Verbier Festival

Apply to the Verbier Festival Junior Orchestra


Applications to all Verbier Festival Artist Training Programmes are submitted through the Acceptd on-line platform. Read information about how to submit an application under the tabs below.

Verbier Festival Junior Orchestra musicians may submit an application by video audition or choose to audition live in Berlin, Cologne, Geneva, Madrid, Moscow, New York, Paris or Zurich. Live auditions take place from mid-January to early March 2018.

Who Should Apply

Applicants of any nationality who will be aged 15 to 18 on 1 July 2018 may apply to be a member of the Verbier Festival Junior Orchestra (VFJO).

Musicians are invited to become members of the Orchestra for one edition of the Verbier Festival. They may be re-invited three times; these re-invitations are not guaranteed. To be re-invited, musicians must be aged 18 or younger on the last day of the festival (6 August 2018).

Successful candidates, whether minors or adults, are required to sign an agreement with the Fondation du Verbier Festival, thereby committing to the entire Verbier Festival Orchestra summer session from 15 July to 6 August 2018, and accepting all rules of the VFJO.


Live Audition Applications
17 December 2017

Video Audition Applications
21 January 2018

Decisions will be communicated
9 March 2018

Important Information for Double Bass and Percussion

Double Bass
Video audition only

LIve auditions will be held only in Geneva, New York and Zurich.

Fees & Costs

Application Fee
$25 US

Live Audition Expenses
Applicants are responsible for their own expenses related to live auditions (travel, accommodation, etc.)

Costs for Successful Candidates
There is no tuition fee charged to successful canadidates.  Musicians are responsible only for their travel to and from Verbier, pocket money, health insurance and visa costs (if applicable).

Double Bass
The Festival will cover the cost of renting a bass for each accepted musicians and for the duration of the programme.  Should a musician wish to travel with his/her own instrument, it will be at his/her own expense.

Live Auditions

You will be notified of your live audition date and time by email no later than 23 December 2017. Should you already know that you are unavailable on a particular date, please inform the VFJO team. While the Orchestras team does its best to accommodate scheduling requests, it cannot guarantee that all requests can be met.

Please note:  Dates and venues are subject to change; do not book your travel or accommodation before receiving confirmation of your audition.

1, 2 & 3 February 2018

9, 10 & 11 February

22 & 23 January

11 January

13 & 14 January

New York
27 February – 4 March

14, 15 & 16 February

25, 26 & 27 January

Video Auditions

If you are submitting an application by video audition, please read the following guidelines:

  • Register on Acceptd and create your profile.
  • Create your audition videos. Instructions on how to make a great audition video can be found in this tutorial.
  • Please take into account the size of the room and its acoustic as well as your distance from the camera: the more reverb in the room, the closer you should be to the camera (usually 3 metres or 10 feet).
  • IMPORTANT: listen to your recording to check that it is what you want the jury to hear.
  • Please note that you must perform all the works/orchestral excerpts listed under the ‘Audition Repertoire’ tab on this page.  You must play the works as if you were giving a live audition (i.e. straight-through in the order listed). The recording must be made in one shot, without cuts or edits.
  • The recording of the two solo works should be approximately three minutes’ duration each (typically the exposition of the concerto or sonata); piano accompaniment is optional. Please choose a place which makes musical sense to stop; recordings that are slightly longer than three minutes are acceptable.
  • You must also record a ‘spoken introduction’ video  (in English), stating your name and instrument and answeing one of the following questions: 1) Why are you applying to the Verbier Festival Junior Orchestra programme? OR 2) Describe one of your most intense musical experiences to date.
  • Once you are ready to upload your recordings, choose ‘Video Audition’ in the application’s ‘Audition City’ dropdown menu.
  • Upload the video.
  • Once you have submitted your application and paid the application fee, you cannot return to your profile to upload a video.

Audition Repertoire

Please note that at the live auditions, all works will be played WITHOUT PIANO ACCOMPANIMENT, even if the original work has accompaniment.



Download excerpts

  • Solo: Two works of contrasting style (3 minutes maximum each) 
  • Strauss: Don Juan – 1st violin – Bar 1 to 62 
  • Brahms: Symphony No 4 – 4th movement – Bar 33 to 80 
  • Shostakovich: Symphony No 5 – 1st movement – Rehearsal #9 to #13 

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  • Solo: Two works of contrasting style 
  • Strauss: Also Sprach Zarathustra – Page 6, rehearsal 12 to bottom of the page 
  • Strauss: Also Sprach Zarathustra – 5 bars before rehearsal #51 to rehearsal #53 
  • Beethoven: Symphony No. 5, 2nd mvmt – Bar 1 to 59 
  • Prokofiev: Piano Concerto No. 2, 3rd mvmt 3 – 1 bar before rehearsal # 81 to end of movement 

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  • Solo: Two works of contrasting style 
  • Brahms: Symphony No 2, 2nd mvmt 
  • Mozart: Symphony No. 41 Jupiter, 4th mvmt 
  • Strauss: Ein Heldenleben (from before) 
Double Bass

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  • Solo: A movement of solo Bach (without repeats) 
  • Beethoven: Symphony No. 5, 3rd mvmt – Beginning to 5 bars after letter A 
  • Brahms: Symphony No. 2, 1st mvmt – Letter E to F 
  • Mozart: Symphony No. 40, 1st mvmt – Bar 111 to 138 
  • Strauss: Ein Heldenleben – Rehearsal #9 to #11 

All applications for the double bass will be via video – there will be no live auditions. Please follow carefully the double bass video application procedures on ACCEPTD. 


Woodwind players: At the auditions, you should inform the jury if you play any auxiliary instruments (piccolo, bass clarinet, English horn, etc…). 


