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USC Orchestras

USC Symphony Orchestra, Campus Orchestra and Chamber Orchestra offer unparalleled opportunities for students to work with some of the best music directors and guest artists.

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

(803) 777-0536