Audition requirements for current openings are listed here. Auditions for other instruments are for placement on our sub list. For those requirements or any other questions, please contact personnel@manassassymphony.org.
For all instruments: Solo piece(s) preferably a concerto from the standard repertoire, showing contrasting styles, of applicants choice (5 minutes ‐ may be portion(s) of a longer work). Please bring a copy of the solo for the judges.
A brief interview with the music director will also be held, highlighting the experience and commitment level of the musician.  
Qualified candidates will have some experience playing in a symphony orchestra, some familiarity with standard orchestral repertoire, acceptable sight-reading skills, and the availability to attend scheduled rehearsals and concerts for the season.
Summer auditions are scheduled for Thursday, July 21, 2016, from 7-9 PM at Grace United Methodist Church in Manassas. Auditiions are by appointment only (no walk-ins). Interested musicians should contact the orchestra to schedule an audition time. Click here to register for an audition.
All audition excerpts are from Tchaikovsky's Symphony No. 4, which is on the MSO program for October 2016. All excerpts are available here. The files named "MSO XXXX Audition" are marked with the start (green) and stop (red) locations. Links below go to online coaching, where available.
Violin 1 (considered for both sections)
  1. I. Pickup to H until 5th bar of K
  2. II. Bar before A to downbeat 3 bars after B
  3. IV. Begininning to B
Violin 2 (considered for violin 2 only)
  1. I. Pickup to H - 5th bar of K
  2. II. Bar before A to B
  3. IV. Begininning to B
Viola
  1. I. H to K
  2. II. 3 before B to C
  3. IV. A to B

Bass
  1. I. 4th bar of B to C
  2. I. P to Q
  3. III. Beginning to B
  4. IV. A to B