2020-2021 Orchestral Studies

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 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.

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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

 

 First MTSU Symphony rehearsal (Full Orchestra)- Thursday, August 27- 4:30 PM

***Percussion set-up at 4:10 PM- check the MTSU Symphony Bulletin Board for all percussion equipment needed 

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

 

MTSU SYMPHONY STRING AUDITION INFORMATION

VIOLIN AND VIOLA AUDITIONS- TUESDAY, AUGUST 25
5:00-6:30 PM Instrumental Rehearsal Hall
CELLO AND BASS AUDITIONS- WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 26
6:00-7:30 PM SFA 101

Ensemble placements are not final until after auditions have been completed and audition results are posted. The audition excerpts are listed below for each instrument. All audition music can be found at: imslp.org by entering the piece and composer, and then searching for instrumental parts. Contact Dr. Nies (Carol.Nies@mtsu.edu) for more information.

FALL 2020- MTSU SYMPHONY AND MTSU CHAMBER ORCHESTRA AUDITION EXCERPTS  

VIOLIN 1:
Excerpts will be posted on August 5
Music can be found on imslp.com
 
Violin 2:
Excerpts will be posted on August 5
Music can be found on imslp.com
 
Viola:
Excerpts will be posted on August 5
​Music can be found on imslp.com
 
Cello:
Excerpts will be posted on August 5
​Music can be found on imslp.com
 
BASS:
Excerpts will be posted on August 5
​Music can be found on imslp.com

 

HARP:
​Music can be found on imslp.com

 


  MTSU SYMPHONY WOODWIND, BRASS AND PERCUSSION

AUDITION INFORMATION

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. 

 

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

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

 

2020 MTSU HIGH SCHOOL HONORS ORCHESTRA

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.