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)
Winter Quarter auditions are required for all new members and for principal chair holders (e.g. principal cello, etc.). Returning members (from Fall 2014) are accepted for the entire 2014–15 season, and are not required to re-audition each quarter (but are encouraged to do so if they wish to move up within their section).
Monday, January 5
9:30 am–12:00 noon
1:00–4:00 pm (1:00–1:30 pm is for percussion auditions only)
Tuesday, January 6
9:30 am–1:00 pm
Tuesday/Thursday, 7:10–9:40 pm in Jackson Hall, Mondavi Center.
Call Time for Rehearsals is 6:55 pm.
First rehearsal is Tuesday, January 6
Jackson Hall, Mondavi Center
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 three orchestral excerpts chosen from Mahler’s Symphony No. 5. 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:
With a focus on the work of living composers, this new music festival features the UC Davis Symphony Orchestra, members of the Volti Ensemble, SO Percussion, the Empyrean Ensemble, soprano Nikki Einfeld, and others.