Give to Music

Department of Music
Phone: (509) 963-1216
Fax: (509) 963-1239

Band & Orchestra Auditions

If you wish to be considered for Band or the Symphony Orchestra, you will need to go through the audition process. Auditions are required for acceptance into all of the large instrumental ensembles. A faculty committee conducts these auditions near the beginning of each quarter.


Audition results from Fall 2020 will hold into winter quarter with adjustments being made to the rosters for those who are student teaching or have graduated, based on the needs of the bands. Any new students (not currently involved in the band program) interested in auditioning for a band ensemble should contact the directors. 

CWU Symphony Orchestra - Winter 2021

In-Person Option

Based on audition, we will create two different string-only orchestras which will begin meeting in-person during week 3 of the quarter. 

University Philharmonic Orchestra (UPO)

  • Meeting times will be M, 2:00-3:15; W, 2:00-3:50 (different than Fall)
  • Repertoire:
    • Vaughan Williams: Five Variants on Dives and Lazarus
    • Peter Warlock: Capriol Suite (Movements I, II, IV, VI)

University Symphony Orchestra (USO) 

  • Meeting times will be F, 2:00-3:50
  • Repertoire:
    • Augusta Read Thomas: Of Paradise and Light (string orchestra setting of Read Thomas’ setting of E. E. Cummings’ poem, (kiss me), for girls’ chorus
    • Shostakovich: Chamber Symphony Op. 118a (String Quartet No. 10)
    • Aldemaro Romero: Fuga con Parajillo from Suite para Cuerdas

As with Fall quarter, we will administer rehearsals and performances according to the following required and recommended guidelines. 

Online Option

For students interested in the virtual option, the course will consist of two components:

  1. Video lectures – Instructor will provide video performance guides for standard orchestral repertoire. 
  2. Orchestral performance – Students will prepare orchestral excerpts through Canvas and receive instructor feedback. 

Auditions and Excerpts

Winter 2021 orchestra auditions were done virtually by submitting a video by January 8, 2021.

The excerpts are posted on Canvas. If you do not have access yet, please contact Dr. Caoile for the excerpts.

Chamber Orchestra - Spring 2021

Chamber Orchestra will be meeting with a live rehearsal/performance model for Spring 2021. To ensure the safety of all involved, the ensemble has been limited to no more than 21 musicians with strings joined by minimal winds. Repertoire for Spring term will be announced soon. 

The first week of winter quarter will consist of audition video submissions. The second week of the quarter will involve a series of small lectures to learn about the music, as well as marking up parts and prepping for the first rehearsal to be held in week 3.

Rehearsal times are MWF 12-12:50 in the concert hall.

Covid Safety

  • All students will be masked in the room while not playing
  • All wind players will use bell covers on the instruments at all times (with the exception of the flutes who will use a mask at the mouthpiece. I am not enforcing the instrument bags, but I do support the use of those. Failure to have required PPE will disqualify student from live rehearsal. Students will be responsible for purchasing PPE
  • All string players will be masked the entire time.

Auditions and Excerpts

Spring 2021 Chamber Orchestra auditions will be done virtually by e-mailing Professor Hirsch a link to your video. The excerpts are posted on our Audition Excerpts page.

Additional Information:

  • You will need a permission number for Wind Ensemble or Orchestra. There is no need to physically sign up for these ensembles before its first rehearsal. You are given until the end of the schedule change period each quarter by the registrar's office to drop and add with no penalty. After that time the current add/drop fee is assessed.

Choral Auditions

Jazz Auditions