Welcome to the Audition information page for the Civic Orchestra of Minneapolis
We thank you for your interest in the orchestra.  Our mission is to foster an enriching experience for musicians and audiences of the
Twin Cities by presenting music at the highest level of any non-professional ensemble. Performances for our regular season take
place from October to May, and we have a summer concert in July.  Rehearsals usually take place on Tuesday nights at 7:00 pm,

at Lutheran Church of the Good Shepherd,  4801 France Ave., Minneapolis, MN 55410.  

The Civic Orchestra of Minneapolis has openings for:

  • Principal clarinet, beginning September 2022

  • Principal trombone, beginning September 2022

  • Principal viola, beginning September 2022

Auditions for these principal positions will be held on August 30, 2022, 6-9pm in the Sanctuary of Lutheran Church of the Good Shepherd, 4801 France Ave., Minneapolis, MN 55410.

The principal clarinet, principal trombone, and principal viola auditions are by invitation only, based on a performance resume. If you are interested in auditioning, please email a resume highlighting your performance experience to Orchestra Manager Rachel Hest, at Please send resumes as soon as possible, with a suggested (but not hard) deadline of August 10, 2022. Direct links will be sent on acceptance of a resume for invitation to audition.


For the audition please prepare a short solo piece of your choice (ca. 4-7 minutes) and the excerpts listed below:


  • Principal clarinet:


               Beethoven Symphony no. 4, Movt. II, mm. 81-89

               Brahms Symphony no. 3, Movt. I, mm. 36-46

               Mendelssohn Midsummer Night's Dream, Scherzo, beginning to B

               Rimsky-Korsakov Capriccio Espagnol, Movt. I, letter A to end


  • Principal trombone:

               Berlioz - Hungarian March from Damnation of Faust, pickups to number 4 to the end
               Rossini - William Tell Overture, C until 9 meas after D
               Ravel - Bolero, 16 meas before number 11, until first bar of 11
               Mozart - Tuba Mirum from Requiem
  • Principal viola:

               Mozart Symphony no. 35 Movt. I,  mm.  41-66

               Beethoven Symphony no. 5 Movt IIm mm. 1-10, 49-59

               Mendelssohn Midsummer Night's Dream, Scherzo mm.17-93

               Vaughan Williams, Tallis Variations, viola solo at I

  • Section violin/viola/cello/bass

    • Auditions will be held on September 6, 6-9pm in the Sanctuary of Lutheran Church of the Good Shepherd,  4801 France Ave., Minneapolis, MN 55410. 

    • Please prepare a 3 octave D Major scale and a 5-minute piece of your choice. The audition will also include sight reading.

String auditions can be arranged anytime throughout the season. Although not required, we typically will first invite you to join us for a rehearsal so you can try us out as you consider becoming a member. Following this rehearsal, you will be asked to audition.

For more information and to schedule an audition time, please fill out the form below. Please be sure to include info about what instrument you play and any other details which are pertinent to your situation.

Thank you for your interest!

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