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NHSO Principal Bass

Audition Date: Sunday, September 18, 2016 (daytime)

Application Deadline: August 25, 2016. All forms must be received by this time. Late applications may be accepted only if space is available.

Click here to download the Audition Application Form.

NHSO Principal Bass Audition Repertoire 2016

  • J.S. Bach: Any dance movement from any Solo Bach
  • Beethoven: Sym. No. 5, 3rd Mvmt: Opening – 5 after A; trio to 23rd of B
  • Beethoven: Sym. No. 9, 4th  Mvmt: Recits;  m. 92 – A
  • Brahms: Sym. No. 2, 1st Mvmt: 11 after A-B, E-F; 2nd Mvmt: 8 m. after B – 2 m. before D; 4th Mvmt: 8 before L – M
  • Handel: Messiah, #10 Air: The people that walked in Darkness; #11 Chorus: For Unto us a child is born
  • Mozart: Marriage of Figaro Overture, Beginning to A
  • Mozart: Symphony No. 39, 1st mvmt: 14 before A to 1 after C
  • Tchaikovsky: Sym. No. 4,1st mvmt: letter P-Q
  • R. Strauss: Ein Heldenleben, Reh 9-11; 40-41; 61-65; 77-78


  • Mahler Sym. No. 1, Beginning of 3rd movement
  • Ginastera: Variaciones Concertantes, solo movement
  • Stravinsky: Pulcinella solo sections

The NHSO does not provide any travel expense reimbursement for any audition round. The NHSO reserves the right not to invite an applicant to the audition they have applied for.

A refundable $30.00 deposit is required in order to secure an audition time. Send your Audition Application Form, check made payable to the NHSO, and your resume to: NHSO Auditions, 545 Long Wharf Drive, 6th Floor, New Haven, CT 06511. Your check will be returned to you at the audition. Cancellations must be received at the symphony office by noon two days prior to the audition in order to be refundable. If you do not notify us that you will not be attending then you will forfeit your deposit. This system is designed to minimize no-shows. Music may be obtained from your local music dealer or by calling either Kalmus Music Co. at 800-434-6340 or Luck’s Music at 800-348-8749. Both accept major credit cards and offer several shipping options. Parts are also available online at

Contract Information
In addition to its Symphony Series concerts, the NHSO produces a Pops series, a Young People’s Series, outdoor concerts in the summer, and other special concerts. Rehearsals are usually held on weekday evenings, averaging three or four rehearsals per Symphony Series. Concerts are usually on Thursday nights with some repeat performances on the following weekend. The pay for principal players is $147.15 per service. The guaranteed services will be 35 services per season, although more services will be offered. Players must play at least 50% of the subscription series offered per season to keep their contract. In addition there is a travel pay allowance for players living more than 15 miles from New Haven (maximum of $30 per day). If a current member of the NHSO wins this position, then a section position may also be offered. The substitute list may be updated with results from this audition. Current Bass substitutes are encouraged to audition. In order to perform with the New Haven Symphony Orchestra you need to belong to your local of the musicians union (A. F. of M.). If you are offered more than 6 services within a year you must join local 400, even if you are a member of another local.

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