Orchestra Auditions - 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 music-pe@illinois.edu

 

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 will be posted on this page. 

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.

Advanced Audition for Strings

For placement in the University of Illinois Symphony Orchestra (UISO)

Eligibility

  • 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.
  • Any non-music majors with all-state level profile, are highly encouraged to take the advanced audition.

Auditions for Fall 2021 are expected to be in-person on Tuesday and Wednesday, August 24-25. 

Process:

  1. Download the audition excepts (posted here when available)
  2. Complete an information form (also available here later this summer)
  3. Sign-up for an audition time and then take the audition.
  4. Results are posted within a day or two and students then register for the appropriate section. 

Standard Audition for Strings 

For placement in the University of Illinois Philharmonia Orchestra (UIPO) or Illini Strings.

Eligibility

  • Any non-music major student playing violin, viola, cello or double bass.

Process:

  1. Please prepare three (3) minutes of music of your choice. Two (2) contrasting pieces or excerpts are preferred.
  2. Show up for an audition during the first week of classes. Exact times will be posted here by late May. 
  3. Results are posted within a day or two and students then register for the appropriate section.