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. 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. Community members who play strings only need to audition once.
Fall 2019 auditions are Tuesday 8/27, 5-10 PM (Green Room) & Wednesday 8/28 2:30-5 (Dr. Kono's office, A311).
For auditions, you should expect to play:
- Solo of your choice
- E-flat and A major scales (concert pitch) in as many octaves as possible
Musicians wishing to be considered for the 1st violin section are encouraged to play the following in addition to the above: Romeo and Juliet Fantasy Overture, Letter E to 9 measures after Letter E.
Please have your instrument ready and the form filled before entering the audition room.
Violinists and violists: please sign up for a slot between 6:30-8:30 on Tuesday 8/27.
Percussionists: please make an appointment with Dr. Kono for the audition.
If you cannot audition during the available time, please contact Dr. Kono.
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 if there are any vacant positions remaining.
New students who wish to join the orchestra in spring should contact the conductor before the beginning of the spring semester in January. 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.
All high school students wishing to join the UVM Symphony must fulfill two requirements:
1. student must be a member of the Vermont Youth Orchestra Association orchestra or similar youth orchestra.
2. student must be a member of school orchestra (or band for wind/brass/percussion players). If there is no orchestra or band at the current school, please submit a letter of permission from a music teacher.