• Fall 2018 Audition Info

    CSO and CCO will have the following openings for the Fall 2018 semester:

    In the Fall semester, all members (new and old) need to audition. For the Fall 2018 semester, we anticipate the following openings:


    In chamber orchestra (CCO):

    8 1st violin

    8 2nd violin

    6 viola

    5 cello

    2 bass


    In Symphony Orchestra (CSO):

    16 1st violin

    16 2nd violin

    14 viola

    12 cello

    8 bass


    4 flute (must be able to double on piccolo)

    4 oboe

    4 clarinet (1 Eb clarinet, 1 bass clarinet, and 2 Bb clarinet)

    4 bassoon

    5 horn

    3 trumpet

    3 trombone

    1 tuba

    4 percussion

    1 harp

    1 keyboard


    The audition form will be available on July 1, 2018 at the link below. Please complete the audition form to be assigned an audition time slot during Orientation week and the first week of classes (Sunday, August 19 - Friday, August 24). You must audition with like instruments during the schedule outlined below.


    Upon completion, you will be assigned an audition time by July 15, 2018.


    Audition will consist of a three octave scale of your choice for string players and two octave scale of your choice for wind and brass players. Also prepare a solo piece from your instrument repertoire. Plus a prepared orchestral excerpt from Gustav Mahler's Symphony No. 1 [ http://imslp.org/wiki/Symphony_No.1_(Mahler,_Gustav) ]

    Specific Excerpts from the Symphony will be posted on August 1, 2018


  • Audition Guide

    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.

    • 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 a 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.



    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 2018-2019 repertoire (subject to change). Download the PDF's here: (these will be available on August 1). (does not apply for spring auditions)


    After the Audition
    • Results will be posted online at 3 pm on Saturday, August 25, 2018.
    • 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 Schedule

    Auditions for the Fall 2018 semester will take place in B20 or B21 of Lincoln Hall unless indicated otherwise.


    Orchestra auditions for Fall 2018:


    Sunday, August 19

    3:30-5:30 pm Percussion with Michael Sparhuber in B20


    Monday, August 20

    1:30-3:30 pm Flutes with Elizabeth Shuhan and Juliana Pepinsky in B20

    3:30-5:30 pm bass auditions with Barry Sharp in B20

    7:30-9 pm Clarinets with Lenora Schneller in B20


    Tuesday, August 21

    12:30-4pm viola auditions with TBA in B21

    4-6pm oboes and bassoons with Emily DiAngelo and Daniel Hane in B21


    Wednesday, August 22

    9am-2pm cello auditions with John Haines Eitzen in B21

    2-3pm trumpet auditions in B21

    3-5pm horns with Ilze Brink-Button [confirmed] auditions in B21

    5-6:30 pm low brass, tuba with Ryan Zawel auditions in B21


    Thursday, August 23

    1-2:30 pm violin auditions with Timna Mayer in B20

    2:40 - 4:30 pm violin auditions with Timna Mayer in B21


    Friday, August 24

    12-1pm keyboard auditions in B20

    1-3 pm violin auditions with Timna Mayer in B20,

    3-5 pm violin auditions with Timna Mayer in B21


    Saturday, August 25

    10 am CSO, CCO audition results posted online

    Sunday, August 26

    2 pm Orchestra picnic


    Monday, August 27

    445 pm in B20 first rehearsal for CSO


    Tuesday, August 28

    445 pm in Barnes Hall first rehearsal for CCO


  • Audition Excerpts

    Main prepared excerpts will be taken from Mahler's 1st Symphony. Part will be posted on July 1. Specific excerpts will be posted August 1.


    Prepared sightseeing excerpt will be posted here on August 1, 2018.

    You can start to learn the Mahler parts using these imslp parts.



















    Wagner - Die Meistersinger Overture: From letter I toL

    Stravinsky - Petrouchka: Bear Theme (No. 100)

    Berlioz - Symphony Fantastique: 5th mvt Dies Irae Coda

    Mahler - Symphony No. 1 3rd mvt, 4 bars before 3 to 4




    Tchaikovsky – The Nutcracker: The Waltz of the Flowers Cadenza
    Berlioz - Symphony Fantastique: 2nd Movement
    -2 bars before [21] to [22]
    -[32] to Animato




    Stravinsky - Petrouchka: Solo(piano)

    Tchaikovksy Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy, Opening and Cadenza(celeste) from The Nutcracker

    Shostakovich Symphony No. 1 mvt 2 2 before rehearsal 18 to rehearsal 22






    In addition to the timpani excerpts, please prepare an etude for snare and a work for mallets, OR the following excerpts:

    Snare: Rimsky-Korsakov, Scheherazade, Mvmt. III, reh. D through reh. E; Mvmt. IV, reh. P through reh. R (via IMSLP)

    Xylophone: Gershwin, Porgy and Bess, Overture (contact mas847@cornell.edu if needed)

    Please also be prepared to play a variety of cymbal crashes, and a snare roll from pp<ff>pp.

    If you are performing an etude of your choice, please bring a copy of the music for the conductor.










  • Fall 2018 Audition Form

    Auditions will be held from August 19-25, 2018