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SSO Employment & Auditions

The Sheboygan Symphony Orchestra, founded in 1918, is Wisconsin’s longest continually operating symphony orchestra. Celebrating its 101st season, the SSO is a dynamic, community-based professional orchestra that performs six subscription concerts, including an annual holiday concert, plus daytime educational concerts, in collaboration with the Sheboygan Symphony Chorus. Subscription concerts are performed in the beautifully restored and historic Stefanie H. Weill Center for the Performing Arts. The orchestra rehearses weekly on Tuesday evenings from 7:00pm to 10:00pm at the Stefanie H. Weill Center for the Performing Arts.

Current Employment Opportunities

 

MUSIC DIRECTOR/CONDUCTOR

THE APPLICATION PERIOD FOR THIS POSITION HAS CLOSED. APPLICANTS WILL BE NOTIFIED OF THEIR PROGRESS AS THE SEARCH PROCESS CONTINUES. THANK YOU TO ALL APPLICANTS!

The Position:

The Music Director/Conductor will be responsible for planning all programs, auditioning musicians, rehearsing the orchestra, collaborating and coordinating with the conductors of the Sheboygan Area Youth Symphony and the Sheboygan Symphony Chorus. The Music Director/Conductor will work closely with the SSO’s administrative staff, Board of Directors, and our loyal and expanding base of patrons.

Candidate Profile:

The ideal candidate will possess exceptional musicianship and conducting skills; significant experience, including working with professional musicians; knowledge of a broad range of repertoire; podium presence sufficient to enhance the quality of music-making by the performers, and passion and vision for making symphonic music relevant and exciting for existing and new audiences.

The Orchestra:

The Sheboygan Symphony Orchestra, founded in 1918, is Wisconsin’s longest continually operating symphony orchestra. Celebrating its 101st season, the SSO is a dynamic, community-based professional orchestra that performs six subscription concerts, including an annual holiday concert, plus daytime educational concerts, in collaboration with the Sheboygan Symphony Chorus. Subscription concerts are performed in the beautifully restored and historic Stefanie H. Weill Center for the Performing Arts.

The Sheboygan Symphony is based in vibrant Sheboygan County, Wisconsin. Sheboygan County is located an hour north of Milwaukee, and an hour south of Green Bay, nestled on the shores of beautiful Lake Michigan, and the County ( or “greater metropolitan area”) is home to more than 100,000 residents.

Compensation:

Salary is negotiable, and is competitive and commensurate with experience and qualifications. The Sheboygan Symphony Orchestra is an equal opportunity employer

Applications:

Applications must include cover letter and resume. Semi-finalists will be asked to submit video recordings and professional references at a future date.

MS Word or PDF attachments only, please

Please submit applications by Friday, January 31, 2020 to:

Sheboygan Symphony Music Director Search
Sheboygan Symphony Orchestra
830 N. 8th Street
Sheboygan, WI 53081

search@sheboygansymphony.org

CLICK HERE for a detailed position description


Current Auditions

We do not have any current openings at this time. However, auditions in order to be added to the roster of substitute musicians can be made by appointment.

To schedule an audition time, please contact the SSO office either by phone (920-452-1985) or email heather@sheboygansymphony.org and provide your name, instrument, and contact information.

You should have a solo piece of your choice prepared for the audition, as well as the excerpts indicated below.

Please also fill out audition form and bring to audition. Click Here to Download

Violin:

A solo of your choice.
Mozart: Magic Flute Overture (m. 20-57)
Brahms: Symphony No. 2, Movement IV (beginning to m. 45)

Viola:

A solo of your choice.
Shostakovich: Symphony No. 5, Movement I (rehearsal numbers 15-17)
Mozart: Symphony No. 35, Movement 4, opening to rehearsal A (m1-37)

Cello:

A solo of your choice.
Beethoven: Symphony No. 5, Movement II (beginning to m. 10; m. 49-59; m. 98-124)
Elgar: Enigma Variations, Variation XII, solo cello part (figure 52-55).

Principal Double Bass:

A solo of your choice
Mahler: Symphony No. 1 (movement 3, opening solo)
Wagner: Meistersinger Overture (letter J to letter L; letter M to letter N)
Mozart: Symphony No. 41 (last movement)

Section Double Bass:

A solo of your choice

TUTTI:
W.A. Mozart: Marriage of Figaro Overture – m. 1 – 58 [beginning to 1 meas. before Reh. Ltr. A], m. 74 – 95 [16 meas after Reh. Ltr A to 1 meas before Reh. Ltr. B], m. 131 – 171 [4 meas before Reh. Ltr. C to 1 meas before Reh. Ltr. D
L. v. Beethoven – Symphony No. 5 – 3rd movement: m. 1 – 100, mm. 128 – 244
F. Mendelssohn – Symphony No. 4 – 1st movement : m. 41 – 101, m. 237 – 335; 4th movement: m. 26 -71,
mm. 166 -195, m. 214 – 239
G. Mahler – Symphony No. 2 – 1st movement: m. 1 - 41

Piccolo:

Tchaikovsky: Symphony No. 4, Movement IV (m. 249-end)
Beethoven: Symphony No. 9, Prestissimo (m. 851-end)
Sousa: Stars & Stripes Forever (m. 95-end)

Flute: 

A solo of your choice:
Mendelssohn: Scherzo from A Midsummer Night's Dream (letter P-end)
Brahms: Symphony No. 4 in E minor, Movement IV (m. 97-105)
Debussy: Prelude to the Afternoon of a Faun (beginning to rehearsal 3)

