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.


Strings (Updated for Spring 2023)

Announcement: String students should submit their audition video by Monday, January 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.

Spring 2023 String Member Audition Excerpts and Instructions»

Wind Ensemble, Symphony Band, and Orchestral Winds Audition Instructions for Spring 2023

Audition Process

  • Woodwind and brass players wishing to perform in the Symphony Band, Symphony Orchestra, or Wind Ensemble take one audition to be considered for all ensembles.
  • Below you will find a link to the set of audition materials for Spring 2023 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 fsign up for a 6-minute slot in the Google calendar link below.
  • You will also need to fill out the form contained in the Drive folder and bring it with you to your audition.
  • If you need to change your time, click on the event reservation in your personal calendar. You will see a trash can icon in the upper right. Click on this to cancel your reservation, then sign up for a new time.
  • The provided excerpts are optional. You may perform music of your own choice, but please select music that displays both expressive and technical aspects of your playing.
  • 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 Nov. 9th, 10th, 16th, and 18th.
  • There are no blocks of time for individual instruments, given the realities of having evening auditions at this point in the semester.
  • Please sign up for a slot at the earliest possible time you are prepared and available.
  • Times and locations are as follows:
    Wednesday, Nov 9th, 2022
    PRS 100: 7:30-10:00 pm

    Thursday, Nov 10, 2022
    PRS 100: 7:00-10:00 pm

    Wednesday, Nov 16th, 2022
    PRS 100: 7:30-10:00 pm

    Friday, Nov 18, 2022
    PRS 100: 7:00-10:00 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.

For more information, contact director Ricardo Averbach,