Auditions

Information about auditions for local youth (ages 8-18) and adults (ages 18 & up) can be found below. 

The Glimmerglass Festival is auditioning youth, ages 8-18, for productions of:

Show Boat (Kern/Hammerstein)

Seeking youth performers of any gender/ethnicity, ages 8 – 12, for acting roles. No singing is needed. Performances will take place July 6 through August 24, 2019. Since these are non-singing roles, there is no need to prepare a musical selection, but the panel will use this opportunity to get to know the youth performer.

Noah’s Flood (Britten)

Seeking youth performers of any gender/ethnicity and all ages for lead and chorus singing roles. Performances will take place August 2 through August 9, 2019. A children’s opera with music by Benjamin Britten and libretto from 15th Century text. Noah’s Flood will feature the Glimmerglass Festival Youth Chorus and members the Young Artists Program. Noah’s Flood will be presented at The Cooperstown High School Theater.

Auditions to take place:
Saturday, March 16, 2019             11 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Sunday, March 17, 2019                11 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Auditions will be held at the Glimmerglass rehearsal hall, located at 4152 NY-20, Warren, NY 13439.

Singers should prepare one age-appropriate song from American folk song, musical theater or school music repertoire. No rock/pop music, please. Bring a copy of your sheet music for the pianist. A pianist will be provided for you, but you are welcome to also bring your own pianist.

Music and staging rehearsal dates and information specific to each production will be available at the auditions, but youth must be fully available for all on-stage rehearsals and performances beginning mid-June through late August. If selected to participate, each youth receives an honorarium as well as travel reimbursement for mileage to/from rehearsals and performances.

Those interested in auditioning should contact auditions@glimmerglass.org to schedule an audition. E-mail should include full name of youth, age, voice type/if they are only interested in acting opportunities, and contact information when signing up.

The Glimmerglass Festival is auditioning adults, ages 18 and up, for productions of:

Show Boat (Kern/Hammerstein)

Seeking adult performers of any gender/ethnicity, ages 18 and up, for chorus singing and acting roles. Performances will take place July 6 through August 24, 2019.

La traviata (Verdi)

Seeking adult performers of any gender/ethnicity, ages 18 and up, for chorus singing roles. Performances will take place July 7 through July 24, 2019.

Auditions to take place:
Saturday, March 16, 2019       11 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Sunday, March 17, 2019          11 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Auditions will be held at the Glimmerglass rehearsal hall, located at 4152 NY-20, Warren, NY 13439.

Singers should prepare one age-appropriate song from American folk song or musical theater repertoire. No rock/pop music, please. Bring a copy of your sheet music for the pianist. A pianist will be provided for you, but you are welcome to also bring your own pianist.

Music and staging rehearsal dates and information specific to each production will be available at the auditions, but chorus members must be fully available for all on-stage rehearsals and performances beginning mid-June through late August. If selected to participate, each adult receives an honorarium as well as travel reimbursement for mileage to/from rehearsals and performances.

Those interested in auditioning should contact auditions@glimmerglass.org to schedule an audition. E-mail should include full name of adult, age, voice type/if they are only interested in acting opportunities, and contact information when signing up.

The Glimmerglass Festival Orchestra
Section violin Audition Information (3 Positions)

Position – Section Violin (3 tenure-track positions), beginning the 2019 season

Audition Dates – Monday, January 14, 2019 through Tuesday, January 15, 2019

Audition Location – Mannes School of Music, 55 W 13th St, New York, NY 10011

Application Deadline – Applications are now closed.

Resumes – One page only – sent by e-mail to: ViolinAudition@glimmerglass.org
or by regular mail to:

Violin Audition
The Glimmerglass Festival
P.O. Box 191
Cooperstown, NY 13326

All auditions are by invitation only.

Required solo: 1st movement through cadenza of ONE of the following
Brahms, J. – Violin Concerto in D major
Sibelius, J. – Violin Concerto in d minor
Tchaikovsky, P. – Violin Concerto in D major
Excerpts: All excerpts Violin I, upper line, except where noted **Revised 12/5/2018**
Smetana, B. – Overture to The Bartered Bride; Violin II, beginning to Reh. 3, mm. 1-53
Puccini, G. – Madama Butterfly; Act III, mm. 41-58
**Puccini, G. – Madama Butterfly; Act III, Reh. 10-13, mm. 131-185
**Rossini, G. – Overture to La Cenerentola; Allegro vivace to Reh. 3, mm. 33-65
**Verdi, G. – Falstaff; Act II, Part 2, Reh. 65-68
Verdi, G. – La traviata; Act III, No. 8, mm. 1-31
Verdi, G. – Macbeth; Act IV, Scene 19, mm. 1-39
**Verdi, G. – Macbeth; Act IV, Scene 21, Reh. 31-34, mm. 108-151
Strauss, R. – Ariadne auf Naxos (1916); Opera, Scene 2, Reh. 183-188
**Strauss, R. – Der Rosenkavalier; Act II, Reh. 98-100
Mozart, W. A. – Overture to Die Zauberflote; Violin II, mm. 16-39
Mozart, W. A. – Le nozze di Figaro; Violin II, Act I, No. 5, mm. 1-36
*Bernstein, L. – Overture to Candide; mm. 10-47
*Janacek, L. – The Cunning Little Vixen; Act I, Temp di valse, mm. 137-235, No repeats
*Available by request only **Revised 12/5/2018
Click here to download non-copyrighted excerpts.
The Glimmerglass Festival will mail copies of excerpts to any accepted candidate who requests them.

Click here to download non-copyrighted excerpts.

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


Section Violin Position Information

Compensation – All amounts listed below are for the 2019 season.

Wages – $166.45/service – guaranteed minimum weekly wage of $915.48, 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 late June through late August (8-10 weeks).