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SSO Auditions

The Sheboygan Symphony Orchestra was established in Sheboygan, Wisconsin, in 1918. Today the orchestra has a roster of 68 musicians.

The orchestra rehearses weekly on Tuesday evenings from 7:00pm to 10:00pm at the Stefanie H. Weill Center for the Performing Arts. They perform a six concert subscription series, annual children's concerts and summer pops concert each year.

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Openings for the 2019-2020 Season

Section Viola
Section Double Bass

The Sheboygan Symphony Orchestra will hold auditions for Concertmaster, Section Viola and Section Double Bass beginning at 5:00 pm on June 25,2019 at First United Lutheran Church in Sheboygan.

Please call the SSO business office, 920-452-1985 to set up an audition time or if you would like more information about auditions.


   A solo of your choice that is from the 1st movement only of a Romantic Era Concerto.
   Handel: Messiah, No. 18, Rejoice Greatly, beginning to letter D
   Rimsky-Korsakov: Capriccio Espagnol, Movement IV (Cadenza)
   Rimsky-Korsakov: Scheherazade, Movement III (Lento-solo cadenza to letter N)
                                                                 Movement IV (recit. Lento - solo  cadenza; recit. Adagio solo cadenza to Vivo)
   Tchaikovsky: Symphony #4, Movement I (meas. 155-193, 381 to 1st ending)


A solo of your choice.
Mozart: Magic Flute Overture (m. 20-57)
Brahms: Symphony No. 2, Movement IV (beginning to m. 45)


A solo of your choice.
Shostakovich: Symphony No. 5, Movement I (rehearsal numbers 15-17)
Mozart: Symphony No. 35, Movement 4, opening to rehearsal A (m1-37)


A solo of your choice.
Beethoven: Symphony No. 5, Movement II (beginning to m. 10; m. 49-59; m. 98-124)
Elgar: Enigma Variations, Variation XII, solo cello part (figure 52-55).

Principal Double Bass:

A solo of your choice
Mahler: Symphony No. 1 (movement 3, opening solo)
Wagner: Meistersinger Overture (letter J to letter L; letter M to letter N)
Mozart: Symphony No. 41 (last movement)

Section Double Bass:

A solo of your choice

W.A. Mozart: Marriage of Figaro Overture – m. 1 – 58 [beginning to 1 meas. before Reh. Ltr. A], m. 74 – 95 [16 meas after Reh. Ltr A to 1 meas before Reh. Ltr. B], m. 131 – 171 [4 meas before Reh. Ltr. C to 1 meas before Reh. Ltr. D
L. v. Beethoven – Symphony No. 5 – 3rd movement: m. 1 – 100, mm. 128 – 244
F. Mendelssohn – Symphony No. 4 – 1st movement : m. 41 – 101, m. 237 – 335; 4th movement: m. 26 -71,
mm. 166 -195, m. 214 – 239
G. Mahler – Symphony No. 2 – 1st movement: m. 1 - 41


Tchaikovsky: Symphony No. 4, Movement IV (m. 249-end)
Beethoven: Symphony No. 9, Prestissimo (m. 851-end)
Sousa: Stars & Stripes Forever (m. 95-end)


A solo of your choice:
Mendelssohn: Scherzo from A Midsummer Night's Dream (letter P-end)
Brahms: Symphony No. 4 in E minor, Movement IV (m. 97-105)
Debussy: Prelude to the Afternoon of a Faun (beginning to rehearsal 3)


For the solo - Mozart: Oboe Concerto, 1st Movement
Beethoven: Symphony No. 3, Movement I (m. 288-326), Movement II (beginning to m. 47), Movement III (m. 80-115)
Brahms: Violin Concerto (2nd Mvt., beg. to m. 32)
Rossini: Overture to La Scala di Seta (beg. to 3)

English Horn:

(If auditioning for English Horn only, candidate should play a solo of his/her choice; otherwise, a solo is not necessary)
Rossini: William Tell Overture, (solo at the Andante before letter F)
Dvorak: Symphony No. 9, Movement II (beginning to figure 1)

Bb Clarinet:

A solo of your choice.
All are first clarinet parts:
Beethoven: Symphony No. 8 (Mvt III, solo, m. 48-78)
Rimsky-Korsakov: Capriccio Espagnol (Mvt I, Letter A-B [m. 14], Letter C-end, Mvt III, llm. after K to end, Mvt IV all [skip long rests])

Bass Clarinet:

A solo of your choice.
Gershwin:  Rhapsody in Blue: #5 to 8 mm. after #5
Grofe:  Grand Canyon Suite:  On the Trail
Tchaikovsky:  Nutcracker Suite: “Pas de deax”


