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.

Auditions

Strings (Updated for Fall 2021)

Announcement: String students should submit their audition video by Monday, August 16 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 2021 String Member Audition Excerpts »

Woodwinds and Brass (Updated for Fall 2021)

  • 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 2021 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. 
  • 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 22nd, 23rd and 24th.
  • Wind players will audition for Professors Morales-Matos and 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(s) 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 Professor Morales-Matos 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.
  • Instrument times are as follows:
    Sunday, August 22, PRS 100
    5:00-7:00 pm: Flutes, Oboes, Bassoons

    Monday, August, 23, PRS 007
    1:18-2:30 pm: Saxophones, Euphoniums, Tubas

    Monday, August 23, PRS 100
    7:00-10:00 pm:  Clarinets, Trumpets

    Tuesday, August 24, PRS 100
    7:00-9:00 pm: Horns, Trombones
  • 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 »

  • Questions?  Please email or see Professor Morales-Matos in 208 PRS or Professor Speck in 206 PRS.
  • 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 27
1st Wind Ensemble Rehearsal:        Friday, August 27

For more information, contact director Ricardo Averbach, averbach@miamioh.edu