Brian Thomas & Seth Orgel

[Note: It is highly recommended to read the entire article that accompanies this survey list! The full article has great practical advice on audition preparation.]


The results of the audition repertoire were compiled from material found on 41 audition lists. The number in parentheses indicates the number of times the piece appeared on the different lists. The lists used were from both high and low horn auditions.

The repertoire lists were compiled from the following North American orchestras: Alabama, Boston, Charlotte, Chicago, Columbus, Denver, Detroit, Grant Park, Honolulu, Indianapolis, Jacksonville, Kansas City, Louisville, Nashville, New Orleans, Omaha, Philadelphia, Phoenix, Pittsburgh, Rochester, San Antonio, Savannah, Seattle, Syracuse, Thunder Bay, Toledo, Tucson, Utah, Vancouver and Winnipeg.

We would like to acknowledge the assistance of Vincent Cichowicz, Dale Clevenger, Mason Jones, Widge Kincaid, Steven Lawlis, David Orgel, Roseann Salamon, Norman Schweikert, and Harry Shapiro.

AUDITION REPERTOIRE SURVEY RESULTS

J.S. Bach
Brandenburg Concerto No. 1......(12)
Mass in B-minor......(3)
Ludwig van Beethoven
Symphony No. 1......(1)
Symphony No. 2......(8)
Symphony No. 3......(31)
Symphony No. 4......(2)
Symphony No. 5......(1)
Symphony No. 6......(14)
Symphony No. 7......(30)
Symphony No. 8......(12)
Symphony No. 9......(22)
Overture to Fidelio......(15)
Piano Concerto No. 5("Emperor")......(7)
Rondino in E-flat......(1) [Grant Park Symphony, 1981]
Hector Berlioz
Symphonie fantasique......(2)
Scherzo"Queen Mab" from Romeo and Juliet......(12)
Alexander Borodine
Polovetsian Dances from Prince Igor......(1)
Johannes Brahms
Symphony No. 1......(22)
Symphony No. 2......(19)
Symphony No. 3......(18)
Symphony No.4......(18)
Piano Concerto No. 1......(9)
Piano Concerto No. 2......(13)
Academic Festival Overture......(6)
Tragic Overture......(1)
Variations on a Theme of Haydn......(1)
Anton Bruckner
Symphony No. 4......(3)
Symphony No. 7......(2)
Symphony No. 9......(1)
Claude Debussy
La Mer......(2)
Paul Dukas
[Fanfare from] La Peri......(1)
Antonin Dvorak
Symphony No. 7......(1)
Symphony No. 9......(11)
Cello Concerto......(3)
Cesar Franck
Symphony in D-minor......(1)
G. F. Handel
Judas Maccabaeus......(1)
F. J. Haydn
Symphony No. 31......(11)
Symphony No. 49......(1)
Symphony No. 55......(1)
Divertimento a trè......(1) [Boston Symphony, 1971]
Paul Hindemith
Symphony "Mathis der Maler"......(1)
Englebert Humperdinck
Hänsel und Gretel......(1)
Jacques Ibert
Divertissement......(1)
Franz Liszt
Les Preludes......(1)
Gustav Mahler
Symphony No. 1......(20)
Symphony No. 2......(1)
Symphony No. 3......(2)
Symphony No. 4......(6)
Symphony No. 5......(8)
Symphony No. 6......(1)
Symphony No. 9......(2)
Symphony No. 10......(1)
Felix Mendelssohn
Midsummer Night's Dream......(16)
Symphony No. 3......(2)
W. A. Mozart
Symphony No. 27......(1)
Symphony No. 29......(4)
Symphony No. 39......(1)
Symphony No. 40......(10)
Serenade No. 1......(1) [Chicago Symphony, audition book]
Serenade No. 11......(1) [Rochester Philharmonic, 1979]
Modeste Mussorgsky
Pictures at an Exhibition......(5)
S. Prokofiev
Romeo and Juliet(Suites 1 and 2)......(2)
Maurice Ravel
Piano Concerto in G......(11)
Pavane for a Dead Princess......(6)
Nicolai Rimsky-Korsakov
Scheherazade......(3)
Cappricio Espanol......(1)
G. Rossini
Overture to Semiramide......(1)
Overture to La Gazza Ladra......(3)
Camille Saint-Saens
Symphony No. 3......(5)
Arnold Schönberg
Chamber Symphony No. 1......(1)
Franz Schubert
Symphony No. 9......(1)
Auf dem Strom......(1) [Boston Symphony, 1971]
Robert Schumann
Symphony No. 3......(5)
Konzertstück for Four Horns......(1) [Boston Symphony, 1979]
Dmitri Shostakovich
Symphony No. 5......(34)
Cello Concerto No. 1......(1)
Richard Strauss
Don Juan......(24)
Don Quixote......(10)
Ein Heldenleben......(21)
Suite from Der Rosenkavalier......(2)
Salome......(1)
Till Eulenspiegel......(30)
Igor Stravinsky
Divertimento from Fairy's Kiss......(2)
Suite from The Firebird......(7)
Jeu de Cartes......(1)
Pertouchka......(3)
The Rite of Spring......(3)
Peter Illych Tchiakovsky
Symphony No. 1......(1)
Symphony No. 2......(4)
Symphony No. 4......(17)
Symphony No. 5......(21)
A. Thomas
Overture to Mignon......()
Richard Wagner
Lohengrin (Act III)......(2)
Die Meistersinger......(2)
Overture to Das Rheingold......(6)
Overture to The Flying Dutchman......(2)
Tristan und Isolde......(1)
Siegfried Idyll......(1)
The "Long Call" from Siegfried......(4)
The "Short Call" Siegfried......(20)
Carl Maria von Weber
Overture to Der Freischutz......(6)
Overture to Oberon......(2)

Excerpts from the article "Auditioning for a Horn Position in the United States" originally published in The Horn Call Volume XIII No. 2.

For a new survey of ICSOM orchestra audition lists see The Horn Call XXXIII, No. 1 (October, 2002).