For the 2018-19 academic year, the Symphony Orchestra will be directed by Dr. Chris Wild, who expects to hear all potential members of the orchestra play for him during the first week of classes. More information on the auditions is below; each audition will take 10-15 minutes. If you are interested in discussing your orchestra participation with Dr. Wild, you can sign up for an audition time to do that as well, and if none of the audition times work for you, email him at to make an alternative appointment. For 2018-19, the orchestra will rehearse from 7-9pm on Tuesdays and Thursdays, and the first meeting/class/rehearsal will be on Thursday, August 30. Click on the link at the bottom of the page to reserve your audition time.

What you need to do
The audition will:

  • Determine your level of playing for entrance and chair placement (seatings will rotate)
  • Give you the ability to receive written feedback on your audition
  • Assist Dr. Wild in solidifying the orchestra’s plans for the year

Auditions take place during the first week of school and consist of the following items:

  • Two contrasting scales of your choice, either 2-3 octaves (winds) or 3-4 octaves (strings) at a tempo for ideal tone quality
  • Two prepared selections of your own choice. One slow and one faster (they should contrast, demonstrating both expression and technique).
  • For percussionists, instead of a scale, prepare a selection in the 4 areas of timpani, snare drum, cymbals, and mallets. If you are proficient in ones or two areas, prepare for those areas only. Note that the majority of percussion parts in 2018-19 will be on timpani.
  • Violinists interested in serving as concertmaster for one or more concerts need to additionally prepare and perform the beginning of the Overture to Tchaikovsky’s The Nutcracker (from the beginning until rehearsal #6, only the upper divisis), which can be found here on


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