2022-2023 MTSU ORCHESTRAS

 

MTSU Honors Orchestra

2022 MTSU HIGH SCHOOL HONORS ORCHESTRA

Friday, November 4 - Saturday, November 5

 Click here for the 2022 MTSU High School Honors Orchestra Application Form!

The Priority Deadline for MTSU Honors Orchestra applications is October 15. You may apply after this date, but as there are a limited number of 2022 MTSU High School Honors Orchestra positions,  usually all positions are filled by the Priority Deadline.

Contact Dr. Nies for more information. (Carol.Nies@mtsu.edu | 615-898-5318 

There are no fees to participate in the MTSU Honors Orchestra, as this project is funded by MTSU as a public service for high school music students. (All meal costs and hotel costs are the responsibility of each participant.)

 

FRIDAY, November 4- Full Orchestra (Strings, Winds, Percussion, Harp)
        9:00 AM- 9:20 AM      Registration- School of Music Lobby 

        9:30 AM- 9:00 PM      Rehearsals and Honors Orchestra Activities (Marching Band students with a Friday night School Marching Band commitment will be excused from                                                                                            the Friday night Honors Orchestra rehearsal.)

SATURDAY, November 5-  Full Orchestra (Strings, Winds, Percussion, Harp)
         9:30 AM- 3:30 PM      Rehearsals and Activities  

        4:00 PM                        MTSU Honors Orchestra Concert 

 

2022 MTSU HIGH SCHOOL HONORS ORCHESTRA AUDITION INFORMATION

Send all audition materials to Dr. Nies at: Carol.Nies@mtsu.edu

Woodwind, Brass, Percussion and Harp Auditions:                                                                                                                  

  • Fill out the 2022 MTSU HSHO On-Line Application (above).
  • Send in your audition video recording by a dropbox or youtube link. Your audition recording should contain 4-10 minutes of a prepared solo or excerpts of several solo works. The video recording may be accompanied or unaccompanied. 
  • Send in a letter of recommendation from your Orchestra/Band director or your private instrumental teacher to Dr. Nies (Carol.Nies@MTSU.edu). If you have participated in the 2021 MTSU High School Honors Orchestra, the 2022 Nashville Summer Orchestral Institute or All-State Orchestra/Band, you do not need to send in a letter of recommendation.

    String Auditions:

  • Fill out the 2022 MTSU HSHO On-Line Application (above).
  • Send in your audition video recording by a dropbox or unlisted youtube link. Your audition recording should contain 4-10 minutes of a prepared solo or excerpts of several solo works. The video recording may be accompanied or unaccompanied
  • If you were selected as a member of the 2021 MTSU HSHO, the 2022 Nashville Summer Orchestral Institute or All-State Orchestra, you do not need to send in an on-line audition for the 2022 Honors Orchestra if you meet the priority application deadline of October 15. You are pre-qualified for membership in the 2022 MTSU High School Honors Orchestra. 
  • Send in a letter of recommendation from your Orchestra director or your private instrumental teacher to Dr. Nies (Carol.Nies@MTSU.edu). If you were selected as a member of the 2021 MTSU High School Honors Orchestra, the 2022 Nashville Summer Orchestral Institute or All-State Orchestra/Band, you do not need to send in a letter of recommendation.
  • String seating placement auditions will take place during the first rehearsal. Audition material will be selected from the 2022 MTSU HSHO repertoire.

Contact Dr. Nies for more information. (Carol.Nies@mtsu.edu | 615-898-5318 

 

MTSU HONORS ORCHESTRA HOTEL INFORMATION

(For students and their families who are from outside the Middle Tennessee area)

SLEEP INN- SPECIAL MTSU HIGH SCHOOL HONORS ORCHESTRA RATE:

193 Chaffin Place- exit 78B from Interstate 24

Call 615-396-3000 to reserve a room at the special MTSU High School Honors Orchestra rate*.  Rooms at this special rate are limited, so reserve your room as soon as possible. The 2022 MTSU HSHO discount rate is listed under "MTSU Honors Orchestra" rate. (All hotel costs and meal costs are the responsibility of each participant.)

*PLEASE NOTE- Check with Sleep Inn for their cancellation policy.

If the Sleep Inn (193 Chaffin Place) is full, ask if there is a special rate for MTSU activities at the hotel that you are making a reservation at. Many hotels in Murfreesboro do offer special rates for MTSU activities.

 

 

THE MTSU SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA

Dr. Carol Nies, Music Director

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The MTSU 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, staff and community members by audition.

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Rehearsal Times: Tuesdays 5:00- 6:30 PM          Thursdays 4:30-6:00 p.m.

Location: Instrumental Rehearsal Hall, WMB 173

 

Tuesday, August 23 - Strings- First Rehearsal- Check the Orchestra Bulletin Board (located outside of WMB 173) for the MTSU Symphony Roster, Announcements and Rehearsal Order

 

Thursday, August 25 - First Full Orchestra Rehearsal- Check the Orchestra Bulletin Board (located outside of WMB 173) for the MTSU Symphony Roster, Announcements and Rehearsal Order

 

  Contact Dr. Nies for more information. (Carol.Nies@mtsu.edu | 615-898-5318)
 

 


 

The MTSU CHAMBER ORCHESTRA 

 

Advanced string players, regardless of major, are encouraged to audition for the Chamber Orchestra.  Weekly one-hour rehearsals culminate in a performance at the end of the semester.  Students learn diverse repertoire and ensemble skills in a friendly but focused environment.  Contact Dr. Andrea Dawson for more information.

Rehearsal Time: Fridays, 12:40pm to 1:35pm PM. Music Hall

Contact Dr. Andrea Dawson for more information. (Andrea.Dawson@mtsu.edu) | 615-898-2484)

 


 

THE MTSU CONCERT ORCHESTRA

 

Membership in the MTSU Concert Orchestra is a full orchestra (woodwinds, brass, percussion, harp and strings) open to all MTSU students, faculty, staff and community members. 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. Contact Dr. Carol Nies, Music Director to reserve a position in the Concert Orchestra (Carol.Nies@mtsu.edu). Music Education and Performance majors may audition to serve as assistant conductors.

Rehearsal Time: 3:15- 4:15 PM, Fridays (Instrumental Rehearsal Hall)

Location: Instrumental Rehearsal Hall, WMB 173 (School of Music)

First rehearsal- Friday, August 26

Check the MTSU Orchestra Bulletin Board outside of the Instrumental Rehearsal Hall for updated Rehearsal Information

Contact Dr. Nies for more information. (Carol.Nies@mtsu.edu 615-898-5318)