Auditions for the 2018-2019 Season have concluded! Audition registration for the 2019-2020 Season will re-open in early summer, 2019.

Auditions for the 2018-2019 Season were held on August 25-26, 2018 at the Schwartz Center for Performing Arts on the Emory University campus.

Auditions consist of solo repertoire, scales, and sight reading. Students should prepare 4-6 minutes of music of their own choosing including two contrasting excerpts (technical and lyrical) from the solo repertoire. A single work with contrasting sections is also an acceptable option. Memorization is not required. Please note that we do not require set excerpts.

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. Lastly, a basic sight-reading excerpt will be provided at the audition.

Percussionists should prepare solo/etude excerpts 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.

The audition fee is $25. Students should bring payment to their audition.  

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


Audition scheduling via the eAudition system is now open! Click here to register for an audition time.

Questions regarding auditions should be directed to Ms. Martha Shockey at