21F Orchestra Strings Auditions
Submission Deadline: Thursday August 19, 2021 at 11:59pm

In Fall 2021, we will offer two full orchestras. Student MUST pass the audition to be admitted into either ensemble. Auditions for the Fall 2021 semester will be held through Video Submission. You can check performance dates and repertoire on the orchestra website. (info subject to change).


All students must fill out the online registration form and submit your video materials by Thursday August 19th, 2021 at 11:59pm.

  • Audition results will be emailed to you by the end of Monday August 23rd, 2021.
  • The first class meeting is on Tuesday August 24th in West Village Rm 175. Please bring your instruments, as we will start rehearsal right away.

Student can choose to audition for either:

  1. MUSI 3611 CO: Concert Orchestra (T/Th 9:30-10:45)
  2. MUSI 3611 SO: Symphony Orchestra (T/Th 12:30-1:45)
  • You can NOT audition for both ensembles.
  • Please register for the correct ensemble accordingly after the audition.
  • The audition results and ensemble placement are final and cannot be appealed.
  • If you audition for GTSO and did not pass, you might be admitted into CO depending on audition results and musician numbers.

Contact Professor Chaowen Ting if you have questions. 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 need to prepare ALL excerpts listed for the ensemble. (NO free choices) Please submit FIVE separate videos of prepared excerpts.
  • You only need to prepare the audition excerpts for the ensemble that you are auditioning for.
  • You only need to play the sections between the brackets. Excerpt(s) outside of approved sections will NOT be admitted.
  • If you are auditioning for GTSO concertmaster, you must ALSO play the concertmaster excerpts in addition to the violin excerpts.

21F Orchestra String Audition Materials:

GTSO (Symphony Orchestra) Excerpts:







CO (Concert Orchestra) Excerpts:






Video Requirements

  • 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.


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.