Auditions for the 2020-21 Season will be held on August 15-16, 2020 at the Schwartz Center for Performing Arts on the Emory University campus.
Please click on this link to schedule your audition. We will be following any and all recommendations from Emory University and the CDC regarding auditions. Should any changes need to be made to this year’s auditions, we will notify all who have registered.

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Audition repertoire consists of:

  • a required orchestral excerpt
  • solo repertoire of your choice
  • required scales & sight reading

The appropriate required orchestral excerpts can be found below and will be provided to each auditionee immediately via email when they register for their audition online. Solo repertoire should be 4-6 minutes of music of the student’s choosing including two contrasting excerpts (technical and lyrical) from standard solo literature. A single solo work with contrasting sections is also an acceptable option. Memorization is not required. See below for required scales.

Required 2020-2021 Audition Excerpts:

Flute Oboe Clarinet Bassoon

Horn Trumpet Tenor Trombone

Bass Trombone Tuba Percussion

Violin Viola Cello Bass



Major scales for strings are as follows:

Violin: G and C major scales, 3 octave, separate bow
Viola: C and F major scales, 3 octave, separate bow
Cello: C and Eb major scales, 3 octave, separate bow
Bass: G and Bb major scales, 2 octave, separate bow

Selected major scales for winds and brass will be asked at the audition. Scales are not required for piano and harp applicants. Lastly, a basic sight-reading excerpt will be provided at the audition for all instruments.


In choosing your solo works, please prepare material on two out of three of: snare drum, timpani, mallets. Basic rudiments (snare), major scales (mallets), and timpani tuning (A-D) may be requested.

Students are evaluated on the basis of tone quality, intonation, rhythmic accuracy, musicianship, expressiveness, and reading ability.

Auditions are held at Emory University’s Schwartz Center for Performing Arts. Students should arrive at least 30 minutes ahead of their audition time to check in and be escorted to a warm-up room. Auditions last approximately 8 minutes. Free parking is available in the Fishburne Parking Deck next to the Schwartz Center.

Students will receive information on how to pay the audition registration fee when they register.  

Approximately one week before auditions are held, each student will be sent more detailed information including warm-up room locations.

Questions regarding auditions should be directed to Jessica Stinson, Orchestra Manager –