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Hello Musicians,

We appreciate your interest in the San Luis Obispo Symphony Orchestra auditions, which will take place November 3-5, 2022. In this email, you will be informed of the audition timeline and requirements changes. 


Since its founding in 1961, the SLO Symphony has been an artistic, economic, educational, and community-minded entity in the Central Coast of California. The orchestra’s season includes an annual performance of “Pops” at Avila Beach, a bi-annual New Year’s Eve Pops concert, and occasional chamber opportunities in more intimate venues. In addition, we perform five Classics in the Performing Arts Center at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo. 


We currently have the following openings:

  • Associate Concertmaster-Thursday, November 3, 5:00-6:00 pm First Round; 6:00-7:00 pm Second Round
  • Section Violin (3 positions)-Thursday, November 3, 7:00-8:00 pm First Round; 8:00-9:00 pm Second Round
  • Principal Cello-Friday, November 4, 5:00-6:00 pm First Round; 6:00-7:00 pm Second Round
  • Section Cello (1 position)-Friday, November 4, 7:00-7:30 pm First Round; 7:30-8:00 pm Second Round
  • Substitute Positions all Strings-Friday, November 4, 8:15-9:00 pm
  • Section Bass (2 positions)-Saturday, November 5, 9:00-10:00 am First Round; 10:00-11:00 am Second Round

The audition location:

Community Baptist Church, 51 Foothill Blvd., San Luis Obispo, California 93405


To apply for a posted audition, please click on the

Here you will find the audition information, application, and the audition repertoire. All applications must be submitted online. 



  1. a) What materials do I need to submit to apply for an audition?

Please send a one-page resume (including email, address, and phone number) to [email protected] to be received no later than October 14, 2022. To secure an audition time, you will need to complete and submit an online application and one-page resume and a non-refundable audition deposit of $25.00. Please use the direct link, which is also found on the audition page:


An application is only considered complete upon the arrival of all application components. Please note that audition materials must be filled out completely, and received by the application deadline, with the deposit, to secure an audition time.


  1. b) What information needs to be on my resume?

Please limit your resume to one page. 

The following information must appear clearly on your one-page resume:

  • Name
  • Instrument
  • Email Address
  • Telephone Number (cell preferred)
  • Current Mailing Address


Please email your resume to Ingrid Kovacs, Personnel Manager, at [email protected]


  1. c) Do I need to submit a recording?
    OPTION #1: You can submit a recording (audio) for the first round by October 14, 2022. String candidates will be notified no later than October 28 if they have been advanced to the “live” second The recorded requirements are as follows:


Associate Concertmaster-all solos, plus the violin excerpts listed below:

  • Brahms Symphony No.4, 4th Mvt., 8 mm before B to D
  • Mozart Symphony No. 39, 2nd Mvt., beginning, take first repeat to 2nd beat of m. 27.
  • Mendelssohn Midsummer Night’s Dream, Scherzo, beginning to 17 measures after K
  • Strauss Don Juan, first page



  • Beethoven Symphony No. 5, 2nd Mvt, beginning to m. 106
  • Strauss, Don Juan, beginning to 6 measures after D
  • Shostakovich Symphony No.5, 1st Mvt., rehearsal numbers 15-17


Cellos: For the first round recording option #1, submit an application stating you wish to apply for the Principal Cello position, please include the excerpts from Tchaikovsky Swan Lake and Rossini William Tell, as well as the four excerpts from the Section Cello list.  For ‘live’ round 1, prepare the same.  

For Round 1 ‘live’ option #2, the same as above.

For Round 2, we will hear the Strauss Don Quixote and Brahms Piano Concerto No.2 and the section cello excerpts.

Principal Cello

  1. First movement exposition of any concerto in the standard repertoire. 
  2. Orchestral solo excerpts from the following:
  1. Tchaikovsky Swan Lake Suite Op. 20a   4th movement Scene (two measures before figure 6 to the end.
  2. Rossini William Tell Overture from the beginning- m.48 (Opening Andante to downbeat of Allegro)
  3. Brahms Piano Concerto No. 2 3rd movement, solo cello from letter D to the end
  4. Strauss Don Quixote: Variation I as marked (see second excerpt list below)
  5. Beethoven Symphony No. 5, 2nd Mvt., beginning to m.10; mm. 98-106; mm. 114-124 
  6. Mozart Symphony 40, 1st. Mvt., mm. 114-138 (20 measures before C to 5 measures after C)
  7. Brahms Symphony No., 2nd Mvt., beginning to m. 15; mm. 46-55
  8. Strauss Don Juan, beginning to Letter D



  • Beethoven Symphony No. 5, 3rd. Mvt., mm. 141-219 (Trio) w/o repeat
  • Mozart. Symphony No.40, 1st Mvt., mm. 114-138
  • Stravinsky Pulcinella, Suite VII. Vivo (Figure 85-6 measures after 93 w/o repeat)
  • Bach, Violin Concerto in E Major, MWV 1042, Adagio, mm. 1-15


OPTION #2-In-person audition. In person, first-round audition will occur the first half of the audition time spread. Then we will begin hearing players who have advanced to the second round starting the second half (see schedule above).


