APPLICATION DEADLINE: January 22nd, 2018


The TMC office will contact you by e-mail to schedule your audition within five business days of receiving your application. Auditions are scheduled on a first-come, first-served basis. Applications received early will have the first choice of audition date and time. In most cases live auditions are conducted by a single member of the audition committee and/or TMC staff, and video recorded for review by the full audition committee in Boston. Most auditions are 10 minutes long.


Los Angeles: January 28
Bloomington: January 28
Cleveland: January 30
Chicago: January 31
New York City: February 4 & 5
Philadelphia: February 10 (NEW CITY)
Boston: February 11 & 12
Miami: February 14
Houston: February 17

Those applicants who are unable to audition live must submit a video recording via the online application

  • Video recordings must contain all audition repertoire in the order listed, played in a CONTINUOUS UNEDITED SEGMENT; any indication that there has been editing or that recording equipment was paused/stopped between excerpts will result in the disqualification of the applicant
  • All pieces should be played unaccompanied, unless otherwise noted in the audition requirements.
  • We strongly recommend you view to your recording all the way through before submitting.


  1. a Romantic or 20th Century concerto of your choice, mvt. I exposition
  2. a Mozart or Haydn concerto of your choice, mvt. I exposition
  3. excerpts (all first violin unless otherwise indicated):

    BARTOK Concerto for Orchestra, mvt. V, violin II: mm 265-317
    BRAHMS Symphony No. 4, mvt. II: mm 88 to 1st beat of mm 103  (including pizz.)
    MENDELSSOHN String Quartet in E-Flat Major, Op. 12, mvt. II (Canzonetta): mm 22-49
    SCHUMANN Piano Trio in D Minor, Op. 63, mvt. II (Lebhaft, doch nicht zu rasch): mm 25 (first second ending) to mm 57 (or 9 mm before rhl A to 4 mm after rhl B)
    STRAUSS Don Juan, beginning to mm 62 (the first page)



  1. a mvt. from a concerto
  2. a mvt. of Bach
  3. excerpts:

    BEETHOVEN String Quartet in F Major, Op. 59, No. 1, mvt. II (Allegretto vivace, e sempre scherzando): mm 380-423
    BRAHMS Symphony No. 4, mvt. IV (Allegro energico e passionato): mm 41 (rhl B) to mm 64 (8th bar of rhl C), inclusive
    MOZART String Quintet in C Major, K. 515, mvt. II (Andante): mm 100-119
    STRAUSS Don Juan: mm 1-8; pickup to 2 mm before rhl A to rhl B



  1. a concerto mvt. of your choice, exposition only
  2. a mvt. of an unaccompanied composition, either Bach or modern.
  3. excerpts:

    BARTÓK Concerto for Orchestra, mvt. V: mm 292 to 317
    DVORAK Piano Quartet No. 2 in E-Flat Major, Op. 87, mvt. II: beginning to mm 12
    MENDELSSOHN Viola Quintet in B-Flat Major, Op. 18, mvt. III (Scherzo): mm 110-123 and mm 150-168.
    STRAUSS Ein Heldenleben: beginning to 4 mm after rhl 2


Double Bass

  1. a mvt. from a concerto or comparable solo
  2. a mvt. of Bach
  3. excerpts:

    BARTOK Concerto for Orchestra, mvt. I: beginning to mm 76
    MOZART Symphony No. 39, mvt I: mm 40-98
    STRAUSS Ein Heldenleben: 8 mm before rhl 16 to 3mm after rhl 17; 4 mm before rhl 49 to 5 mm after rhl 49; 3 mm after rhl 54 to rhl 64 (skip long rests)
    SCHUBERT "Trout" Quintet, mvt. I: 2 mm before rhl I to 6mm after rhl I; 2 mm before rhl K to 2 mm after rhl L; mvt. 4: variation 3 to rhl P in variation 4, no repeats