Auditioning for Orchestra and Chamber Singers

The School of Music recognises the importance of ensemble training for music students and encourages vigorous and enthusiastic participation. Any UQ student can audition for a place in:

  • UQ Symphony Orchestra
  • UQ Chamber Singers

Students who successfully audition must either:

  • Enrol in an Ensemble Studies course appropriate to their program; or
  • Take part for enjoyment, personal development, or as an extension activity.

If your audition is unsuccessful and you have already enrolled in an Ensembles Studies course, please drop your enrolment in that course and choose another course before the final date for addition of courses.

Both ensembles work towards developing excellence in rhythmic accuracy, pitch discrimination, acquiring a full dynamic range, and developing musical style and vitality. The ensemble directors choose repertoire and devise a rehearsal schedule and roster, taking into account the skills of the ensemble members and the performance venue, orchestration and concert format. There may be additional rehearsals during the semester, including sectional rehearsals, depending on performance commitments.

Semester Two 2022 Auditions

To audition for the UQ Chamber Singers:

  1. Fill out an Expression of Interest form by Friday of Orientation Week (22 July 2022).
  2. Attend a 5 – 10 minute consultation with Dr Morton on the Tuesday morning of Week 1 (26 July 2022): a sign-up sheet will be posted outside Room 411 in the School of Music during Orientation Week.
  3. Attend the open rehearsal/group audition at the first scheduled UQCS rehearsal, at a time to be advised on Blackboard.
  4. You will be advised of the success of your application within 48 hours of this rehearsal. If you are unsuccessful in your application and were intending on undertaking this activity for course credit, you have plenty of time to drop this course and enrol in another without having to pay a late fee for adding a course after the final date for addition of courses. (Please note students enrolled in MUSC1100 and MUSC2100 are guaranteed a place in the ensemble).

To audition for UQ Symphony Orchestra:

All students must audition for entry into the UQ Symphony Orchestra (UQSO), including those who played in UQSO in previous semesters. Late applications may be considered but not after the auditions have taken place except in special circumstances. The application process is as follows:

  1. Fill out an Expression of Interest (EOI) form by Monday of Orientation Week (18 July 2022) to indicate your interest in joining the ensemble.
  2. Download the audition excerpts relevant to your instrument at the bottom of this page and prepare for your audition. These excerpts are the only repertoire permitted for the audition and must be prepared in full.
  3. Attend your audition at the time you are advised to attend. Auditions will be open (that is, not screened): wind, brass and percussion auditions will be scheduled from 6-10pm on Monday of Week 1 (25 July 2022), and strings auditions will be scheduled from 6-10pm on Wednesday of week 1 (27 July 2022).
  4. Audition outcomes will be announced on Monday of Week 2 (1 August 2022). If you are unsuccessful in your application and were intending on undertaking this activity for course credit, you have plenty of time to drop this course and enrol in another without having to pay a late fee for adding a course after the final date for addition of courses.

Audition Excerpts
Bassoon
Cello
Clarinet
Double Bass
Flute and Piccolo
French Horn
Oboe
Percussion 
Trombone
Trumpet
Viola
Violin