Orchestra Strings Auditions

Audition materials and registration for 18S String Auditions will be available on Dec. 1, 2017.

Please note that spring auditions are only for non-current members, those who want to audition for GTSO principal positions, and those who wish to switch ensemble placement.

Contact Dr. Chaowen Ting (cting@gatech.edu) with any questions.


Audition for the Spring 2018 semester will be held on Tuesday Jan. 9, 2018 at 11:30am-2:30pm in West Village 175. Students will be placed in Symphony Orchestra (T/H 12:00-1:15; 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 Thursday January 4, 2018 at 5pm. After registration closes, you will receive an email with your designated audition time by Monday January 8. Please arrive at least 20 minutes before your sign-up audition time for checking-in.


Auditions will consist of:

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

2. prepared orchestral excerpts [see below]

  • If you are auditioning for Chamber Strings, prepare ONLY excerpts nos. 1-3.
  • If you are auditioning for GTSO, prepare ONLY excerpts nos.4-8.
  • If you wish to audition as concertmaster for GTSO, you must prepare BOTH violin AND concertmaster audition excerpts, and indicate it in your audition registration.


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 section principal / concertmaster


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.

Audition materials will be available on Dec. 1, 2017.


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.


A few things might be helpful for your preparation:

  • All the excerpts are 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 practice. (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.