Symphony Orchestra

The Rutgers Symphony Orchestra is an ensemble of 90 players enrolled in the undergraduate andRSO 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.

Audition Information

2014 auditions for the Rutgers Symphony Orchestra will take place in Nicholas Music Center (brass and woodwind) and Schare Recital Hall (strings) as follows:

  • Tuesday, September 2 (undergraduate brass 9 a.m.-5 p.m.) -- Nicholas Music Center
  • Wednesday, September 3 (undergraduate woodwinds 9 a.m.-5 p.m.) -- Nicholas Music Center
  • Wednesday, September 3 (strings 10 a.m.-12:15 p.m. and 2:15 p.m.-6 p.m.) -- Schare Recital Hall
  • Thursday, September 4 (graduate woodwinds and undergraduate woodwind callbacks 9 a.m.-1:30 p.m.; graduate brass and undergraduate brass callbacks 2:30 p.m.-7 p.m.) -- Nicholas Music Center

Audition Procedures

An audition sign-up sheet will be posted downstairs in Marryott Music Building. Auditions may 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.

Walk straight to the music stand on stage and make any changes to the chair or stand height/direction that you wish. Begin playing through the excerpts in any order you choose for a maximum of 10 minutes. The jury may stop you at their discretion or ask for a specific excerpt listed. It is important that you do not talk. If you have a question, please go back to the proctor and he or she may ask the question on your behalf.

You are expected to source your own excerpts as you will need these throughout your career. Realizing that the Prokofiev is rental only, we will post these excerpts in PDF form on this site as soon as they are available.

*Any undergraduate wind and brass player wishing to audition for RSO needs to complete the Band/ Sinfonia auditions first.

*Sinfonia auditions for strings only who have not taken the RSO audition will take place Wednesday, September 3, 7:30-10 p.m. in Schare Recital Hall.

Rehearsal schedules [PDF]
Season repertoire [PDF]
Orchestra parts policy [PDF]
Syllabus [PDF]
Attendance policies [PDF]