RIT Orchestra

2015-2016 Registration and Audition Information

Rehearsals and Registration

Rehearsals for the RIT Orchestra 2014-2015 will be held 5:00-6:15 Mondays and Wednesdays in the SAU Music Room. Auditions will be held the first week of classes, on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday. Please attend the first class meeting on Monday, August 24, 5:00, SAU Music Room, for details and to sign up for an audition time. You will be able to register after your audition, using an Add Form signed by Dr. Ruhling. All students playing in the RIT Orchestra are expected to register for credit (1 credit per quarter), except in extreme circumstances (e.g. overload). So if you would like to play in orchestra, please leave the rehearsal time slot open in your schedule, and at least one credit available, and come for an audition. Students are also expected to serve on one of the orchestra committees to help with the administration of the orchestra. Please also read the document Being an orchestral player to more fully understand what is expected.

Audition Information

All students, new and returning, will be required to audition. Returning students: you will receive a grade for the level of your preparation of the audition excerpts. The audition is a painless process, taking 10-15 minutes. It includes the following exercises—

  1. Play a scale or two (major and/or minor, up to 4 sharps and 4 flats in the key signature).
  2. Play an assigned orchestral excerpt. Find your instrument/part below, download it, and PRACTICE. Brass players: note transpositions. Returning members: PRACTICE the parts. You will receive a grade for your audition preparation. Do not come to your audition unprepared.
  3. Sight-read some material.
  4. If you wish also to prepare something else, you may do so, but emphasis will be given to the orchestral excerpt.

Please download and complete the following RIT Orchestra Information Form and bring it with you to your audition. Upon a successful audition, you will be given an Add form, which you will take to the appropriate office as directed. Then you're registered. Seating will be announced by the first full rehearsal, taking place the Monday afternoon of the second week of classes.


Audition excerpts: from Tchaikovsky's Nutcracker Suite. Op. 71a —












Percussion: contact Dr. Ruhling