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Symphony Orchestra

Symphony Orchestra

The Towson University Symphony Orchestra is comprised of talented, enthusiastic and dedicated students from the university. Most of its members are Music Majors and are focusing their academic work on Music Education, Performance or Composition. A few positions, usually in the string section, are held by non-majors. All members join the orchestra through an audition process.

The orchestra performs one major on-campus concert per semester, as well as additional special performances both on campus and in the greater community. We frequently collaborate with guest artists such as Phil Munds (Prin. French Horn in the Baltimore Symphony), faculty soloists, the Towson University Chamber Singers, and the Towson University Jazz Orchestra to name a few. Highlights of concerts in the community include a performance at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington DC and a tour to New York City!

Spring 2014 Audition Information

Who Should Audition?
Everyone who wishes to play in the Towson University Symphony Orchestra must audition

When Are Auditions?
Auditions will be held on Thursday, January 30, from 1:00 to 6:30pm. A sheet will be posted on Professor Mills’s door (2108) the week before auditions.

What Should I Prepare for Auditions?
Please be prepared to play all major scales, ascending and descending. You must also prepare the following excerpts given for your instrument. All of the music for the following excerpts may be found online under the following links (then click on "parts" listed in the scores section, if you have any trouble finding your part, please send an email to lmills@towson.edu)

**All excerpts are from the principal part (i.e. Flute I, Oboe I, etc.) unless otherwise noted.**

Mozart, The Magic Flute (This excerpt is only for violin players)
http://javanese.imslp.info/files/imglnks/usimg/7/78/IMSLP302720-PMLP20137-Mozart__W._A_-_Magic_Flute__comp__vln_1.PDF

Mozart, The Magic Flute Aria: Der Hölle Rache kocht in meinem Herzen (Act II, No.14 – select “parts” under “Sheet Music” and scroll down until you see it)
http://imslp.org/wiki/Die_Zauberfl%C3%B6te,_K.620_%28Mozart,_Wolfgang_Amadeus%29

Mozart, Symphony No. 35
http://imslp.org/wiki/Symphony_No.35_in_D_major,_K.385_%28Mozart,_Wolfgang_Amadeus%29

Violin (all excerpts from Violin I part)
Mozart Symphony No. 35, Mvt IV: mm. 147-182 ([E])
Mozart Magic Flute, Act I, No. 1 (page 4 in the part): beginning to rehearsal [1]

Viola
Mozart Symphony No. 35, Mvt IV: mm. 147-182 ([E])
Mozart Symphony No. 35, Mvt III: “Trio” (mm. 25-end)

Cello
Mozart Symphony No. 35, Mvt IV: mm. 147-182 ([E])
Mozart Symphony No. 35, Mvt III: “Trio” (mm. 25-end)

Bass
Mozart Symphony No. 35, Mvt IV: mm. 147-182 ([E])
Mozart Symphony No. 35, Mvt III: “Trio” (mm. 25-end)

Flute
Mozart Magic Flute, No. 14 Aria: Der Hölle Rache… (Act II, No.14) mm 45-end of movement
Mozart Symphony No. 35, Mvt IV: mm. 147-182 ([E])

Oboe
Mozart Magic Flute, No. 14 Aria: mm. 45-end of movement
Mozart Symphony No. 35, Mvt IV: mm. 147-182 ([E])

Clarinet
Mozart Symphony No. 35, Mvt I: beginning to measure 33 (letter [A])
Mozart Symphony No. 35, Mvt IV: mm. 147-182 ([E])

Bassoon
Mozart Symphony No. 35, Mvt IV: mm. 147-182 ([E])
Mozart Magic Flute, No. 14 Aria: mm 45-end

Horn
Mozart Symphony No. 35, Mvt I: beginning to measure 33 (letter [A])
Mozart Symphony No. 35, Mvt IV: mm. 147-182 ([E])

Trumpet
Mozart Symphony No. 35, Mvt III beginning to m 24 (end of minuet)
Mozart Symphony No. 35, Mvt IV: mm. 147-182 ([E])

Trombone
Please get excerpts here:
https://www.dropbox.com/sh/ewn3iv2hudzgycl/9jzwxRl5EK
Mozart Requiem: Tuba Mirum, Beginning to m 18
Schumann Symphony No. 3, Mvt IV, Beginning to M. 22

Bass Trombone
Please prepare two contrasting etudes of your choice

Tuba
Please prepare two contrasting etudes of your choice


Timpani
Mozart Symphony No. 35, Mvt IV: mm. 147-182 ([E])
Mozart Symphony No. 39, Mvt I, beginning to m. 21 – found here:
http://javanese.imslp.info/files/imglnks/usimg/3/33/IMSLP51220-PMLP01571-Mozart-K543.Timpani.pdf

 

Highlights of Recent Performances

Symphonic Works

Dvorak

Mendelssohn

Beethoven

Schubert 

Haydn 

Symphony No. 9 in e minor, op. 95 (From the New World)

Symphony No. 4 in A Major, op. 90 (Italian)

Symphony No. 5 in c minor, op. 67

Symphony No. 8 in b minor, D. 759 (Unfinished)

Symphony No. 101 in D Major (The Clock)

Concerti

Mozart

Beethoven

Tchaikovsky

David, F

Vivaldi

Chopin

Horn Concerto No. 3 in E-flat Major, K. 447

Triple Concerto in C Major, op. 56
Violin Concerto in D Major, op. 35
Concertino No. 4 in E-flat Major for Trombone, op. 4
Concerto in g minor for Two Cellos, RV 531
Concerto No 2 in f minor for Piano, op. 21

 

Overtures

Rossini

Bernstein

Mozart

Rimsky-Korsakov

Brahms

Schubert

Borodin

Weber

William Tell Overture
Candide Overture
Overture to The Magic Flute, K. 620
Overture to The Czar’s Bride
Academic Festival Overture
Rosemunde Overture
Prince Igor Overture
Overture to Silvana

 

World Premiers

Nagle, Jody A Ride Through the Nebula

 

Modern Premier

Mendez, Raphael   Romanza

 

Collaborations

Beethoven

Ellington, Duke

Schubert

Choral Fantasy, Op. 80
Night Creatures
Mass in G

Additional Works

Bizet

Copland

Chabrier

Sibelius

Vaughan Williams

Carmen Suites 1 & 2
Four Dance Episodes
Espana
Karelia Suite
Fantasia on Greensleeves

 

 

Department of Music
Center for the Arts, Room # 3095 (map)
Hours: Monday - Friday, 8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Phone: 410-704-2839
Fax: 410-704-2841

 

 

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