Orchestras

orchestra students
The UNC Charlotte Chamber Orchestra in Montreal, Canada, March 2015.

At UNC Charlotte, we envision the act of performing in a symphony orchestra as one of public service. Under the leadership of Dr. Jonathan Andrew Govias, Director of Orchestras, UNC Charlotte symphonic ensembles have distinguished themselves as much for their excellent performances as for their service and contribution to diverse communities around the world. Some highlights of just the past two years include:

  1. Thirteen performances in ten days as part of an in-state tour (Fall 2014)
  2. Annual visits to El Sistema inspired programs in North Carolina, including Kidznotes in Durham, and Musicworks Asheville
  3. A one-week residency in the city of Montréal, Canada (Spring 2015) in partnership with Encore! Sistema Québec. (First-ever international tour by a UNC Charlotte instrumental ensemble!)
  4. The first-ever performance of a Symphony Orchestra on the Kahnawake Mohawk Indian reserve (Spring 2015)
  5. A one week residency for select orchestra musicians in England (Fall 2015)
  6. A featured performance for select orchestra musicians at the International Conference on Music Perception and Cognition in San Francisco (Summer 2016)
  7. A featured performance for select orchestra musicians at the International Society of Music Educators Conference in Glasgow, Scotland (Summer 2016)
  8. A one week residency for select orchestra musicians in Israel (Spring 2017)

In keeping with the Orchestra area’s core value of making participation in music accessible, all costs of airfare, ground transportation, and housing for these activities were covered by UNC Charlotte.

Ensembles


The Chamber Orchestra in performance, under the direction of Dr. Jonathan Govias.

Participation in all UNC Charlotte orchestras is open to all students at UNC Charlotte and members of the general public.

The Chamber Orchestra (MUPF 1160) represents the highest-level orchestral performance group at UNC Charlotte. The primary touring ensemble of the Orchestras area, the Chamber Orchestra presents music from across the spectrum of the symphonic repertoire, and emphasizes the art and science of group musical interaction. An audition is required for enrollment.  See below for enrollment information

The Philharmonia (MUPF 1168) is a string ensemble, performing standard works from the Baroque period through the present. No audition is required to enroll. Click here for more information.

Join us!

All new and returning string majors and minors, are required to perform an audition for placement in orchestra. Fall Semester 2017 Auditions will be held Tuesday, August 22, 2017, from 5-7:30pm in Rowe 140 (Rowe Recital Hall). Registration for these auditions is online, and specific repertoire excerpts can be found below.

If you are not a string music major or minor, you are not required to audition if you meet ANY of the following criteria:

  1. you have successfully auditioned for the UNC Charlotte Chamber Orchestra in prior semesters
  2. you have auditioned successfully for the NC All-state, WRO or ERO orchestras (or out-of-state equivalents) in the past
  3. you have auditioned successfully for the Charlotte Symphony Youth Orchestra (or equivalent) in the past

If one or more of these apply to you, please contact the Director of Orchestras to request that the audition be waived. If none of these apply to you, an informal audition is required. There is no set repertoire for these auditions and they may be scheduled directly with the Director of Orchestras. Auditions must be completed on or before August 28, 2017.

Online Violin Audition Registration
Online Viola Audition Registration 
Online Cello  & Bass Registration
Online Harp Audition Registration

Audition requirements for String majors/minors

Violin Excerpts (all violinists must prepare all excerpts as listed)

Click here to sign up for a VIOLIN time (Links to an external site.)

Schubert, Symphony No. 8 (unfinished)

1st Movement

Violin I: Rehearsal letter D (m. 176) to m. 194.

2nd Movement

Violin 2: m. 103 to Rehearsal letter C
Violin 2: m. 244 to m. 252

Debussy, Children’s Corner (arr. Caplet)

1st Movement

Violin 1: Rehearsal 1 to fourth measure of Rehearsal 1
Violin 1: 3rd measure of Rehearsal 2 to 5th measure of Rehearsal 2

6th Movement

Violin 1: m. 1 to m. 4
Violin 1: Rehearsal 29 to 4th measure of Rehearsal 29

Viola Excerpts

 Click here to sign up for a VIOLA time (Links to an external site.)

