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 Orchestra. Most string students are expected spend a year in each class before promoting to the next level. Rising 9th grade students who demonstrate exceptional gift (by performing in 8th Grade All-State Orchestra, for example) are permitted to audition for Symphony/Symphony Technique.

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 SOA HS Symphony is a video audition. Videos must be submitted by Sunday, April 25, 2021. Record all excerpts in one video. The entire student must be visible in the video. Click the links below to access the excerpts for each instrument

Upload Your Audition Video: Upload the video to this link: Symphony Audition 2021 by Sunday, April 25, 2021.

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.

If you have questions, email Dr. Selby: (