Orchestra Strings Auditions

Materials for 20F Audition Materials will be posted after July 15th, 2020, after we receive instructions on how FALL SEMESTER will proceed (online, in-person, with social distancing, etc.)

The information below is from 20S and is only for your reference. Please contact Dr. Ting at cting@gatech.edu if you have any questions.

Audition for the Spring 2020 semester will be held on Tuesday January 7, 2020 at 11:00am-2:45pm. Students will be placed in Symphony Orchestra (T/H 12:00-1:15; occasional 6:15-7:35) or Chamber Orchestra (T/H 1:30-2:45) based on audition results. Please register for the correct ensemble accordingly after the audition. The ensemble placement is final and cannot be appealed.

All students must fill up the online participation form by Friday January 3, 2020 at 5pm. After registration closes, you will receive an email with your designated audition time by Monday January 6. Please arrive at least 20 minutes before your sign-up audition time for checking-in.

The Orchestra Strings auditions will take place during the first week of classes in the fall semester.
Spring audition is only for those who:

1) didn’t participate in the previous fall semester
2) wish to audition for a different ensemble
3) wish to be considered as GTSO section principal / concertmaster


Auditions will consist of:

1. one major and one minor scale of your choice (two in total, 3-octave)

2. prepared orchestral excerpts according to the ensemble that you wish to audition for [see below]


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. The audition results and seatings will be posted both on the GTSO website and the orchestra bulletin board on the first floor of the Couch Building.


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

  • You only need to play the sections between the brackets.
  • If you would like to play in both orchestras, please prepare GTSO Excerpts only.
  • If you audition for GTSO but are not admitted, you might be assigned to Chamber Orchestra according to your audition results.
  • FALL SEMESTER ONLY: If you are auditioning for GTSO Concertmaster, please prepare BOTH Violin AND Concertmaster Excerpts. Principals for other sections do not require a separate audition.


GTSO Audition Materials





Concert Orchestra Audition Materials





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.