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Are you interested in being an Orchestra Next Fellow for the 2016-17 season?  ON Fellows are students and emerging professionals, at various stages of experience.  They are musicians who need to get a foot in the door with the profession and are looking for an orchestral experience that is at a professional level and fun.  During the productions, ON Fellows sit next to some of the best musicians in the area, go through a professional-level rehearsal schedule and perform multiple nights in a row for large audiences.  There is nothing like it in the region.

Fellows are selected every year for the season and are awarded a full scholarship for the program plus a $300 honorarium for each production. For some sections, there will be guest master classes as part of the program.  For the 2016-17 season, ON will participate with the Eugene Ballet for their production of Tchaikovsky’s The Nutcracker, Mendelssohn — Midsummer Night’s Dream and the premier of Snow Queen with new music and choreography by Kenji Bunch and Toni Pimble, respectively.

Rehearsal and Concert Dates:

NutcrackerRehearsals: Dec. 14 & 15, 7-10pm — Concerts: Dec. 16, 7:30pm, Dec. 17, 2pm & 7:30pm, Dec. 18, 2pm

Midsummer Night’s DreamRehearsals: Feb. 7, 8, 9, 10,  7-10pm — Concerts: Feb. 11, 7:30pm, Feb. 12, 2pm

Snow QueenRehearsals: Apr. 4, 5, 6, 7,  7-10pm — Concerts: Apr. 8, 7:30pm, Apr. 9, 2pm


Audition Procedure and Requirements:

  1. The audition is open to anyone who is looking for the opportunity to work in a training orchestra in a professional-level production.  There are no age restrictions.
  2. Please find the appropriate audition excerpts for your instrument below.
  3. Video record your audition and upload it to YouTube as unlisted (not public or private). Please compile all material into one video. Here is an example as to how you should label your video on YouTube: “Orchestra Next audition: Trumpet
  4. Include the link in the audition form.
  5. Auditions open (follow the link below) on Sep. 1st, 2016
  6. Deadline for submissions: 11:59pm on Oct 2, 2016
  7. Chosen candidates will be notified about the results of their audition by Oct 8th, 2015
  8. Tuition for the ON program is $500, but all Fellows will receive a full scholarship plus a $300 honorarium for each production
  9. It is possible, as in previous seasons, for an agreement to be solidified between the Musicians Union and Orchestra Next.  Winners of this audition, should know that an agreement could include provisions for work dues to be deducted from the honorarium.
  10. Questions? email us at orchestranext [at]

Audition Excerpts



1. Prokofiev Classical Symphony Flute 2, Movement 4: 7th measure of rehearsal B to downbeat of 7th measure after rehearsal C (page 8 on the pdf, page 3 of the 2nd flute part)
2. Prokofiev Classical Symphony Flute 2, Movement 4: Rehearsal O to rehearsal S (page 10 of the pdf, page 5 of the 2nd flute part)
3. Tchaikovsky 4th Symphony: movement 3: mm. 144-170 (page 24 of the pdf – will show as “p. 10” of the Flute 1 part).
4. Tchaikovsky – Piccolo: The Nutcracker Valse des Flocon de Neige: 105-108 (page 45 of the pdf)

ON Flute Excerpts


Excerpts should all be taken from the Oboe 2 part, and are as follows:

Tchaikovsky, Nutcracker
1.  Overture:  rehearsal #2 through 4th bar of rehearsal #3
2.  Act I, Scene I:  10th bar of rehearsal #16 through 22nd bar of rehearsal #16
3.  Act II, Big Number 15, L’apotheose:  rehearsal #98 through 4th bar of #100 (don’t take repeat at #99)
Prokofiev, Symphony #1 (Classical)
4.  Third Movement, Letter C to Letter D (Reminder:  2nd oboe part)
5.  Fourth Movement, Letter B to Letter D (2nd oboe)

ON Oboe Excerpts

English Horn
English Horn excerpts:  (all from Nutcracker)
1.  Act I, Scene 5, beginning to rehearsal #46
2.  Act I, Scene 5, rehearsal #63-64
3.  Act II, Number 12e, Danse des Mirlitons, rehearsal #38-39

