College of Music

University of Colorado Boulder

Orchestra

University Symphony Orchestra and Chamber Orchestra

The University Symphony Orchestra and Chamber Orchestra perform a diverse repertory including the symphonies or large-scale orchestral works of Bartok, Beethoven, Bernstein, Brahms, Dvorák, Gershwin, Kodály, Mahler, Mozart, Prokofiev, Schoenberg, Shostakovich, Strauss, Tchaikovsky, and Zwilich, among others. The Symphony Orchestra has performed in Boulder, Boettcher Hall in Denver, and Aspen. Solo appearances with the orchestra are awarded to students as a result of an annual concerto competition.

Auditions for the Fall 2014 semester are open to all students at CU.  String auditions will be held on Monday, August 25 and Tuesday, August 26.  The precise schedule, along with signup sheets, will be posted Monday, August 18 outside E160 on the Orchestra bulletin board in the College of Music.  String audition excerpts are posted on this website and available for download.  All string majors are expected to audition through this process.  Wind and percussion auditions will be held beginning Thursday, August 21.  Audition materials for winds and percussion are available at http://www.colorado.edu/music/ensembles/bands/audition-information.

The first Symphony Orchestra program will include the following repertoire:

Verdi - Overture to “La forza del destino”

Other TBA

Beethoven – Symphony No. 7

Other major works planned for the coming season include (subject to change):

Schumann– Symphony No. 3 “Rhenish”

Rimsky-Korsakov – Scheherazade

Respighi – Pines of Rome

Liebermann - Flute Concerto

Bowen – Viola Concerto

Pops Concert on CU Artist Series with Natalie Merchant

The links to string audition materials below are in pdf format.

Students who are unable to access the audition materials should contact Frederick.Peterbark@colorado.edu.

Violin I | Violin II | Viola | Cello | Double Bass

Please note the following information regarding string audition materials:

All strings should be responsible for the entire Beethoven – Symphony #7 part, Verdi – Overture to “La forza del destino,” along with a short work of your choice. While those auditioning should be prepared to play the entirety of each part, the excerpts listed below will help to focus your preparation. Violinists have the option of choosing between preparing Violin I or Violin II excerpts. However, ultimate placement for the first concert will be made by the faculty.

Violin 1

I.

pickup to m.10 - A

pickup to m.84 – m.140

pickup to m.319 – 350


II.

C – E


III.

Beg. – m.24


IV.

m.126 – m.160

G – H


A – tempo I before B

C – F

7 after H – J

L – O

Violin 2

I.

pickup to m.10 - A

pickup to m.84 – m.140

pickup to m.319 – 350


II.

B – C

F - G


III.

Beg. – m.24


IV.

A - B

m.114 – m.122

m.333 - K

A – tempo I before B

C – F

L – O


Viola

I.

Pickup to m.84 – m.140

m.189 - H

m.331 – m.352

m.423 – end


II.

A – B

m.191 – m.210


III.

Beg. – m.24

m.111 – m.145


IV.

m.113 – m.122

m.333 – m.389


E – F
H – L
N – P


Cello

 I.

m.14 - A

m.34 – m.41

m.84 – m.88

pickup to m.98 – C

D – m.191

m.224 – H

pickup to I – m.299


 II.

A – B (upper line)

m.191 – G


III.

Beg. – m. 24


IV.

B – C

m.333 – m.371


4 before D – F

H – L


Double Bass

Beethoven

I.

m.14 - A

m.84 – m.88

pickup to m.98 – C

D – m.191

 F - H

pickup to I – m.299


II.

m.191 – G


III.

Beg. – m.24

m.108 – m.145


IV.

Pickup to m.50 – m.62

I – m.371

L – end


4 before D – F

H – L

Piu animato - end

 

Campus Orchestra

The Campus Orchestra is an ensemble comprised of music and non-music majors which delivers one concert performance each semester. The ensemble performs a wide-ranging repertoire from Baroque through Contemporary periods in both string and full-orchestra settings and rehearses on Wednesday evenings from 7 to 9:30 p.m. in room E-160 of the College of Music.  String instrument musicians of any major interested in participating should attend the first meeting of the ensemble, Wednesday, August 29, at 7 p.m. in room E-160 in the College of Music.  A short, simple audition (more information at the first meeting) will be required for final admission into the group.  This audition will include performing a three-octave major scale and other basic skills. Wind, brass and percussion students earn placement into this ensemble through College of Music studio auditions at the beginning of each semester.  Any questions should be directed to Gary Lewis at gary.lewis@colorado.edu.