Last week, the orchestra held auditions for our vacant Third Horn/Assistant Principal and Fourth Horn chairs.
The audition process consists of candidates playing from behind a screen which blocks the vision of a panel made up of 7 musicians from the orchestra. The audition is broken up into preliminary and final rounds. In each round, the candidates play from a list of required excerpts published by the orchestra at the time of job posting. A select few candidates are chosen to play in the final round, during which time the Music Director (Carl St. Clair) joins the panel. After everyone plays, the panel discusses and conducts a blind vote. The candidate who receives the Music Director’s vote and the most votes out of 7 from the audition panel is offered the job.
We are happy to report that we have offered positions to two fine candidates!
Joshua Paulus, our new third horn/assistant principal, will begin working with us this November. He currently serves as third horn of the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra. Prior to his appointment in New Orleans, Joshua performed with orchestras across the country such as the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra, the New World Symphony, and the Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra. He has also been involved with summer music festivals both in the United States and Europe including the Lucerne Music Festival Academy, the Aspen Music Festival, and the Roundtop Festival Institute.
Joshua received his M.M from Northwestern University where his principal teachers were Gail Williams and Bill Barnewitz. He received his B.M from the University of Dayton after finishing his studies with Dr. Richard Chenoweth. Mr. Paulus’ thesis on the use of the off-stage horn was featured in a presentation at the International Horn Symposium and was published as a full-length article in the journal of the International Horn Society.
Active as a chamber musician and a teacher in his former places of residence, he hopes to join the incredible fabric of musicians and music-making in this great city.
A former Division I soccer player, Joshua also participates in area soccer leagues as well as devotes much of his free time to Crossfit.
Andrew Warfield is our new 4th horn. Andrew is currently a grad student at the San Francisco Conservatory. His professional experience includes performances with the San Francisco Academy Orchestra, Nashville Symphony, Washington Chamber Orchestra, Sewanee Symphony Orchestra, and Nashville Sinfonietta. Andrew will begin his work with us in October.
The Musicians of Pacific Symphony welcome our two newest members, and look forward to making music with each of them!