FOOSA Philharmonic Audition Information



Note: percussionists and those who play doubling instruments, please scroll down for detailed audition requirements.

Which instruments are included in the FOOSA Philharmonic orchestra? 

FOOSA Philharmonic instrumentation needs: violin, viola, cello, double bass, flute/piccolo, oboe/English horn, clarinet/bass clarinet/e-flat clarinet, bassoon/contra, horn, trumpet, trombone/bass trombone, tuba, timpani, percussion, and harp. Rolling admissions will continue until we have filled all available positions. 

Are you accepting any singers this summer?

Alas, we are not in need of singers for FOOSA 2019. We do hope to return the first “O” in FOOSA to our operations soon…the first “O” is for Opera. (Fresno Opera and Orchestra Summer Academy) For the moment we are the Fresno Orchestra/Orchestra Summer Academy. Check back with us in 2020.

Is there an age limit for participants in the FOOSA Philharmonic?

No. We do not impose age limits in any direction. Our FOOSA Philharmonic has traditionally, and intentionally, included players of a wide range of ages. It is a side-by-side orchestra in which our faculty members perform as principal players. The idea is to create the most encouraging and comprehensive orchestral learning experience possible. 

Should I apply for a fellowship?

Fellowships are very specifically intended for advanced, usually older (graduate student, advanced undergraduate) performance majors who will be able to coach less advanced musicians, will be willing and able to serve as dorm supervisors, might be interested in gaining more pedagogical experience. Your experience, your audition videos, and your letter(s) of recommendation will indicate your eligibility for fellowship consideration.

Should I apply for tuition assistance?

If you have examined our FOOSA TUITION ASSISTANCE FORM and know that your tax documents will support such an application, then of course you should.

Are there merit scholarships?

Occasionally such scholarships are offered. Please note: you must have completed your application by March 1, 2019, to be considered for such a scholarship.

What are the requirements for audition videos?

In general, we really just want our faculty members to be able to hear you at your best. Thus we ask for contrasting pieces or movements (usually fast/slow), but leave the details up to you. A few additional details to help with questions that may arise:

  • You may perform accompanied or unaccompanied. We do not wish to put additional pressure on you as you create audition videos. We just want to hear you playing your best. So a concerto may be performed without accompaniment, but if you have a recording from a recital, say, in which you perform that concerto with piano—that is fine also.

  • You may perform two movements of the same sonata or concerto, but you may find your playing is better showcased if you perform works by different composers, possibly from different periods.

What if I play a doubling instrument (piccolo, English horn, bass clarinet, e-flat clarinet, contrabassoon)?

Our wind and brass faculty would love to know if you play a doubling instrument, and if you are able to upload additional video footage in which you perform orchestral excerpts on those instruments, they will be most grateful. We will need all the instruments listed above for summer 2019.

  • Piccolo players: Dr. Watanabe would love to hear two contrasting works/movements on piccolo as well. And, if possible, also a chromatic scale from the lowest to the highest on piccolo. And/or D major and B major scales 2 octaves all slurred. No accompaniment needed.

What are the additional percussion audition requirements?

Percussionists: Please submit three videos – one of a snare drum solo or excerpt; one of a marimba solo (2 or 4 mallets) or xylophone excerpt; and one of a timpani solo or excerpt.

What are the needs and requirements for low brass?

Trombonists/tuba players: instead of a contrasting piece, Dr. Fred would like to hear excerpts. Here’s what to record:

Tenor Trombone:
Piece: standard work of applicant’s choice


  • Mozart: Tuba Mirum from Requiem

  • Ravel: Bolero (solo)

  • Berlioz: Hungarian March, 6 before rehearsal 4 up to 2 after 5. 

  • Wagner: Ride of Valkyries, (major)

  • Saint-Saens: Symphony no. 3 , letter Q to 2 before R

  • Richard Strauss: Also Sprach Zarathustra

    • Fugue subject, 4 after rehearsal 15 to rehearsal 16, 

    • Rehearsal 50 to 51.

Bass Trombone:

Piece: standard work of applicant’s choice


  • Berlioz: Hungarian March, 6 before rehearsal 4 up to 2 after 5.

  • Schumann: Symphony no 3 "Rhenish", Movement 4, chorale and solo, measures 1-18

  • Respighi: Fountains of Rome, upbeat to rehearsal 11 up to 2 after 14

  • Richard Strauss: Also Sprach Zarathustra, 'Energisch', 4 bars before rehearsal 14 to rehearsal 14. 

Piece: standard work of applicant’s choice


  • Wagner: Ride of the Valkyries (Major)

  • Respighi: Fountains of Rome, upbeat to rehearsal 11 up to 2 after 14

  • Mahler: Symphony no. 1, movement 3, solo, 4 before rehearsal 3 and finish 2 before rehearsal 4.

  • Richard Strauss: Also Sprach Zarathustra

    • 4 before rehearsal 6 up to 6 after rehearsal 6

    • 1 before rehearsal 45 up to 2 before 46

    • 7 after rehearsal 50 to 5 before 51.

Must my audition video be recorded all in one take?

No. You may have breaks between works. should allow you to upload more than one video, so that is sometimes the easiest way to go. Please contact us immediately at if you have trouble uploading audition videos.

Is there a time limit on audition videos?

We do not officially impose a limit. That is because it is easier for some of you simply to upload a recital video, or some other performance recording you may have on hand. That said, five minutes of any given work is plenty.

Should I record standard solo repertoire for my instrument, or should I include orchestral excerpts?

We are happy to hear whatever you think represents your playing in the best possible light. A good option for wind and brass players is probably to include the two contrasting solo works, then also submit a recording with some standard excerpts. Please contact us at if you have more questions, or have questions about your specific instrument. In general, though, our faculty members just want to hear you playing well, sounding as good as you can possibly sound.

Enjoy creating the videos, and we will enjoy listening to them!