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 2021 Auditions

To audition for the UQ Chamber Singers:

  1. Fill out an Expression of Interest (EOI) form by Monday 26 July 2021 to indicate your interest in joining the ensemble. 
  2. Sign up on the registration sheet outside room 411, Zelman Cowen Building (51), for a 5 to 10 minute consultation with Dr Morton on Tuesday 27 July 2021.
  3. Attend the open rehearsal/group audition starting at 4 pm on Tuesday 27 July 2021 in the Noel Nickson Room, room 434, Zelman Cowen Building (51).
  4. Audition outcomes will be announced on Wednesday 28 July 2021.

All students must audition for the UQ Symphony Orchestra (UQSO), even if you were a member of the UQSO in Semetser One 2021. To audition for the UQ Symphony Orchestra:

  1. Fill out an Expression of Interest (EOI) form by Monday 19 July 2021 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 permissible repertoire 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, and not screened: they will be scheduled during the following times:
    • Monday 26 July and Tuesday 27 July 2021, 6 to 10 pm: winds, brass and percussion
      Monday 2 August and Tuesday 3 August 2021, 6 to 10 pm: strings
  4. Audition outcomes will be announced on Wednesday 4 August 2021.

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