Poet and Peasant Overure, Solo
    Tchaikovsky: Swan Lake, Solo
    Tchaikovsky: Symphony No. 4, 2nd Mvt.

    Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra - Principal Cello 4/11/88

    Haydn: Cello Concerto D major, 1st Movement (until recap.)
    And Your Choice Of:
    Dvorak: Cello Concerto, 1st Movement
    Schumann: Cello Concerto, 1st Movement

    Orchestral Solos:
    Strauss: Don Quixote, Theme, Variation I, Variation V, Finale
    Rossini: William Tell Overture
    Brahms: Piano Concerto No. 2
    Suppe: Morning, Noon, & Night
    Strauss: Bourgeois Gentilhomme (as found in the cello excerpt book published by International Publishing)
    Puccini: Tosca, solo in Act III

    Orchestra Parts:
    Beethoven: Symphony No. 5, 2nd Movement
    Debussy: La Mer
    Dvorak: Carnival Overture
    Verdi: Requiem "Offertorio"
    Mendelssohn: Midsummers Night's Dream, Scherzo
    Strauss: Don Juan

    Candidates may also be asked to play other material not on this list.

    Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra - Section, January 2001


    One of the following concerto movements (with MSO piano accompanest in finals)

    Bach Preludes to Suites # 1, 2, 3 or 4
    Popper Etudes # 5, 10 or 22




    Greenville Symphony (South Carolina) 8/98

    In addition to the orchestral excerpts listed, one movement from a concerto
    of your choice is required.

    Bach: Unaccompanied Suite (two contrasting movements)

    Beethoven: Symphony No. 5 (second movement)
    Beethoven: Symphony No. 9 (Presto beginning-A; Fourth movement recitative)
    Brahms: Piano Concerto No. 2 (Andante)
    Mahler: Symphony No. 2 (Opening)
    Mendelssohn: Midsummer Night's Dream (Scherzo 296-323)
    Mozart: Overture to The Marriage of Figaro (beginning first 8 measures)
    Rossini: William Tell Overture (solo)
    Strauss: Don Juan (beginning to C)
    Stravinsky: Rite Of Spring (186 to the end)

    The Richmond Symphony/Sinfonia Section Cello 9/20/1990

    One movement from a concerto of your choice
    One movement from a Bach Suite

    Beethoven: Symphony No. 5, 2nd and 3rd movs.
    Brahms: Symphony No. 2, 2nd mov.
    Brahms: Symphony No. 3, 3rd mov.
    Mendelssohn: Scherzo from Midsummer Night's Dream
    Mozart: Symphony No. 35, 4th mov.
    Shostakovich: Symphony No. 5, 1st mov. - No. 32 to 3 bars after 38
    Smetana: Bartered Bride Overture, 1st 2 pages
    Strauss: Also Sprach Zarathustra, Bewegt after #3 to #5, and Schnell after #17
    Strauss: Ein Heldenleben, Beginning to 3 bars after #2, and 4 bars before #12 to 7 bars after #13
    Stravinsky: Rite of Spring, #104 to #109, and #111 to #114

    Edmonton Symphony Orchestra - Section Cello 2/2/1990

    One movement from a concerto of your choice (classical or later period)

    Orchestral Repertoire
    Mozart: Symphony No. 35, 4th movement
    Brahms: Symphony No. 2, 2nd movement
    Brahms: Symphony No. 3, 3rd movement
    Strauss: Don Juan (Symphonic Poem)
    Beethoven: Symphony No. 5, 2nd movement and 3rd movement
    Beethoven: Symphony No. 8, 3rd movement (Trio)
    Smetana: Bartered Bride Overture
    Debussy: La Mer (prepare all divisi lines)

    Sight reading may be required

    Phoenix Symphony Orchestra - Section Cello 7/11/90

    Solo Piece of your choice.

    Beethoven: Symphony No. 5 - 2nd and 3rd movements
    Brahms: Symphony No. 2 - 2nd movement beginning through letter A
    Debussy: La Mer - 2 measures before #9 (the entire passage)
    R. Strauss: Don Juan - Letter F to H.
    Wagner: Lohengrin (Etude from David Popper from High School of Cello Playing Opus 73.)

    Sight Reading.

    Phoenix Symphony Orchestra - Assistant Principal Cello 7/11/90

    Solo Piece of your choice.