Schubert, Symphony No. 8 (unfinished)

1st Movement

Rehearsal letter D (m. 176) to m. 194.

2nd movement

M. 103 to Rehearsal letter C
Rehearsal letter E (m.236) to Rehearsal letter F (m.256)

Debussy, Children’s Corner (arr. Caplet)

1st Movement

Rehearsal 1 to Rehearsal 2 (top part AND bottom part)

6th Movement

M. 1 to m. 4
M. 10 to m. 18 (Rehearsal 29)

Cellos Excerpts

 Click here to sign up for a CELLO time (Links to an external site.)

Schubert, Symphony No. 8 (Unfinished) 

1st Movement

M. 44 to m. 53
M. 77 to m. 93 (Rehearsal letter C)

2nd movement

M. 109 to m. 111
Rehearsal letter E (m.236) to Rehearsal letter F (m.256)

Debussy, Children’s Corner (arr. Caplet)

1st Movement

5th measure of Rehearsal 1 to Rehearsal 2 (Top part)

6th Movement

M. 1 to m. 4

Bass Excerpts

 Click here to sign up for a BASS time (Links to an external site.)

Schubert, Symphony No. 8 (Unfinished) 

1st Movement

M. 77 to m. 93 (Rehearsal letter C)
M. 202 to m. 212

2nd movement

Rehearsal letter E (m.236) to Rehearsal letter F (m.256)

Debussy, Children’s Corner (arr. Caplet)

2nd Movement

M. 1 to m. 9

6th Movement

M. 1 to m. 4

Special Initiatives

Assistant Conductors Program

New for Fall 2015, the Assistant Conductors program gives undergraduate students who have completed the advanced conducting sequence with excellence the opportunity to serve as an Assistant Conductor of the orchestras. Assistant conductors perform at least once in public with an orchestra during the semester while receiving private mentoring and instruction from the Director of Orchestras. Unique nationally at the undergraduate level, the Assistant Conductors program at UNC Charlotte reflects the Orchestra area’s mandate to promote student leadership and development at all levels of study.

For the 2015-2016 year, the Assistant Conductors were Faith Foster and Dawn Carpenter.

For the 2017-2018 year, the Assistant Conductor is Benjamin Shafer.

Carolinas Orchestral Conducting Academy

Founded by Dr. Jonathan Govias, the Academy is an intensive conducting workshop, with all instruction taking place in front of a live orchestra. It is intended for established conductors to refine their conducting and rehearsal techniques, and develop their ensemble leadership under the instruction of world-class conductors. For Spring 2017, Maestro Christopher Warren Green served as Distinguished Guest Faculty.  Up to 10 active participants are normally accepted for the workshop, with a limited number of auditors/observers. The next iteration of the Carolinas Orchestral Conducting Academy will be announced soon.

Click HERE to view information about the Carolinas Orchestra Conducting Academy of Spring 2017

Contact

For more information about any activities of the Orchestra area at UNC Charlotte, please contact:

Dr. Jonathan Govias, Asst. Professor
Director of Orchestras
jonathan.govias@uncc.edu
704.687.0922
Twitter: @jonathangovias

Selected Past Programs

April 27, 2017 (Belk Auditorium, UNC Charlotte)

Symphony of Diversity

Verdi                     La Forza del Destino: Overture
Rushen               Sinfonia: Adagio
Lavry                    Tone Poem: Al Naharot Bavel (By the Rivers of Babylon)
Bushnaq             Ghadan (Western hemisphere premiere)
Márquez              Danzón No. 2

March 15, 2017 (Belk Auditorium, UNC Charlotte)

Mendelssohn     Symphony No. 3 in A minor, Op. 56 (“Scottish”)

January 27, 2017 (Belk Auditorium, UNC Charlotte)

Mozart                  Horn Concerto No. 2 in E flat
Puccini                “Signor ascolta” from Turandot
Herbert                 “Art is calling to me”
Svendsen            Romance Op. 26 for Solo Violin and Orchestra