Membership in UC Berkeley Symphony Orchestra (UCBSO) and Chamber Orchestra is by audition only, and is open to Berkeley students as well as community members. Auditions are held every fall and spring before each semester begins.

Fall 2022 Requirements (UPDATE: deadline extended to Tues. 8/23 at 5 pm)

Auditions will consist of a pre-screening process, followed by an in-person audition/interview.

If you have any questions or concerns (including any deadline extensions), please contact both Saagar Asnani at saagar(at)berkeley(dot)edu and Thomas Green at greent(at)berkeley(dot)edu.

Pre-Screening (both audition form and video due by Tue. 8/23 at 5pm Pacific Time, although if you need more time, do not hesitate to reach out to both Saagar and Thomas, whose emails are listed above):

  1. Fill out an audition form.
    • New members – link to form HERE
    • Returning members – link to form HERE
  2. Submit a video recording of required excerpts HERE.
    • Video requirements are available at the bottom of this page.
  3. You will hear back by Sun. 8/21 whether you are invited for an in-person audition/interview.

In-person Audition/Interview (held Wed. 8/24 ~ Mon. 8/29):

  • If you are invited to an in-person audition/interview, you will receive an email by Sun. 8/21 with a link to sign up for a time slot.
    • All in-person auditions/interviews are held in Morrison 101.
  • Returning members may or may not be asked to also come in person

NOTE: The first rehearsal for UCBSO is Tues. 8/30. The first rehearsal for Chamber Orchestra is TBA (Wed. 8/31 or after).

Audition Video Requirements (video due by Tues. 8/23 at 5pm Pacific Time):

  • Solo Piece: a portion of a piece or multiple pieces that demonstrate both fast and slow playing (not to exceed 5 minutes total).
  • Orchestra Excerpts: as staged below (unless stated otherwise, ALL listed excerpts must be prepared).
  • Video Guidelines:
    • Video should be recorded in 1 single take, if possible.
    • Using smartphone footage or another device with a clear camera and microphone is acceptable.
    • Name your video file in this format:
      • [Instrument]_[Last name]_[First name]
      • Ex: Violin_Huang_Jennifer
    • Upload your video file HERE.

Violin

  1. Brahms – Symphony No. 1, 1st movement, mm 1-9.
  2. Beethoven – Symphony No. 3, 3rd movement, beginning through 1st ending.

Viola

  1. Shostakovich – Symphony No. 5, 1st movement, rehearsal 15 until 17.
  2. Beethoven – Symphony No. 3, 3rd movement.

Cello

  1. Mozart – Symphony No. 35, 1st movement
  2. Beethoven – Symphony No. 3, 3rd movement.

Bass

  1. Beethoven – Symphony No. 5, 2nd and 3rd movements, as indicated.

Flute

  1. Beethoven – Leonore Overture No. 3, 328-360.
  2. Ravel – Daphnis et Chloé, Suite No. 2, rehearsal 176 – 2 after 179.
  3. Mendelssohn – Midsummer Night’s Dream, Scherzo, 2 before P – end.

Oboe

  1. Schubert – Symphony No. 9, 2nd movement, mm. 8-30.
  2. Rossini – La Scala di Seta Overture, beginning until rehearsal 3.
  3. Brahms – Violin Concerto, Mov. II, mm. 3-32.

Optional: Ravel – Le Tombeau de Couperin, 1st movement (Prelude), beginning through first ending.

Clarinet

  1. Mozart – Clarinet Concerto, 1st movement, beginning of solo through m. 154. (The Mozart may also be used as your prepared solo piece)
  2. Beethoven – Symphony No. 8, 3rd movement, Trio (mm. 48-78).

Bassoon

  1. Stravinsky – Firebird Suite, Berceuse, rehearsal number 1-8.
  2. Rimsky-Korsakov – Scheherazade, 2nd movement, beginning to letter A.
  3. Beethoven – Symphony No. 4, 4th movement, 184-190; 350-end.

French Horn

  1. Mahler – Symphony No. 3, 1st movement, opening to rehearsal 2.
  2. Brahms – Symphony No. 3, 3rd movement, letters B to C.
  3. Shostakovich – Symphony No. 5, 1st movement, rehearsal 17-21.

For principal consideration:

  1. Shostakovich – Symphony No. 5, 1st movement, rehearsal 36-39.
  2. Strauss – Till Eulenspiegel, beginning until rehearsal 1.

Trumpet

  1. Mahler – Symphony No. 5, solo.
  2. Mussorgsky/Ravel – Pictures at an Exhibition, opening solo.
  3. Beethoven – Leonore Overture No. 3, trumpet call.

For principal consideration:

  1. Stravinsky – Petroushka, Dance of the Ballerina, rehearsal 69-70.

Trombone

  1. Wagner – Die Walküre, Ride of the Walküres.
  2. Rossini – La Gazza Ladra Overture, rehearsal F-G, rehearsal I – m. 442.
  3. Wagner – Tannhäuser, Overture m. 378 – end.
  4. Mozart – Requiem, No. 3, Tuba Mirum.

Tuba

  1. Wagner – Die Meistersinger, Prelude.
  2. Wagner – Die Walküre, Ride of the Walküres.

Percussion

Please contact Loren Mach at lorenmach{at}yahoo{dot}com for excerpts.

Piano

  1. Bernstein – West Side Story, Mambo, mm. 404-437.
  2. Copland – Appalachian Spring, rehearsal 6-14, 30-31.

Harp

  1. Mahler – Symphony No. 5, Adagietto
  2. Tchaikovsky – Nutcracker Suite, Waltz of Flowers