I thought I'd start a thread on auditioning for freeway philharmonics, especially when you're an adult amateur, since this has come up a few times in recent months by mid-life players wanting to turn pro.
I've been wanting to join one of the local freeway philharmonics. Locally, several of these orchestras got their start as community orchestras but sometime in the last 10 to 20 years, turned pro. They still have some amateur players who were grandfathered in, but have since been auditioned. They are all paid per-service but not all pay union scale. Some don't have auditions. Some auditions only for subs and then subs are eventually offered permanent positions; others audition for section violin openings but only on rare occasion.
This year, I heard about a sub audition too late to have enough time to prep for it, and I'm not sure that I'm ready, in any event. This particular orchestra holds auditions every year for string substitutes, so I have a year to go do something useful in preparation. Excerpts are extensive and released about 6 weeks prior to the audition. Standard concerto 1st movement in full required (not just the exposition).
So... what would you do? Especially with regard to the choice of concerto, general preparation, and excerpts that are most probable? (Don Juan is the one constant, I believe, but afaik the rest change.)
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