Symphony Orchestra Auditions

Autumn Semester


To participate in The Ohio State University Symphony Orchestra, all string players are required to take a short audition for the full string faculty and the director of the OSU Symphony. These auditions will be used in faculty decisions on section placement and chamber music assignments. We will hear you play a brief solo (no more than two minutes—about one page of music) and a set of assigned excerpts as specified below.

These auditions are open to all interested string players: majors and non-majors, undergraduate and graduate. If you are new to the program and want to find out more about eligibility, please contact Prof. Mark Rudoff at

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


  • Violins and Violas: Thursday, Aug. 23, 2018 in Hughes Hall Room 305 from 1:30–5 p.m.
  • Cellos and Basses: Friday, Aug. 24, 2018 in Hughes Hall Room 305 from 1:50–5 p.m.


Audition excerpts for each section are available for download below.


Sign up for an audition time slot when autumn semester begins, Tuesday, August 21, 2018. Sign-up sheets will be posted on the OSU Symphony Orchestra bulletin board near the backstage door of Weigel Auditorium (across from the first floor elevator).

Woodwinds, Brass and Percussion

Woodwind, brass and percussion players are auditioned for the orchestra by their respective studio teachers in coordination with the auditions for the Ohio State Bands. The schedule, instructions and musical excerpts for these instruments are available on the bands website at Autumn 2018 Audition Materials.

Course Information

MUSIC 2215.01 (undergraduates) and MUSIC 7215.01 (graduate students).

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