Spring 2022 Auditions
If you are interested in auditioning for the RIT Philharmonic Orchestra, please contact Dr. Ruhling (firstname.lastname@example.org) as soon as possible. Auditions will be held the first week of classes, with new members asked to audition Jan. 10.
The plan for next semester is to study the music of Beethoven, among a few others. We will be working with a course I am teaching on Beethoven (PRFL 490-04 Special Topics: Beethoven’s World and Music; consider registering for it if it interests you) in presenting four short concerts on Wednesday evenings during the scheduled rehearsal time in Allen Chapel. Each concert will be preceded by a 10- to 15-minute presentation on a topic apropos to the repertoire, given by me or students from the Beethoven class. The concert schedule with tentative repertoire is as follows:
February 9: Beethoven’s predecessors, incl. works by Haydn and Mozart
March 2: Beethoven’s Symphony No. 6 “Pastoral”
March 30: Beethoven’s Overture and Incidental Music to Goethe’s Egmont, featuring Prof. Amy Cochrane, soprano, and Prof. of Theater Andy Head
April 20: Vienna, 1822. Rossini’s Overture to The Thieving Magpie (possible), Schubert’s “Unfinished” Symphony No. 8, Beethoven’s Consecration of the House Overture.
Rehearsals will take place in the rehearsal room A130 of the SAU, with dress rehearsals (Sitzproben) the Mondays before each of the concerts taking place in Allen Chapel. The first week of class—Jan. 10 and 12—we will hold auditions. Jan. 10 will begin with a meeting for everyone, followed by auditions for new people (those not participating the first semester) and strings. Jan. 12 will be auditions for winds, brass, percussion, and any strings we could not fit in Monday night. Other audition times will be made by appointment, in my office (LBR 1110). I will give out registration codes at your auditions. Then first full rehearsal will be Wednesday, January 19.
The auditions will be excerpts from Beethoven’s Symphony No. 6 and the Overture to Egmont, so please learn these over the break. Here are links to the parts on IMSLP— Symphony No. 6
Find your part and click the arrow to the left to go to a downloadable pdf. You’ll have to wait a few (15) seconds for the advertisement to be able to get to the pdf.
I’m looking forward to working with you on this interesting repertoire. Beethoven’s 250th birthday was Dec. 16, 2021, but Covid did not allow too many Beethoven performances then. So we’ll make this spring a celebration.
And, again, there are still seats available in the Beethoven class next semester (PRFL 490-04, meets TTh 9:30-10:45), so if you are interested in learning more about this giant composer, consider registering for the course. A description follows this email. I look forward to seeing you January 10.