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Orchestra Audition Information

String Auditions for the orchestra program at UD will be held on Monday, August 28, 2017 from 9:00 a.m.–6:00 p.m. in Puglisi Orchestra Hall in the Roselle Center for the Arts. The audition will consist of two brief solos of your choice – one slow/melodic, one fast/technical – that demonstrate your finest playing ability. Additionally, sight-reading and scales with arpeggios may be required. All returning orchestra members must re-audition each year for seating placement.

Wind/brass/percussion audition information can be found on our Ensemble Audition Page:

The audition will be approximately 10 minutes in length. Please arrive at least 15 minutes prior to your assigned time. Click HERE to reserve an audition slot.

Prepared pieces: Two brief and contrasting solos of your choice—one slow/melodic, one fast/technical—that demonstrates your finest playing ability. Plan on about 10-15 minutes of music total. We may stop you or ask you to skip to another spot.

Sight Reading: Students may be asked to sight read a short orchestral excerpt

Scale requirements: Each candidate may be required to play up to two scales – one major, one minor (Harmonic or Melodic only. No natural minor scales.) – with accompanying arpeggios. Be prepared to demonstrate different bow techniques at varying speeds, including spiccato and legato playing.

Violin, Viola, Cello:
Scales & Arpeggios – Prepare all major and minor (Harmonic or Melodic) scales, three octaves.

Bass:
Scales & Arpeggios – Prepare all major and minor (Harmonic or Melodic) two octave scales.