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Cornell Symphony Orchestra

Audition Information

Fall 2014 Audition Information is at our new website (click here for the link)

Current as of June 22, 2013

All members both new and returning members must re-audition for the orchestra in the fall.

As of now we will have the following openings in both orchestras;

In Chamber Orchestra
violin - 16 spots
viola - 5 spots
cello - 5 spots
bass - 2 spots

In Symphony Orchestra
flute - 3
oboe - 2
clarinet - 3
bassoon - 2
horn - 5
trumpet - 3
trombone - 3
tuba - 1
percussion - 3
violin - 32
viola - 12
cello - 12
bass - 8
piano - 1
harp - 1

Auditions for Fall semester will be held on
all auditions will take place in B21 of Lincoln Hall unless indicated otherwise

Tuesday, August 27
11:00 - 12:00 pm     Basses with Jordan Mortan
1:00 - 4:30 pm     Violas with Natalie Bradnt
5:30 - 7:30 pm     Flutes  with Liz Shuhan
7:30 - 8:30 pm     Horns with Ilze Brink-Button

Wednesday, August 28
12:00 - 4:00 pm    Cellos with John Haines-Eitzen
4:00 - 5:00 pm    Trumpets 
6:00 - 8:00 pm    Percussion in B20 of Lincoln Hall with Mike Compitello
8:00 - 9:30 pm    Double reeds with Emily DiAngelo

Thursday, August 29
1:00 - 5:00 pm    Violins with Ariana Kim
6:30 - 8:00 pm    Clarinets with Lenora Schneller
8:00 - 10:00 pm    Low Brass with Kai Johnson

Friday, August 30
1:00 - 5:00 pm    Violins with Ariana Kim
5:00 - 6:00 pm    Keyboards with Loren Loiacono

Sunday, September 1
10:00 am        Results posted online 10:00 am
2:00 - 3:30 pm    Welcome session in Arts Quad in front of Lincoln Hall
(rain location B20 of Lincoln Hall)

Please complete an audition form to be assigned an audition time slot.
Please prepare two contrasting excerpts of your choice from the solo repertoire.
Please prepare an orchestral excerpt from Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 4 for your instrument. (pdfs for each instrument is below the audition form).

Audition Guidelines

For the Fall 2013 semester, all members are required to audition.

Before Auditioning

  • Sign up for your audition time slot using the audition form below.
  • In the audition form, indicate a preference for an ensemble. Although the slot is not guaranteed, the student's preference will be given much consideration.
  • Thoroughly prepare your audition repertoire.
  • Here are the links to the prepared excerpts;









flute and piccolo











  • Be sure to warm up before the audition. Practice rooms on the basement floor of Lincoln Hall will be available during the entire audition period.
  • Please Note: Due to the large number of violins auditioning, the audition format for violins will be as follows. Each person will have 5 minutes; 5 violinists will be scheduled every half hour for a total of 90 slots over the two days. All violinists must audition on Thursday or Friday!

During the Audition

  • Be on time for the appointment. If you are late, you will have a shortened audition.
  • Each audition will last 10 minutes (except for violins, see note in "Before Auditioning"
  • Prepare 6 to 7 minutes of music to play at the audition. Contrasting excerpts from solo or orchestra literature are recommended: for example, a fast and technically demanding excerpt accompanied with a slow and lyrical excerpt.
  • You will also be asked to prepare an excerpt from the standard orchestral repertoire and also to play a three-octave scale of your choice. Transposing instrumentalists may be asked to demonstrate faculty with transposition skills.
  • Hint: prepared excerpt will include passages from the 2012-2013 repertoire (subject to change). Download the PDF's here: (these will be available on July 1).

After the Audition

  • Results will be posted online at 10 am on Sunday, September 1, 2013.
  • There will be a meet and greet for old and new members in the Arts Quad in front of Lincoln Hall on Sunday, September 1, 2012 from 2-330 pm. (rain location is B20 of Lincoln Hall)
  • All musicians accepted for membership are expected to attend the organization's first rehearsal, as announced on the posted lists. Be sure to check all of the acceptance lists carefully, as you may not be placed in your first-choice ensemble.
  • All orchestra members must be available for all rehearsals and concerts. Please check the schedule of rehearsals and concert dates posted online.

Audition Sign-ups

To sign-up, request an audition time by completing the audition form below.

Audition Results

The most up-to-date orchestra roster can be found on the members page, which is also updated to reflect the results of auditions. Audition results for the Fall 2013 semester will be posted after 10 AM on Sunday, September 1, 2013

Audition Form

All auditioning musicians must complete the audition form online (see bottom of this page) prior to coming to the audition. It is not necessary to print out an audition form.