Are you interested in joining Orchestra Next for the 2020-21 season?  

If so, we have two options for you: audition to become a Fellow, or enroll as a Student.

Fellowship Program

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. The Fellowship Program is competitive and requires an audition. As in more typical years, Orchestra Next will be accepting roughly 35 orchestral musicians for the season.

What will Fellows be involved with over the season?

  • Fellows will participate in the HomeNut production
  • Fellows will work with their Principals on our new podcast series And the Band Played ON
  • Fellows will be able to participate in ON Academy starting in the Fall
  • Fellows will also be ready to go for productions that come up for ON! (As soon as the world opens up, we’re gonna be ready to play.)
  • And Fellows will be paid an honorarium for their work as they were in prior years

Fellowship Audition Procedure and Requirements

  • The audition is open to anyone who is looking for the opportunity to work in a training orchestra.  There are no age restrictions.
  • Please find the appropriate audition excerpts for your instrument below.
  • 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
  • Include the link in the audition form.
  • Auditions open (follow the link below) on Aug. 31, 2020
  • Deadline for submissions: 11:59 pm on Oct. 11, 2020
  • Chosen candidates will be notified about the results of their audition by Oct 18, 2020
  • Tuition for the ON program is $500, but all Fellows accepted into the program receive a full scholarship
  • Questions? email us at orchestranext [at]

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Student Option

This year, we are also extending an option for students to participate in ON Academy without having to audition. ON Academy will feature instrument specific classes from our Principals, guest artist instruction, panel discussions, and even some classes on digital audio workstation techniques. Students will be able to participate in these classes throughout the season.   

What’s the cost for the Student Option?

We’ve implemented a sliding scale to accommodate as many people as possible. The range on the application is from $0 to $500.

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Audition Excerpts for Fellowship Application

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    1. 2-3 samples of your audio engineering work (does not need to be classical)
    2. a statement explaining
      • Your general knowledge and experience
      • Your ability to communicate between engineer, producer, and artist
      • Your willingness to “get your hands dirty-the engineer is the first to arrive, and the last to leave,” and
      • Why you desire to learn the artform of audio production

Please note: be prepared to work some evenings and weekends

    1. Mozart: Flute Concerto in G K.313 (Exposition only-without piano)
    2. Ravel: Daphnis et Chloe Suite No.2 [176]-2 measures after [179]
    3. Mendelssohn: A Midsummer Night’s Dream: Scherzo 2 before [P] Until the end
    4. Tchaikovsky: (Piccolo) The Nutcracker Valse des Flocon de Neige: 105-108

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    1. Mozart: Oboe Concerto (Solo oboe part – 1st mvmt, measures 32-77)
    2. Ravel: Le Tombeau de Couperin (1st oboe part – beginning to Rehearsal #2)
    3. Brahms: Variations on a Theme by Haydn -2nd oboe part – beginning through measure 30 (take all repeats)

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


ON Clarinet Excerpts

Bass Clarinet

ON Bass Clarinet Excerpts

    1. Tchaikovsky: Nutcracker-bracketed excerpts (two)
    2. Jennifer Higdon: Concerto for Orchestra (I), mm 190-196
    3. Ellen Taaffe Zwilich: Concerto for Flute (III), mm 33-45 and mm 71-84
    4. Victoria Bond: Variations on a Theme of Brahms (var V), mm 240-25

ON-Bassoon-Excerpts 20/21

    1. Florence Price: Symphony #1, Mvt. 3 Juba Dance excerpt, Horn 1 bar 80 – 112 
    2. Mahler: Symphony #9, Mvt. 1, Horn 1 26 after rehearsal 16 to 36 after rehearsal 16
    3. Beethoven: Fidelio overture, Horn 2

ON Horn Excerpts 2020

    1. William Dawson: Negro Folk Symphony 
      • Mvt. 1,  17mm before 2 through 4 bars after 2
      • Mvt. 1, 9th bar of 14 through 15
    2. Florence Price: Symphony No. 1 — Mvt. 1, mm. 205-240
    3. Jennifer Higdon: Concerto for Orchestra — Mvt. 1, mm. 216 – 235
    4. Germaine Tailleferre: Ballade — mm. 22-26

ON Trumpet Excerpts 

    1. Bordogni 39
    2. Swan Lake [bracketed area from Act 1, no. 2]
    3. Ravel: Bolero. 1st trombone, 10-11.
    4. Rossini: La Gazza Ladra, Measures 115-139
    5. Mahler: Symphony #3, mvt. 1, reh. 13-17

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Bass Trombone
    1. Bordogni 39 (8vb)
    2. Haydn: Creation. #26, beginning to C.
    3. Schumann: 3rd Symphony. Mvt. IV, beginning to measure 18.
    4. Wagner: Ride of the Valkuries. Pick-up to 11 through 5th bar of 12.
    5. Swan Lake [bracketed area from Act 1, no. 2]

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    1. Bordogni 39 (8vb)
    2. Swan Lake [bracketed area from Act 1, no. 2.]
    3. Mahler: Symphony no. 1, III Satz, 4 before 3 to 5 after 3.
    4. Ride of the Valkyries, pick-up to 11 through 5th bar of 12.
    5. Prokofiev: Symphony No. 5 – Mvmt. 1 – [3] to 2 bars before [6]

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    1. Solo of choice, 2 minutes max.
    2. Tchaikovsky: Nutcracker Waltz of the Flowers Cadenza
    3. Berlioz: Symphonie fantastique (Un Bal)
    4. 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
    4. Swan Lake – Scene 4, 26-27
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    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))
    5. Tchaikovsky: Nutcracker (No. 4: beginning to m. 14)
    6. Tchaikovsky: Nutcracker (Mother Gigogne and the Clowns: m. 4 – 18 measures after letter A (or m. 36))
ON Viola Excerpts

    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
ON Cello Excerpts
ON Cello Excerpt – Prokofiev


ON Bass Excerpts

    1. One Marimba solo
    2. One Drum solo

    1. A ~3 minute solo of your choice

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