Audition Information



CUO Auditions Signup Form

Who May Audition

Students and faculty from all Columbia divisions are invited to audition. (Advanced sign-up is required. Slots will be open on August 15th, 2018.  See "Important Notes")

Audition Dates/Times

  • September 6th, 2018  12:00pm-8:00pm
  • September 7th, 2018  12:00pm-8:00pm
  • September 8th, 2018  12:00pm-8:00pm


Dodge Hall, room 809.

Audition Requirements

  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.

Important Notes

Online Signups are now open. Advance registration is required:

Online CUO Audition Signups


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

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 if you are interested.