Symphony Orchestra

Two piccolo players perform during an orchestra concert
 Bassoon players perform during orchestra concert
 Closeup of the violin section as they perform with the symphony orchestra
A row of horn players perform with the orchestra

The Miami University Symphony Orchestra (MUSO), with a history dating back to 1890, is dedicated to the quality performance of the orchestral repertoire from the Baroque era until our days, including world premieres by contemporary composers. The ensemble combines undergraduate and graduate students of all majors in pursue of high artistic standards, as well as the professional and artistic growth of its members.

The ensemble has an extensive performance schedule on and off campus, which includes in addition to the orchestral repertoire, a full opera production, concertos with renowned soloists as well as student soloists, choral-symphonic repertoire, ballet and music from other traditions and genres.

Auditions

Strings (Updated for Fall 2019)

Below you will find a link to sets of audition materials for your instrument. Specific instructions for your audition are contained in the Word file in the folder, please read it in it's entirety. Audition materials will need to be uploaded for review by August 19th. Please note that you must be signed into your Miami Google account in order to access these audition materials.

Fall 2019 String Member Audition Excerpts »

Woodwinds and brass (Updated for Fall 2019)

  • Woodwind and brass players wishing to perform in the Symphony Orchestra or Wind Ensemble take one audition to be considered for either or both ensembles.
  • Below you will find a link to the set of audition materials for Fall 2019 and a link to a Google calendar where you may sign up for an audition time. Find your instrument within the set and download the excerpts to prepare. Once you are ready find your instrument block in the Google calendar link below and sign up for a 6 minute slot. Please note that you must be signed into your Miami Google account in order to access these audition materials.
Online audition time signup instructions
  • The audition calendar signup can be found at the bottom of this page. Audition dates are August 25th, 26th and 27th.
  • MAKE EVERY EFFORT to audition in the block(s) of time reserved for your instrument. Also, please sign for the earliest time at which you are available. Do not add times without first speaking to either Dr. Averbach or Mr. Speck. Please try to audition on the same evening if you are not available during your time block.
  • If you wish to be considered for Symphony Orchestra you must be heard Sunday or Monday; Dr. Averbach is not available on Tuesday.
  • If you must perform at a time other than that reserved for your instrument, please indicate your instrument.  Example: Bud Herseth, trumpet
  • You will be asked to play scales and the audition excerpts; you might be asked to sight-read also.
  • Questions?  Please email or see Dr. Averbach in 103 PRS, or  Mr. Speck in 206 PRS.
  • The rehearsal times for the ensembles are as follows:
    Wind Ensemble:  MWF, 1:15-2:35
    MUSO:  MWF, 2:50-4:10
    Please know your class schedule, including potential conflicts for both ensembles.
  • 1st Orchestra General Meeting:       Friday, August 30
    1st Wind Ensemble Rehearsal:        Friday, August 30
Audition Times by Instrument (Use the Google Calendar link below to sign up)
SUNDAY, AUGUST 25
5:00-7:00 pm
PRS 100
Flutes, Oboes, Bassoons

MONDAY, AUGUST 26
1:18- 2:30 pm
PRS 007
Horns, Trumpets

7:00-10:00 pm
PRS 100
Clarinets, Trombones, Tubas

TUESDAY. AUGUST 27
7:00-9:00 pm
PRS 100
Saxophones, Euphoniums

Below you will find a link to the set of audition materials for Fall 2019 and a link to a Google calendar where you may sign up for an audition time. Find your instrument within the set and download the excerpts to prepare. Once you are ready find your instrument block in the Google calendar link at the bottom of the page and sign up for a 6 minute slot. Please note that you must be signed into your Miami Google account in order to access these audition materials.

Wind Audition Excerpts »

Please note that you must be signed into your Miami Google account in order to sign up for a time. Also note that you need to advance the calendar to the last week of August to see the appointments.

Wind Audition Time Signups »

For more information, contact director Ricardo Averbach, averbach@miamioh.edu