    Beethoven: Symphony No. 9
    Brahms: Symphony No. 2
    Mozart: Symphony No. 41 (Jupiter)
    Shostakovich: Symphony No. 5
    Strauss: Don Juan
    Strauss: Don Quixote

    Sight Reading.

    Metropolitan Opera - Section Cello 1997

    (all the music was included in the package.)

    Lalo: Concerto for Cello and Orchestra, mvt. 1
    Wagner: Die Walküre: Act II, scene 4
    Verdi: Requiem: Mvt. 3, "Offertorio"
    Humperdinck: Hänsel und Gretel: Act III, scenes 2 and 3
    Giordano: Andrea Chenier: Act I
    Berg: Wozzeck: Act I, Scene 4
    Beethoven: Fidelio: Act II, No. 13, Trio; and Act II, No. 14, Quartet
    Mozart: Cosi fan Tutte: Act I, No. 16, Trio
    Wagner: Tännhauser: Overture
    Wagner: Gotterdämmerung: Act III, scene 3, #46 & #71
    Bizet: Carmen: Act III Finale
    Tchaikovsky: Variations on A Rococco Theme, Op. 33

    Shreveport Symphony Orchestra - Section Cello - May 98

    Solo Work: Prepare an Allergro movement from any standard concerto.

    Orchestral Excerpts:

    Beethoven - Symphony #5, Movements two and three
    Brahms - Symphony #2, Second Movement
    Mozart - Symphony #35, Fourth Movement
    Mendelssohn - Scherzo from Midsummer Night's Dream
    Smetana - Overture to the Bartered Bride
    Tchaikovsky - Symphony #4, Second Movement
    R. Strauss - Don Juan
    Verdi - Requieum, Offertorio


    Excerpts will be provided for reference, however candidates may use their own.

    Solo work will be played first followed by orchestra excerpts and sightreading.

    Candidates will draw lots to determine audition times. Each preliminary audition will be approximately 10-15 minutes in length. The committee will hear 4-6 candidates in one hour's time.

    Finals, if necessary, will be held immediately following preliminaries.

    Two URLs of interest:

    Los Angeles Philharmonic - Section Cello - 4/91

    Haydn: Concerto in Cmajor - memorized, first page only
    Beethoven: Symphony #5

  • Andante: measures 1-10, 49-60, 98-107, and 114-124

  • Third movement (trio): measures 140-214

  • Beethoven: Symphony #9
  • Recitative section of the last movement

  • Brahms: Symphony #2
  • Adagio: first 12 measures

  • Debussy: La Mer
  • From 2 measures before #9 to 6 measures after #9

  • Mozart: Symphony #35
  • Finale

  • Strauss: Don Juan

    Omaha Symphony - Principal and Assistant Principal Cello - 5/88

    Bach: any two contrasting movements from the Six Suites
    Dvorak: Cello Concerto (1st movement, beginning to the first Grandioso orchestra tutti)

    Beethoven: Symphony #5 (2nd & 3rd movements)
    Beethoven: Prometheus Ballet (solo) PRINCIPAL ONLY
    Brahms: Piano Concerto #2 (solo)
    Brahms: Symphony #3 (3rd movement)
    Debussy: La Mer (I, quartet section, first part)
    Dvorak: Symphony #8 (1st & 4th movements)
    Mozart: Symphony #35 (1st and 4th movements)
    Rossini: William Tell Overture (solo)
    Strauss: Don Juan (first page and similar entrances)
    Shostakovich: Symphony #1 (solo) PRINCIPAL ONLY
    Tchaikovsky: Symphony #6 (2nd movement)
    Von Suppe: Poet and Peasant Overture (solo)

    Finalists may be asked to sightread during the final rounds. Finalists may be asked to read quartet literature with members of a string quartet.

    Grand Rapids Symphony - Principal Cello 11/89

    Solo works
    Two contrasting movements of a Bach Suite
    Entire 1st movement of Dvorak Concerto orSchumann Concerto

    Orchestral solos
    PLEASE NOTE - Where a specific edition of a work is listed, it is only as a reference for the letters and measure numbers. You may use your own edition.

