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Chamber Orchestra

Westminster Chamber Orchestra

Lawrence Spell, conductor


Westminster Chamber Orchestra

Auditions: Auditions are required of all new community members of the orchestra. All interested community members should attend the first rehearsal, 6-9pm in the Rehearsal Room. The audition date for Fall 2014 is Thursday, August 21st at 6pm in the Rehearsal Room (Ground Floor of the Jewett Center for the Performing Arts). Returning orchestra members do not have to re-audition. Westminster students interested in joining the orchestra should contact conductor Lawrence Spell via email to discuss their music background.

Eligibility: The Chamber Orchestra is open to all Westminster students/faculty/staff, and members of the community. String, woodwind, brass, and percussion players are welcome! Intermediate to advanced instrumental proficiency is expected of everyone. At least one major concert is given on campus each semester, and some performances combine orchestral and choral forces. The class can be taken for credit or audited by Westminster students.

You will be asked to perform the following in your audition: 1) One major scale of your choice, three octaves if possible (memorized); 2) one minor scale of your choice, two octaves (memorized); 3) a prepared solo piece that represents your best playing. Please bring an extra photocopy of the score of your prepared piece; 4) sight reading of excerpts from the orchestral repertoire. Auditions do determine seating; however, we do not seat in rank order from top to bottom. Sections are balanced for strength and seating rotation is possible throughout the season.

To reserve an audition time and for directions, please contact Larry Spell at lspell@westminstercollege.edu

Uniforms: Concert black. Specifics regarding dress and the meaning of concert black will be attached to the syllabus each semester.