The Towson University Symphony Orchestra is comprised of talented, enthusiastic and dedicated students from the university. Most of its members are Music Majors and are focusing their academic work on Music Education, Performance or Composition. A few positions, usually in the string section, are held by non-majors. All members join the orchestra through an audition process.
The orchestra performs one major on-campus concert per semester, as well as additional special performances both on campus and in the greater community. We frequently collaborate with guest artists such as Phil Munds (Prin. French Horn in the Baltimore Symphony), faculty soloists, the Towson University Chamber Singers, and the Towson University Jazz Orchestra to name a few. Highlights of concerts in the community include a performance at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington DC and a tour to New York City!
Audition Information for Spring 2013
Who Should Audition
All new coming string players and any string players who wish to sit in the front desk (first two chairs) of each section must audition. Also, all wind, brass, and percussion players must audition.
When Are Auditions
Auditions will be held on February 3, 2012. A sign-up form will be posted on Professor Mills's office door (Center for the Arts 2108) during the first week of the semester where you can sign up for auditions.
What Should I Prepare for Auditions
Please be prepared to play all major scales, ascending and descending. You should also prepare the following excerpts given for your instrument. All of the music for the following excerpts may be found online under the following links (then click on "parts" listed in the scores section, if you have any trouble finding your part, please send an email at firstname.lastname@example.org)
Beethoven, Symphony No. 3, Mvt II, pick up to meas. 199-209, 223-end
Beethoven, Symphony No. 3, Mvt I, meas. 430-450
Highlights of Recent Performances
Symphony No. 9 in e minor, op. 95 (From the New World)
Symphony No. 4 in A Major, op. 90 (Italian)
Symphony No. 5 in c minor, op. 67
Symphony No. 8 in b minor, D. 759 (Unfinished)
Symphony No. 101 in D Major (The Clock)
Horn Concerto No. 3 in E-flat Major, K. 447
Triple Concerto in C Major, op. 56
Violin Concerto in D Major, op. 35
Concertino No. 4 in E-flat Major for Trombone, op. 4
Concerto in g minor for Two Cellos, RV 531
Concerto No 2 in f minor for Piano, op. 21
William Tell Overture Candide Overture
Overture to The Magic Flute, K. 620
Overture to The Czar’s Bride
Academic Festival Overture Rosemunde Overture Prince Igor Overture
Overture to Silvana
A Ride Through the Nebula
Choral Fantasy, Op. 80
Mass in G
Carmen Suites 1 & 2
Four Dance Episodes
Fantasia on Greensleeves
Department of Music
Center for the Arts, Room # 3095 (map)
Hours: Monday - Friday, 8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m.