20F Orchestra Strings Auditions
Submission Deadline: August 17, 2020 at 11:59pm


The information below is ONLY for 20F ensemble orchestra strings audition under safety, health and social distancing rules.

Audition for the Fall 2020 semester will be held through Video Submission. Online participation form is now open, and all students must fill out the form and submit your video materials by Monday August 17, 2020 at 11:59pm.

Audition results will be emailed to you by the end of Tuesday August 18, 2020. The number of admitted students will be based on the audition results AND the number of students each classroom can accommodate as approved by GT.

The first class meeting is on Wednesday August 19, 2020. More information will be sent to you with the audition results.

Student can choose to audition for either:

  • MUSI 3611 – SO (CRN 87141) – Small/string orchestra (M/W 11:00-12:15)
  • MUSI 3611 – CO (CRN 87871) – Chamber groups such as string quartets (M/W 12:30-1:45)

Please register for the correct ensemble accordingly after the audition. The ensemble placement is final and cannot be appealed. You can NOT audition for both settings as we want to make sure that the most people will have an opportunity to participate under social distancing rules.

Contact Professor Chaowen Ting (cting@gatech.edu) if you have questions about these requirements. All students are encouraged to sign up for the class first and then take the audition.


Click on the link below to download the prepared piece for each instrument.

  • You only need to play the sections between the brackets.
  • You are free to choose any three excerpts out of provided ones that best represent your level and ability. Excerpt(s) outside of approved sections will NOT be admitted.
  • If you audition for small/string orchestra and are not admitted, you might be assigned to a Chamber Group according to your audition results and scheduling availability.

Small/String Orchestra Audition Materials





Chamber Group Audition Materials





Video Requirements

You should submit FOUR separate videos of:

  1. ONE scale of your choice (3 octaves, either major or minor, no arpeggio)
  2. THREE prepared excerpts according to the ensemble you are audition for.
  • Videos should be unedited and without cut.
  • You can upload the videos to any platform of your choice (YouTube, vimeo, google drive, etc.) with no password restriction. You can list your videos as unlisted if you do not want them public. Any video inaccessible for the jury will results in eliminating the student from the audition process.
  • Video must show the full person at all times at an angle that clearly and fully demonstrates the position of the instrument and bow.
  • Picture must remain stationary without panning, fade-in/out, close-up techniques, or use of multiple cameras.
  • At the beginning of your video, please state clearly:
    • Your name, major, and year
    • The number, title and composer of the excerpt that you will be playing
    • For Chamber Group Auditions – This speaking section will demonstrate your personality so we can better place you with a group, so please represent yourself well.


How to Prepare for the Orchestral Excerpts

First or all, what matters is to show that you can learn a certain passage through practice. At the audition, the most important thing is to play the right notes, with the right rhythm, in a steady tempo with correct articulations in the style of the composer/genre/era.


A few things might be helpful for your preparation:

  • All the excerpts are taken from the pieces that we are performing in the following semester. You can find the complete concert schedule here. Listening to the pieces on YouTube or iTune will give you a great idea of tempo, style, etc.
  • It’s always better to play everything nice and slow, rather than playing fast but sloppy, or even worse changing the tempo all the time.
  • Pay attention to key signatures, key changes (if any), and accidentals.
  • Metronome is your best friend when practicing. (If you don’t have one, there are a lot of free apps!) Don’t slow down because there are more notes or because the passage is difficult, and don’t speed up when you have melodies. Keep it steady.
  • Once you’ve managed the basic parts—pitch and rhythm, bring it up to the performance tempo. It’s always nice to add the following to your performance: articulation, and the right style.