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Hamilton Philharmonic Orchestra

Gemma New, Music Director

Announces the following vacancy


The Hamilton Philharmonic Orchestra is a per service orchestra with a core of 32 musicians. The subscription season runs from September to May each year.

Current service rate (19-20) for Section Bass is $167.34 + 10.5% AFM-EPW

National auditions will be held in Hamilton on March 30, 2020 at The Studio Theatre, FirstOntario Concert Hall

 Application deadline: March 16, 2020

 Musicians of the HPO are members of the American Federation of Musicians.

 Qualified applicants please send curriculum vitae to:

Gerry Custeau, Office Administrator
Hamilton Philharmonic Orchestra
10 MacNab Street South,
Hamilton, ON L8P 4Y3

No phone calls please

Please specify the position(s) for which you intend to apply.

Please forward a $30 deposit (a cheque made out to the order of the Hamilton Philharmonic Orchestra). The deposit is refundable the day of the audition. However, if you decide to withdraw from this audition after Friday, March 23, 2020 the deposit will not be returned.


Section Bass Audition Repertoire

Monday, March 30, 2020

I. Orchestral Solos

Bach: Suite No. 2 in B minor

  • Double from Polonaise


Ginastera: Variaciones Concertantes

  • Solo at rehearsal 65


Haydn: Symphony No. 8

  • 3rd movement Trio


II. Excerpts

Beethoven: Symphony No. 5

  • 3rd movement


Beethoven: Symphony No. 9

  • 4th movement, mm. 8-107


Brahms: Symphony No. 2

  • 1st movement , rehearsal E to 14 meaures after rehearsal F
  • 4th movement, mm. 1-44


Mendelssohn: Symphony No. 4

  • 1st movement, mm. 41-90, 214-290
  • 4th movement, mm. 34-52, 166-195, 222-239


Mozart: Symphony No. 35

  • 4th movement, mm. 134-181


Mozart: Symphony No. 39

  • 1st movement, mm. 13-96


Rossini: The Barber of Seville

  • Act I, Ehi Fiorello (Seguito e stretta dell’ introduzione) mm. 8-41 (Tempo I after recit to end of 3/4)


Shostakovich: Symphony No. 5

  • Rehearsal 22 to four measures after rehearsal 26


Verdi: Rigoletto

  • Act I, No. 2: Vivace 105 measures before the end of the scene until 53 measures before the end of the scene or 13 measures after Piu mosso
    (page 12-13 in Kalmus edition)



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