A solo of your choice:
2nd Bassoon part:
Tchaikovsky: Symphony No. 6, Movement III (6m. after M to 2m before N)
Principal Bassoon: 
Brahms: Variations on a Theme of Haydn, Beginning through Variation 8
Mendelssohn: Symphony #4, Movement 2
Mozart: Magic Flute, Start at the Allegro and play to the end


A solo of your choice.
All are first horn parts:
Mendelssohn: Midsummer Night's Dream: Nocturne, ms. 1 - 34 (beg - 5 before A)
Strauss: Till Eulenspiegel, (8 before 28 - 38)
Shostakovich: Symphony No. 5, (17 - 21)


A solo of your choice.
All are first trumpet parts:
Beethoven: Leonore Overture No. 3 (Offstage solo)
Rimsky-Korsakov: Scheherazade, Movement IV (C-E, Q-R, T-U)
Mussorgsky/Ravel - Pictures at an Exhibition (Opening Promenade)
Stravinsky - Petrouchka (1947) (Ballerina Dance)


A solo of your choice
Mozart: Requiem (solo)
Wagner: Ride of the Valkeries
Ravel: Bolero (solo)

3rd/Bass Trombone:

A solo of your choice
Berlioz: Hungarian March
Haydn: The Creation
Schumann: Symphony No. 3 "Rhenish"
Wagner: Ride of the Valkyries


A solo of your choice.
Mahler: Symphony No 1 (solo in 3rd movement)
Mussorgsky/Ravel: Bydlo from Pictures at an Exhibition
Tchaikovsky: Symphony No. 4, Mvmt. I, mm. 340-351, Mvmt. IV, mm. 38-51, Mvmt. IV, mm. 257- end
Wagner: Die Meistersinger, Overture: mm. 158-188


A solo of your choice
Berlioz: Symphony Fantastique, Mvmt. 2, beginning to m. 24
Tchaikovsky - Cadenza from Nutcracker Ballet - Waltz of the Flowers: Cadenza


A solo of your choice
Stravinsky: Petrushka Danse Russe m.33-39
Grofe - Grand Canyon Suite: On the Trail, rehearsal 10 -11


A solo of your choice
Bach: Brandenburg Concerto No. 5 Movement I m. 154 -219
Handel: Messiah: Overture m. 21 to the end

You should have a solo piece of your choice prepared for the audition, as well as the excerpts indicated above.


Snare Drum:  
Perform long roll pp-ff-pp for 15 - 20 seconds
Delecluse: Etude no 1 from Douze Etudes por Caisse Claire
Prokofiev: Lt Kije, mvmt 1. Reh 1-2, and Reh 13-end
Rimsky-Korsakov: Scheherezade, mvmt 3 D-E, mvmt 4 P-U

Demonstrate crashes at p-mf-f-ff
Rachmaninoff: Piano Concerto no. 2, mvmt 3 - reh 32 to the Allegro Scherzando
Tchaikovsky: Symphony No. 4, Movement 4 - 16 after H to the end

Dvorak: Carnival Overture - Beginning to rehearsal C
Bizet: Carmen Suite no. 1, Aragonaise - Beginning to 7 before Reh C

Rossini: William Tell Overture - O to the End
Rimsky-Korsakov: Scheherazade, Movement 4 - W to Allegro non troppo

Kodaly: Háry János Suite, Movement 6 - rehearsal 1-2
Gershwin: Porgy and Bess, mm 1-18

Mozart: The Magic Flute, Finale of Act 1
Debussy: La Mer, mvmt 2 Reh 16-19


Perform long roll pp<ff>pp on each drum
Beethoven: Symphony No. 9, mvt. 1 mm. 513-end
Brahms: Symphony No. 1, Mvt 4 - 375 to end
Elgar: Enigma Variations - Troyote
Mozart: Symphony No. 39, Mvt 1 Opening to downbeat of C
Schinstine: Etude No. 33
Sibelius: Finlandia, 7 after E to letter I
Stravinsky: The Rite of Spring, 189 to end
Tchaikovsky: Symphony No. 4, Mvt 1 - 2 before T to V

Substitute Section Auditions:

Auditions for Substitute section players is ongoing.

To schedule an audition time, please contact the SSO office either by phone (920-452-1985) or email business@sheboygansymphony.org and provide your name, instrument, and contact information.
(phone number and/or e-mail address).

You should have a solo piece of your choice prepared for the audition, as well as the excerpts indicated above: