LSO AUDITIONS: August 2020

Please note: Due to COVID-19 restrictions, all candidates will need to submit a video audition.

What is a Video Audition?:  Due to COVID-19 safety guidelines, the LSO has decided to hold ‘virtual’ auditions this year via recorded video, rather than live auditions. All auditionees will video record themselves playing a specific list of orchestral excerpts followed by a solo requirement with no edits/splicing. We need to hear your playing in one seamless video with the highest-quality audio you have available.

Orchestral Excerpts: Below you will find a list of instrument openings for the 2020-2021 LSO season and a hyperlink to excerpts and other solo requirements for each instrument. The exact excerpt list you need to play is within a .PDF document (in blue – “download excerpts here +…”) below each instrument’s opening. Don’t worry about the.PDF file names, the excerpts for each instrument are correct.

Solo Requirements: The solo requirements are listed for each instrument below (indicated with +), don’t forget to include each requirement in your video!

Recording:  When ready, record the bracketed excerpts in order, followed by your solo material, in a non-edited seamless video, upload it, your resume, and other information here: https://forms.gle/3Tqjv2BHEXY5Y7o76 

Video Upload Info: Please upload your video as a .MP4 file if at all possible. If you need a digital file converter, we recommend https://www.zamzar.com/

Deadline: Videos are due by 5 pm August 8th, 2020

You may be required to create a google account during this audition process. Please do this if requested. If you can’t, please email lsoauditions2020@gmail.com to arrange an alternative solution.

A special note for this season, concerning COVID—19:  “The Longmont Symphony is currently awaiting state and school district guidelines concerning venue usage and possible capacity limitations. Once we are informed of those decisions, the symphony will determine the scope of our 2020-2021 season. Any concerned auditionee should be aware that the LSO places the safety and health of our musicians first.”

Although virtual performances are the safest option currently available for most musical performances, please only audition if you are able to perform locally. 

Videos due by 5 pm on August 8th, 2020


Associate Concertmaster
Download Excerpts Here + Exposition of a Standard Concerto + 1 Movement of Solo Bach

Paid position, $50 per SERVICE with other paid concerts and outreach opportunities available throughout the year


Section Violin 1
Download Excerpts Here + Solo of Choice

An unpaid/volunteer position


INTERIM Associate Principal 2nd

Download Excerpts Here + Exposition of a Standard Concerto + 1 Movement of Solo Bach

Paid position, $80 per CONCERT CYCLE (5-6 services within a cycle) with other paid concerts and outreach opportunities available throughout the year


Section Violin 2
Download Excerpts Here + Solo of Choice

An unpaid/volunteer position


Section Viola

Download Excerpts Here + Solo of Choice

An unpaid/volunteer position


Principal Cello

Download Excerpts Here + Exposition of a Standard Concerto + 1 Movement of Solo Bach

Paid position, $130 per CONCERT CYCLE (5-6 services within a cycle) with other paid concerts and outreach opportunities available throughout the year


CORE: Section Cello

Download Excerpts Here + Solo of Choice

Unpaid for subscription concerts, but offered paid opportunities in  Chamber Concerts, Nutcracker, and other outreach programs


Section Cello
Download Excerpts Here + Solo of Choice

An unpaid/volunteer position


Section Bass
Download Excerpts Here + Solo of Choice

An unpaid/volunteer position


INTERIM 4th French Horn
Download Excerpts Here + Solo of Choice

Paid position, $80 per CONCERT CYCLE (5-6 services within a cycle) with other paid concerts and outreach opportunities available throughout the year


Principal Trombone
Download Excerpts Here + Solo of Choice

Paid position, $130 per CONCERT CYCLE (5-6 services within a cycle) with other paid concerts and outreach opportunities available throughout the year


Principal Tuba
Download Excerpts Here + Solo of Choice

Paid position, $130 per CONCERT CYCLE (5-6 services within a cycle) with other paid concerts and outreach opportunities available throughout the year


Section Percussion/Assistant Principal Timpani
Download Excerpts Here + Mallet Solo of Choice

1) Marimba solo (2 or 4 mallets) of your choice, no longer than 5 minutes

2) Snare Drum: Scheherazade Mvt. vi, Letter P to the downbeat of R + A long roll from a pp dynamic to ff, then back to pp

3) Xylophone: Porgy and Bess (excerpt attached)

4) Cymbals: 2 Crashes at a p dynamic, 2 crashes at mf dynamic, and 2 crashes at ff dynamic.

5) Timpani: Tchaikovsky 4th Symphony (excerpt attached) and Beethoven 9 (excerpt attached 513 to end)

Paid position, $80 per CONCERT CYCLE (5-6 services within a cycle) with other paid concerts and outreach opportunities available


Section Percussion (2 Positions)
Download Excerpts Here + Mallet Solo of Choice

1) Marimba solo (2 or 4 mallets) of your choice, no longer than 5 minutes

2) Snare Drum: Scheherazade Mvt. vi, Letter P to the downbeat of R + A long roll from a pp dynamic to ff, then back to pp

3) Xylophone: Porgy and Bess (excerpt attached)

4) Cymbals: 2 Crashes at a p dynamic, 2 crashes at mf dynamic, and 2 crashes at ff dynamic.

Paid position, $80 per CONCERT CYCLE (5-6 services within a cycle) with other paid concerts and outreach opportunities available



The Longmont Symphony Orchestra is under the direction of Dr. Elliot Moore.

International applicants should be available to perform and work with the Longmont Symphony no later than September 1, 2020.

The audition committee reserves the right to dismiss, at any time during the audition process, any candidate who does not meet the required standard of the Longmont Symphony Orchestra.

If you are interested in a substitute-only audition, you may elect to submit an online audition via a YouTube link. Please note that acceptance to the Longmont Symphony Orchestra’s Substitute and Extra list does not guarantee employment. Please email lsoauditions2020@gmail.com to arrange an audition this year.

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