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Auditions Requirements for Fall 2018

BSU Orchestra


Dear Perspective BSUSO Member,

The Boise State University Symphony Orchestra’s season consists of four major orchestral concerts, along with participation in All-Departmental activities such as the Annual Holiday Concert, opera, musical, and sponsoring the Annual Concerto-Aria Competition Concert. Auditions are held each Fall and Spring for participation in the University Orchestra Program. We invite you to come join us!

For details contact via email, Prof. Craig Purdy
or call 208-426-3360

Specific instructions for our 2018 Fall Semester Auditions are listed below.

Please go to the download link to download the audition material for your respective instrument. Each download will contain the marked excerpts (in red) and audition requirements for your instrument. Please follow them carefully as to not miss anything.

All Auditions to Take Place in C217 of the Morrison Center for the Performing Arts

Saturday, August 19, 2017
9:00 am-12:00 pm

Violas, Cellos, Basses
Saturday, August 19, 2017
1:00-4:00 pm

Sunday, August 20, 2017
1:00-4:00 pm
Auditions will be done behind a screen for a committee of BSU faculty from each of the
respective instrumental areas.

1. A 2 minute solo of your choice.

2. *Marked excerpts. All marked excerpts for your instrument should be prepared as close to tempo as possible. It behooves you to listen to recordings of each of these pieces and work with your private teacher on the various elements of these excerpts that will make for a successful audition.

*All auditions may include one additional excerpt not previously marked and chosen by the faculty adjudicator at the time of the audition. This will not only test your sightreading ability, an important fundamental skill, but also test your general familiarity with the repertoire as a whole.

Please click to schedule your audition. Be sure to click on the appropriate tab for your instrument at the bottom of the page.

Listening to the material you are going to audition with is critical to your success. Listen for approximate tempo, style, articulations, etc. I’ve created an audition folder on Spotify to help you in this process. Signing up is free.

Please refer any further questions to Prof. Purdy directly.