The Southampton University Symphony Orchestra’s membership changes each year. As with any university orchestra, each summer we say goodbye to older members as they leave the university. At the start of each academic year all existing members are re-auditioned, to ensure that the orchestra is of the highest possible standard.
To request an audition, applicants should be of the following playing levels:
• String players – Grade 6+
• Woodwind/brass players – Grade 8+ (French Horn players are usually accepted with a minimum standard of Grade 6)
• Orchestral percussion: Grade 7+
* Whilst the grade/playing level is important, we understand that not all musicians have taken graded exams. We use the grade level simply as a guide. If however, you do take exams, it should be assumed that you have already taken and moved beyond the minimum grade requirements in order to be able to request an audition.
Current members can sign up for an audition at pre-term week and we will also have a stall at the bunfight on Wednesday 27th September for any newcomers.
Due to the high volume of applicants in these instruments, there will be a two-stage process for flutes, clarinets and trumpets. The first round will take place on Saturday 30th September 9:00- 17:00 in front of the President, Assistant Conductor and one of our leading brass players. A selection of these applicants will then be invited through to the second round on Monday 2nd or Tuesday 3rd October. You are welcome to play the same piece(s) twice, and will not be penalised for doing so.
Applicants on other instruments will audition in front of the Music Director, President and Assistant Conductor on Monday 2nd and Tuesday 3rd October. Monday will run from 9:00am until late and Tuesday from 8:00am until noon.
Preparing for the audition:
Applicants will be expected to perform a programme of roughly 5 minutes. The timing here is not important, we will stop you once we have heard enough! We hope your programme will have two contrasting sections (this could be from one piece or two contrasting pieces). You will then be given some orchestral sight-reading, nothing too scary though!
An audition may seem a little daunting at first, however we do keep it as informal as possible. The rewards are great the other side! If you choose to join SUSO you will be following in the footsteps of thousands of musicians before you… what are you waiting for?!!
Good luck- we look forward to hearing you!