Orchestra Auditions - Strings

Audition Results - Woodwind, Brass, Percussion and Strings

String players must audition each fall for placement into one of three ensembles:

Symphony Orchestra (TR 1:00-3:50 PM)
Philharmonia Orchestra (MW 4:00-5:50 PM)
Illini Strings (M 7:00-9:20 PM)

If you have questions about the process, please email Prof. Schleicher.

MUSIC MAJORS - Click to begin: Undergraduates | Graduates 

NON-MAJORS - Click to begin

1. If you are a non-music major string player interested in auditioning for the UI Symphony Orchestra, you must take the Advanced Audition and play the required music excerpts, which can be found in the table below. Please click on "Violin," "Viola," "Cello," "Double Bass," or "Harp" to download the music excerpts.  

2. If you are a non-music major string player wanting to audition for the UI Philharmonia Orchestra or Illini Strings and have NEVER played in a UIUC Orchestra before, we ask that you prepare 3 minutes or less of music of your choice. Two contrasting pieces or excerpts are preferred. For all Harp audition questions, please email Professor Ann Yeung.

3. If you are a returning string player whose major is other than music wanting to return to the Illini Strings, you do not have to re-audition. In the case of players wanting to return to UI Philharmonia, please understand that there is a chance you will be asked reaudition. If you were in Illini Strings and would like to audition for a different orchestra, please prepare the audition requirements listed above.

NOTE: Orchestra placements are based on audition and not on your availability based on your class schedule. If you are placed in an orchestra that does not fit your fall schedule, we invite you to try to revise your schedule to include the orchestra in which you were placed. Otherwise, we are happy to hold a spot for you for spring semester in the orchestra for which you were place based on your fall audition. There is no need to re-audition for spring placement.

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Music Majors - Advanced Audition for all Strings 

The ADVANCED AUDITION is required for all string BMUS, BME, MM, and DMA music majors in the School of Music who must participate in a major ensemble each semester as part of their degree program. BA in Music and BS (CS+Music) majors, plus any non-music majors with all-state level profile, are highly encouraged to audition for the upper ensembles!

This fall these auditions will be done by video submission. Video uploads for the Advanced Audition will begin on Monday, August 17 with a deadline of Monday, August 24 at midnight.  

Label your video: Instrument_LastName_FirstName (ex: Violin_Doe_Jane)

Other helpful instructions for your video are here.

SCHOOL OF MUSIC - MUSIC MAJORS

ADVANCED AUDITION EXCERPTS for STRINGS
 

(CLICK ON INSTRUMENT FOR MUSIC EXCERPT PDFS) 

Submit your Advanced Audition 

1. Complete the Google form: Undergraduates | Graduates

2. You will upload your audition recording on page two of the above form.

VIOLIN

VIOLA

CELLO

DOUBLE BASS

HARP

 

Non-Major String Auditions

Complete the Information form

You will upload your video on page two of the above form.

Please prepare three (3) minutes or less of music of your choice. Two (2) contrasting pieces or excerpts are preferred.

This fall these auditions will be done by video submission. Video uploads for the Advanced Audition will begin on Monday, August 17 with a deadline of Monday, August 24 at midnight. 

Label your video: Instrument_LastName_FirstName (ex: Violin_Doe_Jane)

Other helpful instructions for your video are here.