Joining and Playing in the PLU Orchestras
How much do the orchestras rehearse?
KammerMusikere rehearses during USO rehearsal times, most often on Thursdays, but not every Thursday.
Can I receive credit for playing in the orchestra?
Yes. The USO is a class, MUSI 380. It is worth 1 credit hour/semester. All participating students are expected to register. When doing so would create a credit surplus, permission can be given for 0-credit registration on a limited basis. Contact the conductor.
How do I join?
What should I prepare for an audition?
Bring a short excerpt of anything you like. Try to choose something that shows a little lyrical playing and something a little more technical. It needs to be only 2 to 3 minutes in length. The auditioners will also have a few lines of an orchestra part for you to read.
If you would like also to be considered for participation in KammerMusikere, the auditioners will additionally ask you to play some scales in a number of specific bowing or articulation styles. More information is available at the audition page of this site.
Am I still eligible to play in the orchestra if I am not a music major?
Are scholarships available?
Should I take lessons on my instrument?
We always encourage orchestra members to study privately, but it is not required for playing in the orchestra. It is, however, a requirement if you hold a scholarship in your orchestral instrument. You may ask the conductor about how to contact the appropriate studio teacher for your instrument, or just look at the faculty page in this site.