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 7)
• Orchestral percussion: Grade 7+
* Whilst your 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.
Auditions for this year are taking place on 10th, 11th and 12th October. To sign up for an audition, please fill in the following google form:
Preparing for the audition:
Applicants will be expected to prepare in advance and then perform a programme of roughly 5 minutes. The timing here is not important, we will stop you once we have heard enough! Your programme should have two contrasting sections, which could be from one piece or two contrasting pieces. You will then be given some orchestral excerpts to play.
An audition may seem a little daunting at first, but we keep it as friendly and welcoming as possible. The rewards are great on the other side – being a member of SUSO is an amazing experience! 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, and we look forward to hearing you!:)