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Section Percussion Auditions


Posted August 1, 2017
The Canton Symphony Orchestra announces the following vacancy beginning in the 2017-2018 season


 (approx. 20 services per season)

along with possible unconducted

Ensemble services (Lecture/Demo, etc.)


Auditions will be held October 12, 2017 from 10:30am - 3:30pm in Umstattd Performing Arts Hall, located in McKinley High School, 2323 17th St. NW, Canton, OH.  Preliminary auditions will be held 10:30am – 2:30pm, with the final round beginning immediately after.

Per service rate for the Section Percussion position is $103.99, plus 5% pension contributions (AFM-EPF) for the 2017-2018 season.  Per service rate for the first daily Ensemble service (up to 1 hour period) is $85.00 for the 2017-18 season.  Some services require daytime availability.

Audition repertoire for the positions includes the following solo and excerpts:

MARIMBA SOLO (Musser Model #M245 Rosewood Graduated bars):

Bach             Sonatas and Partitas for Violin (candidate’s choice of any 2 or 4 mallet)


Plus the following excerpts:

XYLOPHONE:  (Deagan #872, 4 Octaves, C-C)

Gershwin                            Porgy and Bess

Kodaly                                  Hary Janos Suite

Stravinsky                           Firebird Ballet – Complete (1910)


SNARE DRUM (Hinger 6-1/2 x 14 w/Legacy LD batter head):

Shostakovich                      Symphony No. 10

Prokofiev                              Lt. Kije Suite

Rimsky-Korsakov              Capriccio Espanol

Rimsky-Korsakov              Scheherazade


BASS DRUM (Calf Heads):

Stravinsky                            Le Sacre du Printemps - (Dance of the Earth)

Mahler                                   Symphony No. 3


CYMBALS: (Sabian HHX 19” Heavy and 16” Philharmonic)

Tchaikovsky                        Romeo and Juliet

Tchaikovsky                        Symphony No. 4

Rachmaninoff                    Piano Concerto No. 2

Dvorak                                  Scherzo Cappricioso



Dvorak                                 Carnival Overture

Bizet                                     Carmen Suites #1 and #2


BELLS (Deagan Roundtops 1 ¼” bars, 2.5 Octaves, G-C):

Dukas                                   Sorcerer's Apprentice

Respighi                              The Pines of Rome

Tchaikovsky                       Waltz from Sleeping Beauty



Bizet                                     Carmen Suites #1 and #2



Demonstration of Rock, Jazz, Latin Styles


Warm-up instruments will not be available.  Applicants are required to bring tambourine and all sticks and mallets.  All other instruments will be provided; but, at their discretion, applicants may bring snare drum and cymbals.

Audition appointments can be made by calling Michael G. Koscso, Orchestra Manager begin-ning August 25, 2017 at 330-933-5473 - do not email him.  If you have questions call him at 330-933-5473 or email him at

Please bring your own music to the auditions - no excerpts will be available at the auditions.

Finalists might be asked to sight-read.

All applicants are required by federal law to demonstrate eligibility to accept employment with the Canton Symphony Orchestra.
The Canton Symphony Orchestra Association is an Equal Opportunity Employer.