RIT Orchestra

2013-2014 Registration and Audition Information


Rehearsals and Registration

Rehearsals for the RIT Orchestra 2013-2014 will be held 5:00-6:15 Mondays and Wednesdays in the SAU Music Room. You will be able to register after your audition the first week of classes, 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 that time slot open in your schedule, and at least one credit available, and come for an audition.

Audition information

Auditions will take place the first week of classes during rehearsal times and other posted times for which you can sign up. The audition is a painless process, taking 10-15 minutes. You will be asked to do three things:

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. This fall the excerpts will be from Bizet's Carmen Suite No. 2. You may find parts for this piece at IMSLP here. Find your instrument/part, download it, and PRACTICE. Dr. Ruhling will choose one or several appropriate excerpts from those parts, and ask you to play them. Brass players: note transpositions. Returning members: PRACTICE the parts. Do not come to your audition unprepared.

3. Sight-read some material.

If you wish also to prepare something else, you may do so, but emphasis will be given to the orchestral excerpt.

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.

If you miss the audition the first week because you were unaware of RIT Orchestra, contact Dr. Ruhling (michael.ruhling@rit.edu) for directions on late audition and entry.