The Glimmerglass Festival Orchestra

Principal Timpani Audition Information

Position – Principal Timpani (tenure-track position), beginning the 2020 season
Audition Dates – Monday, January 13th, 2020 through Tuesday, January 14th, 2020
Audition Location – Montclair State University, 1 Normal Ave, Montclair, NJ 07043
Application Deadline – All applications must be received by Glimmerglass no later than December 9th, 2019 by 11:59pm EST. 

Resumes – One page only – attached by e-mail to:
or by regular mail to: 

Timpani Audition

The Glimmerglass Festival

P.O. Box 191 

Cooperstown, NY 13326

All auditions are by invitation only.

Candidates must use the provided timpani. Specific information about the make and model will be forthcoming.

Audition Repertoire

  1. Bartok, B.: Concerto for Orchestra; 4th Mvmt./ m. 42
  2. Beethoven, L: Symphony No. 9; 1st Mvmt, m. 513 to end
  3. Brahms, J.: Symphony No. 1; 4th Mvmt, m. 375 – end
  4. Mahler, G.: Symphony No. 5; 1st Mvmt, 6 m. before #15
  5. Martin, F.: Concerto for 7 Winds, Timpani, Percussion; Mvmt. III; #18-#27+7
  6. Mozart, W.A.. Die Zauberflöte; Overture
  7. Puccini, G:. Manon Lescaut; Act III. 1 m. before #28 – end
  8. Rossini, G.: Guillaume Tell; Act III, #363 to end
  9. Strauss, R.: Burleske for Piano and Orchestra
  10. Stravinsky, I.: Le sacre du Printemps; Part 2, Danse sacrale, #189
  11. Tchaikovsky, P.I.: Symphony No. 4; 1st Mvmt, m. 331 – 363
  12. Verdi, G.: Il Trovatore; Anvil Chorus
  13. Wagner, R.: Götterdämmerung; Act III, scene 2

Principal Timpani Audition Repertoire 2019 Excerpts

The Glimmerglass Festival will mail copies of the excerpts to any accepted candidate who requests them.

Principal Timpani Position Information

Compensation – All amounts listed below are for the 2020 season.
Wages – $200.58/service – guaranteed minimum weekly wage of $1103.19, but weekly wage is usually higher.
Number of services – 60-70 approximate
Living Allowance – $40.50/day inclusive, paid in bi-weekly amounts in advance, only if the winning candidate’s permanent address is more than 80 miles from The Glimmerglass Festival
Travel – up to 2000 round-trip miles (for one trip), paid at the current IRS rate to non-local players as above. Musicians living less than 80 miles from The Glimmerglass Festival are paid commuting mileage, at the current IRS rate.
Pension – 4.75% of wages.
Season – The season traditionally runs from the middle of June through late August (8-10 weeks).

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