Symphony Orchestra

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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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Symphony Audition Information

Auditions are required for all new and returning members and for principal chair holders (e.g. principal cello, etc).

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 based on your instrument:

Strings, woodwinds, and brass
Check available times between Monday September 21 and Thursday, September 24. Be sure to choose the first option in the list, “Symphony Auditions.” These auditions take place in Room 1105, Art Annex (Prof. Baldini’s office).

Percussion only
Check for available times between 2:00 and 2:50 pm on Thursday, September 24. Be sure to choose the third option in the list, “Symphony Auditions (Percussion Only).” These auditions take place in Room 105, Music Building.

Rehearsals

Tuesdays and Thursdays, 7:10–9:40 pm in Jackson Hall, Mondavi Center.

Call Time for Rehearsals is 6:55 pm. 

First rehearsal is Thursday, September 24
Jackson Hall, Mondavi Center [Call-time is 6:55 pm]

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 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:

Mahler: Symphony No. 5

Sibelius: Symphony No. 3

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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