Announcing auditions for the 2023-24 Ann Arbor Symphony Orchestra season:

  • Principal Harp
  • Principal Trumpet
  • Section Cello (1 chair)
  • Section Percussion (1 chair)
  • Section Violin (4 chairs)

All auditions will take place at:

Alexander Music Building at Eastern Michigan University:
000 E Circle Dr, Ypsilanti, MI 48197
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Section Cello
Sunday, Sept. 17, 2023 starting at 10a

Section Cello Audition List

Ann Arbor Symphony Orchestra
2023 Section Cello Audition List

First movement of a standard cello concerto

Orchestral excerpts
Beethoven Symphony No. 5: 2nd movement: measure 1-10, 49-59, 98-106, 114-123
Brahms Symphony No. 3: 3rd movement: beginning to letter B
Mendelssohn Midsummer Night’s Dream: Scherzo: C to D, N to O
Mozart Symphony in D major-KV 385: 4th movement: measures 134 through 197
Prokofiev Symphony No. 5: 4th movement: rehearsal number 79-80 (Line #1 of divisi only)
Smetana Overture to The Bartered Bride: beginning to 5 after letter A
R. Strauss Don Juan: Beginning to letter D
Verdi Requiem: Offertorio: beginning to measure 34

Section Violin
Saturday, Sept. 30 starting at 10a
Section Violin Audition List

Ann Arbor Symphony Orchestra
2023 Section Violin Audition List


Exposition (5 mins) from one of the following concertos:

Bartok 2
Paganini 1
Prokofiev 1 or 2
Saint-Saens 3
Sibelius (with first cadenza)
Wieniawski 2

Orchestral excerpts
Bartok Concerto for Orchestra: Mvmt V: 4 measures after reh 52 to 6 measures after reh 81
Brahms Symphony No. 4: Mvmt IV: 8 measures before rehearsal B, to D
Mahler Symphony No. 1: Mvmt IV: rehearsal number 16-19
Mendelssohn A Midsummer Night’s Dream: Scherzo: beginning to 7 after D
Mozart Symphony No. 41: Mvmt II: beginning to rehearsal A; rehearsal C to 11 after C
Mozart Symphony No. 39: Mvmt IV, beginning to mm. 78
Schumann Symphony No. 2: Scherzo and Coda
R. Strauss Don Juan: First page

Principal Harp
Sunday, Oct. 1 starting at 10a
Principal Harp Audition List

Ann Arbor Symphony Orchestra
2023 Principal Harp Audition List

Mozart Flute and Harp concerto, 1st movement
Debussy Danses Sacrée et Profane

Orchestral excerpts
Berlioz Symphonie Fantastique: Mvt 2: Beginning until “23″, “32″ for 16 bars
Britten Young People’s Guide: Variation I (harp cadenza) and then Rehearsal I to L in the Fugue.
Bruch Scottish Fantasy: 4th movement, beginning to Reh C
Debussy Prelude to the Afternoon of a Faun:Reh 2-4
Mahler Symphony No. 5, Mvt. 4 (all)
Ravel Tzigane: Cadenza
Strauss Death and Transfiguration: Reh A to 6 measures before D
Tchaikovsky The Nutcracker: Cadenza
Verdi La Forza del Destino overture: all

Sight reading as needed

Please note that candidates are expected to supply their own instrument

Principal Trumpet
Saturday, Oct. 7 starting at 12p
Principal Trumpet Audition List

Ann Arbor Symphony Orchestra
2023 Principal Trumpet Audition List

Haydn Trumpet Concerto, Mvmt. 1

Bach Magnificat Opening: mm. 1-15
Bartok Concerto for Orchestra Mvmt 2: mm. 90-147; Mvmt 5: mm. 211-256
Beethoven Leonore Overture No. 3: mm. 272-277
Bizet Carmen Suite No. 1: Prelude
Copland Outdoor Overture: mm. 16-35
Gershwin Piano Concerto in F Mvmt. 2: mm. 5 to reh. 1
Mahler Symphony No. 5 Mvmt. 1: opening solo
Mussorgsky/Ravel Pictures at an Exhibition: Promenade and Goldenberg solos
Ravel Piano Concerto in G Mvmt. 1: reh. 2-3
Respighi Pines of Rome Mvmt. 1: reh. 2-3, 5-8; Mvmt. 2: offstage solo
Rimsky-Korsakov Scheherazade Mvmt. 4: C-D, Q-R, T-U
Schumann Symphony No. 2 Mvmt. 1: opening
Shostakovich Symphony #5 Mvmt. 1: reh. 18-20
Strauss Till Eulenspiegel: Reh. 36-38
Stravinsky Petroushka (1947): Ballerina Dance, Waltz

Section Percussion
Sunday, Oct. 8 starting at 10a
Section Percussion Audition List

Ann Arbor Symphony Orchestra
2023 Section Percussion Audition List

Orchestral excerpts (please note that candidates are expected to prepare the entirety of the works listed below)

Snare Drum
Prokofiev: Lieutenant Kijé Suite
Schuman: Symphony No. 3
Rimsky-Korsakov: Scheherazade
Rimsky-Korsakov: Capriccio Espagnol
Rossini: La Gazza Ladra

Copland: Appalachian Spring
Gershwin: Overture to Porgy and Bess
Kodaly: Háry János Suite
Kabalevsky: Overture to Colas Breugnon
Shostakovich: Polka from The Golden Age

Debussy: La Mer
Dukas: Sorcerer’s Apprentice
Mozart: Magic Flute (Finale to Act I)
Respighi: Pines of Rome

Berlioz: Roman Carnival Overture
Bizet: Carmen Suite No. 1Aragonaise (Prelude to Act IV), Suite No. 2 – Danse Bohême
Dvorak: Carnival Overture

Mussorgsky: Night on Bald Mountain
Rachmaninoff: Piano Concerto No. 2
Tchaikovsky: Romeo and Juliet
Tchaikovsky: Symphony No. 4

Bass Drum
Tchaikovsky: Symphony No. 4

Sight reading as needed


Please e-mail a 1-page resume to (preferred) OR mail a 1-page print resume to:

David Lamse, Orchestra Personnel Manager
Ann Arbor Symphony Orchestra
35 Research Dr
Suite 100
Ann Arbor MI 48103

No phone calls, please. Please be sure to include your primary e-mail address on your resume. Only highly qualified candidates should submit their resume. The audition committee reserves the right to immediately dismiss any candidate that does not meet the desired standard of performance. Employment to begin immediately pending the winners’ availability and orchestra’s need. We may add to our supplemental musician list based on these auditions. Audition candidates must be legally authorized to work in the United States.


The Ann Arbor Symphony Orchestra is an equal opportunity employer that strives to create a diverse orchestra and all inclusive workplace. We support equality in the fine arts while standing up to and disallowing discrimination against all people based on race, ethnic and cultural background, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, religion, age, socio-economic status, disability and neurocognitive diversity.

We are a part-time, per-service professional orchestra that performs 1-2 concerts per month on average. A typical A2SO season includes seven mainstage concerts, several pops concerts, two educational and youth series, and various collaborations with the University of Michigan, UMS Choral Union, and other local arts organizations. Our main performance venues include Ann Arbor’s Michigan Theater and the world-famous Hill Auditorium, located on the campus of the University of Michigan.

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