2020-2021 MTSU Orchestras

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 and staff by audition. Audition excerpts are now listed below.

Placement in the MTSU Symphony or the MTSU Chamber Orchestra is not final until audition results are posted. Reserve Symphony Orchestra, Chamber Orchestra and Concert Orchestra rehearsal times in your schedule until you receive audition results.

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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

 

 Audition videos due by 6:30 PM, Tuesday, August 25 (see audition information below)

First MTSU Symphony rehearsal- Thursday, August 27- 4:30 PM 

Check D2L for Symphony Roster and Rehearsal instructions.

We will be dividing into several smaller String Orchestras to allow for social distancing. ALL will have amazing repertoire!

We will be closely monitoring the health and safety situation and will move to on-line rehearsals, as needed.

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

 

MTSU SYMPHONY STRING AUDITION INFORMATION

Fall Semester 2020 Symphony and Chamber Orchestra auditions- by audition videos submitted online

Send your audition video of the excerpts listed below by a dropbox or youtube link to the emails listed below by 6:30 PM, Tuesday, August 25. (If you use a youtube link, do not list your name on the youtube recording- send the automatically generated numerical link.)

 

FALL 2020 MTSU SYMPHONY AND CHAMBER ORCHESTRA AUDITION EXCERPTS  

 

Ensemble placements are not final until after auditions have been completed and audition results

are posted on D2L (8:30 PM, Wednesday, August 26 for Strings and 9:30 PM for Woodwinds, Brass, Percussion and Harp)

Contact Dr. Nies (Carol.Nies@mtsu.edu) for more information.

The audition excerpts are listed below for each instrument.

  

VIOLIN AUDITIONS- Send your audition video link by 6:30 PM, Tuesday, August 25

to:  Dr. Nies (Carol.Nies@mtsu.edu) and Dr. Dawson (Andrea.Dawson@mtsu.edu)

Include your name, instrument, Symphony/Chamber Orchestra audition on the email's subject line.

Include your year in college, your major/minor, phone number and the your audition video link in the email

 

Violin 1 Audition Excerpts

MOZART- SYMPHONY 40 (Listen to "Mozart Symphony 40- Karajan- Vienna Philharmonic" for style and tempos)

Mvt. I- pick ups to ms. 21-95

Mvt. II- ms. 1-rehearsal figure C

Mvt. III (Menuetto)- ms. 1- 42 (no repeats)

Mvt. IV- (Allegro assai)- ms. 1- rehearsal figure A

 

Violin 2 Audition excerpts

MOZART- SYMPHONY 40 (Listen to "Mozart Symphony 40- Karajan- Vienna Philharmonic" for style and tempos)

Mvt. I- pick ups to ms. 21-95

Mvt. II- ms. 1-rehearsal figure A and pickup to ms. 53-m. 62

Mvt. III (Menuetto)- ms. 1- 42 (no repeats)

Mvt. IV- (Allegro assai)- ms. 1- ms. 49

 

 

VIOLA AUDITIONS- Send your audition video link by 6:30 PM, Tuesday, August 25


to:  Dr. Nies (Carol.Nies@mtsu.edu) and Dr. Dawson (Andrea.Dawson@mtsu.edu)Include your name, instrument, Symphony/Chamber Orchestra audition on the email's subject line.Include your year in college, your major/minor, phone number and the your audition video link in the email. 

 

Viola Audition excerpts

MOZART- SYMPHONY 40 (Listen to "Mozart Symphony 40- Karajan- Vienna Philharmonic" for style and tempos)

Mvt. I- m. 85 to rehearsal figure C

Mvt. II- ms. 1-letter A and m. 56- m. 65

Mvt. III- ms. 1- 31

Mvt. IV- (Allegro assai)- m. 47- ms. 62 and rehearsal figure C-D

 

CELLO AUDITIONS- Send your audition video link by 6:30 PM, Tuesday, August 25

to:  Dr. Nies (Carol.Nies@mtsu.edu) and Dr. Kim (Christine.Kim@mtsu.edu)Include your name, instrument, Symphony/Chamber Orchestra audition on the email's subject line.Include your year in college, your major/minor, phone number and the your audition video link in the email. 

 

Cello Audition excerpts

MOZART- SYMPHONY 40 (Listen to "Mozart Symphony 40- Karajan- Vienna Philharmonic" for style and tempos)

Mvt. I- pick up to ms. 115- rehearsal figure C and m.191- m. 217

Mvt. II- ms. 1-letter A

Mvt. III- ms. 1- 42 (without the repeat)

Mvt. IV- (Allegro assai)- pick up to154-207 and m. 229-238

 

BASS AUDITIONS-Send your audition video link by 6:30 PM, Tuesday, August 25

 

to:  Dr. Nies (Carol.Nies@mtsu.edu) and Mr. Wanner (glen.wanner@mtsu.edu).

