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Auditions for Principal players in the following sections will take place on the evening of October 17th.

BARS invites musicians to inquire about becoming a principal for the following sections. Repertoire is listed for playing during auditions (no accompaniment). If interested, please enter your information in the Auditions Form - link is below.


  • 1 min of a solo of your choice

  • Brahms – Symphony No. 1, 2nd Mvt: mm 90 to end

  • Rimsky‐Korsakov – Scheherazade:  opening mm 15‐18 1st Mvt C‐D

  • Mendelssohn – Midsummer Night’s Dream: Scherzo, beginning through 7 mm after reh. Letter D. 

  • Brahms – 4th Symphony, Mvt IV: mm 33‐80

Co-Principal Viola

  • 1 min of a solo of your choice

  • Ravel – Mother Goose Suite, 4 after reh 2 to 4 before reh 4.

  • Vaughan Williams – Fantasia on a Theme by Thomas Tallis, Reh. I through 2 after J, and 4 before K to 7 after K

  • Mendelssohn - A Midsummer Night’s Dream – Scherzo: 8 before A to D 


  • 1 minute of a solo of your choice

  • Brahms Symphony No. 1, 2nd movement ‐ Bars 17‐23 and 38‐43 

  • Tchaikovsky Symphony #4, movement II opening solo 

  • Beethoven Symphony No. 7, first movement – Opening + pick up to BAR 300 through 310


  • 1 minute solo of your choice

  • Bartok - Concerto for Orchestra, 1st movement: Beginning to bar 32 

  • Mahler - Symphony No.1, 3rd movement: [1] to [3] Bass Solo 

  • Pulcinella Suite, 7th movement: Vivo (Solo, without repeats)


  • 1 min of a solo of your choice

  • Stravinsky: Pétrouchka (“Ballerina’s dance”)

  • Mahler: Symphony No. 5 (first movement: beginning–5 after 1) 

  • Moussorgsky: Pictures at an Exhibition Promenade

Section Clarinet player

  • Mozart Clarinet Concerto Mvt 1 Bars 57-127

  • Brahms Symphony #3 Mvt II - opening solo to measure 22

  • Mendelssohn Midsummer Night's Dream Scherzo - opening to B 

  • Rachmaninoff Symphony No. 2 Mvt III, Beginning to 1 bar before 48

Our musicians and audiences recognize the high artistic quality and social atmosphere of the ensemble at our sold-out concerts.We have weekly rehearsals usually at SF State University on Wednesday evenings from 7:30PM to 10PM.   We welcome LGBTQ and straight musicians (approximately 20-25% of our members and 40% of our audience identify as straight). We have musicians from all over the Bay Area and help with carpools.
If you are interested in auditioning, please fill out the Auditions Form. We will follow up about audition location, timing, and other important material. 

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us.

About being a Principal in BARS

Principals serve as visible leaders, representatives, and mentors in the section and ensemble. A Principal, in addition to their artistic role, is also an administrative role in nature. If all the players of a section elect a principal and the Music Director (“MD”) agrees, that elected player may be the principal without an audition.  Principals are on probation for their first two sets of each three-year tenure and must be present for 6 out of 8 sets. 

Principal Expectations

In addition to what is expected of all members, Principals are expected to:

  • Be familiar with BARS policies, Handbook, and Principal responsibilities

  • Communicate with section members and consult with the MD about part distribution

  • Attend principal meetings twice per season or as needed.  Meetings should include the personnel manager and principals.

  • Prepare and distribute music with artistic notes such as bowings and cuts

  • Attain a high proficiency with the music early in the set

  • Organize and/or lead sectional rehearsals as needed

  • Hold a set of all section parts

  • Report member attendance to the Personnel Manager (“PM”)

  • Contact substitute players when needed, and maintain a listing of subs shared with the PM and Executive Director (“ED”)

  • Assist in recruitment

  • Help organize auditions for selection of members

  • Communicate diplomatically and respectfully with section members and other Principals

  • Consistently attend rehearsals as any member is required under “Attendance Policies.”  Should the Principal miss more than 2 sets that principal position may be open for re-audition

  • Any player regardless of position may be asked not to play the concert if they miss a dress rehearsal

A selected individual will remain Principal as long as members of the section, ensemble, and leadership feel the individual is meeting the above expectations and guidelines and wins the audition, if any.  

Principal Parts

Players for principal parts will be fixed. A principal would have the right to play first on all parts, but would not be required to do so. The role of principal will be granted to a player, determined by audition, for a term of three years, and can be repeatedly renewed for three additional years if no other member candidates (or external candidates if the need arises) want to compete for that position. External candidates will be considered if there is a vacancy in the section.  If a principal cannot play a set, see section below about part distribution [in the Handbook].  If it benefits a section to have co-principals, and both players and the MD agree, then co-principals are allowed.  Auditions for principals will include adjudicators from outside the orchestra.