Symphony Orchestra

Two piccolo players perform during an orchestra concert
 Bassoon players perform during orchestra concert
 Closeup of the violin section as they perform with the symphony orchestra
A row of horn players perform with the orchestra

The Miami University Symphony Orchestra (MUSO), with a history dating back to 1890, is dedicated to the quality performance of the orchestral repertoire from the Baroque era until our days, including world premieres by contemporary composers. The ensemble combines undergraduate and graduate students of all majors in pursue of high artistic standards, as well as the professional and artistic growth of its members.

The ensemble has an extensive performance schedule on and off campus, which includes in addition to the orchestral repertoire, a full opera production, concertos with renowned soloists as well as student soloists, choral-symphonic repertoire, ballet and music from other traditions and genres.


Students join the Miami University Symphony Orchestra through competitive audition. In order to audition please complete the Audition Form and include a link to your audition video by August 14th, 2022. More specific instructions for your instrument are contained in a file in the Google Drive folder linked below, along with your excerpts.

Strings (Updated for Fall 2022)

Announcement: String students should submit their audition video by Sunday, August 14 at the latest.

Below you will find a link to a folder of audition materials. Specific instructions for your audition are contained in a file in the folder, please read it in it's entirety. Please note that you must be signed into your Miami Google account in order to access these audition materials.

Fall 2022 String Member Audition Excerpts and Instructions»

Audition Form »

Woodwinds and Brass (Updated for Fall 2022)

Audition Process

  • Woodwind and brass players wishing to perform in the Symphony Orchestra or Wind Ensemble take one audition to be considered for either or both ensembles.
  • Below you will find a link to the set of audition materials for Fall 2022 and a link to a Google calendar where you may sign up for an audition time. Find your instrument within the set and download the excerpts to prepare. Once you are ready find your instrument block in the Google calendar link below and sign up for a 6-minute slot. Consider your time carefully, as the system will not allow you to remove your name from a slot. If you do need to change your time, please email one of the conductors.
  • Please note that you must be signed into your Miami Google account in order to access these audition materials.

    Wind Audition Excerpts »

Audition Time Signup Procedure

  • Audition dates are August 21st, 22nd and 23rd.
  • Wind players will audition for Dr. Averbach and Professor Speck, at which time they shall indicate the ensemble(s) for which they wish to be considered.
  • MAKE EVERY EFFORT to audition in the block of time reserved for your instrument. Also, please sign for the earliest time at which you are available. Do not add times without first speaking to either Dr. Averbach or Professor Speck. Please try to audition on the same evening if you are not available during your time block.
  • If you must perform at a time other than that reserved for your instrument, please indicate your instrument when you sign up.
  • You will be asked to play scales and the audition excerpts; you might be asked to sight-read also.
  • Times and locations are as follows:
    Sunday, August 21, 2022
    PRS 100:   Clarinets and Bassoons
    5:00-7:00 pm

    Monday, August 22, 2022
    PRS 007: Euphoniums, Saxophones, and Tubas (ONLY these instruments in this block)
    1:15-2:35 pm

    PRS 100:  Flute, Horn, Oboe, Trombone
    7:00-9:30 pm

    Tuesday, August 23, 2022
    PRS 100: Trumpets (and anyone else)
    7:00-9:00 pm
  • Please note that you must be signed into your Miami Google account in order to sign up for a time. Also note that you need to advance the calendar to your preferred date to see the appointments.
  • Wind Audition Time Signups »

  • If you have questions about a specific ensemble, please email the appropriate conductor. If you have an issue regarding your audition time, please email Professor Speck.
  • The rehearsal times for the ensembles are as follows:
    • Wind Ensemble: MWF: 1:15-2:35
    • Orchestra: MWF: 2:50-4:10
  • Please know your class schedule, including potential conflicts for both ensembles.
  • 1st Orchestra General Meeting:       Friday, August 26
    1st Wind Ensemble Rehearsal:        Friday, August 26

For more information, contact director Ricardo Averbach,