The Rutgers Symphony Orchestra is an ensemble of 90 players enrolled in the undergraduate and graduate music programs at the Mason Gross School of the Arts. The orchestra performs an ambitious concert series that includes three fall and three spring concerts at the university, in addition to a major opera production. As part of the Rutgers In New York series, the orchestra has performed in many of New York City’s most prestigious venues, including Carnegie Hall, Avery Fisher Hall, and Symphony Space. In 2010, they backed up the rap artist Jay-Z in a nationally televised Super Bowl music-video teaser.
The orchestra's concerts highlight the most challenging works of the symphonic repertory, including masterpieces by Mahler, Stravinsky, Shostakovich, Prokofiev, Ravel, and Beethoven, among others. The orchestra regularly collaborates with leading artists, including cellist Alexander Ivashkin, violinist Philip Quint, pianist Ruth Laredo, and the New Hudson Saxophone Quartet, with whom they released Flagello’s Concerto Sinfonico on the Naxos label in 2006. Hear the RSO play on classical music station WWFM.
2012 auditions for the Rutgers Symphony Orchestra have been adjusted and will take place as follows - Tuesday, September 4th (9-12pm, Brass, 12:30-4:30, woodwind, 5-8 strings) and Wednesday, September 5 (9-1, strings)
An audition sign-up sheet will be posted downstairs in Marryott Music Building. Auditions will be held behind a screen. Please be ready to play at least 15 minutes before your time and check in with the proctor no less than 20 minutes in advance.
IMPORTANT - Since this year auditions for RSO will also count toward your Wind Ensemble audition, undergraduates wishing to take the RSO audition need to gain permission from their studio teacher and the Director of Orchestras (email@example.com) prior to signing up for a time.
Rehearsal schedules [PDF]
Season Repertoire [PDF]
Orchestra parts policy [PDF]
Attendance policies [PDF]
Audition excerpts [PDF]