Oboe:

For the solo - Mozart: Oboe Concerto, 1st Movement
Beethoven: Symphony No. 3, Movement I (m. 288-326), Movement II (beginning to m. 47), Movement III (m. 80-115)
Brahms: Violin Concerto (2nd Mvt., beg. to m. 32)
Rossini: Overture to La Scala di Seta (beg. to 3)

English Horn:

(If auditioning for English Horn only, candidate should play a solo of his/her choice; otherwise, a solo is not necessary)
Rossini: William Tell Overture, (solo at the Andante before letter F)
Dvorak: Symphony No. 9, Movement II (beginning to figure 1)

Bb Clarinet:

A solo of your choice.
All are first clarinet parts:
Beethoven: Symphony No. 8 (Mvt III, solo, m. 48-78)
Rimsky-Korsakov: Capriccio Espagnol (Mvt I, Letter A-B [m. 14], Letter C-end, Mvt III, llm. after K to end, Mvt IV all [skip long rests])

Bass Clarinet:

A solo of your choice.
Gershwin:  Rhapsody in Blue: #5 to 8 mm. after #5
Grofe:  Grand Canyon Suite:  On the Trail
Tchaikovsky:  Nutcracker Suite: “Pas de deax”

Bassoon:

A solo of your choice:
2nd Bassoon part:
Tchaikovsky: Symphony No. 6, Movement III (6m. after M to 2m before N)
Principal Bassoon: 
Brahms: Variations on a Theme of Haydn, Beginning through Variation 8
Mendelssohn: Symphony #4, Movement 2
Mozart: Magic Flute, Start at the Allegro and play to the end

Horn:

A solo of your choice.
All are first horn parts:
Mendelssohn: Midsummer Night's Dream: Nocturne, ms. 1 - 34 (beg - 5 before A)
Strauss: Till Eulenspiegel, (8 before 28 - 38)
Shostakovich: Symphony No. 5, (17 - 21)

Trumpet:

A solo of your choice.
All are first trumpet parts:
Beethoven: Leonore Overture No. 3 (Offstage solo)
Rimsky-Korsakov: Scheherazade, Movement IV (C-E, Q-R, T-U)
Mussorgsky/Ravel - Pictures at an Exhibition (Opening Promenade)
Stravinsky - Petrouchka (1947) (Ballerina Dance)

Trombone:

A solo of your choice
Mozart: Requiem (solo)
Wagner: Ride of the Valkeries
Ravel: Bolero (solo)

3rd/Bass Trombone:

A solo of your choice
Berlioz: Hungarian March
Haydn: The Creation
Schumann: Symphony No. 3 "Rhenish"
Wagner: Ride of the Valkyries

Tuba:

A solo of your choice.
Mahler: Symphony No 1 (solo in 3rd movement)
Mussorgsky/Ravel: Bydlo from Pictures at an Exhibition
Tchaikovsky: Symphony No. 4, Mvmt. I, mm. 340-351, Mvmt. IV, mm. 38-51, Mvmt. IV, mm. 257- end
Wagner: Die Meistersinger, Overture: mm. 158-188

Harp:

A solo of your choice
Berlioz: Symphony Fantastique, Mvmt. 2, beginning to m. 24
Tchaikovsky - Cadenza from Nutcracker Ballet - Waltz of the Flowers: Cadenza

Piano/Celeste:

A solo of your choice
Stravinsky: Petrushka Danse Russe m.33-39
Grofe - Grand Canyon Suite: On the Trail, rehearsal 10 -11

Harpsichord:

A solo of your choice
Bach: Brandenburg Concerto No. 5 Movement I m. 154 -219
Handel: Messiah: Overture m. 21 to the end

Percussion:

Snare Drum:  
Perform long roll pp-ff-pp for 15 - 20 seconds
Delecluse: Etude no 1 from Douze Etudes por Caisse Claire
Prokofiev: Lt Kije, mvmt 1. Reh 1-2, and Reh 13-end
Rimsky-Korsakov: Scheherezade, mvmt 3 D-E, mvmt 4 P-U

Cymbals:
Demonstrate crashes at p-mf-f-ff
Rachmaninoff: Piano Concerto no. 2, mvmt 3 - reh 32 to the Allegro Scherzando
Tchaikovsky: Symphony No. 4, Movement 4 - 16 after H to the end

Tambourine:
Dvorak: Carnival Overture - Beginning to rehearsal C
Bizet: Carmen Suite no. 1, Aragonaise - Beginning to 7 before Reh C

Triangle:
Rossini: William Tell Overture - O to the End
Rimsky-Korsakov: Scheherazade, Movement 4 - W to Allegro non troppo

Xylophone:
Kodaly: Háry János Suite, Movement 6 - rehearsal 1-2
Gershwin: Porgy and Bess, mm 1-18

Glockenspiel:
Mozart: The Magic Flute, Finale of Act 1
Debussy: La Mer, mvmt 2 Reh 16-19

Timpani:

Perform long roll pp<ff>pp on each drum
Beethoven: Symphony No. 9, mvt. 1 mm. 513-end
Brahms: Symphony No. 1, Mvt 4 - 375 to end
Elgar: Enigma Variations - Troyote
Mozart: Symphony No. 39, Mvt 1 Opening to downbeat of C
Schinstine: Etude No. 33
Sibelius: Finlandia, 7 after E to letter I
Stravinsky: The Rite of Spring, 189 to end
Tchaikovsky: Symphony No. 4, Mvt 1 - 2 before T to V