Incoming Freshmen & Transfer Students – Fall 2023 – Orchestra Strings Auditions


Openings for Violin, Viola, Cello, and String Bass

When are music auditions?

Incoming Freshmen & New Students: Please contact the following faculty members to schedule your virtual Q&A meeting and to find out the requirements for your audition:

Complete link below to upload your audition (unlisted YouTube link):

What should I prepare for my audition?

Audition Requirements:

    • One prepared solo or etude (2-3 minutes in length.)
    • Students will play alone, without accompaniment.
    • Please prepare two scales of your choosing (ascending and descending in three octaves.)
    • For Philharmonic consideration choose two from the following:
      • Violin – A, C, E-flat major
      • Viola/Cello – D, F, A major
      • Bass – E, F, G major
    • If you do not have access to the instruments needed to perform your audition, please contact Caitlin for alternative audition instructions.

How should I format my virtual audition?

    • All video submissions must be unlisted YouTube links. Links via Dropbox or mp4/audio attachments will not be accepted. Please double check that your link is not set to private before submitting. If you need help figuring this out, here is a tutorial:
    • Etudes and scales must be in one video, though it does not need to be one continuous take. Please do not submit more than one video unless you are auditioning for more than one ensemble.
    • If you are auditioning for more than one ensemble, such as jazz band and concert band, or another combination, please submit 2 separate video auditions.
    • There will be no sight-reading component.

Please include the following in the description of your YouTube posting:

    • Name
    • Instrument
    • Hometown/State
    • Major
    • Ensemble(s) you are auditioning for
      • If also auditioning for AAMB, please note this.

How do I enroll in an orchestra?

    • Enroll with your academic advisor during your advising appointment. Upon placement into your official ensemble near the end of July, you may be asked to adjust your schedule.



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