Columbia University Orchestra
Audition and General Information for 2013-2014 Season
Who May Audition
Students and faculty from all Columbia divisions are invited to audition. (Advanced sign-up is required. See "Important Notes")
September 2014, exact dates TBD
Dodge Hall, Rm. 809
1. Short solo of choice. This may be a short piece, or an excerpt of a longer piece. Your chosen piece should be indicative of your ability to move around your instrument, as well as the quality of your sound.
2. Sight-reading may be asked from the upcoming season's repertoire.
Advance sign-up is required. You may register for an audition time on the bulletin board next to Room 809 of the Dodge Hall. All former and current CUO members are required to audition.
Decisions regarding membership are made within the context of the orchestra's current personnel needs, the relationship of the player's ability to the median technical level of the orchestra, and the player's competency during the audition. Auditions are mandatory for new and returning members of the orchestra. All personnel decisions are final and made by the Music Director.
As a member of the CUO, one must demonstrate that he or she is able to perform with proficiency the repertory that the orchestra is playing. The Orchestra's repertory has always included very challenging works, such as music by Boulez, Beethoven, Brahms, Mahler, Prokofiev, Stravinsky and Varese. The number of wind, brass and percussion openings are determined by the Orchestra's repertory - larger pieces require more players, though not necessarily for each concert. The usual string complement is 28-32 violins, 8-10 each of violas and cellos, and 6-8 basses.
Auditionees not immediately accepted into the orchestra are encouraged to discuss further options with the Music Director, Professor Jeffrey Milarsky. These can include private lessons, smaller ensembles and chamber music.
Tuesdays, 6:30 p.m. ~ 9:30 p.m. Occasional extra rehearsals : Thursday evenings or Saturdays.
Tuesday, September 17, 6:30 p.m. ~ 9:30 p.m.
Credit Information for Undergraduates
As the CUO is an official course within the Department of Music, undergraduates will receive 2 credits per semester if accepted into the Orchestra.
Concert Dates and Repertoire of the 2013 - 2014 Season
Fall 2013:December 1st, 2013, 8PM (Lerner Hall)
December 8th, 2013, 8PM (Miller Theatre)
Claude Debussy: Prélude à l'après-midi d'un faune
Richard Strauss: Dance of the Seven Veils from Salome
Sergei Prokofiev: Orchestral Suites from Romeo and Juliet, Op. 64
April 5th, 2014, 8PM (Lerner Hall)
April 11th, 2014, 8PM (Miller Theatre)
Beethoven: 5th symphony
Winner of concerto competition TBD
For more information, please contact the orchestra directly at firstname.lastname@example.org.