Audition for the Capital Wind Symphony

Audition for the Capital Wind Symphony

Vacancies for the 2023-2024 season

VACANCIES:  The Capital Wind Symphony has openings for tenor  trombone All other instruments are welcome for consideration on our substitute list.  Substitutes are used throughout the season for concerts and rehearsals. 

BACKGROUND: The Capital Wind Symphony is an all-volunteer ensemble that 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) and the concerts.  Rehearsals at Longfellow Middle School, 2000 Westmoreland St, Falls Church, VA 22043, and concerts which are scheduled at the Capital One Hall in Tysons and various community venues in the Capital Region. 

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

  • Interested players should send a resume and an audio or video clip of a solo, etude, or excerpt(s) highlighting playing.  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 at Longfellow Middle School from 5-7 pm.
  • Please prepare the following excerpts.

Please direct any questions HERE.   Thank you for your interest in the Capital Wind Symphony.

Click on the instrument to download excerpts. 

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

  • Solo or etude of choice
  • Rachmaninoff – Vocalise 
  • Vaughan Williams – Toccata Marziale
  • Vaughn Williams – Folk Song Suite, 3rd Mvmt,
  • Hindemith – Symphony in Bb, mvmt, I
  • Sousa – Sabre and Spurs

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

  • Shostakovich arr. Hunsberger – Festive Overture
    • Measure before 21 to downbeat of measure 23
  • Sousa – Stars and Stripes Forever
    • Full march
  • Holst – Second Suite for Military Band in F Major Movement I March, Euphonium
    • Solo – Pickup to E to Fine
  • Grainger – Colonial Song
    • Measures 21 to 44
  • A solo of your choice

Tuba

  • Bruckner – Symphony No. 7
  • Creston – Celebration Overture
  • Grainger – Lincolnshire Posy, Rufford Park Poachers
  • Holst – First Suite
  • King – Melody Shop
  • Menotti – Overture and Caccia
  • Verdi – La Forza Del Destino

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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