Auditions are open to all students at CU. Check back for more information as we near each semester.

String auditions will be held on Monday, Aug. 26 and Tuesday, Aug. 27. All string majors, regardless of degree program, are expected to audition through this process. 

Note: Wind and percussion auditions are held separately. Check the Bands Audition Information page for requirements. See the Orchestras page for information on the Campus Orchestra.

CU Symphony Orchestra Auditions

Sign up for your audition slot here!

Questions about the online sign-up process? Contact Laura Graham, Ensembles Assistant, at LMGraham@colorado.edu or 303-492-6584.

Please contact Maestro Gary Lewis with any questions regarding audition excerpts.

Audition Schedule

Monday, Aug. 26

Tuesday, Aug. 27

Repertoire

The Cleveland Orchestra Residency will occur Sept. 9-11. As usual, the principal musicians of the Cleveland Orchestra will work with the University Symphony Orchestra in sectional rehearsals, side-by-side rehearsal and in other activities outside the normal rehearsal schedule. The Symphony Orchestra’s first program will include:

Berlioz – Roman Carnival Overture
R. Strauss – Four Songs, op. 27
Berlioz – Symphonie Fantastique

Additional repertoire planned for the remainder of the season includes:

Tchaikovsky – Symphony No. 5
Schumann – Symphony No. 2
Copland – Clarinet Concerto
Beethoven – Symphony No. 5
World premiere of Double Bass Concerto by Indian violinist/composer L. Subramaniam
Verdi - Requiem

2019-20 Performance Dates

The performance dates for the coming year, as they stand now, are as follows:

Cleveland Orchestra Residency - Sept. 9-11 (orchestra events are during regular class time; the Monday and Wednesday rehearsals, Sept. 9 and 11, may be extended 15 minutes, until 1:45 p.m.)

Symphony Orchestra

Monday, Sept. 23 - Dress Rehearsal, 7-10 p.m., Macky

Tuesday, Sept. 24 - Performance, 7:30 p.m., Macky

Philharmonia Orchestra

Monday, Oct. 7 - Performance, 7:30 p.m., Grusin

Symphony Orchestra

Wednesday, Oct. 16 - Dress Rehearsal, 7-10 p.m.

Thursday, Oct. 17 - Performance, 7:30 p.m.

Opera Orchestra

Nov. 10-17 - Production Week (evening rehearsals on 10, 12, 13 with performances on weekend of 15-17)

Chamber Orchestra

Thursday, Nov. 14 - Performance, 7:30 p.m., Grusin

Campus Orchestra

Monday, Dec. 2 - Dress Rehearsal, 7-10 p.m., Grusin

Monday, Dec. 9 - Performance, 7:30 p.m., Grusin

Holiday Festival Orchestra

Dec. 5-8

Symphony Orchestra

Monday, Feb. 10 - Dress Rehearsal, 7-10 p.m., Macky

Tuesday, Feb. 11 - Performance, 7:30 p.m., Macky

Philharmonia Orchestra

Wednesday, Feb. 12 - Performance, 7:30 p.m., Grusin

Opera Orchestra

March 8-15 - Production Week (evening rehearsals on 8, 10, 11 with performances on weekend of 13-15)

Chamber Orchestra

Thursday, March 12 - Performance, 7:30 p.m., Grusin

Campus Orchestra

Monday, April 20 - Dress Rehearsal, 7-10 p.m., Macky

Tuesday, April 21 - Performance, 7:30 p.m., Macky

Philharmonia Orchestra

Wednesday, April 22 - Performance, 7:30 p.m., Grusin

Symphony Orchestra

Sunday, April 26 - Dress Rehearsal (time TBA), Boettcher Hall

Monday, April 27 - Performance, 7:30 p.m., Boettcher Hall

Orchestras contact information

Gary Lewis, Director
gary.lewis@colorado.edu
303-492-5510
Carlson Gym 206KK