2020-2021 MTSU Orchestras

THE MTSU SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA

Dr. Carol Nies, Music Director

symphony

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 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 audition results are posted on D2L.

MUEN 3300-001  

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

Location: Instrumental Rehearsal Hall, WMB 173

 

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 AND CHAMBER ORCHESTRA

STRING AUDITION INFORMATION

SPRING 2021

 

All Orchestra auditions for the Spring semester will be virtual. Please review the audition requirements for your instrument, then submit your unlisted YouTube link via email no later than 5:00 pm on Sunday, January 24, 2021.

 

VIOLIN I

Email your video link to: Dr. Dawson (Andrea.Dawson@mtsu.edu) and Dr. Nies (Carol.Nies@mtsu.edu)

Audition Material Here

Complete parts for each piece can be found on imslp.  Please use the fingerings and bowings in the provided excerpted parts. Violins are encouraged to audition with the Violin I excerpts, regardless of the part they expect to play.

Mendelssohn, mvt. I: beginning of Allegro (m. 26) - m. 101

Borodin, mvt. III (Notturno): Letter A - downbeat of letter C

 

VIOLIN II

Email your video link to: Dr. Dawson (Andrea.Dawson@mtsu.edu) and Dr. Nies (Carol.Nies@mtsu.edu)

Audition Material Here

Complete parts for each piece can be found on imslp.  Please use the fingerings and bowings in the provided excerpted parts. Violins are encouraged to audition with the Violin I excerpts, regardless of the part they expect to play.

Mendelssohn, mvt. I: beginning of Allegro (m. 26) - end of movement (m. 280)

Borodin, mvt. III (Notturno): 

5th bar of letter B (top of page 8) - downbeat of letter C, and

14th bar of letter C (three bars), and

19 before letter D (three bars), and

Letter E to letter F

 

VIOLA

Email your video link to: Dr. Dawson (Andrea.Dawson@mtsu.edu) and Dr. Nies (Carol.Nies@mtsu.edu)

Audition Material Here

Complete parts for each piece can be found on imslp.  Please use the fingerings and bowings in the provided excerpted parts.

Mendelssohn, mvt. I: 71 - 75, and 82 - 91, and 103 - 108, and 264 - 271

Borodin, mvt. III (Notturno): 

7th bar of letter C - end of page, and 

16th bar of letter C - downbeat of letter D (skip repeated eighth notes), and

Melody after tremelo at E (top of page 9) - 5 bars, stop on tremelo, and

Last 7 bars

 

CELLO

Email your video link to: Dr. Kim (Christine.Kim@mtsu.edu) and Dr. Nies (Carol.Nies@mtsu.edu)

Mendelssohn- String Symphony No. 8 in D

mvt. 1: m. 1-12  

mvt. 1: m. 222-234 

mvt. 4: m. 143-163

and

Borodin- Notturno (begins on page 7 of this link)

m. 1-23 

m. 94-103 

 

BASS

Email your video link to: Dr. Nies (Carol.Nies@mtsu.edu)

Mendelssohn- String Symphony No. 8 in D

mvt. 1: m. 1-36

mvt. 1: m. 41-62

mvt. 4: 531-541

Beethoven- Symphony 5

mvt. 3: pickup to m. 140-177 (this begins on pg. 7 of this link)

 

  MTSU SYMPHONY AND CONCERT ORCHESTRA 

WOODWINDS, BRASS AND PERCUSSION

AUDITION INFORMATION

Spring Semester 2021

To allow for social distancing requirements, the MTSU Symphony will perform

String Orchestra repertoire for the Spring 2021 Semester.

Fall 2021- Woodwind, brass and percussion members of the MTSU Symphony will be selected from the 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.

 

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, January 29

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, January 29

(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.