Adam Boyles, Music Director

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MITSO Auditions for the 2015-2016 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 2015-2016 are October 16, November 20, March 12, and April 30.

Adam Boyles, Director (
Jillian Scales, Manager (

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:
One work of your choice OR prepare three movements from the Stravinsky’s The Firebird (1911 Suite). The Stravinsky option is available only for strings, and can be found here. You will be asked for four scales in any key, selected from Major, Natural Minor, Melodic Minor, or Harmonic Minor. These are to be done without a scale sheet (i.e. memorized). You can perform them at your own pace, articulation, bowing, etc. provided it remains steady in tempo. A short sightreading excerpt will be given.

Emphasis in the audition is balanced toward execution of good fundamentals (steady tempo, intonation, rhythmic integrity) over virtuosity.

Please contact Jillian Scales to set up an audition, or for further information.

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