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Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra & Chorale
Nicholas McGegan, Music Director

announces auditions for the following vacancy:

VIOLA (tenured position)

Tenured Musicians are required to live in the San Francisco Bay Area within two years of appointment. Up to 45 rehearsals and 40 performances per season. Principal pay $208.50/rehearsal and $424.31/performance day, and section pay $166.80/rehearsal and $339.45/performance day. Position to begin in February 2019.

Auditions: September 27 & 28, 2018 in Berkeley, California

String musicians in Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra play exclusively on period instruments with gut strings. Highly qualified applicants should send a one-page résumé to be received no later than July 9, 2018. All applicants will be notified of their invitation status by August 3, 2018. DEADLINE EXTENDED TO SEPTEMBER 1, 2018.

Please send to:

Viola Audition
Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra & Chorale
414 Mason Street, Suite 400
San Francisco, CA 94102

Fax: (415) 252-1488

No phone calls, please.

The Audition Committee reserves the right to dismiss immediately any candidate not meeting the highest professional standards for this audition. Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra & Chorale is an equal opportunity employer.

Pitch:  A=415

Set Up Requirements for Viola

Auditions are to be performed using baroque and classical period appropriate bows on a period set-up viola. Chinrests and shoulder rests made with hard parts or segments of metal,  wood, or plastic are not permissible. A and D strings must be made of pure gut. G and C strings may be either pure gut or gut wound with metal. You will not be allowed to play on metal-wound A and D strings, synthetic, synthetic core, or steel strings, and you may not use modern bows at this audition. Candidates should play early repertoire with a baroque bow and later repertoire at with a transitional bow as indicated below.  Pay close attention to these requirements, as there will be no exceptions.

2018 PBO Tenured Viola Audition Repertoire List


A movement of unaccompanied Bach from either the ‘Cello Suites or Violin Sonatas and Partitas, to be played with a baroque bow, and a movement of a solo classical work of the candidate’s choice, to be played with a transitional bow. Be advised that an accompanist will neither be provided nor required.


Early repertoire—to be performed with a baroque bow

Dido and Aeneas, by Henry Purcell:

Orchestral Suite No. 1 in C Major, by Johann Sebastian Bach:
—Forlane (without repeats)

Orchestral Suite No. 2 in B Minor, by Johann Sebastian Bach:
—Overture, mm. 1-55 (play as for the 2
nd time and take the second ending)

Brandenburg Concerto No. 3, by Johann Sebastian Bach:
—III. Allegro, mm. 20-37 downbeat

Concerto Grosso Op. 6, No. 4, by George Frideric Handel:
—Allegro, mm. 9-23

Concerto Grosso Op. 6, No. 5, by George Frideric Handel:
—III. Presto, mm. 73-144
—Allegro, mm. 29-40

Messiah, by George Frideric Handel:
—Aria 1.12, “The people that walked in darkness”

Platée, by Jean-Philippe Rameau:
—Prologue (Haute-Contre part)

Excerpts from Les Indes Galantes, by Jean-Philippe Rameau:
—Marche from Act III
—Premier Air pour Les Persans
—Chaconne, mm. 22-29, Mineur to downbeat of bar 105, Doux mm. 169-185.

Later repertoire—to be performed with a transitional bow

Symphony No. 35 in D Major, K. 385, “Haffner,” by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart:
—Allegro con spirito, mm. 41-66 and mm. 74-80
—Presto, mm. 134-142.

Le Nozze di Figaro, by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart:
—Overture, mm. 1-7

Symphony No. 101, ”The Clock,” by Franz Joseph Haydn:
—Finale, Mineur to the end

A Midsummer Night’s Dream, by Felix Mendelssohn:
—Scherzo, Allegro Vivace, mm. 17-73

Symphony No. 5, by Ludwig van Beethoven:
—Andante con moto, mm. 1-10 and mm. 72-106
—III. Scherzo. Allegro, mm. 146-160 (fugue)

Chamber Music:

Brandenburg Concerto No. 6, by Johann Sebastian Bach (to be played with a baroque bow)
—[Allegro] Viola da braccio I part, m. 47 to middle of bar 65.
—Adagio ma non tanto  Viola da braccio I part, mm. 1-20.
—III. Allegro,  Viola da braccio I part, entire

Divertimento in E-flat Major, K. 563 by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (to be played with a transitional bow)
—Allegro, entire