Audition for the Capital Wind Symphony

Audition for the Capital Wind Symphony

Auditions for the up-coming season will be September 14, 2020 @ Longfellow Middle School.  

The Capital Wind Symphony is an all-volunteer ensemble which attracts many of the region’s finest musicians and welcomes new players each season by audition.  Members include military musicians, freelance players, studio teachers and music educators.  Accepted members  must agree to the weekly rehearsals held on Monday evenings, except holidays, at Longfellow Middle School, 2000 Westmoreland St, Falls Church, VA 22043,  as well as the concerts.   

The audition process consists of a resume and preliminary recording followed by a LIVE round. 

  • Interested players should send a resume along with an audio or video clip of anything that highlights their playing (solo, etude, or excerpts).  An email attachment or a link to Google Drive,  YouTube, Vimeo, etc is preferred for larger files.  SUBMIT HERE
  • Upon review,  selected players will be invited for a live audition and be asked to perform the required excerpts referenced below.  

Please direct any questions HERE.   Someone will respond within a few business days.  Thank you for your interest in the Capital Wind Symphony.

You may download the excerpts by clicking each instrument. 

Piccolo

  • Fucik – Florentiner March,
  • Grainger – Linconshire Posy, mvt 2
  • Hindemith – Symphony in Bb
  • Persichetti – Symphony for Band
  • Pres – Wedding Dance

Flute

  • Mozart – Concerto in G Major, Movement 1, Exposition
  • Mendelssohn – Scherzo from Midsummer Night’s Dream
  • Brahms – Symphony No. 4 in E Minor, Movement 4, mm 89-105
  • Beethoven – Leonore Overture No. 3, mm 1-36 AND mm 279 – 360
  • Beethoven – Eroica Symphony No. 3, mvt. 4, mm173 – 200
  • Ravel – Daphnis et Chloe Suite No. 2, rehearsal numbers 176 – 179 and through the trill

Oboe

  • Mozart – Quartet in F, 3rd movement, Rondeau
  • Brahms – Violinkonzert in D Major op.77, 2nd movement Adagio
  • Stravinsky – Suite from Pulcinella, Gavotta Variation 1a, Allegretto
  • Tchaikovsky – Symphony No. 4 in F minor, op. 36, 2nd movement, Andantino

English Horn

  • Gould – American Salute
  • Berlioz  – Roman Carnival 

Bassoon

  • Arnold – Four Scotttish Dances, II
  • Grainger – Lincolnshire Posy, Rufford Park Poachers

Clarinet

  • Shostakovich – Festive Overture
  • Duble- The Circus King
  • Grainger- Irish Tune from County Derry
  • Holst – Hammersmith
  • Nielsen – Masquerade Overture
  • Bernstein – West Side Story

Saxophone

  • Ferling Studies, Etudes Nos. 3 and 4

Horn

  • Choice of Mozart or Strauss Concerto – Exposition
  • Strauss – Til Eulenspiegel (1st horn Beginning to rehearsal 1)
  • Strauss – Don Juan (1st horn 11after N-P, 4 before Y to Z)
  • Shostakovich – Symphony No. 5 (1st horn Movt I- 2 bars after 17-bar after 21)
  • Tchaikovsky – Symphony No. 5 (excerpt from Andante Cantibile)

Trumpet

  • Charlier Etude #4
  • Vaughan Williams – Toccata Marziale
  • Saint-Seans – Bacchanale
  • Copeland – An Outdoor Overture
  • Verdi – Hymn and Triumphant March
  • Host- “Intermezzo” from First Suite in Eb

Trombone

  • Bach – Sarabande from the 5th Cello Suite, Tenor Trombone
  • Berlioz – Hungarian March, Tenor/Bass Trombone
  • Wagner – Tannhauser, Tenor/Bass Trombone
  • Mozart – Tuba Mirum, Tenor Trombone only
  • Respighi – Pines of Rome,  Near a Catacomb, Bass trombone

Euphonium

  • Sparke – Pantomine, Solo B flat Euphonium, Andante Semplice
  • Shostakovich arr. Hunsberger – Festive Overture
  • Bach – Suite I for Cello, Courante
  • Sousa – Stars and Stripes Forever
  • Holst – Second Suite for Military Band in F Major Movement I March, Euphonium

Tuba

  • Two pieces in contrasting tempo and articulation

Percussion

Snare Drum

  • Rimsky-Korsakov – Scheherazade, Movement 3
  • Capriccio Espagnol, Movement 4, beginning to 10 measures after L

Cymbals

  • Tchaikowsky – Symphony 4, Movement 4, G to end

Tambourine

  • Dvorak – Carnival Overture, Beginning to C & T to end

Mallets

  • Prokofiev, Scythian Suite, Movement 1, 2 to 4
  • Shostakovich – Polka from the Golden Age ballet
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