Auditions for Percussion

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Hello Musicians,

We appreciate your interest in the San Luis Obispo Symphony Orchestra auditions.

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. 

Please submit your application by May 19, 2023.

Section Percussion (1 position)
Sunday June 11th , 11:00 – 12:00pm
First Round; 12:00 – 1:00pm Second Round

The audition location for percussion audition is:

CalPoly Music Department, Davidson Music
Center, 1 Grand Ave, San Luis Obispo, CA 93405


*Copyrighted excerpts will be given to candidates separately.


Snare Drum:
Prokofiev: Lieutenant Kijé: No.1 Kije’s Birth: Andante assai opening from fig.1 Doppio movimento (quarter = 120) to 1 measure before fig. 5.

Rimsky-Korsakov: Scheherazade mvt. III from letter D to E; and mvt IV from letter P to R.
Rimsky-Korsakov: Capriccio Espagnole, mvt. IV Scena e Canto gitano from beginning to 11 measures after letter L
Bartók: Concerto for Orchestra mvt II. Giuoco Delle Coppie from beginning to measure 10.
Tchaikovsky: Nutcracker Op.71 Act I Sc. 7 Battle scene: Allegro vivo 9 measures after letter A (fig. 78) to letter C (1 measure before fig 81)

Tchaikovsky: Romeo & Juliet Overture letter E to 6 measures before F
Rachmaninoff: Piano Concerto No. 2  mvt III from fig 32 play for 12 measures
Mussorgsky: Night on Bald Mountain from letter S to 9 measures before T.

Bass Drum:
Stravinsky: Rite of Spring  from fig. 72 to 74
Mahler: Symphony 3 mvt. I  6 measures after fig.1 to 2 measures after fig.2

Dvořák: Carnival Overture from the beginning with repeat to 15 measures after letter B.
Tchaikovsky: Nutcracker Op. 71 Divertissement 12 c) (Danse Russe Trepak) from 6 after letter C to the end.
Stravinsky: Petrushka from 3 after fig. 201 to 1 after fig. 206

Respighi: Pines of Rome (I) (glockenspiel) beginning to 15 before fig.3
Debussy: La Mer (glockenspiel) fig 16 to 5 after fig 18.
Dukas: Sorcerer’s Apprentice (glockenspiel) 12 measures before fig. 18 to 5 after 19;  and from fig. 22 to fig. 24
Copland: Appalachian Spring (xylophone) 5 measures after fig. 48 to 4 measures after fig. 49
Shostakovich: Polka from Golden Age ballet (xylophone) beginning to m. 14
Gershwin: American in Paris (xylophone) fig. 4 to 5 measures after fig. 6
Bernstein: West Side Story (vibraphone) measures 583 to 607; measures 620 to 629

Liszt: Piano Concerto No.1, mvt. III Allegretto Vivace: from 14 measures before letter F to letter H
Brahms: Symphony IV mvt III  letter I to 21 measures after K (end).

Drum Set:
Bernstein: West Side Story Cool Fugue from measures 656-705;
demonstrate styles mambo, rock, jazz