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UC Davis Symphony Orchestra
Christian Baldini, Music Director and Conductor

The UC Davis Symphony Orchestra (UCDSO) is committed to presenting repertoire from different periods and styles at the highest artistic level.Members also pride themselves in performing works by students, faculty and visiting composers. Established in 1959, the orchestra has performed in many cities in Northern California, as well as in Australia, Canada, France, French Polynesia, and Spain. As of 2013, the UCDSO has grown to approximately 110 members and is a resident ensemble of Jackson Hall at the Mondavi Center.

Course Information: MUS 141. University Symphony (2 units)

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Fall 2014

General auditions to the UC Davis Symphony Orchestra, for everyone (new and returning members). Note: Returning members from 2013–14 are also required to re-audition in order to join.

Fall 2014 auditions will take place in Professor Baldini’s office, Room 1105, Music Annex (formerly Grounds Office Building). Fill out, print and bring this Application form to your audition, which you must schedule in advance.

Audition dates and times are:

Tuesday, September 30
3:00–5:00 pm

Tuesday, September 30
9:00 am–12:30 pm
1:00–7:00 pm [1:00–2:00 pm is for percussion auditions only]

Wednesday, October 1
9:00 am–12:30 pm
1:00–6:00 pm

Thursday, October 2
9:00 am–12:30 pm
1:00–3:00 pm, 4:10–5:00 pm

Rehearsals

Tuesday/Thursday, 7:10–9:40 pm in Jackson Hall, Mondavi Center.

Call Time for Rehearsals is 6:55 pm. 

First rehearsal is Thursday, October 2.

Requirements and Music excerpts

All applicants should prepare a solo piece that demonstrates fast and slow playing (it can be two different pieces or sections from the same work).

Applicants interested in holding a principal position should also prepare to perform at least two orchestral excerpts chosen from Strauss’s Till Eulenspiegels lustige Streiche and Mozart’s Overture to Idomeneo. Everyone is welcome and encouraged to perform these excerpts but only those interested in holding a principal position are required to do so. Parts are free and available for download here:

Strauss: Till Eulenspiegels lustige Streiche

Mozart: Overture to Idomeneo

All applicants must fill out, print and bring this Application Form (PDF) to their scheduled audition.

Schedule an Audition

You may sign up for an audition online.

You may also contact the Department of Music by email, musicoffice@ucdavis.edu or by calling (530) 752-5537. For further information, contact Prof. Baldini.

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