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Instrumental Ensemble Auditions

2018-2019 Auditions

The USC Symphony Orchestra is a course for credit in the USC School of Music, and rehearsals are held on Mondays (2:30-5:30 p.m.) and Wednesdays (2:30-4:30 p.m.). Membership in the USC Symphony Orchestra is open to all undergraduate and graduate students at USC, regardless of major or classification, and placement in the orchestra is through a blind audition in August. String players majoring in music and/or on a scholarship, fellowship or assistantship are required to audition for and be available to play in the USC Symphony Orchestra. Failure to audition for the ensemble will result in automatic placement in the USC Campus Orchestra and will likely result in loss of any orchestra scholarship, fellowship or assistantship that a student has.

The USC Wind Ensemble and Symphonic Winds are courses for credit in the USC School of Music, and rehearsals are held from 2:20-4:20 p.m. on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays. Membership in these ensembles is open to all undergraduate and graduate students at USC, regardless of major or classification, and placement in these ensembles is through a blind audition in August. Woodwind, brass and percussion students on a scholarship or fellowship are required to audition for and be available to play in the USC Wind Ensemble or Symphonic Winds. Beginning in August 2017, the orchestra and band auditions for woodwind, brass and percussion will be one in the same. Woodwind, brass and percussion students interested in also being considered for the orchestra rotation may indicate this to the proctor when arriving for their audition. To the extent possible, players doubling in the orchestra and the wind ensemble will receive lighter playing assignments in the wind ensemble than those playing in the wind ensemble only.

Audition Process

Auditions are blind, and ensemble placement is determined solely on the audition. In order to recreate the professional audition environment and to preserve anonymity, the these guidelines must be followed by proctors, auditionees and the audition committee.

2018 Fall Audition Schedule

Stringed-instrument audition sign-up sheets available outside of Room 117, School of Music, beginning Wednesday, August 15.

Woodwind, brass and percussion sign-up sheets available in the large rehearsal room, Copenhaver Band Hall, for marching band students beginning Wednesday, August 15.

Sign-up sheets for students not enrolled in marching band available outside of Room 117, School of Music, beginning Friday, August 17.

Tuesday, Aug. 21, 2018   
Violas 10:30-11:30 a.m. Room 016
Violins 1:00-4:00 p.m. Room 016

Wednesday, Aug. 22, 2018
Cellos 9:00-10:30 a.m. Room 016
Bassoons 2:00-4:00 p.m. Room 220
Clarinets 2:00-4:00 p.m. Room 006
Oboes 2:00-3:30 p.m. Room 016
Trumpets 5:30-7:30 p.m. Room 220
Flutes 5:30-7:00 p.m. Room 006

Thursday, Aug. 23, 2018
Horns 2:00-3:30 p.m. Room 016
Euphoniums 1:30-2:30 p.m. Room 220
Tubas 2:45-4:00 p.m. Room 220
Double Basses 5:00-5:30 p.m. Room 016

Friday, Aug. 24, 2018
Trombones 1:30-3:00 p.m. Room 040
Saxophones 1:30-3:00 p.m. Room 220

Saturday, Aug. 25, 2018
Percussion 9:00 a.m.-Noon Room 059


Audition Requirements

Winds and Brass:
Scales (major, minor, chromatic)
Prepared Excerpts (below)
Sight-reading

Percussion:
Prepared Excerpts (below)
Sight-reading

Strings:
Prepared Excerpts (below)

Prepared Excerpts:

Flute
Oboe
Bassoon
Clarinet/Bass Clarinet
Saxophone
Horn
Trumpet
Tenor Trombone
Bass Trombone
Euphonium
Tuba
Percussion
Violin
Viola
Cello
Bass