ON English Horn Excerpts

Brahms Violin Concerto – bracketed excerpt
Tchaikovsky Nutcracker – bracketed excerpts (two)
Prokofiev Peter and the Wolf – “grandfather” excerpt
Prokofiev Classical Symphony – Mvt IV: one before letter D through 5 after letter F (bsn 2 part)

ON Bassoon Excerpts

Strauss – Ein Heldenleben, Horn I — First 16 bars (up to rehearsal 2)
Mendelssohn — Midsummer Night’s Dream, m. 1-34
Shostakovich – Symphony #5 Low Tutti excerpt (any part):

1. Prokofiev- Lt. Kije
2. Tchaikovsky- Chocolate
3. Mussorgsky – Pictures at an Exhibition Promenade
4. Copland- Outdoor Overture
Trumpet Excerpts

1. Tchaikovsky Nutcracker, scene 6, 5th of 74 to 11th of 75. Also f) “La mere Gigogne . . .” 50a to downbeat of 2nd bar of 51.

2. Mozart Requiem, Tuba Mirum solo, beginning through bar 18.

3. Rossini, Overture to La Gazza Ladra, just first excerpt beginning at C

4. Strauss Till Eulenspiegel – 2nd trombone – pick-ups to 36 until 38

ON Trombone Excerpts

Bass Trombone

1. Tchaikovsky Nutcracker, scene 4, 4 before 43 to 44.  Also scene 9, 97-98.

2. Schumann Symphony 3, mvt. 4, beginning to end of bar 8.

3. Wagner, Ride of the Valkyries, pick-up to 6 through 3rd bar of 7.

4. Berlioz-Hungarian March – 6mm. before [4] to 2mm. after [5]

ON Bass Trombone


1. Tchaikovsky Nutcracker, scene 4, 8 before 43 to 8 after 44. Also scene 10, 1 before 1 to 8 after 1. Note: Tuba is bottom line, bass trombone top.  Tuba only plays upper octave where the lines come into unison at the end of the excerpt.

2. Mahler symph. 1, III Satz, 4 before 3 to 5 after 3.

3. Ride of the Valkyries, pick-up to 11 through 5th bar of 12.

4. Prokofiev Symphony No. 5 – Mvmt. 1 – [3] to 2 bars before [6]

ON Tuba Excerpts

Solo of choice, 2 minutes max.
Tchaikovsky Nutcracker Waltz of the Flowers Cadenza
Berlioz: Symphonie fantastique (Un Bal)
Britten: Young Person’s Guide to the Orchestra (Var. I & Fugue, I to end)

ON Harp Excerpts

1. Solo of choice – 2 min
2. Nutcracker – Overture, as printed
3. Nutcracker – Waltz of the Flowers, as printed

1. Concerto of choice (2min)

2. H. Berlioz: Roman Carnival Overture, Op. 9

-One measure after Rehearsal #1 through 8 measures after Rehearsal #3

3. F. Mendelssohn: Midsummer Night’s Dream

-No. 1: Scherzo: m. 17 – letter D; letter E – letter G

4. Tchaikovsky: Nutcracker

-Overture: beginning to letter A (first 16 bars)

-No. 4: beginning to m. 14

-Mother Gigogne and the Clowns: m. 4 – 18 measures after letter A (or m. 36)

1. Solo piece excerpt 2 min
2. Nutcracker: Trepak rehearsal 34-35
3. Nutcracker: Waltz of the Flowers rehearsal 59-60
4. Nutcracker: Pas de Deux beginning to 4 after 68
5. Prokofiev Classical Symphony Mvt. 1 Letter J-M
Keyboard- One movement from Bach Violin Sonatas and Partitas or Cello Suites.  No repeats.
Snare: Long Roll from piano to forte.  10 seconds crescendo, 10 seconds diminuendo.
Rachmaninoff Piano Concerto No. 2 – Cymbals- Excerpt B only
Prokofiev Lt. Kije – snare drum
Mvt. 1 – [1] to [2]
Mvt. 1 – [13] to 5 after [14]
Tchaikovsky Nutcracker Suite Trepak – tambourine


Orff Carmina Burana: No. 22 (piano 2, first 14 measures)
Stravinsky Petrouchka (1947 version): rehearsal no. 64-81
Copland Appalachian Spring : rehearsal no. 6-14