Symphony Auditions for String Majors

This page is for String Majors. Band Majors trying out for Symphony Orchestra should click here: Symphony Auditions for Winds and Percussion

Things String Majors need to know first

High School string majors are encouraged to begin their advancing string studies in Chamber Technique/Orchestra; students who perform at a level below the class average may be required to repeat this course as many times as needed to prepare for Symphony. Rising 9th grade students who demonstrate exceptionally advanced skills (by performing in 8th Grade All-State Orchestra, for example) may audition for Symphony Technique/Orchestra.

Readiness--The success of the orchestras depends on making sure students have the skills they need to be successful. Students are placed into more challenging classes after they demonstrate their readiness through classroom performance and also their performance on the symphony audition. Students who do not demonstrate mastery of the necessary skills will not be placed into Symphony, even if there are spaces open. Symphony students who have demonstrated consistent satisfactory academic maturity (ability to keep track of their instrument, music, concert dates, and maintain good grades in both major classes) and who earn the highest audition scores will be recommended for the SOA Sinfonietta. Student readiness is given more weight than instrumentation needs when determining student placement.

Instrumentation—The success of the orchestras also depends in part upon balanced numbers of violins, violas, cellos and basses. Students and parents must be aware that the director looks at instrumentation needs when making decisions about where to place students. The optimal number of string students in each technique class is 16 violins, 7 violas, 6 cellos and 4 basses. The symphony's string section is a combination of two classes, making a symphony with 32 Violins (16 violins in each section), 14 Violas, 12 Cellos, and 8 Basses. Since actual student enrollment rarely aligns with the numbers outlined above, Dr. Selby will determine student placement and spread students between the three classes based upon their ability, grade, and instrument balance across all the three classes.

Symphony Audition Requirements

The audition for the SOA HS Symphony is a Video Audition of Orchestral Excerpts.Videos must be submitted by 11:59 pm, Sunday April 19, 2020. The entire student must be visible in the video.

  1. Register for the Audition in Google Classroom by signing in to Google classroom ( and enter this code: 5gsjp2b “Symphony Audition 2020.”
  2. Once you have registered, click on the audition file for your instrument: Violin, Viola, Cello or Double Bass. This file will contain all of the instructions and excerpts you need to record.
  3. Record the performance with a smart phone or video camera. Students will be evaluated on technique, intonation, rhythm, tone and articulations. Students are to aim for the given performance tempos; however they are encouraged to play the excerpts only as fast as they can perform the music well.
  4. Upload the video to the Symphony Audition 2020 File for your instrument (violin, viola, cello, double bass). The entire student must be visible in the video. Videos must be submitted by 11:59 pm, Sunday, April 19, 2020.
  5. If you have trouble with Google Classroom, email Dr. Selby by March 11: (

School of the Arts Artistic Reaudition Policy

Students who do not maintain an 80% average in their major classes are required to re-audition for SOA. Symphony students who do not pass the re-audition will drop down a level to the Chamber Technique/Orchestra or will return to their home school.