Listening to high quality recordings is a great way to learn your orchestral excerpts. Over the next couple weeks, we’ll provide a Spotify playlist featuring some of the top recordings of the required NYO-USA audition repertoire. Many other orchestra programs ask for similar excerpts, so if you're not planning on auditioning for NYO-USA, they're still great to know! Those excerpts that are not on this week’s playlist will appear next week, so stay tuned!

This week's playlist includes the following audition excerpts: 


Brahms: Symphony No. 1 (second movement: E–F, top line only)

Mozart: Symphony No. 39 (first movement: Allegro–C, second movement: 1–8 and 30–38)


Beethoven: Symphony No. 5 (second movement: 1–10 and 98–106)


Beethoven: Symphony No. 5 (second movement: 1–10, 49–59, and 98–106)

Mendelssohn: A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Scherzo: C–D and N–O)


Beethoven: Symphony No. 5 (third movement: Trio, no repeat)

Brahms: Symphony No. 1 (first movement: 4 before E–2 after second ending, no repeat)

Mozart: Symphony No. 39 (first movement: 40–72)


Mendelssohn: A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Scherzo: 2 before P–end)

Ravel: Daphnis et Chloé Suite No. 2 (176–2 after 179)


Bartók: Concerto for Orchestra (second movement: 25–44)

Brahms: Symphony No. 1 (second movement: 1 before B–5 after B)

OPTIONAL ENGLISH HORN Rossini: Overture to Guillaume Tell (Andante–9 after G)


Kodály: Dances of Galanta (31–65)

Mendelssohn: A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Scherzo: beginning–B)

OPTIONAL BASS CLARINET Grofé:The Grand Canyon Suite (“On the trail”: 8 before 13–Vivo)


Rimsky-Korsakov: Scheherazade (second movement: 5–A)

OPTIONAL CONTRABASSOON Beethoven: Symphony No. 5 (fourth movement: beginning–A)

Alto Saxophone

Bernstein: Symphonic Dances from West Side Story (17–34, 400–448, 676–697)


Bernstein: Symphonic Dances from West Side Story (286–293)

Wagner: Siegfried (short call)


Mahler: Symphony No. 5 (beginning–5 after 1)

Stravinsky: Petrouchka (“Ballerina’s Dance”)


Rossini: Overture to Guillaume Tell (C–9 after D)

Bass Trombone

Haydn: Die Schöpfung (No. 26: beginning–C)


Respighi: Fontane di Roma (11–14)

Wagner: Overture to Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg


Britten: The Young Person’s Guide to the Orchestra (Variation I and Fugue)

Orchestral Keyboard

Bernstein: Symphonic Dances from West Side Story (“Mambo”)

Stravinsky: Petrouchka (“Danse Russe”: 64–73)

Timpani and Percussion

Snare Drum

Rimsky-Korsakov: Scheherazade (fourth movement: P–R)


Bernstein: Symphonic Dances from West Side Story (“Cool”)


Dvorák: Carnival Overture (beginning–C)

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