Who May Audition
Students and faculty from all Columbia divisions are invited to audition. (Advanced sign-up is required. See "Important Notes")
Auditions for the 2015/16 season are now completed. The next set of auditions will occur in September of 2016.
Dodge Hall, room 809.
- 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.
- 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.
Staff positions: a few persons interested in managerial work may gain experience as orchestra librarian and personnel manager. These positions count as a music department class the same as the orchestra members. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested.