Auditioning for a Major Symphony Orchestra

It may be of general interest to see an actual audition list for a major orchestra. Following is the list of requirements for 4th horn for the Boston Symphony Orchestra, however with just a few changes it could be a list for an aspiring clarinetist.
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AUDITION REPERTOIRE
Preliminaries/Semi-finals/Finals

I. Solos (need not be memorized)

Bach
Cello Suite No. 1 – Courante (sounding at concert pitch; no repeats)
Mozart
Horn Concerto No. 2 in Eb major, K.417 – mvt I (no cadenza)

II. Orchestra Passages
*Those candidates in the final round may be asked to play the asterisked (*) excerpts with BSO members as part of the audition.
Fourth Horn
Beethoven
Symphony No. 9 – mvt III
Brahms
Piano Concerto No. 2 – mvt II
Brahms
Symphony No. 4 – mvts I and II
DvorŠk
Symphony No. 9 – mvt I
Mahler
Symphony No. 3 – mvt I
Mendelssohn
Symphony No. 3 – mvt II
Ravel
Daphnis & ChloŽ (complete) – Durand Edition rehearsal numbers: 151 – 152 and 202 to the end
Shostakovich
Symphony No. 5 – mvt I
Strauss
Don Quixote – rehearsal numbers: 9 – 12, 19 – 20, 34 – 35, 47 – 48, and 52 – 63
Strauss
Ein Heldenleben – rehearsal numbers: 3 – 38, 75 – 80, and 94 – 98
Wagner
Das Rheingold – opening
Weber
*Der FreischŁtz Overture

Second Horn
Beethoven
*Symphony No. 3 – Trio
Mahler
*Symphony No. 1 – mvt I: opening
Mendelssohn
A Midsummer Night’s Dream – Scherzo
Schoenberg
Kammersymphonie No. 1 (chamber version) – rehearsal numbers: 28 – 30 and 74 – 76
Strauss
Alpensinfonie – rehearsal numbers: 15 – 22 and 110 – 112

III. Sight Reading
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This is a 4th horn audition list for the Boston Symphony Orchestra.
I do not find this any surprise, but might not wish to take such an audition myself(at my age), but I have, and any aspring clarinetist should expect no less. Whatever preparation that is necessary….is necessary.
Looking at the list,it is interesting to note that this could be an audition for a clarinet position with just a few changes. One would add the Mozart Clarinet Concerto, which is included on every clarinet audition I have ever taken or even heard about. All of the composers mentioned above have similar difficulties within the clarinet parts.

Best always,
Sherman Friedland

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