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)
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 the selections below. 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:
The [violin] concerto is known for its mix of Hungarian folk melodies, Bulgarian dance rhythms, modern microtonality and references to Medieval and Renaissance music — including the composer’s use of scordatura (an alternate tuning of the violin that was used by Baroque composer H.I.F. Biber in some of his violin sonatas).