2020-21 Strings Auditions / UW Symphony Orchestra

Sunday, September 27, 2020
Audition video submission deadline
  • Violin close-up

Strings auditions for the UW Symphony Orchestra. Winds, brass, percussion and harp interested in UW Orchestras, please see here.

Auditions have moved to a video submission audition format for the 2020/21 school year.

VIDEO SUBMISSION DATES FOR UWSO

  1. Sunday, September 27 at 11:59 PM PDT—Audition videos submissions due.

  2. September 28–29: Video auditions reviewed and evaluated.

  3. September 30–Oct 2: Audition results sent via email with add codes.


VIDEO SUBMISSION INSTRUCTIONS FOR UWSO

Your audition should consist of selections of your choice from two works of contrasting styles/periods (accompaniment is not necessary), totaling no more than 5 minutes. (There will be no sight-reading.)

  1. Record your auditions on a camera or phone (in Landscape Mode)
  2. Frame your shot so that you and your instrument are centered in the frame. A distance of 6 feet is recommended. 
  3. The audition video with your 2 selected works should be one single file, totaling no more than 5 minutes. 
  4. Export your video audition as a MP4 or MOV file at a minimum 720p resolution (1080p is preferred). Please do not send 4k videos due to storage limitations.
  5. When exporting/saving your file, please use the following method = lastname_firstname_instrument.mp4. (i.e. Johnson_James_bass.mp4)

Online Audition Submission Form:

UW Symphony Orchestra (MUSEN 300/500)


  • UW Symphony is open to music majors AND non-music majors alike
  • Return­ing stu­dents are expected to take the seat­ing audi­tion along with new students.
  • These auditions are being held so that we can best devise seating plans for each concert. Seating will rotate throughout the year.
  • Rehearsals are Mondays and Wednesdays from 3:30 pm - 6:00 pm in Meany 268 (Friday rehearsals at 3:30 pm are held only on concert days). If you have any ques­tions please email Dr. Rah­bee at: darahbee@uw.edu

***MUSIC MAJORS MUST INDICATE THAT THEY ARE AUDITIONING FOR THE UWSO. NON MAJORS MUST INDICATE WHICH ORCHESTRA THEY ARE AUDITIONING FOR. NON MAJORS WHO ARE ENROLLED IN PRIVATE LESSONS ON YOUR INSTRUMENT WITH UW FACULTY ARE REQUIRED TO ENROLL IN THE UWSO (MUSEN300/500). IF YOU ARE NOT ENROLLED IN PRIVATE LESSONS ON YOUR INSTRUMENT WITH UW FACULTY, YOU MAY SIGN UP TO PLAY IN EITHER ORCHESTRA, DEPENDING ON YOUR SCHEDULE OR INTEREST, OR YOU MAY INDICATE INTEREST IN BOTH ORCHESTRAS AND WE WILL PLACE YOU BASED ON THE SIZE OF THE SECTION IN EACH ORCHESTRA.

Orchestral Ensemble Information (PDF)