The Symphony Orchestra is the premiere orchestral ensemble of the MTSU School of Music. Repertoire is selected from masterpieces of the standard orchestral literature and outstanding contemporary compositions. The Symphony is open to all MTSU students (regardless of major), faculty and staff by audition.
Placement in the MTSU Symphony is not final until audition results are posted. Please reserve both the Symphony Orchestra and the Concert Orchestra rehearsal times in your schedule until you receive audition results.
Tuesdays 5:00- 6:30 PM
Thursdays 4:30-6:00 PM
Location: Instrumental Rehearsal Hall, WMB 173
Auditions- Monday-Wednesday, August 24-26 (See the information below for specific audition dates/times for each instrument.)
First rehearsal - Thursday, August 27
String audition excerpts will be posted on July 26.
Please contact Dr. Nies for more information (Carol.Nies@mtsu.edu).
2015 MTSU HSHO APPLICATIONS WILL BE AVAILABLE ON JULY 28.
Send in the 2015 MTSU HSHO application by emailed attachment or by mail. See the application for addresses. Send an audition video or recording by dropbox, attachment or by facebook link to Dr. Nies at:
Your video (or recorded) audition should contain 3-10 minutes of a prepared solo or excerpts of several solo works.
The deadline for Woodwind, Brass, Percussion and Harp HSHO applications and recorded auditions is October 24.
The deadline for String HSHO applications and recorded auditions is October 28. If you are a member of a youth orchestra, have been selected as a member of an All-State Orchestra, or participated in the 2014 MTSU HSHO, you do not need to send an on-line audition for the 2015 Honors Orchestra. Positions in the 2015 HSHO are limited, so apply early!
Seating placement auditions will take place on Thursday, November 5 (6:00 PM) for all strings. Audition material will be selected from the 2015 HSHO repertoire.
THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 5
6:00 PM- STRING AUDITIONS AND STRING SECTION REHEARSALS
FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 6
FULL ORCHESTRA (WOODWINDS, BRASS, PERCUSSION, HARP AND STRINGS)
9:30 AM- 9:00 PM HSHO REHEARSALS, MASTERCLASSES AND ACTIVITIES
SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 7
9:30- NOON- REHEARSAL
1:30-3:30 PM- DRESS REHEARSAL
4:00 PM CONCERT
The Chamber Orchestra is composed of the leading members of the Symphony Orchestra. Repertoire is selected from all periods of the Chamber Orchestra literature. The Chamber Orchestra is open to all MTSU students by audition (regardless of major).
Rehearsal Time: Fridays, 11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Music Hall
(Chamber Orchestra members will also need to have 12:30- 1:30 PM available for several rehearsals during the semester- see Chamber Orchestra schedule.)
The Concert Orchestra offers the opportunity for all MTSU students, faculty and staff to enjoy participation in an orchestral ensemble. An audition is not required. Repertoire is selected from all periods of orchestral literature. The MTSU Concert Orchestra has premiered many compositions and arrangements by MTSU students. Music Education and Performance majors may audition to serve as assistant conductors. Contact Dr. Carol Nies, Music Director to reserve a position in the Concert Orchestra. [Carol.Nies@mtsu.edu].
Rehearsal Time: 3:00- 4:00 PM, Friday, SFA Room 101
MUEN 3300-003 CRN 82972 (Symphony Orchestra- section 003)