    Strauss - Don Quixote (International Edition, ed. Leonard Rose)

  • Massig theme
  • Variations I & II
  • Var. III - Viel Langsamer before 36 to end
  • Variations V & VI
  • Var. VIII (with upbeat) to 5 bars after 62
  • Var. X - 69 to to end of piece
  • Brahms - Piano Concerto No. 2, Andante (Kalmus Edition)

  • opening to downbeat of 9 after A; D to end
  • Rossini - William Tell Overture

  • 1st solo in opening to end of solo section
  • Orchestral tuttis
    Strauss - Don Juan (Kalmus Edition)

  • beginning to downbeat 5 bars after D
  • Un poco piu lento to downbeat of H
  • R to downbeat of T
  • Tempo I before W to downbeat 4 after W
  • Beethoven - Symphony No. 5 (Breitkopf-Weisbaden Edition)

  • 2nd mvt. - meas. 1-10, 49-59, 98-106, 114-123
  • 3rd mvt. - beginning to downbeat of bar 18; A to downbeat of bar 118; C major double bar to 1st ending
  • Mozart - Symphony No. 35, Finale (Kalmus Edition)

  • beginning to A
  • 6 before B to downbeat 5 after B
  • 18 after B to downbeat 1 before C
  • 10 before D to downbeat 1 before E
  • Brahms - Symphony No. 2, 2nd Movement

  • beginning to 2 before A
  • Brahms - Symphony No. 3, 3rd movement

  • beginning to downbeat 2 before B
  • Mendelssohn - Midsummer Night's Dream, Scherzo (Breitkopf Ed.)

  • 3rd beat of C to downbeat of D
  • 3rd beat of N to downbeat of O
  • Tchaikovsky - Nutcracker, Pas de Deux

  • bar 4 to end of 2nd bar after B
  • Bartok - Concerto for Orchestra

  • Introduzione - 22 to downbeat of 30; 2 after 35 to 1 before 51; 2 after 231 to 1 before 272; 488 to downbeat of 317
  • Finale - 126 to 1 before 148; 231 to 6 after 249; 292 to downbeat of 317; 1 after 408 to 3 after 441

  • National Symphony Orchestra - Principal Cello 11/94

    I. A complete concerto of your choice. An accompanist will be provided.

    II. A complete Bach Suite of your choice

    III. Orchestral solos:

    Brahms: Piano Concerto #2, 2nd mvmt.
    Rossini: William Tell Overture, beginning to bar 48
    Shostakovich: Symph. #1

  • Mvmt III, #1 to 2 after #2
  • Mvmt IV, #36-#40

  • R. Strauss: Don Quixote, whole solo part
    R. Strauss: Bourgeois Gentilhomme, #84-#88
    Tchaikovsky: Swan Lake Suite, mvmt. IV (white swan pas de deux)

    IV. Tutti Excerpts

    Beethoven: 5th symphony

  • Mvmt II, bars 1-10, 49-59 and 98-106
  • Mvmt III, bars 1-18 and 140-177

  • Beethoven: 9th symphony, entire 4th mvmt.
    Brahms: 2nd symphony, Mvmt.II, beginning to bar 15
    Britten: Young Person's Guide to the Orchestra, Var. G
    Debussy: La Mer, 2 before #9 to 6 after #9
    Mahler: 4th symphony, mvmt. III, bar 1 to #1, #4 -#5, 2 before #9 to 16 after #9
    Mahler: 5th symphony, mvmt II, 12 after #11 to #13
    Mozart: 35th symphony, mvmt IV, bars 134-181
    Prokofiev: 5th symphony, mvmt III, #60-#61, and 9 before #76 to 6 after #76
    Smetana: Bartered Bride Overture, beginning to A
    R. Strauss: Also Sprach, 4 before #3 to 6 after #6; 14 before #18 to #18; 4 before #27 to #29
    Tchaikovsky: 4th symphony, mvmt II, beginning to A
    Tchaikovsky: 5th symphony, mvmt II, 13 before B to B
    Tchaikovsky: 6th symphony, mvmt II, beginning to A
    Verdi: Requiem, Offertorio, beginning to bar 29

    V. Possible sight-reading.

    Just a note: At this audition, only some of this was heard. Only part of one mvmt was asked from the concerto, no Bach, only the theme and part of the dream var from Don Quixote, Brahms Piano Concerto #2 solo, Bartered Bride, only a couple of other things.

    Note: This info was provided by Yvonne Caruthers, a cellist in the NSO. Email her for more info!
    You may also be interested in looking at the National Symphony's Homepage.

