Symphony Orchestra String Auditions — Autumn 2022

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String Audition Information

The Ohio State University Symphony Orchestra, Miriam Burns, conductor
 

Excerpts and Video Instructions

String auditions for Autumn 2022 will be video recorded by each auditionee and submitted for evaluation by conducting and string faculty.
 

Step 1: Complete the online Audition Form


Step 2: Access and prepare your audition excerpts

Find required musical excerpts below — some via live link, some via attached PDF.

Step 3: Prepare, upload and share your video audition

Find technical information to assist with making your recording below.

Audition recordings must be submitted by 5 p.m. on Friday, August 5.    


Musical Excerpts for Step 2

 

All Candidates            

  • Begin your recording with a short solo selection of your choice (90 seconds).
  • Anyone, regardless of rank/degree/major, may audition for front desk. You are encouraged to prepare the front desk excerpts specified, if you have the ability.
  • Metronome markings listed are performance tempo. Please take the tempo you are most comfortable with, for accuracy of notes and rhythm.

String section seating rotates at the discretion of the conductor and studio faculty, in some cases also including the principal and concertmaster chairs.


Violin

Begin your recording with a short solo selection of your choice (90 seconds), followed by these excerpts required of ALL violinists:

  1. Schumann Symphony No. 2 — Movement 1, bar 50–letter C [pdf] (in 3)
  2. Schumann Symphony No. 2 — Movement 3, first 8 bars — Adagio espressivo [pdf] (in 4)
  3. Mozart Symphony No. 41 "Jupiter" — Movement 4, bar 379–end [pdf] (in 2, half note = 132)

Players who wish to be considered for the first violin section, ALSO prepare:

  1. Schumann Symphony No. 2, Scherzo (page 1) — Watch the video lesson at this link for tips on how to practice and use the great fingerings! Then, scroll all the way down for the recordings with adjustable tempi and Midi practice tracks. 
  2. Tchaikovsky Symphony No. 4 — Movement 1, bars 237–282 [pdf]

Players who wish to be considered for the front desk, ALSO prepare:

  1. Prokofiev Symphony No. 1 "Classical": 
    • Movement I — use this link, then scroll all the way down for the recording with adjustable tempi and Midi practice tracks. 
    • Movement II — use this link, then scroll all the way down for the recording with adjustable tempi and Midi practice tracks.


Viola

Begin your recording with a short solo selection of your choice (90 seconds), followed by these excerpts required of ALL violists:

  1. Schumann Symphony No. 2 — Movement 4, bars 93–133 [pdf] 
  2. Mozart Symphony No. 41 "Jupiter" — Movement 4, bars 362–end [pdf] (in 2, half note = 132)  
  3. Shostakovich Symphony No. 9 — Movement 3, bars 39–63 [pdf]
  4. Tchaikovsky Symphony No. 4 — Movement 1, bars 237–282 [pdf] 


Cello

Begin your recording with a short solo selection of your choice (90 seconds), followed by these excerpts required of ALL cellists:

  1. Mozart Symphony No. 41 "Jupiter" — Movement 4, second ending through to the end [pdf] (in 2, half note = 132)
  2. Beethoven Symphony No. 8 — Movement 3 (Trio), top line (no repeats) [pdf]
  3. Schumann Symphony No. 2 — Movement 1, start 5 after E through third bar of F (bars 219–239) [pdf]

Players who wish to be considered for the front desk, ALSO prepare:

  1. Brahms Piano Concerto No. 2 — Movement 3 (Andante), beginning through downbeat of rehearsal A (top line) [pdf] 


Bass

Begin your recording with a short solo selection of your choice (90 seconds), followed by these excerpts required of ALL bassists:

  1. Mozart Symphony No. 41 "Jupiter"  Movement IV, bars 95–157 [pdf] (in 2, half note = 132)
  2. Schumann Symphony No. 2

Audition Recording Technical Information for Step 3


Before you begin — Equipment Check

  • Use whatever video recording device you have at your disposal (video camera, phone, tablet, computer etc.), but select a device that particularly captures the highest quality audio
  • When positioning the camera, be sure that you can be seen clearly in the video.
  • Before recording, test the audio level and picture quality of both the device and microphone.


The Actual Recording

  • The audition video recording is to be one continuous take, with no pauses or edits in any way
  • Begin the video with a short personal introduction in which you share:
    • your first and last name
    • year in school this semester (e.g. “second year undergraduate student,” “first year master’s degree student” etc.)
    • your declared major (e.g. “music performance,” “music education,” “engineering” etc.)
    • your hometown (e.g. “Columbus, OH,” “Moorhead, MN” etc.)
    • any desire to participate in chamber music at Ohio State
  • Following your personal introduction, proceed to the excerpts, performing them in the order in which they are listed above. You may take some time between excerpts, but do not stop or pause the recording. Allow the recorder to capture the time you take between excerpts.


Steps to Finalize, Upload and Share Your Video Audition 

  1. View your completed video in its entirety to ensure that it includes all of the required components and your finest quality performance of the required excerpts.
  2. Auditions should be posted as an unlisted video on YouTube or uploaded to a file sharing platform such as OneDrive or Dropbox. Below are links to instructional videos that can help with this process:
  3. Email the working link to your finalized audition video (on YouTube or to the shared folder) to Christopher Dent, ensembles administrator. Please type SYMPHONY AUDITION in the subject line. 

DEADLINE:  5 p.m. on Friday, August 5


Audition Results

All students who complete and submit an audition for the Symphony Orchestra will receive an email notification on or before 5 p.m. Saturday, August 20, with your seating assignment. Should you have not received an email by that time, please contact me at burns.1165@osu.edu.

On Tuesday, Aug. 23, the first day of classes, orchestra personnel will have an in-person meeting with me at 1:50 p.m. in Weigel Auditorium (no rehearsal that day). Rehearsals will begin on Wednesday, Aug. 24.

I look forward to making music with you all next month!

Professor Burns