Orchestra

  • Orchestra Concert
    Orchestra Concert
    Photo: Maria Kjellstrand '15

Hector Valdivia, conductor

Carleton Orchestra (187) - 1 credit per term, AL

Rehearsals: Monday (Strings), Tuesday (Winds and Brass), Thursday (Full Ensemble)
6:30-8:00 p.m. (Concert Hall Rehearsal Room)

The Carleton Orchestra performs varied repertoire ranging from the 18th to the 20th centuries. Recent performances have included Beethoven's Symphony No. 2, Lutoslawski's Concerto for Orchestra, and Tchaikovsky's Romeo and Juliet Fantasy Overture. Open admission, placement by audition. 

For your Orchestra/Band Audition, you will be asked to perform the following:

  1. A major and/or minor scale in a key up to 4 sharps or 4 flats (e.g., C, G, D, A, E, F, Bb, Eb, Ab major and relative minors).
  2. A prepared piece of your choice. This could be a concerto, solo piece, etude, or ensemble part that you prepared in high school or in private lessons.
  3. The excerpts are provided on the Ensemble Audition Information page. These are different for each instrument.
  4. We will also have you sight read a short excerpt from the orchestra and band literature.

Auditions usually take about 10 minutes, and we try to make these as informal and “user friendly” as possible. Still, good preparation always makes for a less-stressful audition experience, so we encourage you to come prepared!