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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 Cello is $167.34 + 10.5% AFM-EPW

National auditions will be held in Hamilton on March 27, 2020 at The L.R. Wilson Concert Hall, McMaster University

 Application deadline: March 13, 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 20, 2020 the deposit will not be returned.


Section Cello Audition Repertoire

Friday, March 27, 2020

I. Solos

The first movement exposition of any one of the following:

  • Haydn Concerto in D major
  • Dvorak Concerto
  • Schumann Concerto


Solo Bach, one movement of your choice


II. Orchestral Solos

Falla: El Amor Brujo

  • mm. 41-53 solo (top line)


III. Excerpts

Beethoven: Symphony 5

  • Mvt.2, mm. 1-10, 49-59, 98-106
  • Mvt. 3, mm. 1-18, pickup to mm 53-74, pickup to mm 141-219


Beethoven: Symphony 9

  • Mvt. 4 mm. 1-90


Brahms: Symphony 2

  • Mvt. 2, mm. 1-15


Debussy: La Mer

  • Mvt. 1, two measures before rehearsal 9 to seven measures after rehearsal 9, top line only


Mendelssohn: Midsummer Night’s Dream

  • Scherzo: rehearsal C to rehearsal D
  • Rehearsal N to rehearsal O


Mozart: Symphony 35 “Haffner”

  • Mvt 4, ten measures after rehearsal D to rehearsal E


Prokofiev: Romeo and Juliet Complete Ballet

  • Balcony Scene – eight measures before Reh. 138 to ten measures after Reh. 138


Prokofiev: Symphony 5

  • Mvt 4, rehearsal 79 to rehearsal 80


Strauss: Don Juan

  • beginning to 4 measures before D


Tchaikovsky: Symphony 6

  • Mvt 2, mm. 1-25


Verdi: Requiem

  • Offertorio mm. 1-34



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