Orchestras

violin section of orchestra

Participation in all UNC Charlotte orchestras is open to all students at UNC Charlotte. Philharmonia (MUPF 1168) also is open to members of the general public.

The UNC Charlotte Orchestra  (MUPF 1110) represents the highest-level orchestral performance group at UNC Charlotte. The primary touring ensemble of the Orchestras area, the 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. The audtion is graded and constitutes 10% of the final grade, regardless of the ensemble assigned.  Spring Semester 2019 Auditions will be held Thursday, January 10, 2019, from 5:30-8:00 pm in ROB 210. 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 for the terms and conditions of the waiver. 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 before the add/drop deadline of the Spring 2019 semester.

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

Audition requirements for String majors/minors

Orchestra Audition Excerpts Spring 2019
All parts in the public domain and available through IMSLP.ORG

Instrumentalists must prepare all respective excerpts listed.

Violin (all first violin excerpt unless otherwise noted)

J. Strauss IIDie Fledermaus

Measure 1 to downbeat of Measure 40
Measure 122 to  end of Measure 141
Measure 388 to Measure 416

Bizet Carmen

“Chanson du Toreador”
Measure 1 with pickup to end of Measure 8
Measure 12 to downbeat of Measure 17

Danse Boheme
Letter K to Letter L for Violin 1 AND Violin 2
Letter P to End for Violin 1 AND Violin 2

Viola 

J. Strauss II Die Fledermaus
Measure 122 to  end of Measure 141

Carmen

“Chanson du Toreador”
Measure 1 with pickup to end of Measure 8
Measure 12 to downbeat of Measure 17

MendelssohnMidsummer Night’s Dream
Scherzo
M. 17- Rehearsal letter D

Cello

J. Strauss II Die Fledermaus
Measure 122 to  end of Measure 141

 Bizet Carmen

“Chanson du Toreador”
Measure 1 with pickup to end of Measure 8
Measure 12 to downbeat of Measure 17

Mendelssohn Midsummer Night’s Dream
Scherzo
Rehearsal Letter C to D, N to O

Bass 

BizetCarmen
“Les Toreadors”
Measure 55 to 79

StraussDon Juan
Opening to 5th bar
Rehearsal Letter  A to 6 measure before Rehearsal Letter D.

Beethoven Symphony No. 9
Recitatives and Ode (Pickup to measure 9, to measure 90, measure 92 to third beat D of measure 115.

WagnerDie Meistersinger
Prelude

Contact

Dr. Mira FrischDirector of String Chamber Music
Dr. Shawn Smith, Director of Bands and Interim Director of Orchestra