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School of Music

Instrumental Ensemble Auditions

2021-2022 Auditions

The University of South Carolina Symphony Orchestra is a course for credit in the UofSC School of Music, and rehearsals are held on Mondays (2:30 - 5:30 p.m.) and Wednesdays (2:30 - 4:30 p.m.). Membership in the UofSC Symphony Orchestra is open to all undergraduate and graduate students at UofSC, regardless of major or classification, and placement in the orchestra is through a blind audition in August. String players majoring in music and/or on a scholarship, fellowship or assistantship are required to audition for and be available to play in the UofSC Symphony Orchestra. Failure to audition for the ensemble will result in automatic placement in the UofSC Campus Orchestra and will likely result in loss of any orchestra scholarship, fellowship or assistantship that a student has.

The University of South Carolina Wind Ensemble and Symphonic Winds are courses for credit in the UofSC School of Music, and rehearsals are held from 2:20 - 4:20 p.m. on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays. Membership in these ensembles is open to all undergraduate and graduate students at UofSC, regardless of major or classification, and placement in these ensembles is through a blind audition in August. Woodwind, brass and percussion students on a scholarship or fellowship are required to audition for and be available to play in the UofSC Wind Ensemble or Symphonic Winds. Woodwind, brass and percussion students interested in also being considered for the orchestra rotation may indicate this to the proctor when arriving for their audition. To the extent possible, players doubling in the orchestra and the wind ensemble will receive lighter playing assignments in the wind ensemble than those playing in the wind ensemble only.

Audition Process

Auditions for the Spring 2022 semester will be held live. Auditions are blind, and ensemble placement is determined solely on the audition. In order to recreate the professional audition environment and to preserve anonymity, the these guidelines must be followed by proctors, auditionees and the audition committee.


Audition Requirements

Scales (major, minor, chromatic)
Prepared excerpts (below)
Sight-reading

Prepared excerpts (below)
Sight-reading

Prepared excerpts (below)

Prepared Excerpts

Audition excerpts for the Spring 2022 semester can be found in score order.


Questions? Contact uscbands@mozart.sc.edu


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