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Audition – Associate Principal Bassoon

Our Mission

The Richmond Symphony performs, teaches, and champions music to enrich and entertain communities throughout Virginia.

Solo Repertoire

Mozart Bassoon Concerto – Movement 1 exposition & Movement 2 complete (no cadenza)

First Bassoon Excerpts

Mozart Marriage of Figaro Overture Beginning – reh. A and mm. 139 – 17

Ravel Bolero solo 

Tchaikovsky Symphony No. 4 Mvt 2 mm. 274 – end

Second Bassoon Excerpts

Bartok  Concerto for Orchestra Mvt 2 mm. 8 – 25 and mm. 164 – 181

Berlioz Symphonie Fantastique Mvt 4 2 before reh. 52 – downbeat of reh. 53 and Mvt 5 8 after reh. 63 – 4 after reh. 64

Brahms Piano Concerto No. 1 Mvt 2 Beginning – mm. 14

Brahms Violin Concerto Mvt 2 Beginning – mm. 32

Brahms Symphony No.3 Mvt 4 Beginning – mm. 17

Mendelssohn Symphony No.3 Mvt 2 mm. 190 – 213

Ravel Piano Concerto Mvt 3 4 after reh. 14 – downbeat reh. 16 (play both parts)

Tchaikovsky Symphony No. 6 Mvt 4 mm. 2 – 36

Verdi I Vespri Siciliani Sinfonia m. 4 – reh. A 

Wagner Tannhäuser Overture Beginning – m. 16

Ensemble Round Excerpts

Bartok Concerto for Orchestra Mvt 2 mm. 8 – 25 and mm. 164 – 181

Brahms Piano Concerto No. 1 Mvt 2 Beginning – m. 14

Verdi I Vespri Siciliani Sinfonia m. 4 – reh. A


The position is Associate Principal Bassoon. Essential duties include performing in our 69 member orchestra and may include work in public schools, community engagement, and donor events. Other responsibilities are outlined in our Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA). This position is expected to begin as soon as possible following an offer of employment during the 2021-2022 season. The 2021-22 core salary is $42,004.56. Should one double or move into a titled chair, additional compensation is earned on a per-service basis.

Eligibility Requirements

The Richmond Symphony is an equal opportunity employer. We employ only highly qualified musicians, who are authorized to work in the United States.  Richmond Symphony employees are required to complete an I-9 and to provide corresponding documentation when they begin work, which could consist of a trial period.  Failure to do so may result in the forfeiture of a position and/or trial period.

The State of Virginia and Virginia Public Schools, with whom we work regularly, have regulations relevant to this position. Employment offers are contingent on a job-related criminal background check.


The  audition is scheduled for November 7-9, 2021. Please apply through the Audition Form.Those chosen to audition will receive an invitation email with additional audition instructions included. We recommend that you not make travel plans or assume that you will attend the audition unless you have received an invitation from the personnel manager. Please note that all audition materials must be filled out completely, and received by the application deadline, October 1st, 2021, in order to secure an audition time. Candidates may withdraw from the selection pool by October 29, 2021. To cancel your audition, contact auditions@richmondsymphony.com.

The RSO does not require, nor accept, recorded auditions.

Click HERE to apply.