Adam Boyles, Music Director

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MITSO Auditions for the 2016-2017 Season

The MIT Symphony Orchestra, under the direction of Adam Boyles, holds auditions in the fall and spring. MIT and Wellesley students may take MITSO for 6 units of credit, as 21M.421. All local students, MIT community members, and non-MIT community members are welcome to audition. Please note, MITSO is a student orchestra and all positions are unpaid. Priority will be given to students.

Rehearsal and concert participation is required for all MITSO members. Rehearsals are held on Tuesdays and Thursdays, 7:30 - 10 PM in Kresge Auditorium, on the MIT campus, Cambridge, MA. Concert dates for 2016-2017 are October 14, November 18, December 13, March 17, and May 5.

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Auditions are by appointment only and begin the first week in September. Please fill out the online Audition Registration Form here to sign up for an audition time.

Audition Requirements:

There are three parts to the audition:

1) Auditionees are required to prepare the entirety of Sibelius Symphony no. 5. String parts can be downloaded here, and players are expected to follow the given bowing. All other parts can be downloaded here.

Please prepare first/principal parts only (1st violin, 1st clarinet, etc), and where there is a divisi option, please take the top part.

Any instruments not featured in the symphony may prepare a short solo of your choosing. Percussionists will be expected to prepare the Sibelius (timpani), plus a short solo on another percussion instrument of your choice.

With the Sibelius, auditionees will be expected to have an educated opinion as to the tempi and flow of any given section without having to ask the conductor. Hitting an exact metronome mark is not the point, but being within the ballpark of generally accepted tempi is desired.

2) You will be asked for the memorized execution of scales in any key, selected from Major, Natural Minor, Melodic Minor, or Harmonic Minor. You can perform them at your own pace, articulation, bowing, etc. provided it remains steady in tempo.

3) A short sightreading excerpt may also be given.

*Emphasis in the audition is balanced toward execution of good fundamentals over virtuosity*

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