Symphony Orchestra Audition information

VU Symphony

Sweeney Todd Pit Orchestra

String Chamber Music 


Symphony, pit orchestra, and string chamber music rosters will be established through the orchestra auditions. Most incoming students are pre-scheduled, but for all others sign up sheets for audition times will be on the wall outside of VUCA 1518 by August 24th.

  1. Secure an audition time
  2. Take the assigned excerpt (please see music links below)
  3. Practice it, your chosen piece, and a scale
  4. Come to the audition in Duesenberg, across from VUCA 1527

Bring to your audition:

  • A completed audition form
  • One minute of music you play well which shows off your technique and intonation
  • A scale that you can play both legato and staccato over the range of your instrument 
  • The assigned excerpts for your instrument (available online)
  • Your class schedule, if you are auditioning for chamber music or Pit Orchestra

VUSO – The Symphony roster will be posted by noon on Wed. the 28th, and first orchestra rehearsal is that afternoon at 3:30 pm in 1518.  The fall schedule includes concerts on September 28, October 10 and 11, December 6, 7, and 8 (in Orchestra Hall).  Fall rehearsal retreat will be held on campus September 7 and 8.

Homecoming program “Pastorale” will include:

Handel – Il Pastor Fido Overture

Beethoven – Symphony No. 6

Copland – Buckaroo Holiday, from Rodeo

The Sweeney Todd Pit Orchestra will rehearse Tuesday evenings for several weeks, and then for two weeks on a full production schedule.  The schedule will be available at auditions.  Preference will be given to regular members of the VUSO, but all student instrumentalists will be considered, via the orchestra auditions.  

String Chamber Ensembles will finalize membership and rehearsal/coaching times at the end of the first VUSO rehearsal, Wed. Aug. 28th at 5 pm in 1518. 

Looking forward to hearing and working with you!  Any questions, please contact me by email: orchestra@valpo.edu, or Dennis.Friesen-Carper@valpo.edu.

DFC

 

SHEET MUSIC FOR AUDITIONS

Horn

Percussion

Trombone

Trumpet

Tuba

Bassoon

Clarinet

Flute

Oboe

Bass

Cello

Viola

Violin