Auditions

The Brookline Symphony Orchestra is a community ensemble involving instrumentalists of all ages from the Greater Boston area. All orchestra members except for the concertmaster are volunteers and are encouraged to participate in the financial support of the organization. The winds operate with a rotation system.

Rehearsal Information

Rehearsals are held on Monday evening, weekly from 7:15 to 9:45pm, starting in mid September and ending late May at the Korean Church of Boston in Brookline Village. In addition, we hold a dress rehearsal the Thursday before the concert at All Saints Parish (our performance venue) in Washington Square, Brookline, MA. Full details about schedule and location are on this page.

Audition dates

 Auditions for the 2019-2020 season will be held Sunday September 8, 2019. 
Individual auditions can also be scheduled on a case by case basis, depending on our needs. These are usually held on Monday evenings right before our rehearsal. 

Current openings

We currently have the following openings:

Tuba
Principal double bass

All string sections
Substitute winds and brass

To request an audition

Contact the personnel manager at admin@brooklinesymphony.org and fill out our audition form.

Audition Material:

Applicants should prepare required excerpts as listed, as well as material of their choice from either a Concerto, a Sonata, or the orchestral repertoire. The audition will last about 10 minutes

Violin

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Beethoven: Symphony No. 9 (Violin I), third movement, bars 99–114
Prokofiev: “Classical” Symphony, first movement, beginning–H

Viola

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Brahms: Symphony No. 1, second movement, bars 53–62; fourth movement, bars 289–300
Dvořák: Symphony No. 9, first movement, bars 292–316

Cello

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Brahms: Symphony No. 2, second movement, beginning–A and C–downbeat of bar 55
Beethoven: Symphony No. 5, second movement, bars 1–10, 49–59, and 98–106

Principal Bass

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Beethoven: Symphony No. 9, fourth movement, bars 431–441 and 454–525
Wagner: Overture to Die Meistersinger, bar 158–end
Stravinsky: Pulcinella Suite (1949 version), seventh movement, Vivo (solo part)
Mozart: Symphony No. 35, first movement, bars 13–48 and 59–66
Sight-reading may be asked.

Bass (section only)

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Mozart: Symphony No. 35, first movement, bars 13–48 and 59–66
Wagner: Overture to Die Meistersinger, bar 158–end

Flute

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Brahms: Symphony No. 4, bars 89–105 
Mendelssohn: A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Scherzo, two bars before P–end
OPTIONAL PICCOLO 
Beethoven: Symphony No. 9, fourth movement, bars 343–431

Oboe

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Brahms: Violin Concerto, second movement, bars 1–32 
Mendelssohn: Symphony No. 3, second movement, bars 32–67
OPTIONAL ENGLISH HORN 
Stravinsky: The Rite of Spring, “Adoration of the Earth,” [2]–[7]

Clarinet

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Brahms: Symphony No. 3, second movement, bars 1–22
Mendelssohn: A Midsummer Night’s Dream, beginning of Scherzo–B
OPTIONAL E-FLAT CLARINET 
Stravinsky: The Rite of Spring, [4]–[5] and [7]–three bars after [11]
OPTIONAL BASS CLARINET 
Stravinsky: The Rite of Spring, two bars before [141]–[142]

Bassoon

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Mozart: Overture to Le nozze di Figaro, bars 101–123 and 139–171
Tchaikovsky: Symphony No. 4, second movement, bar 274–end
OPTIONAL CONTRABASSOON
Shostakovich: Symphony No. 5, second movement, bars 65–69

Horn

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Brahms: Symphony No. 3 (Horn I solo), third movement, F–12 bars after F
Beethoven: Symphony No. 3 (Horns I and II), third movement, bars 169–202
Strauss: Till Eulenspiegels lustige Streiche, bars 6–20 and nine bars before 31–two bars after 33

Trumpet

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Beethoven: Leonore Overture No. 3, offstage solo
Copland: An Outdoor Overture, bars 16–34 
Stravinsky: Pétrouchka (1947 version), “Ballerina’s Dance,” one bar before [134]–[139] 
OPTIONAL PICCOLO TRUMPET
Stravinsky: The Rite of Spring (Piccolo Trumpet in D), one bar before [11]–[12]

Trombone

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Berlioz: La damnation de Faust (Trombone II), “Hungarian March,” six bars before [20]–two bars after [21] 
Ravel: Boléro, solo, two bars after [10]–[11]
Mahler: Symphony No. 3, first movement, [13]–[17]

Bass Trombone

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Berlioz: La damnation de Faust, “Hungarian March,” six bars before [4]–two bars after [5]
Schumann: Symphony No. 3, fourth movement, beginning–13 bars after A
Wagner: Die Walküre, “Ride of the Valkyries”

Tuba

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Brahms: Symphony No. 2, fourth movement, O–14 bars before P
Wagner: Die Walküre, “Ride of the Valkyries”
Prokofiev: Symphony No. 5, first movement, [3]–[6]

Timpani

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Beethoven: Symphony No. 9, first movement, 18 measures before S–end
Stravinsky: The Rite of Spring, [189]–end