  1. d) When will I receive further information?
    Usually, you will receive correspondence within 48 hours. All correspondence is done via email. Audition information is posted on the SLOS website.


  1. e) What if I need to cancel my audition?
    Please get in touch with the Personnel Manager for any cancellations.


  1. f) What if I miss a deadline?
    Likely, we will not accept your materials. If extenuating circumstances are at play, an exception may be made, but typically, this is not the case, and will discard your materials. Auditions are planned months in advance and simply forgetting to send in your resume, application, and deposit on time is not an acceptable excuse.


  1. g) Can I request a specific audition time?
    Please email the audition account [email protected] with your audition time request when you submit your complete application. This email should include your requested audition date and time and your reason for the request. If you need to ask for a specific time, I strongly encourage you to submit your application as soon as possible. This increases the odds of getting the day and time you need, as requests are honored first come, first served.


If you receive an audition date or time that doesn’t work for you, you may request another time, but your request may not be granted, as it is much harder to change once we’ve set the audition times.




Ingrid Kovacs, DMA


San Luis Obispo Symphony Personnel Manager

San Luis Obispo Symphony

75 Higuera St., #160

San Luis Obispo, CA 93401

[email protected]

Cell: 702-768-1935  (emergencies only)



*Copyrighted excerpts will be given to candidates separately.

Candidates may use their own bowings.


Associate Concertmaster 


Exposition of any Mozart concerto, Any movement from Six Sonatas and Partitas for Solo Violin


Rimsky Korsakov-Sheherezade, All mvts.

Dvorak-Symphony No. 8, 2nd mvt., Violin Solo, Letter d (m. 55)–downbeat of 9 measures after D (m. 65)

Brahms- Symphony No.1  2nd  mvt. . Andante sostenuto.  First violin solo from pick up to letter E (m.91) to the end of the mvt (m. 128).


Brahms – Symphony No. 4, 4th mvt. , 8 measures before B–D

Mendelssohn Midsummer Night’s Dream, Scherzo , Beginning–17 measures after K

Mozart – Symphony No. 39, 2nd mvt. , Beginning–2nd beat of m. 37

Mozart – Symphony No. 39, 4th mvt. , Beginning–downbeat of m. 41

Schumann – Symphony No.2, Scherzo , Beginning–m. 54 

Prokofiev – Classical Symphony 1st mvt ,  Beginning – H

StraussDon Juan , 1st page


SOLO REPERTOIRE:  First movement exposition of any concerto



Beethoven-Symphony No. 5, 2nd mvt., Beginning–m. 106


Strauss-Don Juan , Beginning–6 measures after D


BrahmsVariations on a Theme of Haydn – Variation V, VII and VIII


Mozart-Symphony No. 35, 4th. mvt. , mm.134–181 (letter E) 


Mozart-Symphony No. 35, 1st. mvt., Beginning–Letter B


Shostakovich-Symphony No.5 – 1st mvt. , Rehearsal Numbers 15–17.


SOLO REPERTOIRE: First movement exposition of a standard bass concerto


Stravinsky*Pulcinella Suite VII. Vivo  

figure 85 to 6 measures after 93 without repeat


Bach-Violin Concerto in E major, BWV 1042, Adagio , 1—15


Beethoven-Symphony No. 5, 3rd Mvt.  , 52—100 ; mm. 141—219 (Trio) without repeat


Beethoven-Symphony No. 8, 1st Mvt.  ,132—downbeat of 176


Brahms-Symphony No. 2, 4th Mvt. ,8 measures before letter L to letter M 


Mozart-Symphony No. 39, 1st Mvt.  , 13—21; mm. 40—96


Mozart-Symphony No. 40, 1st Mvt. , 114—138


Schubert-Symphony No. 9, 3rd Mvt.  , Letter B to 7 measures after letter C

Violin I

SOLO REPERTOIRE: Exposition of any Mozart concerto


Brahms – Symphony No. 4, 4th mvt. ,8 measures before B–D

Mendelssohn Midsummer Night’s Dream, Scherzo, Beginning–17 measures after K

Mozart – Symphony No. 39, 2nd mvt. , Beginning–2nd beat of m. 37

Mozart – Symphony No. 39, 4th mvt. , Beginning–downbeat of m. 41

Schumann – Symphony No.2, Scherzo , Beginning–m. 54 

Prokofiev – Classical Symphony 1st mvt ,  Beginning – H

StraussDon Juan  1st page




SOLO REPERTOIRE: Exposition from a standard concerto




Beethoven-Symphony No. 5, 2nd mvt., Beginning–m.10; mm. 49–59; mm. 98–106; mm. 114–124


MendelssohnA Midsummer Night’s Dream, Scherzo, mm.137(F)–151; mm. 297(N)–324 (O)


Brahms-Symphony No. 2, 2nd mvt., Beginning–m.15; mm. 46–55


Mozart-Symphony No. 40, 1st mvt. ,mm 114–138 (20 measures before C to 5 measures after C)


Strauss-Don Juan , Beginning to Letter D