2021-2022 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 and on the Orchestra Bulletin Board (located outside of WMB 173).

MUEN 3300-001  

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

Location: Instrumental Rehearsal Hall, WMB 173

Tuesday, August 24- First Rehearsal- String Section Rehearsals- Check the Symphony Board for section locations

Thursday, August 26- First Full Orchestra Rerhearsal

 

Check D2L for the MTSU Symphony Roster

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

 

MTSU SYMPHONY AND CHAMBER ORCHESTRA

STRING AUDITION INFORMATION

FALL 2021

 

All String auditions for the Fall 2021 semester will be submitted by video. Review the audition requirements for your instrument, then submit your unlisted YouTube link via email no later than 5:00 pm on Sunday, August 22.

 

VIOLIN I
Email your video link to: Dr. Dawson (Andrea.Dawson@mtsu.edu) and Dr. Nies (Carol.Nies@mtsu.edu)
 
Rimsky-Korsakov- Russian Easter Overture
https://ks4.imslp.info/files/imglnks/usimg/f/f1/IMSLP41106-PMLP26401-Rimsky-Op36.Violin1.pdf
1) 16 measures before rehearsal figure I to 13th measure of rehearsal figure I
2) Rehearsal figure S to 13th ms of T.
*Optional- First solo before rehearsal figure A
 
Dvorak- Symphony 8
https://ks4.imslp.info/files/imglnks/usimg/b/b5/IMSLP27305-PMLP08825-A.Dvorak_-_Symphonie_nr.8_(Violine_I).pdf
3) 3rd measure of B to 5th measure of C
4) 6th measure of H to J
 
Beethoven- Symphony 1
https://ks.imslp.info/files/imglnks/usimg/3/31/IMSLP19458-PMLP01582-Beethoven_Symphony_1_V1.pdf
Movement IV
5) Measure 1- downbeat of 6 measures before rehearsal figure B
 
 
VIOLIN II
Email your video link to: Dr. Dawson (Andrea.Dawson@mtsu.edu) and Dr. Nies (Carol.Nies@mtsu.edu)
 
Dvorak- Symphony 8
https://ks.imslp.info/files/imglnks/usimg/0/0a/IMSLP41135-PMLP08825-Dvorak-Sym8.Violin2.pdf
Mvt. 1
1) 9th measure of B through the 5th measure of C
2) 7th measure of J through the 5th measure of K
 
Rimsky-Korsakov- Russian Easter Overture
https://ks4.imslp.info/files/imglnks/usimg/a/af/IMSLP41107-PMLP26401-Rimsky-Op36.Violin2.pdf
3) Rehearsal figure H to 14th ms. of rehearsal figure I
 
Beethoven- Symphony 1
https://ks.imslp.info/files/imglnks/usimg/2/20/IMSLP19459-PMLP01582-Beethoven_Symphony_1_V2.pdf
Mvt. III
4) Measures 1-66
 
 
VIOLA
Email your video link to: Dr. Dawson (Andrea.Dawson@mtsu.edu) and Dr. Nies (Carol.Nies@mtsu.edu)
 
Dvorak- Symphony 8
https://ks.imslp.info/files/imglnks/usimg/1/15/IMSLP41136-PMLP08825-Dvorak-Sym8.Viola.pdf
Mvt. I
1) Rehearsal figure A- 4th measure of B
2) 5 measures before rehearsal figure of D- 4th measures before E
 
Rimsky-Korsakov- Russian Easter Overture
https://ks.imslp.info/files/imglnks/usimg/0/04/IMSLP41108-PMLP26401-Rimsky-Op36.Viola.pdf
3) 9th ms of rehearsal figure T through 9 ms. before rehearsal figure U
 
Beethoven- Symphony 1
https://ks.imslp.info/files/imglnks/usimg/1/1a/IMSLP35339-PMLP01582-Beethoven-Op021.Viola.pdf
Mvt. III
4) Measure 1- A (dotted half note = 108)
 
Mvt. IV
5) Ms. 124 to the downbeat of measure 156

 

CELLO
Email your video link to: Dr. Kim (Christine.Kim@mtsu.edu) and Dr. Nies (Carol.Nies@mtsu.edu)
 
Dvorak- Symphony 8
https://ks.imslp.info/files/imglnks/usimg/1/13/IMSLP27322-PMLP08825-Dvorak_-_Symphony_No8_Op88_(cello-part)a.pdf
Mvt. I
1) Measure 1- 15
2) Rehearsal figure D – 4th measure of E
 
Rimsky-Korsakov- Russian Easter Overture
https://ks4.imslp.info/files/imglnks/usimg/8/88/IMSLP27338-PMLP26401-Rimsky-Korsakov_-_Russian_Easter_Overture_Op36_(cello-part)a.pdf
3) 19 measure before rehearsal figure P to P
*Optional- first solo- 3rd measure of A
 
Beethoven- Symphony 1
https://ks4.imslp.info/files/imglnks/usimg/e/eb/IMSLP26189-PMLP01582-Beethoven_-_Symphony_No1_in_C_Major_Op121_(cello-part)a.pdf
Mvt. I
4) 4 measures before rehearsal figure B- 12th measure of B
 
Mvt. IV
5) Measure 116- 156

 

BASS
Email your video link to: Dr. Nies (Carol.Nies@mtsu.edu)
 
Beethoven- Symphony 1
https://ks4.imslp.info/files/imglnks/usimg/e/eb/IMSLP26189-PMLP01582-Beethoven_-_Symphony_No1_in_C_Major_Op121_(cello-part)a.pdf
Mvt. I
1) 4 measures before rehearsal figure B- 12th measure of B
2) ms. 122-142
 
Mvt. IV
3) Measure 130-160
 
Dvorak- Symphony 8
https://ks.imslp.info/files/imglnks/usimg/1/15/IMSLP41137-PMLP08825-Dvorak-Sym8.Bass.pdf
Mvt. I

4) 7th measure of J-K

Mvt. IV
5) B-C

  MTSU SYMPHONY AND CONCERT ORCHESTRA 

WOODWINDS, BRASS AND PERCUSSION

AUDITION INFORMATION

Fall Semester 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 

 

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- 2:15 PM. See the Fall 2021 Chamber Orchestra schedule.)

First rehearsal- Friday, August 27

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

 

 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 27

Check D2L and the Orchestra Bulletin Board outside of WMB 173 for updated Rehearsal Information

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

 

2021 MTSU HIGH SCHOOL HONORS ORCHESTRA

Friday, October 29 - Saturday, October 30

PRIORITY DEADLINE- Saturday, October 2 (Application, On-line Audition and Director's Recommendation received)

 2021 High School Honors Orchestra Application Form

 

2021 MTSU Honors Orchestra positions are very limited! Apply early! You may apply after the priority deadline (October 2), 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, October 29- Full Orchestra (Strings, Winds, Percussion, Harp)
         9:00 AM- 9:00 PM      Rehearsals and Activities

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

 

2021 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 2021 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 2021 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 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 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 2. You are pre-qualified for membership in the 2021 MTSU Honors Orchestra.
  • String seating placement auditions will take place during the first rehearsal. Audition material will be selected from the 2021 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 10 to receive this special MTSU HSHO rate. Rooms at this special rate are limited, so reserve your room as soon as possible. The 2021 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.