Christian Baldini conducts the UC Davis Symphony.

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
Fall Quarter: General Auditions

All new and returning members must audition.

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.

Audition dates and times:

  • The next set of auditions take place September 23 – 26.
  • 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.


  • 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 26, 2018, in Jackson Hall, Mondavi Center for the Performing Arts [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:

Strauss: Don Juan
Beethoven: Symphony No. 2
Dvořák: Symphony No. 8

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


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