Auditions

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Audition Information

The Bloomington Symphony Orchestra (BSO) is made up of highly qualified volunteer, unpaid musicians who are chosen through a two-step audition process.

The first round is a self-taped video which is submitted online and reviewed by a committee of current players. The second round is an in-person performance of the same materials for the Music Director and a committee of current players. committee at an in-person audition.

Current Openings

  • Section First & Second Violin (ongoing)
  • Assistant Principal First Violin (3rd chair)
  • Cello – Section (ongoing)
  • Oboe – Section
  • Bassoon III/Contrabassoon
  • Principal Trombone
  • Principal Percussion
  • Substitute positions in all other string sections, Winds, Brass, Percussion & Timpani

Substitute position auditions are accepted on an ongoing basis.

Frequently Asked Questions

Why should I audition for the BSO?

The BSO is made up of musicians who are committed to the values of Excellence, Collaboration, and Dedication. These volunteer musicians come together for Sunday evening rehearsals and concert performances throughout the year. BSO Musicians love playing both the classic symphonic orchestral repertoire, and introducing new pieces into the canon, all under the baton of Music Director Manny Laureano. Manny, along with BSO Concertmaster Michael Sutton, bring their years of experience as Minnesota Orchestra musicians, to our ensemble, to encourage and strengthen BSO musicians’ and the audiences’ love of music.

Why do you ask for a video? 

We ask for videos to allow candidates to carefully prepare and submit the video that best reflects their performance ability. After reviewing videos, the committee invites musicians who will be the best fit for the BSO, to confirm that playing ability in a live audition experience.

When is the next audition?

Current Openings are listed with deadlines for open seats. Videos for most section and substitute positions are accepted on a rolling, ongoing basis.

What should I do if I have questions that are not answered on this page? 

Complete the form on this page, or send an email to auditions@bloomingtonsymphony.org. We would love to hear from you and see a video come to our inbox!

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    Audition Instructions

    Learn more about preparing an auditoin for the BSO by clicking on this link: BSO Audition Instructions

    Note: Instructions are for all instruments. Links to instrument-specific excerpts are listed below. 

    Audition Materials - Strings

    All instruments

    Prepare three minutes of a solo of contrasting sections from standard repertoire

    Violin

    Mozart – Symphony No. 39, Mvt 4 (beginning to Reh B)
    Brahms: Symphony No. 4 (Quarter note = 95)
    Brahms Symphony No. 1

    Viola

    Mozart – Symphony No. 35 
    Brahms – Symphony No. 4

    Cello

    Beethoven – Symphony No. 5 (prepare both excerpts)
    Brahms – Symphony No. 2 (prepare mm. 1-15 only)

    Bass

    Beethoven – Symphony No. 5, Scherzo – Beginning to 5 after A
    Tchaikovsky – Symphony No. 4 – 13 after P to the end of the excerpt

    Audition Materials - Brass

    All instruments

    Prepare three minutes of a solo of contrasting sections from standard repertoire

    Horn

    Strauss – Till Eulenspiegel
    Franck – Symphony in D minor, Mvt II
    Beethoven – Symphony No. 3, Mvt III Horn II in E-flat
    Von Weber – Overture to Der Freischutz Horn IV part

    Trumpet

    Mahler – Symphony No. 5, Mvt. I, Trumpet I
    Mussorgsky – Pictures at an Exhibition – Opening Promenade
    Stravinsky – Petrouchka
    Beethoven – Leonore No. 2 (offstage trumpet)

    Trombone – Principal

    Saint-Saens – Symphony No. 3 Mvt I Excerpt from Q to R
    Schumann – Symphony No. 2, Mvt IV mm1-23
    Berlioz – Hungarian March 1st trombone only
    Wagner – Die Walkure – 2 excerpts 1st trombone only
    Hindemith – Symphonic Metamorphosis – 3 excerpts 1st trombone only

    Trombone – Bass

    Tchaikovsky – Symphony No. 6 àBass Trombone à Mvt. 3 à Excerpt 2
    Mahler Symphony No. 4 – Trombone 4 Excerpt 1
    Mahler Symphony No. 4 – Trombone 4 Excerpt 2
    Mendelssohn – Symphony No. 5 “Resurrection” – Bass Trombone (Page 5)
    Excerpt 1 – Start: Allegro Maestoso after B to 11 before D
    Excerpt 2 – 21 after E to 14 before G
    Berlioz – Roman Carnival Overture à Trombone 3 à Excerpt 1 7 after 19, through 6/8 bar

    Trombone (Substitute)

    Expires 04/19/2041

    Tuba (Substitute)

    Expires 01/01/2070

    Audition Materials - Winds

    Bassoon (Substitute)

    Expires 04/13/2068

    Clarinet (Substitute)

    Expires 04/25/2044

    Oboe and Optional English Horn (substitute)

    Expires 04/02/2040

    Audition Materials - Percussion

    Percussion (Substitute)

    Expires 04/11/2042

    Timpani

    Expires 04/23/2048