GT Orchestras FAQ

The materials below are general info for GT Orchestras. For 20F orchestra under social distancing and health rules, please see:

20F Orchestra FAQ

20F String Audition Info

20F Wind Audition Info


Are there scholarships available for ensemble participation?

Since there is no degree in music performance at Georgia Tech, there is no music scholarship available for incoming freshman for ensemble participation. However, there are other opportunities offered to students who dedicate their time and energy to the ensemble program.

The Marching Band offers various stipends for student leadership positions. The Music Minor Degree Program offers, in a sense, music scholarships by funding lessons. The scholarships for music minors are “indirect.” This means that those students accepted into the minor program do not pay for the 3 required semesters of applied lessons. Acceptance into the program is based on audition and approved by a faculty committee.

The John Evan Kelley Music Award Endowment Fund proceeds are utilized at the discretion of the Band Directors to provide scholarships, awards and/or monetary support for travel for dedicated members of the Georgia Tech Bands (Symphonic, Concert and Marching Bands). Scholarship and award candidates must apply, perform an audition, and meet other more specific academic and musical criteria. One-time awards and travel support allocations are disbursed at the discretion of the band directors.

The Kelley Family Music Scholarship Fund proceeds are utilized in two ways. A scholarship is awarded to provide financial support for a gifted pianist to work within the choral program as an accompanist. Other scholarships are awarded to outstanding dedicated students within the instrumental program. These scholarships, when available, may be renewable based upon audition requirements, academic, and musical criteria.


I’m a freshman/transfer student/new graduate student/returning student at GT. How can I join the orchestra?

The GT orchestras are open to all students at GT by audition.

String auditions are held during the first week of the fall semester and players are placed in Chamber Orchestra or Georgia Tech Symphony Orchestra (GTSO) according to the audition results. Spring auditions are only for those who wish to audition for principal positions with the GTSO, to change the ensemble placement, and those who did not participate in the fall. More information can be found here.

All wind players audition together at the beginning of each semester and are placed into Chamber Orchestra, Symphony Orchestra, Symphonic Band, or Concert Band. You will be able to indicate your preference and academic conflicts. Wind players participating in both orchestras during the fall semester have priority for the following spring semester and might be exempted from auditions if approved by the director. More information can be found here.

Audition information:

Orchestra Winds Audition Information

Orchestra Strings audition information


What does it cost?

Possible costs to participate in the orchestras are:

  • Instrument rental is $25 per semester.
  • Instrument lockers are located in the Couch Building (room 103) and may be rented at a cost of $15 per semester.
  • If you are enrolled in an ensemble, a practice room key may be issued at a cost of $15 per semester ($30 if not enrolled in a music class).
  • Orchestra Club due is $20 per semester; or $35 for a year.

*Please clink on the links for the online forms**


Is orchestra a class or a student club?

It’s both. All players MUST register for the class, while the students also join the club. The officers are the ones keeping the ensemble running–they prepare music and folders, set up for rehearsals and concerts, provide concert reception, promote our concerts, and other social activities.


What do I do if I have a scheduling conflict with the orchestra?

If you have tried everything to avoid a conflict with an ensemble rehearsal, but cannot find a way around your scheduling problem, please contact Prof. Chaowen ting ( Registration override is often granted while the student is required to make up the missed rehearsal time.

For registration override, please:

1. register for your other course

2. email Prof. Ting ( and provide your GTID and the Orchestra CRN that you want to register

3. after override is granted, you must try to re-register for orchestra


Should I wait?

Some students decide to wait “until they get their feet on the ground” before becoming involved. Most will become involved in other activities and not come back to music. They miss the very supportive elements that make a successful academic career: diverse experiences, positive social interactions and confidence building through team and individual effort. The proof is in the research: music students do better in school.


When do orchestras rehearse?

Chamber Orchestra: T/H 1:30-2:45

Symphony Orchestra: T/H 12:00-1:15; 6:15-7:35


Can I receive private lessons at GT?

Only Music Minor students might receive lessons through the school. However, many GT students still arrange private lessons with local teachers as schedule allows. Such arrangement would be between the teacher(s) and the student(s).


Still have questions?

Contact Dr. Chaowen Ting ( with any question that you might have!