Auditions

Hopkins Symphony Orchestra auditions occur every fall and are open to all orchestral musicians including JHU students (undergraduate and graduate), JHU faculty/staff, alumni, and community members with no direct JHU affiliation. Percussion and piano auditions are scheduled separately—those interested should contact hso@jhu.edu for information.

2021-22 Auditions & Schedule

Audition sign up for the 21-22 season is now closed. Thank you to all who auditioned, if you have any questions please contact the General Manager at hso@jhu.edu or 410-516-6542. See below for more general audition information.

Audition Dates & Times

*Subject to change

In-Person Auditions (strings) will take place:

  • Fri, Sept 3 ,from 5-10PM
  • Sat, Sept 4, from 10AM-6PM
  • Recorded Audition Deadline (woodwinds and brass): Sept 4, 10PM

Auditions will take place on the JHU Homewood Campus, Shriver Hall.

How to Sign Up

Complete the audition application by EOD, Aug 25, 2021. Audition times are assigned according to the designated slots. Specific requests should be included in the “Audition Time Preference” section of the form and best efforts will be made to accommodate requests. Please contact the HSO office if you miss the deadline, if you want to audition on percussion or piano, if the scheduled audition times conflict with a religious observance, or you do not receive audition confirmation: hso@jhu.edu or 410-516-6542.

Audition Process & Info

In-Person Auditions (Strings)

  • Audition slots are 10 minutes.
  • Auditions are unaccompanied.
  • Prepare two contrasting selections of your choice—one fast and one slow. Selections may be two different pieces, or from the same piece.
  • Choose selections that show the range of your abilities but do not exceed them.
  • Auditionees are asked to play a major scale (selected by the audition panel) and given a brief excerpt for sight-reading. .
  • Plan to arrive at the audition location at least 20 minutes early, allowing time to register, warm up, and begin on time.
  • Auditionees may have use of a warm-up room.
  • Auditionees are expected to bring their own instrument.
  • Bring at least 1 copy of your solo repertoire selections for the panel, photocopies are fine for this purpose.

Recorded Auditions (Woodwind & Brass)

  • Audition videos should be no longer than 10 minutes
  • Auditions are unaccompanied.
  • Prepare two contrasting selections of your choice—one fast and one slow. Selections may be two different pieces, or from the same piece.
  • Choose selections that show the range of your abilities but do not exceed them.
  • Please prepare the following scale for your instrument type.
    • All scales should be performed slur 2, tongue 2
    • All scales should be performed 2 octaves, up and down, unless otherwise noted.
    • Flute: E Major| Oboe: D Major (1.5 octaves) | Clarinet: G Major (concert) | Bassoon: E Major | Horn: D Major (concert) | Trumpet: G Major (concert) | Ten. Trombone: A Major | Bass Trombone: E Major
  • Submit your audition materials online through this form.
  • Please contact hso@jhu.edu if you need help finding a space to record.

Deciding Which Orchestra(s) to Audition for

You may audition for the Symphony Orchestra and/or the Concert Orchestra. One audition covers both orchestras. To help you decide, view a comparison of the two orchestras.

Results

You will be informed of the result of your audition by email no later than one week after the audition. For those accepted into either orchestra (Symphonic or Concert), string players will be expected to attend the first rehearsal. . Wind assignments are assigned on rotation throughout the season. Cellists in HSO are typically on a rotation, with priority given to JHU students. Musicians not accepted into the orchestras are welcome to audition again next year. Please note that details for the 2021-22 season are subject to change in light of ongoing COVID-19 restrictions and precautions.

Please note: Hopkins Symphony Orchestra does not take part in the Johns Hopkins University admissions process. Applicants to JHU who wish to submit a music resume and recording should send them directly to the Office of Undergraduate Admissions.