Symphony Orchestra Auditions


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 Ohio State 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 Professor Miriam Burns.

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.


Auditions take place during the first week of autumn semester.

  • Violins and Violas: Thursday, Aug. 22 in Hughes Hall 305 — 1:50–5:00 p.m.
  • Cellos and Basses: Friday, Aug. 23 in Hughes Hall 305 — 1:30–5:00 p.m.


Audition instructions and links to musical excerpts for all string sections are included in the PDF below. Excerpts change each semester.

PDF icon Audition Requirements for Orchestra String Sections [pdf]


Sign up for an audition slot on the sheets posted on the Ohio State string area bulletin board, 3rd floor of Hughes Hall.

Woodwinds, Brass and Percussion

Woodwind, brass and percussion players are auditioned for the orchestra by the respective studio teachers in coordination with the auditions for the Ohio State Bands. The audition schedule, sign-up forms, instructions and excerpts for these instruments can be found on the Audition Instructions web page.

Course Information

Undergraduates: MUSIC 2215.01 | Graduate Students: MUSIC 7215.01

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