Dartmouth Symphony Orchestra Auditions

Dartmouth Symphony Orchestra - Auditions

New Student Auditions

Auditions for new students are 15 minutes long.

Wind, Bass, Percussion, Harp, Piano and Double Bass
Sunday, September 12: 1–6 pm; 7:30–9 pm

Auditions will be heard by DCWE director Dr. Messier and DSO director Mr. Ciabatti and can qualify for both the DCWE and DSO.


Monday, September 13: 9 am – 6 pm

Auditions for strings will be heard by DSO director Mr. Ciabatti.

Strings Sign-Up

Returning Student Auditions

Tuesday, August 24, 6-10 pm
Tuesday, September 14, 5–10 pm

Returning Sign-Up

Audition Requirements

  • One solo selection or study etude of your choice that best displays your current playing ability: 4-6 minutes of music. Contrasting sections recommended
  • Assigned excerpts for your instrument (see below)
  • Sight-reading

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

  • The level of preparation the player shows at the audition. 
  • 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/DCWE players. 
  • The particular skill set required to successfully manage the part(s) for which the player is auditioning. 
  • The player's deportment during their audition. 
  • The current personnel needs of the DSO. 

For wind/brass/percussion players: need an instrument? Please contact the Hopkins Center Ensembles Office via email at hopkins.center.ensembles@dartmouth.edu for assistance in this area.

All DSO members are required to audition for Mr. Ciabatti in the Fall.

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

Audition Excerpts

Bass Trombone Bass Bassoon and Contrabassoon Cello Clarinet and Bass Clarinet Flute and Piccolo Harp Horn Oboe and English Horn Percussions Piano Tenor Trombone Timpani Trumpet Tuba Viola Violin