07. December 2023 · Comments Off on Auditions · Categories: Auditions

I’ve not posted auditions here for eons. It was just so much work to list things the way I was listing them. BUT I think I’ll go ahead and announce some when I see them, and just keep it simple. You’ll see the orchestra and position and the position will have a hyperlink.

For now here are a few:

Boston Lyric Opera: 2nd Oboe/English horn
Detroit Symphony: Second Oboe
Florida Orchestra: Associate Principal/Second Oboe
Metropolitan Opera: Principal Oboe
Nashville Symphony: 3rd Oboe/English horn

(San Francisco Opera has listed an English horn/Third Oboe audition for June 3-6, but they’ve yet to put it up at their site.)

24. January 2019 · Comments Off on Auditions · Categories: Auditions, Quotes

Are you bad at auditioning?

I always was, yeah. When you’re on the job, it’s so collaborative. It’s about everyone. When you’re auditioning, it’s only you. It’s so not related to what the job will be, really.

—Catherine O’Hara

Yep … it’s like that in music too. It’s one of the many reasons I really dislike the audition process, but what can you do? It is what it is.

I read it here.

22. January 2018 · Comments Off on Job Opening · Categories: Auditions

Lapland, anyone?

Go here for the links.

There are a number of other openings as well. Check ’em out!

In addition, we are in for some musical chairs in the U.S. for a time, I do believe. It’s going to be interesting to see how this all pans out in the long run.

14. January 2018 · Comments Off on Nathan Hughes · Categories: Auditions, Oboe

The Philadelphia Orchestra has settled on a finalist for its coveted principal oboist job, and he has been invited to play tryouts in upcoming concerts.

Nathan Hughes, a principal oboist with the Metropolitan Opera orchestra, has not been offered the job, much less signed a contract, but he has emerged as the only finalist after several days of auditions.

The hiring process isn’t concluded, said orchestra spokeswoman Ashley Berke. In fact, Hughes might not end up in Philadelphia, but in Chicago, where the oboist says he is also expecting to play tryout concerts with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra that have yet to be scheduled.

“It’s hard to say what will happen. I don’t want to get ahead of myself,” said Hughes Sunday, a day after his final audition in Philadelphia. “These are amazing orchestras, and the process isn’t over until everything is decided. Having us play in the orchestra is a great way to find out what musicians are like. It’s different from the audition, where you are hearing them alone mostly.”

I read it here.

24. March 2016 · Comments Off on LSO, Anyone? · Categories: Auditions

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24. September 2015 · Comments Off on California All-State Auditions, Anyone? · Categories: Auditions

My friend, colleague and wonderful musician Mike Adduci has put together videos. Take a listen … and then go and practice!

Junior High:

High School (Oboe):

High School (English horn):

23. January 2015 · Comments Off on English Horn of NY Phil? · Categories: Auditions

Interested? Well, you can see what they want to hear. Deadline to apply is February 15, so hop on it!

23. January 2015 · Comments Off on TQOD · Categories: Auditions, TQOD

Oboe vacancies: Oboe Job – Hautbois solo – France http://ift.tt/1DXPWgr #oboejobs

(Sometimes a Twitter Quote of the Day can also be an advertisement!)

Job, Brazil: Oboe – Category II – English Horn and Second Oboe, Brazilian Symphony Orchestra http://goo.gl/KsnMsY

Looking at the pdf list for repertoire … um … “Yvon Sonata for English horn and Piano” …? Something I don’t know. Below is the first movement.

14. July 2014 · Comments Off on Not For Me, Thanks! · Categories: Auditions

I am so thankful I have my jobs and don’t have to do auditions. Whew! If either group folds, you can bet I will just search out more students: I don’t have it in me now to do auditions.


The word can unleash terror in performers of all kinds, but perhaps none more than musicians seeking to fill scarce symphony orchestra openings.

A fudged note, a slack attack, a harsh tone, a hint of hesitancy, a sagging pitch — any of these could spell the end to a job prospect.