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Instrumental Ensemble Auditions

2017-2018 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.

Audition Schedule

Monday Aug. 21
Audition sign-up sheets are available outside of Room 117 in the School of Music.

Wednesday Aug. 23
Cello 9:00 a.m.–noon  
Bassoon 1:00–3:00 p.m.
Trombone 1:00–3:00 p.m. 
Oboe 3:30–5:00 p.m. 
Double Bass 4:00–5:30 p.m.           
Viola 7:00-9:00 p.m.

Thursday Aug. 24
Horn 1:00–4:00 p.m.
Flute 1:30-4:00 p.m.
Violin 5:00–9:00 p.m.

Friday Aug. 25
Clarinet 1:00–4:30 p.m.      
Saxophone 2:00–4:00 p.m.

Saturday Aug. 26
Percussion 9:00 a.m.–noon 
Tuba/Euphonium 9:00-11:00 a.m.
Trumpet 1:00–4:00 p.m.

Audition Requirements

Specific requirements, including excerpts, will be posted here on July 1, 2017.