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General Information

All members of the Concert Orchestra must perform a brief audition for the conductors at the beginning of each semester. Auditions are held a few days before classes begin or during the first week of each semester.

String players who are music majors should take the audition for Symphony Orchestra and may be placed in the Concert Orchestra based on the outcome of the audition. String players placed in Symphony Orchestra wishing to participate in Concert Orchestra additionally may request to do so to the Concert Orchestra staff, who will determine placement in conjunction with Professor Noe.

Wind and percussion players must perform an audition for Concert Orchestra, regardless of whether they take the College of Music Wind and Percussion audition for placement in the concert bands and Symphony Orchestra.

Fall 2017 Auditions



Fall 2017 auditions will be held on Tuesday, August 29 through Thursday, August 31 in room 233 of the Music Building.

To sign up for an audition time, please do so online at 
Please note, in addition to signing up online, please fill out the audition questionnaire prior to your audition at  

Please note that alternate/additional times may be requested other than the dates stipulated, especially if all times on the dates above are full. Inform us of your conflict and we'll try our best to be accommodating. Please contact us at 


The audition will consist of excerpts selected from Tchaikovsky Symphony No. 5.  Please click on your respective instrument below to download the PDF file of the audition materials.










Violin I*

Violin II*




*Violinists may audition playing either the Violin I or II excerpts. If accepted, every effort will be made to place the player in his/her desired section, although MSUCO's staff cannot guarantee this outcome. 

**Instrumentalists wishing to audition on auxillary instruments (piccolo, English Horn,  bass clarinet, or contrabassoon) may feel free to email the Concert Orchestra staff for more information. 



Email the CO Staff