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Dartmouth Symphony Orchestra: Auditions

Auditions generally last 15 minutes and are heard by the DSO conductor and an instrumental teacher from the Dartmouth Music Department. Auditioning players are asked to play a piece (or a portion thereof) and the orchestral excerpts provided in advance. Players should also be prepared to sight read and should bring an extra copy of their music to the audition. Players will be evaluated both on the basis of technical skill and musicianship.

Decisions regarding membership are made within a context defined by the following factors:

  1. The level of preparation the player shows at the audition.
  2. The relationship between the auditioning player's current level of ability (as displayed in their audition) and the current median technical level of the DSO's players.
  3. The particular skill set required to successfully manage the part(s) for which the player is auditioning.
  4. The player's deportment during their audition.
  5. The current personnel needs of the DSO.

Notice to players of large instruments: If you play an instrument that is so large you couldn't bring it to school, you will need to make arrangements to secure an instrument for your audition and be ready with it at your audition time. Please contact Stephen Langley (Hopkins Center Administrative Assistant) via Blitz for assistance in this area.

Current musicians of the DSO may at any time contact Mr. Ciabatti to play for him. Students who are away from the orchestra for more than two consecutive terms will be asked to play for Mr. Ciabatti again without threat to their membership in the orchestra.

Any questions about auditions may be directed to dso@dartmouth.edu


AUDITION EXCERPTS

FlutePiccolo
OboeEnglish Horn
ClarinetE‑flat Clarinet
Bassoon
Horn
Trumpet
Tenor TromboneBass Trombone
Tuba
TimpaniPercussion
Piano
Violin
Viola
Cello
Contrabass


CONTACT

Email: dso@dartmouth.edu

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