Include your name, instrument, Symphony/Chamber Orchestra audition on the email's subject line.

Include your year in college, your major/minor, phone number and the your audition video link in your email.

 

Bass Audition excerpts

MOZART- SYMPHONY 40 (Listen to "Mozart Symphony 40- Karajan- Vienna Philharmonic" for style and tempos)

Mvt. I- pick up to ms. 115- rehearsal figure C and m.191- m. 217

Mvt. II- ms. 1-letter A

Mvt. III- ms. 1- 42 (no repeats)

Mvt. IV- (Allegro assai)- pick up to154-207 and m. 229-238

 

HARP:
​Music can be found on imslp.com

 


  MTSU SYMPHONY AND CONCERT ORCHESTRA 

WOODWINDS, BRASS AND PERCUSSION

AUDITION INFORMATION

Update for Fall Semester 2020

To allow for social distancing requirements, the MTSU Symphony will perform String Orchestra repertoire for the Fall Semester. We will resume Full Orchestra in January.

Woodwind, brass and percussion members of the MTSU Symphony are selected from the Fall semester audition results of the MTSU Ensembles Placement Auditions for Woodwinds, Brass and Percussion. See the MTSU Wind Ensemble/Symphonic Band web-site for audition information and repertoire. MTSU Symphony and Concert Orchestra Woodwinds, Brass, and Percussion Ensemble assignments will be posted on D2L on Wednesday, August 26 by 9:30 PM.

 

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

 


The MTSU CHAMBER ORCHESTRA 

Dr. Carol Nies, Music Director

 

chamber orchestraThe Chamber Orchestra is composed of the leading members of the MTSU Symphony Orchestra. Repertoire is selected from all periods of the Chamber Orchestra literature. The Chamber Orchestra is open to all MTSU students, faculty and staff by audition. Placement in the MTSU Chamber Orchestra is not final until audition results are posted.

Rehearsal Time: Fridays, 12:40- 1:40 PM. Music Hall
(Dress Rehearsal 12:40- 2:20 PM. See the Fall 2020 Chamber Orchestra schedule.)

First rehearsal- Friday, August 28

MTSU CHAMBER ORCHESTRA AUDITION INFORMATION

See audition information above for the MTSU Symphony. 

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

 THE MTSU CONCERT ORCHESTRA

Dr. Carol Nies, Music Director 

 The MTSU 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. 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)

First rehearsal- Friday, August 28 (Check D2L for any updated Rehearsal Information- we will be following social distancing guidelines)

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

 

2020 MTSU HIGH SCHOOL HONORS ORCHESTRA

(Canceled for 2020!- See you in November 2021!)

 

Friday, November 6 - Saturday, November 7

PRIORITY DEADLINE- Friday, October  9 (Application, On-line Audition and Director's Recommendation received)

 2020 High School Honors Orchestra Application Form

 

2020 MTSU Honors Orchestra positions are very limited! Apply early! You may apply after the priority deadline (October 9), but positions are usually filled. There is no fee to participate in the MTSU Honors Orchestra, as this project is funded by MTSU as a public service for the region's high school music students.

FRIDAY, November 6- Full Orchestra (Strings, Winds, Percussion, Harp)
         9:00 AM- 9:00 PM      Rehearsals and Activities

SATURDAY, November 7-  Full Orchestra (Strings, Winds, Percussion, Harp)
         9:30 AM- 3:30 PM      Rehearsals and Activities  
         4:00 PM                        MTSU Honors Orchestra Concert 

 

2020 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:                                                                                                                  

  • Send in the 2020 MTSU HSHO application by emailed attachment or on-line application form.
  • 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. (2019 MTSU Honors Orchestra members do not need to send a director's recommendation.)
  • 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. 

    String Auditions:

  • Send in the 2020 MTSU HSHO application by emailed attachment or on-line application form.
  • 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. (2019 MTSU HSHO members do not need to send a director's recommendation.)
  • 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
  • If you were selected as a member of an All-State Orchestra or as a member of the 2019 MTSU HSHO you do not need to send an on-line audition for the 2020 Honors Orchestra if you meet the priority application deadline of October 9. You are pre-qualified for membership in the 2020 MTSU Honors Orchestra.
  • String seating placement auditions will take place during the first rehearsal. Audition material will be selected from the 2020 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. Reserve your room with a credit card* by October 17 to receive this special MTSU HSHO rate. Rooms at this special rate are limited, so reserve your room as soon as possible. The 2020 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.