2016-2017 Orchestral Studies

 

The MTSU SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA

Dr. Carol Nies, Music Director

symphony

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. Audition dates are listed below.

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.

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

Location: Instrumental Rehearsal Hall, WMB 173

MUEN 3300-001  

  • Tuesday, January 17         Violin and Viola Auditions  (see audition information below)
  • Wednesday, January 18    Cello, Bass and Harp Auditions (see audition information below)
  • Thursday, January 19        First rehearsal-- Full Orchestra (Percussion set-up at 4:10 PM)

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


MTSU SYMPHONY STRING AUDITION INFORMATION

String Audition Excerpts - Spring 2017

Audition Sign-up sheets will be available at WMB 264 on January 16

  • Violin and Viola Auditions - Tuesday, January 17 (5:00- 6:30 PM, IRH)
  • Cello, Bass and Harp Auditions - Wednesday, January 18 (5:00-7:00 PM, Location to be announced)

 


MTSU SYMPHONY WOODWIND, BRASS AND PERCUSSION AUDITION INFORMATION

  •  Woodwind, brass and percussion members of the MTSU Symphony were selected from the Spring Semester audition results of the MTSU Ensembles Placement Auditions for Woodwinds, Brass and Percussion. These auditions are held in December. If you are a new student at MTSU, please contact me before January 18 about ensemble audition opportunities. 

 


The MTSU Chamber Orchestra (Dr. Carol Nies, Music Director)

chamber orchestraThe 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, 12:40- 1:40 PM. Music Hall
Dress rehearsals will be from 11:40- 1:40 PM. See the Spring 2017 Chamber Orchestra schedule.)

First rehearsal- Friday, January 20


THE MTSU Concert Orchestra (Dr. Carol Nies, Music Director)

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

First rehearsal: Friday, January 20

 

 

2016 MTSU HIGH SCHOOL HONORS ORCHESTRA

2016 MTSU Honors Orchestra Schedule

2016 MTSU Honors Orchestra Information Sheet

THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 3 - STRINGS ONLY
        
6:00 PM- 9:00 PM      String Seating Placement Auditions and String Section Rehearsals

FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 4- FULL ORCHESTRA (STRINGS, WINDS, PERCUSSION, HARP)
         9:30 AM- 9:00 PM      Rehearsals and Activities

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

PRIORITY DEADLINE- OCTOBER 15   (Application, On-line Audition and Director's Recommendation received)

MTSU Honors Orchestra positions are very limited! Apply now!    You may apply after the priority deadline, but positions may be closed after October 15. 

2016 MTSU Honors Orchestra Audition Information 

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

Woodwind, Brass, Percussion and Harp Auditions                                                                                                                   

  • Send in the 2016 MTSU HSHO application by emailed attachment
  • Send in an emailed recommendation from your High School Orchestra/ Band director or Youth Orchestra director. This should be sent directly to Dr. Nies from your director. (2015 MTSU HSHO members do not need to send a recommendation.)
  • Send in your audition video recording by dropbox link, emailed attachment or by a numerical facebook link. Your audition recording should contain 3-10 minutes of a prepared solo or excerpts of several solo works.                                                                                                                                                                                                       

String Auditions

  • Send in the 2016 MTSU HSHO application by emailed attachment
  • Send in an emailed recommendation from your High School Orchestra/ Band director or Youth Orchestra director. This can be sent directly to Dr. Nies from your director. (2015 MTSU HSHO members do not need to send a recommendation.)
  • Send in your audition video recording by dropbox link, emailed attachment or by a numerical facebook link . Your audition recording should contain 3-10 minutes of a prepared solo or excerpts of several solo works.
  • If you have been selected as a member of an All-State Orchestra or were a member of the 2015  MTSU HSHO, you do not need to send an on-line audition for the 2016 Honors Orchestra if you meet the priority application deadline of October 15. You are pre-qualified for membership in the 2016 MTSU Honors Orchestra.
  • String seating placement auditions will take place on Thursday, November 3 (6:00 PM) for all strings. Audition material will be selected from the 2016 MTSU HSHO repertoire.

MTSU HONORS ORCHESTRA HOTEL RESERVATIONS

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. Reserve your room with a credit card* by October 28 to receive this special MTSU HSHO rate. Rooms at this special rate are limited, so reserve your room as soon as possible.
  
*PLEASE NOTE- SLEEP INN’S cancelation policy is that reservations must be canceled BEFORE 4 PM ON THE DAY OF your reservation- or your credit card number will be charged automatically.