What do college orchestras expect in auditions?
My student Brian asked me what he would have to be able to do to get into the Rutgers college orchestra. I don't know and a visit to the Rutgers web-site didn't clarify anything but the when and where but not the what they expected from an audition.
My guess is that somebody here has a clue as to what it might take to become a member of the college orchestra.
My local conservatory requires the following, this is a direct copy and paste:
Contact the director of the orchestra.
It entirely depends on the college in question. Christopher's list is appropriate for a conservatory or a university music school orchestra. I cannot imagine that Rutgers requirements would be nearly so stringent. I have a former student who got into a flagship state university (NOT one noted for a strong music program) orchestra with the first movement of Lalo.
A simple Google search will get you the info. Try this:
I can’t play any of it either XD.
Christopher, they are audition requirements to a MM program, presumably to study with one particular professor whose students do well at major international competitions.
Are those requirements just to enter the orchestra, after one has already enrolled as a student?! They seem very intense just for orchestra placement.
At my school, the orchestra is only comprised of students, so I guess you have to be admitted to the program with those requirements before you can be in the orchestra. There is a symphony orchestra in my city, but most of the members there are either current students at my school or past graduates.
Took me about 10 mouse clicks, but I found this:
Paul, I linked to the orchestra info up above. :-)
Yep missed that! ;)
Do not play and cannot play are two separate things. I dare say Malcolm that you could indeed play that repertory based on your orchestra skills. A few weeks of practice and you would have it.
Malcolm, how did you get a job in a professional orchestra without demonstrating skill as a soloist?
I believe that for college orchestras, you generally bring in one piece to play— could be Bach, a concerto, or something else that makes you look good. Maybe a contrasting one. Then they will have you read some orchestral excerpts, pre-advertised or pure sight-reading. This assumes that you are already attending the college, of course. But audition period usually involves processing a lot of applicants, so they’re not going to have time to hear the complete Sibelius AND the Chaconne from everyone.
Thank you everyone:
The material for the music major orchestra auditions at Rutgers seem pretty standard. Even at our state schools out here in California, a few excerpts from Debussy, Mozart, or Beethoven are fairly commonplace for orchestra acceptance/placement.
George, that's not true, per my link above. That page links to the two orchestras, and the orchestras link to their audition info.