    New Jersey Symphony -Section-March 1999

    The New York Philharmonic - Section cello - 4/98

    Solo Requirement:

    Standard Concerto of player's choice (complete concerto with cadenzas)
    Bach: Prelude from unaccompanied Suite No. 2, 3, 5, or 6. And one movement of player's choice from any Suite.

    Orchestral Repertoire:

    Beethoven: Symphony No. 5; 2nd and 3rd movements
    Brahms: Haydn Variations; Variation I and V
    Brahms: Symphony No. 3; 3rd and 4th movements
    Debussy: La Mer; 2 before '9' to 7 after '9'
    Mahler: Symphony No. 5; 2nd and 5th movements
    Mendelssohn: A Midsummer Night's Dream; Scherzo
    Mozart: Marriage of Figaro; Overture
    Mozart: Symphony No. 40; 1st and 4th movements
    Prokofiev: Symphony No. 5;

  • 1st movememnt '9' to '10'
  • 1st movement '13' to '14'
  • 2nd movement '55' to '56'
  • 3rd movement 5 after '74' to '77'
  • 4th movement '79' to '80'

  • Schoenberg: Verklarte Nacht; measures 69-81, 161-168, 310-319
    Shostakovich: Symphony No. 1; 1st and 4th movements (without solo passages)
    Smetana: Bartered Bride; Overture
    Strauss: Ein Heldenleben; Beginning to '39' and '43' to '50'
    Tchaikovsky: Symphony No. 6; 2nd movement

    Sight reading from the standard orchestral repertoire may be asked for during these auditions.

    The Florida Philharmonic - Principal Cello - 6/96



    Brahms: Piano Concerto No. 2; Solo, 3rd mvt.
    Brahms: Symphony No. 2; 1st mvt, 2nd mvt., 4th mvt.
    Beethoven: Symphony No. 5; 2nd mvt.
    Beethoven: Symphony No. 8; Scherzo (Trio)
    Corigliano: Symphony No. 1; Solo Excerpts (we'll provide)
    Debussy: La Mer
    Mahler: Symphony No. 2; 1st mvt., 2nd movt., 3rd mvt.
    Mendelssohn: Midsummernight's Dream; Scherzo
    Mozart: Symphony No. 40; 1st mvt., 4th mvt.
    Rossini: William Tell Overture, Opening solo
    Puccini: Tosca; Act 3 solo; 1st and 2nd parts
    Saint Saens: Carnival of the Animals; The Swan
    Strauss: Ein Heldenleben; meas. 1 - 24
    Von Suppe: Poet and Peasant Overture; Opening solo


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    Houston Grand Opera Orchestra - section cello Spring 1999

    Solo Repertoire

    Opera Excerpts

    Excerpts provided

    Houston Symphony - section cello 6/94

    Tape Audition Repertoire

    I. Five minutes of the first movement of a standard concerto

    II. Excerpts:

    Mozart: Symphony No. 35; Finale: bar 134 to 181
    Beethoven: Symphony No. 5; Second mvt: Opening to bar 10, bar 98 to 106
    Brahms: Symphony No. 2; Second mvt: Opening to bar 16
    Strauss: Don Juan; R to T

    Audition Repertoire List

    I. First movement of a standard concerto

    II. Excerpts:

    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
    Tchaikovsky: Symphony No. 4; Second mvt: bar 21 to 42, bar 252 to 274
    Verdi: Requiem; Offertorio: Opening to bar 29
    Strauss: Don Juan; Opening to bar 9, A to C, 7 before G to H, R to T, Temp I after V to 4th bar of W
    Debussy: La Mer; First mvt: (Top Line) 2 bars before 0 to 6 bars before 10
    Prokofiev: Symphony No. 5
  • Third mvt: 60 to 61, 72 to 73
  • Fourth mvt: (Top Line) 79 to 80
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    Detroit Sympony - section cello 5/89

    Solo: 1st mvt. of a Major Concerto of your choice

    TCHAIKOVSKY: Symphony No. 6 (Mvts. I, II & III)
    BRAHMS: Symphony No. 2 (Mvts. II)
    BRAHMS: Symphony No. 4 (Mvts. III & IV)
    VERDI: Requiem (Offertorio)
    STRAUSS: Don Juan
    STRAUSS: Ein Heldenleben (Beginning to #13)
    BEETHOVEN: Symphony No. 9 (I & II Mvts. & IV Mvt. Recitative)
    SMETANA: Overture to The Bartered Bride

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    Virginia Sympony - Core and Per Service, April 29, 1999

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