Symphony Audition Information

  • EVERYONE is required to audition, including returning members.

  • The CRN number to register for MUS 141 will be given to all applicants admitted into the UC Davis Symphony Orchestra AFTER the auditions are completed.

If you have any questions about the UCDSO, email Professor Baldini at csbaldini@ucdavis.edu.

Here is Professor Baldini’s YouTube channel (in which you will find many current and vintage videos of performances).

Auditions will take place in Room 1144 (“Strings”), at the Ann E. Pitzer Center. Fill out, print and bring this Application form to your audition, which you must schedule in advance.

  • Find an available audition time.
  • Be sure to choose the first option in the list, “Symphony Auditions.” (Percussionists only should use the corresponding option.)
  • Fill out, print and bring this Application form to your audition.

Audition Dates and Times

  • Mon, Jan. 8 • 9:00 am – 1:00 pm and 2:00–5:00 pm 
  • Tue, Jan. 9 • 9:00 am – 12:30 pm and 1:30–2:30 and 4:00–5:30 pm
  • [Percussion only will be from 2:00–2:30 pm on Tuesday, 1/9 in the Percussion Studio]


  • Tuesdays and Thursdays, 7:10–9:00 pm in Jackson Hall, Mondavi Center.
  • Call time for rehearsals is 6:45 pm. 
  • First rehearsal is Tuesday, Jan. 9, 2024, in Jackson Hall, Mondavi Center for the Performing Arts [Call-time is 6:45 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:

Johannes Brahms: Symphony No. 1

Antonín Dvořák: Symphony No. 7

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

Schedule an Audition

You may sign up for an audition online. For further information, contact Professor Christian Baldini via csbaldini@ucdavis.edu.

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