1 minute orchestra audition
I'm currently a music student and requested to join a local semi-professional orchestra (they've played stuff like whole Mahler symphonies before so they're pretty good)
They asked me to send them a 1-2 minute video reel (I'm assuming to test the waters of my ability)
What is a good excerpt/piece that can show my ability within the short period of time? I could really grind out Don Juan within a week as its around that duration but is it worth the effort? Thanks.
They're probably looking to see how comfortable you are in higher positions. Something like the Thais Meditation would show that. Also that you can make a nice sound.
open strings with a metronome would be a n appropriate and creative response to such a ridiculous request. Do not forget to smile!
I'd play one minute of the last concerto that you learned to a performance standard, starting from the beginning of the first-movement exposition.
I'd do the last 2 minutes of the Schindlers List theme :)
I agree with Lydia's advice.
Thanks for the advice guys.
If it is a request just for you, why not ask them to specify what they would like to see in the video? I played in a community orchestra that play a lot of Mahler Symphonies and they have a policy with a trial period, and a formal audition after the trial period. But before you can join them for a trial period, they want to have a bit of a clue what is your level. Most of the time when you see and hear people play for 2 minutes, you have such a clue. It saves a lot of time for both parties to ask for a video.
If you're learning the Elgar, I assume you have much of the standard concerto repertoire under your belt already. Exposition beginning of Tchaikovsky, Brahms or Sibelius would be ideal.
Play one of the orchestral excerpts that are asked in auditions.
The first page of Viotti No. 22 will be fine. Some lyrical stuff, some faster stuff, some trills, and higher passages. I think you could play it in two minutes. Likewise the first page of Mozart 5 would be fine (the Allegro aperto, skip the Adagio).
Echo what Lydia has said. Elgar is one of more obscure concertos (i.e. audition committee might not know it) but since you are at the level, play the opening of one of the Romantic Boys. Which one of Mendelssohn, Tchaikovsky, Sibelius, and Brahms do you like the best?