Welcome to the Kamuela Philharmonic’s Audition Page

The Kamuela Philharmonic invites musicians from the Hawaii Islands to audition to be a part of our music ohana on the Big Island.  We strive to keep the audition process as fun, and painless as possible.  Your preparation and willingness to be a part of this process will make that possible.

The Philharmonic will hold an “open audition” call every fall for new musicians.  However, if you are new to the island or missed the audition date, we may be able to accommodate a mid-season audition for you based on the availability of our Maestro and a panel of judges.

To Apply for an audition, please fill out the Audition Information Form and return to the KPO via email or ground mail.

Download and print the orchestral excerpts for your particular instrument.

(You will be contacted by a Player’s Committee Representative to schedule your audition.)
Applicants will be invited to audition on the basis of the Audition Information Form screening.


Audition Requirements:

  • Scales (major and minor)
  • 3-5 minutes of a standard solo or etude
    • This piece is what you are most comfortable performing to showcase your talents.
  • Required orchestral excerpts

(Total audition time approximately 10 minutes.)

[Please note that principal position auditions are blind auditions, but the screen may be removed for the final round.  You will not be identified by name or gender to the judging panel and all communication during the audition will be through the proctor.]


<Click your instrument for excerpt files>

Flute: Mendelssohn-Symphony 3; Debussy-Prelude to Afternoon of a Faun; Brahms-Symphony 4

Oboe: Mendelssohn-Symphony 3; Bizet-Symphony in C; Bach-Brandenburg 1; Beethoven-Symphony 6

Clarinet:  Rossini-La gazza ladra; Enesco-Roumanian Rhapsody 1; Mendelssohn-Symphony 3; Rachmaninoff-Symphony 2

Bassoon:  Ravel-Bolero; Mozart-Magic Flute; Berlioz-Symphonie Fantastique

Horn: Borodin-In the Steppes of Central Asia; Brahms-Piano Concerto; Tchaikovsky-Symphony 5; Mahler-Symphony 5

Trumpet: Mahler-Symphony 5; Sibelius-Symphony 2; Tchaikovsky-Symphony 4; Mussorgsky-Pictures

Low Brass:  Rossini-La Gazza Ladra; Mozart-Requiem; Tchaikovsky-Symphony 4; Dvorak-New World; Borodin-Symphony 2

Timpani/Percussion:  Strauss-Death and Transfiguration; Mahler-Symphony 2; Scheherazade; Dvorak-Carnival Overture; Porgy & Bess; Tchaikovsky-Symphony 4

Violin:  Bizet- Carmen; Glinka-Russlan and Ludmila; Rossini-La Gazza Ladra; Schumann-Symphony 3

Viola Berlioz-Roman Carnival; Brahms- Symphony 3; Mozart-Symphony 35

Cello:  Mahler-Symphony 1; Dukas-Sorcerer’s Apprentice; Beethoven-Symphony 1; Rossini-La gazza ladra

Bass:  Tchaikovsky-Serenade for Strings; Tchaikovsky-Romeo and Juliet; Brahms-Violin Concerto; Brahms-Symphony 2; Borodin-Symphony 2

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