Auditions 2024-2025 Season

 Openings 

Section Violin
Principal Trombone
2nd Trombone
Bass Trombone
3rd & 4th Horns

Only the highest quality applicants will be accepted for this audition. 

The Plano Symphony Orchestra is a per service orchestra. Approximately 51+  services are planned for the year beginning September 25, 2024. Per service rates are $159.00/service for Principal & $134.00/service for Section. All applicants must demonstrate U.S. Citizenship or legal eligibility to accept employment with the Plano Symphony Orchestra. 

At this time, PSO will only be auditioning for the above positions. 

 Auditions to be held: 

Saturday, September 7, 2024 
8:30 AM – 4:00 PM 
Royal Lane Baptist Church, 6706 Royal LN., Dallas TX 75230

To be considered for an invitation to audition for an available position please e-mail a one-page resume to: 

Jim Gasewicz, Personnel Manager at: jimgasewicz@gmail.com 

PSO does not supply music/excerpts at the audition.

Plano Symphony Orchestra’s General Audition Procedures & Audition Repertoire 

  • Candidates are required to send a one-page resume to be considered for an invitation to audition.
  • Applications are due on or before: Friday, August 23, 2024
  • The Audition Committee reserves the right to dismiss any candidate not meeting the highest artistic standards.
  • Selected candidates will be notified with an audition time by Jim Gasewicz, Personnel Manager. 
  • Audition times will be assigned to musicians on Saturday, August 24, 2024
  • We are tentatively scheduled to listen to violins first in the morning, followed by horns & trombones after lunch in the afternoon.
  • For the audition excerpts, a minimum of 3 excerpts from the scanned music plus a solo of choice are required (Violin auditionees are required to play Strauss’ Don Juan in addition to the required list.

EXCERPTS TO PREPARE

VIOLIN (first violin part):
Solo of Choice  

CHOOSE THREE of the following excerpts:

R. Strauss                 Don Juan Op. 20 (first 2 pages) 
Mendelssohn           Overture from Midsummer Night’s Dream (beginning to bar 99) 
Mendelssohn           Symphony No. 4 (I movement, ms. 1 to 110)
Mozart                     Symphony No. 39 (II movement no repeats) 
Mozart                     Marriage of Figaro Overture (beginning to letter A) 
Prokofiev                 Classical Symphony (I movement, beginning to 4 bars after E)
Smetana                  Bartered Bride Overture (beginning to bar 53)

3rd HORN:
Solo Piece: Mozart Horn Concerto No.2 or 4 (exposition only)  

CHOOSE THREE of the following excerpts: 

Brahms                   Symphony No. 4 (I mov: ms 73-79 / 163-183/ II mov: Opening Solo) 
Mahler                    Symphony No. 1 (I mov: reh. 25 to 6 ms. After 26 / IV mov. Reh. 1 to 5 ms. After 6)
Mendelssohn         Symphony No. 3 (assai animato from B to 2 before C, vivace non troppo 16 after A to B and 4 before F to end) 
Shostakovich         Symphony No. 5 (I mov: 10 ms. Before reh. 18 to 1 ms. After 21 / Reh 36 to 5 ms. After 38)
Strauss                   Don Juan (17 ms. Before O to 7 ms. After O / 4 ms. Before Y to 1 ms. Before Z)
Tchaikovsky           Symphony No. 4 (beginning to ms. 20)

4th HORN:
Solo Piece: Mozart Horn Concerto No.2 or 4 (exposition only)  

CHOOSE THREE of the following excerpts: 

Beethoven           Symphony No. 9 (III mov. Ms. 82 to 123)
Mahler                  Symphony No. 1 (III mov. Reh. 13 to Reh. 15)
Mendelssohn       Symphony No. 3 (vivace non troppo: 16 after A to B and 4 before F to end)
Shostakovich       Symphony No. 5 (I mov. 10 ms. Before Reh 18 to 1 ms. After 21 / reh. 36 to 5 ms. After 38 / II mov. Reh 56 to Reh. 57)
Strauss                 Don Juan (17 ms. Before O to 7 ms. After O / 4 ms. Before Y to 1 ms. Before Z)
Tchaikovsky         Symphony No. 4 (beginning to ms. 20)

TROMBONE:
Solo Piece: Candidate’s choice

CHOOSE THREE of the following excerpts: 

R. Korsakov         Russian Easter Overture (II trombone solo M+N)
Rossini                 La Gazza Ladra Overture (Allegro section. Reh 3 to 4, reh 7 to 8, and reh 9 to end)
Rossini                 William Tell Overture (from C to D and from P to 6 before Q)
Respighi               Feste Romane (solos Trombone 1. IV mov. 1 before Reh. 37 to reh. 38)
Ravel                    Bolero (solos, 3 after 10 to 11)
Brahms                Symphony No. 1 (4th Mov. Letter C to bar 60)
Mozart                 Requiem (Tuba Mirum tenor trombone solo)
Verdi                     La Forza del Destino (8 bars after letter C to letter D)

BASS TROMBONE:
Solo Piece: Candidate’s choice

CHOOSE THREE of the following excerpts: 

Berlioz                   The Damnation of Faust (Hungarian March, 1 before J to L)
Wagner                  Ride of the Valkyries (Act III, Scene 1 B major section, from Reh. 3 to 2 after 6 Also 5 after 10 to 12)
Mozart                   Requiem (Kyrie)
Beethoven             Symphony No. 9 (IV mov. Ms. 595 to 626)
Shostakovich         Symphony No. 5 (I mov: 3 after 29 to 32 / IV mov. 97 to 98, 1 ms after 100 to 2 before 101 and 109 to 112)
Rossini                    La Gazza Ladra (Allegro, from Reh. 3 to Reh. 4 and from reh 7 to reh 8)
Rossini                    William Tell Overture (From letter C to 9 after D and from O to 7 before Q)