• Audition Excerpts for NYO-USA 2016


    For your convenience, we have provided sheet music of the required excerpts for NYO-USA’s 2016 application. If you are unfamiliar with these excerpts, or with performing excerpts in general, we encourage you to listen to recordings of the pieces and bring the excerpts to your private instructors or ensemble leaders for their input.

    Violin
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    Bartók: Concerto for Orchestra, second violin (fifth movement: fugue, top line only)
    Mendelssohn: Symphony No. 4 (first movement: beginning–51)
    Mozart: Symphony No. 39 (first movement: Allegro–C, second movement: 1–8 and 30–38)

    Viola
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    Beethoven: Symphony No. 5 (second movement: 1–10 and 98–106)
    Mozart: Symphony No. 35 (fourth movement: 134–181)
    Tchaikovsky: Symphony No. 6 (first movement: Allegro non troppo–C, top line only)

    Cello
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    Beethoven: Symphony No. 5 (second movement: 1–10, 49–59, and 98–106)
    Brahms: Symphony No. 2 (second movement: beginning–A)
    Mendelssohn: A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Scherzo: C–D and N–O)

    Bass
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    Beethoven: Symphony No. 5 (third movement: Trio, no repeat)
    Brahms: Symphony No. 1 (first movement: 4 before E–F)
    Mahler: Symphony No. 1 (third movement: beginning solo)

    Flute
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    Beethoven: Leonore Overture No. 3 (328–360)
    Debussy: Prélude à l’après-midi d’un faune (opening 4 bars and 2–3)
    Mendelssohn: A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Scherzo: 2 before P–end)
    (OPTIONAL PICCOLO) Rossini: Semiramide (5 after G–2 after H)

    Oboe
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    Beethoven: Symphony No. 3 (second movement: beginning–4 before B)
    Rossini: Overture to La scala di seta (2–3)
    Stravinsky: Pulcinella (Variation 1a, no repeat)
    (OPTIONAL ENGLISH HORN) Dvořák: Symphony No. 9 “From the New World” (second movement: beginning–1)

    Clarinet
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    Beethoven: Symphony No. 6 (first movement: 2 before K–end)
    Debussy: Prélude à l’après-midi d’un faune (3–4 and 6–5 after 7)
    Mendelssohn: A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Scherzo: beginning–B)
    (OPTIONAL E-FLAT CLARINET) Ravel: Boléro (3–4)
    (OPTIONAL BASS CLARINET) Grofé: The Grand Canyon Suite (“On the trail”: 8 before 13–Vivo)

    Bassoon
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    Mozart: Overture to Le nozze di Figaro (139–171)
    Ravel: Boléro (2–3)
    Tchaikovsky: Symphony No. 6 (first movement: beginning–12)
    (OPTIONAL CONTRABASSOON) Shostakovich: Symphony No. 5 (second movement: 65–9 after 68)

    Horn
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    Beethoven: Symphony No. 3, second horn (third movement: Trio, beginning–205)
    Strauss: Till Eulenspiegels lustige Streiche (6–20 and 9 before 31–2 after 33)
    Tchaikovsky: Symphony No. 5 (second movement: beginning–16 before B)

    Trumpet
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    Mahler: Symphony No. 5 (first movement: beginning–5 after 1)
    Stravinsky: Pétrouchka (Ballerina’s dance)
    Respighi: Pines of Rome (second movement: off-stage solo)

    Trombone
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    Mozart: Requiem (“Tuba mirum”: beginning–A)
    Rossini: Overture to Guillaume Tell (C–9 after D)
    Wagner: Ride of the Valkyries

    Bass Trombone
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    Haydn: The Creation (No. 26: beginning–C)
    Schumann: Symphony No. 3 (fourth movement: beginning–13 after A)
    Wagner: Ride of the Valkyries

    Tuba
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    Prokofiev: Symphony No. 5 (first movement: 3–6)
    Respighi: Fountains of Rome (11–14)
    Wagner: Overture to Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg (J–L)

    Timpani and Percussion
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    Applicants are required to play one solo on either marimba or xylophone (accompaniment optional), and all excerpts.

    Snare Drum

    Jacques Delecluse: Etude No. 1, from 12 Etudes for Snare Drum
    Rimsky-Korsakov: Scheherazade (fourth movement: P–R)

    Xylophone

    Gershwin: Porgy and Bess (beginning–B)

    Timpani

    Richard Hochrainer: Etude No. 47 from Etüden für Timpani Vol. 1
    Hindemith: Symphonic Metamorphoses (second movement: S–T and 2 before Z–end)

    Cymbals

    Tchaikovsky: Romeo and Juliet (2 before O–12 after O)

    Harp
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    Debussy: Prélude à l’après-midi d’un faune (2–4 and 5 after 7–5 before 8)
    Rimsky-Korsakov: Capriccio espagnol (fourth movement: Cadenza, fifth movement: S–12 after S and 7 before U–12 after U)
    Tchaikovsky: The Nutcracker (“Waltz of the Flowers”: Cadenza)

    Orchestral Keyboard
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    Copland: Appalachian Spring (7–10)
    Shostakovich: Symphony No. 1 (second movement: 2 before 18–22)
    Stravinsky: Pétrouchka (“Danse Russe”: 64–81)

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