Symphony Orchestra Auditions

Auditions for Autumn Semester 2020

Auditions are open to all enrolled students at Ohio State regardless of major. Read the information below and contact Ensembles Administrator Christopher Dent by email at with questions about the process.

To honor our fundamental commitment to the health, well-being and safety of all involved in ensemble music making, the structure of large ensembles has been modified this semester. The modifications follow months of discussion in which the needs of musicians who gather in person to make music have been balanced with the most reliable scientific evidence available regarding COVID-19. Modifications to the size of ensembles, instrumentation and performance experiences have been implemented. Strict adherence to all protocols established by our university have also been incorporated, and include the identified maximum number of musicians allowed in each given rehearsal space, the maximum length of any single rehearsal, and balancing in-person and virtual learning experiences.

Observation of health and safety protocols makes full orchestra music-making impossible this semester.

Please watch this important video message from Professor Burns.

The Ohio State Symphony Orchestra will be string-centric, with occasional winds. Repertoire will be rehearsed in two-week segments.


ATTENTION! For eligible non-major string players only: If you have schedule conflicts with the rehearsals on Wednesdays, you are still strongly encouraged to audition for the Symphony Orchestra. Once you are accepted, please contact Prof. Burns to discuss an alternative arrangement for the conflict.

String auditions for Autumn 2020 will be video recorded by each auditionee, and submitted for evaluation according to the procedures outlined in each packet below. Auditions will be evaluated by conducting and string faculty members.

DEADLINE to submit audition recordings  5 p.m. THURSDAY, AUGUST 13, 2020

All students need to first complete an online audition registration form. The link to the form is included in each packet. Follow all instructions included in your packet.

Woodwinds and Brass, only (for 2020–21)

Woodwind and brass players will have limited orchestra participation this year. Auditions are conducted in coordination with the auditions for the Ohio State Concert Bands. Audition materials for woodwind and brass instruments are available on the Bands Auditions page.

Course Information

Undergraduates: MUSIC 2215.01  |  Graduate Students: MUSIC 7215.01

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