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School of Music & Dance

101N Alexander Building
Ypsilanti, Michigan 48197
734.487.4380
[email protected]

School of Music & Dance

101N Alexander Building
Ypsilanti, Michigan 48197
734.487.4380
[email protected]

A close-up view of a bow on the strings of a cello.

Orchestra


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Dr. Chad Hutchinson, Director of Orchestral Activities

The EMU Symphony Orchestra is an organization of approximately 60+ string, woodwind, brass and percussion music majors, minors and non-music majors, which performs a wide variety of repertoire.

The Symphony Orchestra performs on average six concerts per year, including the popular Halloween Concert in October, a fully-staged ballet in December and for the EMU Orchestra Festival in the Winter semester.  Symphony Orchestra is offered during both the fall and winter semesters.

Rehearsals

  • Full Orchestra: Tues. and Thurs. 1–2:50 p.m., 106 Alexander Music Building
  • String Orchestra: Wed. 1–2:50 p.m., 106 Alexander Music Building

Auditions 

Audition Procedure

Are you interested in the EMU Symphony Orchestra? We encourage students from all parts of campus life to be a part of the ensemble. Auditions occur each semester for admittance into the ensemble with auditionees playing for the orchestra director and the applied faculty. Interested students should contact  Dr. Hutchinson at [email protected].

Strings

All string students auditioning for Symphony Orchestra are to prepare a solo piece or etude of their choosing, 2-3 minutes in duration, to be performed during the audition as well as a small number of excerpts for their instrument. Excerpts will be specified and provided in late July with the auditions taking place in late August prior to the start of the academic year.   When the audition excerpts are available this summer, they will be posted here.  

Winds and Percussion

Woodwind, brass and percussion students choosing to audition for Symphony Orchestra may elect to be considered during their audition for Wind Symphony/Symphonic Band at the beginning of the fall semester. Please go to the Band audition page for information and downloadable PDFs of required excerpts, as well as to register for an audition.  

 

Questions? Contact Dr. Hutchinson at [email protected]

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