Students who play in the orchestra major in a variety of different subjects. This year, students in the orchestra are majoring in music, psychology, computer science, foreign languages, history, elementary education, art, natural resources, and many other disciplines. The orchestra performs several times each year, and plays a variety of baroque, classical, romantic, and twentieth century repertoire.
The University of Vermont Symphony Orchestra is a 70 member ensemble of university students and community members. All university students and interested community members who play an orchestral instrument are invited to audition.
All students regardless of major are welcome to audition for the University Symphony Orchestra. Faculty, staff and community members are also welcome to audition, although students are given priority for positions within the orchestra. In general, most woodwind, brass, and percussion positions are filled by students, while the string sections are a mix of students, faculty, staff, and community members.
Spring term auditions: Students not currently in the orchestra who are interested in auditioning for the spring term should contact the conductor before the beginning of the spring semester. Auditions will be scheduled at the first week of the semester. If new students audition, then certain current woodwind and brass players may need to re-audition for the spring term.
Community members who play strings only need to audition once.
For the audition, please prepare the following:
- 2-3 minutes of a prepared piece
- Eb and A major scales (concert pitch) in as many octaves as possible
To be considered for the FIRST VIOLIN SECTION, please prepare the following excerpts in addition to above.
- Capriccio Espagnol (PDF): Letter F-G and Coda to the end
Please sign up for an audition time at the following link: Audition Signups.
Community members interested in playing in the woodwinds, brass or percussion sections are contacted after the student auditions are complete and informed of any vacant positions.
Students who miss auditions are welcome to audition at a later date, only if there is a vacant position.
2017-18 Concert Schedule
Saturday, November 11, 2017 at 7:30 pm
On Top of the World, Balmages
The Nutcracker Suite, Tchaikovsky
Procession to the Cathedral from Lohengrin, Wagner
Capriccio Espagnol, Rimsky-Korsakov
Saturday, April 14, 2018 at 7:30 pm