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AUDITIONS

 

 

The Olympia Symphony is pleased to be accepting applicants for the following position/section auditions:

SUNDAY, APRIL 7, 2024

  • Principal Percussion

  • Section Percussion

TO APPLY

 

STEP ONE - ONLINE REGISTRATION FORM (BELOW)

  • Deadline: Friday March 22, 2024 @ 5 pm PT

  • Note: limited audition slots are available and may be filled before the deadline. 

  • Principal Percussion candidates will be provided a score from which to create section part assignments within designated parameters. Materials and further instructions will be provided two weeks in advance, due Friday, April 5, 2024 @ 5 pm.


STEP TWO - LIVE AUDITIONS (ORCHESTRAL EXCERPTS/SIGHT READING)

  • Date: Sunday, April 7, 2024

  • Time: 11 am-3 pm, times to be assigned

  • Location: Olympia High School Olympia WA

Live auditions will be conducted anonymously behind a screen.

STEP THREE - APPOINTMENT(S)

 

Appointed musicians will be evaluated after a one season trial and interview.

FIRST ROUND (Preliminary): Live Blind Audition
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  • Snare Drum - Rimsky-Korsakov: Scheherazade

    • Mvt. 3, reh. D to reh. I

  • Tambourine - Dvorak: Carnival Overture

    • Beg. to reh. C

  • Xylophone - Copland: Appalachian Spring

    • reh. 48 to 4 mm. after reh. 49

  • Cymbals - Tchaikovsky Romeo and Juliet

    • 2 mm. before reh. O to 7 mm. before reh. P

    • 22 mm. before reh. U to 13 mm. before reh. U

Sight reading may be required at the discretion of the audition committee. 

SECOND ROUND (Finals): Live Blind Audition

  • Snare Drum - Prokofiev: Lieutenant Kije Suite

    • Mvt. 1, reh. 1 to reh. 2

    • Mvt. 1, reh. 13 to end

  • Xylophone - Gershwin: Porgy and Bess Overture

    • opening only

  • Cymbals - Rachmaninoff: Piano Concerto No. 2

    • reh. 32 to 13 mm. after reh. 32

  • Vibraphone - Bernstein: West Side Story

    • mm. 567-577

    • mm. 582-607

    • mm. 620-631

  • Bass Drum - Stravinsky: Rite of Spring

    • reh. 72 through 2 mm. after reh. 75 

  • Glockenspiel - Dukas: Sorcerer’s Apprentice

    • 4 mm. after reh. 17 to reh. 24

    • 7 mm. after reh. 52 to reh. 53

In case of a tie:

  • Snare - Delecluse: Douze Etudes Pour Caisse-Claire

    • Etude no. 1

CLICK HERE TO VIEW/DOWNLOAD/PRINT EXCERPTS

Instruments provided:

  • Bass Drum (Ludwig, 40” with suspended/tilting stand)

  • Xylophone (Adams, 3.5oct rosewood, height adjustable)

  • Vibraphone (Musser, Pro-Traveler, fixed height)

  • Glockenspiel (Musser, 2.5 oct Classic with dampener)

  • Snare Drum (Pearl, Philharmonic solid shell, 6.5” depth w/ diplomat heads, medium tuning)

ONLINE REGISTRATION FORM
Please select which postion(s) you wish to audition for. To be eligible for section as well as principal, please mark both positions.

 

PERFORMANCE SCHEDULE


Below are the anticipated performance dates for the 2024-2025 season. 

  • F-Sa October 11-12, 2024 @ 7:30 pm and Su October 13, 2024 @ 2 pm

  • Su November 17, 2024 @ 3 pm

  • T December 31, 2024 @ 3 and 7 pm

  • Th January 16, 2025 (school/daytime concert, time TBD)

  • Sa February 8, 2025 @ 7:30 pm and Su February 9, 2025 @ 3 pm

  • Su March 16, 2025 @ 3 pm

  • Sa April 19, 2025 @ 7:30 pm

All concerts held at the Washington Center for the Performing Arts, Olympia WA.

 

REHEARSAL SCHEDULE

 

Olympia Symphony generally rehearses on a semi-condensed schedule (with some exceptions), W/M/W/Sa/Su, beginning 1.5 weeks prior to concerts, with weekday rehearsals 7-9:30 pm, Saturday rehearsals 3-5:30 pm, and Sunday (day-of concert) rehearsals 10:30-1 pm.

SERVICE RATES

 

The compensation policy and the rate(s) of compensation are set by the OSO Board of Directors through their annual budgetary process. Mileage reimbursement is available for musicians driving 50-100 mi round trip per service ($0.225/mile). 

 

2023-2024 Season Rates (2024-2025 rates TBD)

Principal - $69.74
Section - $46.49

GENERAL INFORMATION

Members of the Olympia Symphony Orchestra contribute to the achievement of the organization’s mission by fulfilling core expectations set by the Music Director regarding artistry, decorum, and attendance.

 

Membership in the Olympia Symphony Orchestra is based on a season commitment, and the signing of an employee agreement. Prior to each season, Orchestra members in good standing from the previous season are invited to commit to fill their prior positions in the complement of the Orchestra for the subsequent season. Remaining vacancies in the Orchestra's complement will be filled by audition, one year appointments, or by substitute musicians. If a position is won by a current OSO musician, the respective vacated position may be offered to the runner-up from the audition process.

 

Musicians are employees of the Orchestra, and as such, are eligible to accrue paid family and medical leave. Employees are required to provide proof of authority to work in the United States (per the US Immigration and Nationality Act). 

Inquiries are welcomed at any time for any instrument. Please email personnel@olympiasymphony.org and you will be contacted if a need arises during the season.

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