Symphony Orchestra

Christian Baldini conducts the UC Davis Symphony.
Overview

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 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 opportunity to audition is on Monday and Tuesday, April 1st and 2nd.
  • 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.

We especially encourage string players to audition, but all instruments are welcome. At this time, however, there are no openings for pianists. Pianists who are interested in performing with the symphony need to contact Prof. Baldini by e-mail—csbaldini@ucdavis.edu—with a list of performances and a music resume.

Rehearsals

  • Tuesdays and Thursdays, 7:10–9:40 pm in Jackson Hall, Mondavi Center.
  • Call time for rehearsals is 6:55 pm. 
  • First Winter Quarter rehearsal is Tuesday, April 2, 2018, in the Vanderhoef Studio Theatre, 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:

Benzecry: Rituales Amerindios

Brahms: Concerto for Violin and Cello (“Double Concerto”)

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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