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 Prof. Schleicher.

1. If you are a non-music major string player wanting to audition for the UI Symphony Orchestra, then you must sign up for a Music Major Audition by Instrument and play the required concerto movement or Bach unaccompanied piece and orchestral excerpts. Please see the Violin, Viola, Cello, or Bass Audition pages linked in the table below (U of I Symphony Orchestra - Excerpts and Sign-up).

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, please sign up for one of the following times below with your name and instrument. (U of I Philharmonia and Illini Strings - Sign-up).  Please prepare 3-5 minutes 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. However, please note that orchestra assignments are always made at the discretion of the directors. 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 in Option 2, above. Please sign up for the orchestra online.

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.

To sign-up for an audition time, please choose from one of the following options and sign up for an audition time. Please note the location of the audition site and warmup room indiciated on the sign-up sheet. 

  • KCPA-FGH = Krannert Center, Foellinger Great Hall. enter from level 2, north tunnel.
  • KCPA - Office 4-409 = Prof. Schleichers' Office, located on level 4 on south side of Krannert Center. 
     

U of I Symphony Orchestra - Excerpts and Sign-up

INSTRUMENT EXCERPTS

AUDITION TIME BLOCK /SIGN-UP

WARM-UP AREA

AUDITION LOCATION

VIOLIN

Tuesday, August 27, 1:00 - 5:00 PM

TFT - Green Room

KCPA-FGH

VIOLA

Wednesday, August 28, 11:30 AM - 1:30 PM

TFT - Green Room

KCPA-FGH

CELLO

Wednesday, August 28, 2:30 - 4:30 PM

TFT - Green Room

KCPA-FGH

DOUBLE BASS

Tuesday, August 27, 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

TFT - Green Room

KCPA-FGH

HARP

Tuesday, August 27, 6:00-7:00 PM

TFT - Green Room

KCPA-FGH

 

U of I Philharmonia and Illini Strings - Sign-up

AUDITION TIME BLOCK /SIGN-UP

WARM-UP AREA

AUDITION LOCATION

Tuesday, August 27, 6:30 PM - 9:30 PM

TFT - Green Room

KCPA-Office 4-409

Wednesday, August 28, 6:30 PM - 9:30 PM

TFT - Green Room

KCPA-Office 4-409