Download excerpts

  • Solo: Mozart Concerto in G major, 1st mvmt, exposition 
  • One work of contrasting style 
  • Beethoven: Symphony No. 3 “Eroica”, Finale – Bar 171 to 199 
  • Bizet: Carmen, Act III Scene 1 
  • Strauss: Der Rosenkavalier, Flutist’s Cadence – Tempo di Menuetto – Flute 1, Bar 230 to 232 

Piccolo (optional) 

  • Hindemith: Nobilissima Visione, II Marsch und Pastorale 

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  • Solo: Mozart Concerto, 1st mvmt, exposition 
  • One work of contrasting style 
  • Brahms: Violin Concerto, 2nd mvmt – Bar 3 to 32 
  • Ravel: Le Tombeau de Couperin, Prélude – Beginning to #2, then #8 to #9 
  • Mahler: Symphony No. 3, slow mvmt solo – Until figure 3 

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  • Solo: Mozart Concerto, 1st mvmt, exposition 
  • One work of contrasting style 
  • Beethoven: Symphony No. 6, 1st mvmt – Bar 418 to 438, then bar 476 to 492 
  • Brahms: Symphony No. 3, 2nd mvmt – Beginning to bar 23 
  • Shostakovich: Symphony No. 9, 3rd mvmt – Beginning to 8 measures after letter A 

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  • Solo: Mozart Concerto, 1st mvmt, exposition 
  • One work of contrasting style 
  • Mozart: Marriage of Figaro, Overture – Bar 139 to 171 
  • Tchaikovsky: Symphony No. 4, 2nd mvmt –  Ending solo 
  • Brahms: Violin concerto, 2nd mvmt – 2nd bassoon – Beginning to bar 22 



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  • Solo: Any Mozart Horn concerto, first movement exposition
  • One work in contrasting style
  • Beethoven: Symphony No. 9, 3rd mvmt – 4th horn solos
  • Strauss: Ein Heldenleben – Horn 1 – Bars 1 to 17
  • Tchaikovsky: Symphony No. 5, 2nd mvmt – Beginning to bar 28

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  • Solo: Haydn or Hummel Trumpet Concerto, first movement exposition 
  • One work in contrasting style 
  • Donizetti: Don Pasquale, Act. II opening solo (No. 5 Preludio) – Bar 5 to 4 bars after #1 
  • Stravinsky: Petrouchka, Ballerina’s Dance – #134 to #139 

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  • Solo: Concerto of your choice, 1st movement exposition 
  • One work in contrasting style 
  • Mozart: Requiem, Tuba Mirum  
  • Rossini: William Tell, Overture – Bar 92 131 
  • Wagner: Tannhüser, Act. I Prelude – From letter A to 27 bars before letter B 
Bass Trombone  

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  • One solo piece 
  • Wagner: Ride of the Valkyries 
  • Wagner: Das Rheingold, Scene 4 Entrance of the Gods into Valhalla 
  • Mozart: Requiem, Kyrie 7 bars before rehearsal letter F to the end 



Download excerpts

  • Beethoven: Symphony No. 7, 1st mvmt – Bar 89 to 111 
  • Mozart: Symphony No. 39 – Bar 1 to 6 
Snare Drum

Download excerpts

  • A 30 second snare drum roll from pp to ffto pp. 
  • Rimsky-Korsakov: Scheherazade, 3rd mvmt – Letter D to E and 4th mvmt – Letter P to R 

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  • Gershwin: Porgy and Bess, Introduction – Rehearsal #13 to #15 
  • 4 mallet marimba solo – between 3-5 minutes.  Can be a movement of Bach or a portion of a contemporary marimba solo. 

Download excerpts

  • Dukas: L’Apprenti Sorcier – Bar 17 to 20, then bar 22 to 24 

There will be live auditions for percussion players in New York, Geneva and Zürich only. For anyone not auditioning in these cities, please follow the specific percussion video application procedures on ACCEPTD.   



Verbier Festival Junior Orchestra Ambassadors include members or former members of the Orchestra from around the world. They are available to answer your questions about the application procedure or auditions and are happy to share information about their experiences as part of the VFJO.  

Pingping Zhang (Beijing), Cello
Languages: Mandarin, English 

Nicolas Bernal Montaña, (Medellín), Violin
Languages: Spanish, English

Gabriel Esteban, (Geneva), Cello
Languages: English, French, Spanish

Çiğdem Tunçelli, (Lausanne), Violin
Languages: French, English, German, Turkish

Natalie Loughran (New York), Viola
Language: English

Frequently Asked Questions

I will be younger than 15 or older than 18 on 1 July 2018
We do not accept applications from candidates younger or older than the stated requirements.  Musicians aged 18 to 28 may consider the Verbier Festival Orchestra. Musicians aged 18 may choose to apply to either or both the VFO or/and VFJO.

When will my live audition be scheduled?
Visit the ‘Live Auditions’ tab on this page for a list of cities and dates.  You will be notified of your assigned date and time by email no later than 23 December 2017.

I already know that I’m not available on the day planned for my preferred audition city.  What shall I do?
Should you already know that you are unavailable on a particular date, please inform the VFJO team, While the Orchestras team does its best to accommodate scheduling requests, it cannot guarantee that all requests can be met.

Is priority given to either live or video audition applicants?
Priority is not given to those who audition live.  However, we recommend auditioning live in order for the jury to meet you in person.

Does the quality of sound for video applications matter that much?
Yes, the sound quality is of great importance for your video audition.  Please read the ‘Video Audition’ tab on this page.

Can my CV be in a language other than English?
Yes, we accept CVs in English, French, German or Spanish.

Do I need to record my video with or without the score/sheet music?
You may record your video with the score/sheet music.

Other Questions
Please email:
VFJO team