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Are you interested in being an Orchestra Next Fellow for the 2018-19 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 2018-19 season, ON will participate with the Eugene Ballet Company for their production of Tchaikovsky’s The Nutcracker, Prokofiev’s Romeo & Juliet, and Stravinsky’s The Firebird.

Rehearsal and Concert Dates:

NutcrackerRehearsals: Dec. 19 & 20, 7-10pm — Concerts: Dec. 21, 7:30pm, Dec. 22, 2pm & 7:30pm, Dec. 23, 2pm

Romeo & JulietRehearsals: Feb. 5, 6, 7, 8,  7-10pm — Concerts: Feb. 9, 7:30pm, Apr. 10, 2pm

The Firebird – Rehearsals: Apr. 9, 10, 11, 12,  7-10pm — Concerts: Apr. 13, 7:30pm, Apr. 14, 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. 10th, 2018
  6. Deadline for submissions: 11:59pm on Oct 27, 2018
  7. Chosen candidates will be notified about the results of their audition by Nov 5, 2018
  8. Tuition for the ON program is $500, but all Fellows receive a full scholarship plus a $300 honorarium for each production
  9. Questions? email us at orchestranext [at]

Click here to fill out your application

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

Mozart Oboe Concerto
Solo oboe part – 1st mvmt, measures 32-77

Mozart Concerto

Ravel, Le Tombeau de Couperin
1st oboe part – beginning to Rehearsal #2

Le Tombeau

Brahms, Variations on a Theme by Haydn
2nd oboe part – beginning through measure 30 (take all repeats)

Brahms, Variations

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


1. Stravinky Firebird – Danse Infernal complete excerpt
2. Stravinsky Firebird Finale complete excerpt
3. Prokofiev Romeo & Juliet Suite I mvt 7 Death of Tybalt Horn II
Pickup to 81 to downbeat of 82
4. Prokofiev Romeo & Juliet Suite II mvt 7 Romeo at the Tomb of Juliet Horn II
59 to 62


1. Solo or etude of choice (1-3 minutes)
2. Pictures at an Exhibition (promenade)
3. Stravinsky Petroushka (ballerina’s dance)
4. Romeo & Juliet Suite No. 2, Cornet, mvt. 7, #58 to #59, #64 to 3rd mm. of #65
5. Firebird 2nd trumpet – Dance Infernal – Reh. 1-3, Reh. 8 – through 2nd bar of 11
Trumpet Excerpts

1. Bordogni #4
2. Rimsky Korsakov, Russian Easter. 2nd trombone M-N.
3. Ravel, Bolero. 1st trombone, 10-11.
4. Rossini, La Gazza Ladra, Measures 115-139
5. Mahler Symphony #3, mvt. 1, reh. 13-17

Bordogni #4


Bass Trombone
1. Bordogni #4 (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. Wagner, Das Rheingold, m. 1027-end

ON Audition Etude
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