Dartmouth Symphony Orchestra Auditions

Dartmouth Symphony Orchestra - Auditions

Auditions generally last 15 minutes and are heard by Mr. Ciabatti, the Music Director of the DSO, and by Ms. Cassidy, Viola and Violin Instructor at Dartmouth College.

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

Audition sign-up information will be posted soon.

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 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