Each year, auditions occur during Week of Welcome which is the week before Fall classes begin.  Audition excerpts as well as sign ups for orchestra should be posted by August 15 and will be available online at

Music Majors use the UOSO to fulfill their large ensemble requirement and are expected to audition.  While the orchestra is made up of 95% music majors, there are always highly qualified non-majors that also participate in orchestra, and I encourage those students to also sign-up for an audition.  Audition requirements are the same for both majors and non-majors.  Auditions will typically consist of one minute of a solo or etude and excerpts prepared by the conductor that come directly from the repertoire for the upcoming term.

If non-majors can not audition during the regular time, they can request an audition by appointment prior to the beginning of any term.  Contact Dr. Jacobs at

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