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Audition – Principal Tuba

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


Bach Suite No.5, Sarabande
A solo of candidate’s choice

Orchestral Excerpts

Berlioz Hungarian March (rehearsal 20 to three measures after rehearsal 21)

Berlioz Romeo and Juliet (13 mm. before rehearsal 4-8 mm. after rehearsal 6)

Brahms Symphony No. 2 (Reh O – End)

Bruckner Symphony No. 7 (after F – G; Mvt. IV P – S)

Gershwin American in Paris (Reh 67 – Reh 68)

Holst Jupiter (Reh 11 – End)

Mahler Symphony No. 1 (4 mm. before reh 3 – reh 4)

Mahler Symphony No. 5 (Mvt III: 13 mm. before reh 16- reh 17; Pickup to reh 25 – reh 26)

Mussorgsky Pictures at an Exhibition (Mvt IX: reh 92 – reh 94; Mvt X reh 108- reh 109)

Prokofiev Symphony No. 5 (Mvt I: reh 3 – 7mm. bars after reh 5)

Respighi Fountains of Rome (Pickup to reh 11 – 9 after reh 15)

Rossini La Gazza Ladra (F – G )

Strauss Ein Heldenleben (reh 62 to reh 66***no mute please***)

Wagner Die Meistersinger (m. 158 – m. 188)

Wagner Die Valkure (8 mm. before reh 11 – downbeat of 12)


The position is Principal Tuba. Essential duties include performing in our 69 member orchestra and may include work in public schools. 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 $47,901.36. 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 Richmond Symphony will not delay the start date of this position or trial period for the purpose of securing documentation.


The audition is scheduled for January 24-26, 2022. 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, December 6, 2021. Candidates may withdraw from the selection pool by January 3, 2022. To cancel your audition, contact auditions@richmondsymphony.com.

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

Click HERE to apply.