• Welcome!

    Key Updates:

    🌟 2022–2023 audition information is currently being updated. Please check back often!

    🌟 The first information session has been announced! Please visit our home page for more details.

    🌟 As of July 15, 2022, all excerpts have been posted!

  • Audition Steps:


    Audition Form

    If you wish to join a Cornell Ensemble (CCO/CSO/Wind Symphony) complete the audition form below and enroll in either MUSIC 3621 or 4621 (CCO and CSO, respectively). Be sure to enter your email address correctly on your audition form!


    Schedule your Audition

    Auditions for the 2022–2023 Season will be held in Lincoln Hall from August 18–22.






    Orchestral excerpts and information are posted below.
  • Step 1: 2022–2023 Audition Form

  • Step 2: Schedule Your Audition


    🌟 Please make every effort to sign up in your instrument group. If you are unable to do so, book a “conflict and overflow” time.

    🌟 Strings — we are aware that many slots may be before you arrive on campus. We are working on a solution! Please fill out the audition form for now, and we will keep you posted.


    Signup Links


    🎉 String SignUpGenius Link: Click here!

    🎉 Wind/Brass/Percussion SignUpGenius Link: Click here!


    Audition Schedule


    Tuesday, August 16

    9:00 AM–1:00 PM: Viola

    2:00 PM–6:00 PM: Cello

    6:00 PM–7:00 PM: Conflicts/Overflow (Strings)


    Wednesday, August 17

    9:00 AM–12:00 PM: Violin

    1:30 PM–5:00 PM: Violin


    Thursday, August 18

    1:30 PM–3:00 PM: Double Bass

    3:00 PM–4:00 PM: Conflicts/Overflow (Strings)

    4:00 PM–5:00 PM: Piano and Harp


    Friday, August 19

    10:00 AM–1:00 PM: Low Brass (Trombone, Euphonium, and Tuba)
    1:30 PM–3:30 PM: Trumpet
    3:30 PM–6:00 PM: Horn
    6:30 PM–8:30 PM: Percussion


    Saturday, August 20
    12:00 PM–3:00 PM: Flute and Piccolo
    3:30 PM–6:30 PM: Clarinet (including Bass Clarinet)
    7:00 PM–8:30 PM: Oboe and Bassoon
    8:30 PM–10:00 PM: Conflicts/Overflow (Winds and Percussion)


    Sunday, August 21

    12:00 PM–1:30 PM: Conflicts/Overflow (Winds and Percussion)

    Audition results will be sent via email no later than 5 PM on Sunday, August 21st.


    Additional Information for Winds, Brass, and Percussion

    Orchestra and Wind Symphony auditions are held concurrently and use the same audition excerpts for winds, brass, and percussion players. String players can skip this section.


    Following are instructions, signup forms, and required musical excerpts.

    • If you wish to be considered only for the orchestras (CSO and CCO), register below and prepare the following excerpts.

    • If you wish to be considered only for the Wind Symphony, register on their website and prepare the same excerpts.

    • If you wish to be considered for either or both ensembles or do not have an ensemble preference, register here or the Wind Symphony site—we’ll take care of the rest.

    There is no dress code for auditions. Don’t wait until the last minute to prepare for your audition, and please don’t stress about it. We strive to make auditions simple, straightforward, and, hopefully, fun! Simply do your best.


    For students with extenuating circumstances or needs for accommodation should contact Professor James Spinazzola.


  • Step 3: Preparing for the Audition


    🌟 Excerpts are currently available for all instruments!





    All details can be found in the document entitled "String Audition Instructions" in the section below.


    Woodwinds and Brass

    Prepare the required excerpts (provided below), scales (based off your requirement below) and an excerpt from solo repertoire of your instrument (sonata or concerto). Be prepared to play no longer than five minutes of your unaccompanied solo.

    • Woodwinds: A chromatic scale, slurred, through your full comfortable range; and three major scales of your choice in at least 2 octaves, 3 if possible. Any tempo and style are fine.

    • Brass: Three major scales of your choice in at least 2 octaves, 3 if possible. Any tempo and style are fine.

    Piano & Harp

    There are no required excerpts. Please prepare two contrasting selections of your choice.



    Cornell percussion instruments will be available for individual practice beginning with the first day of new student orientation. After signing up for your audition, you will receive an email with details. Please contact Dr. James Spinazzola (jms862@cornell.edu) if you have any questions.



    Orchestral Excerpts


    🌟 String players—please read the document entitled "String Audition Instructions" before practicing!

    🌟 String musicians not auditioning for a leadership position do not need to prepare a solo excerpt.



    String Audition Instructions

    Double Bass



    Piccolo (schedule two audition slots: one for piccolo, and another for flute)
    Bass Clarinet




  • Audition FAQs


    How will auditions be held in light of COVID-19?

    All auditions will be held in Lincoln Hall B20. It is a large rehearsal room, and there will be ample distance between players and panelists. As of June 2022, there are no additional masking or distancing requirements. Please check back before your audition.


    What will the Cornell Orchestras be judging in my audition?

    Judges WILL consider:

    • Rhythmic accuracy

    • Rhythmic stability (steady tempo)

    • Intonation (playing in-tune with yourself)

    • Tone quality

    • Dynamic contrast

    • Instrument-specific technique

    • Musicality, expression, and phrasing

    • Appropriateness of repertoire for your technical level

    • Ability to recover if you make a mistake

    • Careful preparation of all audition music

    Judges WILL NOT consider:

    • Race/ethnicity

    • Gender/gender presentation

    • If you have a private teacher or who your teacher is

    • Other auditions you've taken or groups you've played with

    • How fancy/expensive your instrument is

    Should I memorize the music?

    Memorization is not required. If you would like to memorize your solos, you are welcome to do so.


    What should I wear?

    Wear nice dress clothes that are comfortable for you to perform in. Remember that this is the first impression you will make on those who will evaluate you. It is also a good idea to practice in the clothes you are planning to wear at least once before your audition.


    When will I find out if I have been accepted?

    All audition results will be announced by via email and will be posted in this website. All auditioning students will be contacted regardless of the outcome.


    What are the requirements for membership?

    Cornell affiliation and a love of music are all that is required. All students, staff, and faculty are welcome in our community of music makers.


    Where can I warm up/practice?

    B21 in Lincoln Hall has historically been offered as an audition warm up room. You may also use any of the practice rooms available in Lincoln Hall on a first-come, first-served basis. You can find maps of the practice rooms inside Lincoln Hall.


    Any other questions?

    If you have other questions not covered here, please email a member of the orchestra board.