The premier orchestra ensemble, the USC Symphony Orchestra, has received accolades
for its fine and mature performances, led by acclaimed director, Donald Portnoy.
You don't have to be a music major to be a part of the USC Campus Orchestra. With
a less intense rehearsal and performance schedule, ensemble members can experience
a rewarding artistic outlet.
USC Symphony Orchestra auditions
Auditions take place at USC School of Music, Room 012.
- Monday, August 19, 2013
Horn: 7:30 – 8:05 p.m.
Trumpet: 8:10 – 8:45 p.m.
Trombone: 8:50 – 9:20 p.m.
Tuba: 9:25 –9:40 p.m.
- Tuesday, August 20, 2013
Viola: 9:00 –10:05 a.m.
Cello: 10:15 – 11:25 a.m.
Bass: 11:30 – 12:15 a.m.
Violin: 1:00 – 4:00 p.m.
Flutes: 7:00 – 8:00 p.m.
Oboe: 8:05 – 8:35 p.m.
Clarinet: 8:40 – 9:15 p.m.
Bassoon: 9:20 – 9:45 p.m.
Students must sign up for an audition time. A sign-up sheet will be posted on the
USC Symphony Orchestra board in the basement of the School of Music, approximately
one week before classes begin.
- Winds - Contact your applied teacher for audition information.
- Brass - Contact your applied teacher for audition information.
- Percussion - Contact your applied teacher for audition information.
- Strings - 1. Orchestral repertoire: Prepare excerpts from Brahms' Symphony No. 2.
All violins should prepare the first violin part. String parts may be downloaded from the Petrucci Library.
2. Solo repertoire: None required.
A letter from Neil Casey, assistant director of orchestras.
For more information
Neil Casey, assistant director of orchestras
conductor, Opera at USC
music director, USC Campus Orchestra
Donald Portnoy is universally recognized as one of America's dynamic and inspiring
symphony orchestra conductors. He has earned fame as guest conductor with the major
orchestras of Pittsburgh, Baltimore, Buffalo and with other major regional orchestras
throughout the world. He is director of orchestral studies, conductor of the USC Symphony
and Chamber Orchestra, and is the founder and director of the renowned Conductors
Neil Casey is the assistant director of orchestras at USC, as well as the conductor
of the Armstrong Atlantic Youth Orchestra in Savannah, Georgia. At USC, he teaches
conducting, violin, chamber music, conducts Opera at USC and the USC Campus Orchestra.