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NHSO Principal Timpani

Audition Date: Saturday, October 1, 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 Timpani Audition Repertoire 2016

  • Solo of Choice
  • Barber – Medea’s Meditation and Dance of Vengeance, (Reh. 28 to 8 bars after reh 31)
  • Bartok – Concerto for Orchestra (4th mvt: 1 before #43 to #51)
  • Beethoven – Symphony No. 9 (1st mvt: bars 16-35; 2nd mvt: F to H)
  • Beethoven, Symphony No. 1, Menuetto
  • Hindemith Symphonic Metamorphosis: Turandot and Scherzo
  • Martin – Concerto for Seven Winds, Strings and Timpani (solo section, 6 after reh 18 to 7th bar of reh 22)
  • Mozart – Symphony No. 39 (1st mvt: beginning to bar 21)
  • Stravinsky – Rite of Spring, Sacrificial Dance (Reh 57 to 2 before reh 60 (play both parts) and Reh 189 to the end

Final round only:

  • Bartok Sonata for Two Pianos and Percussion, first movement, m. 21-40. Excerpt to be supplied to candidates.

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 this position is $130.80 per service. The guaranteed services will be 35 services per season, although more services maybe 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 an alternate position may also be offered. The substitute list may be updated with results from this audition. Current Flute 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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