The Rutgers Sinfonia, founded in 1995 as Rutgers Philharmonia, draws its membership primarily from the Rutgers undergraduate student body, supplemented by the most talented players from the larger Rutgers community, including students at area high schools who participate in the Young Artist Program of the Mason Gross Extension Division. The Sinfonia performs once each semester, concentrating on the central works of the orchestral repertory. The group was created to address the needs of the nonmajor string player who is unable to play at the level of the Rutgers University Orchestra or to make the necessary time commitment. High school students are recruited via the Extension Division, flyers sent to local school districts and by word-of-mouth.

Programs in past seasons have included the Fifth and Eighth Symphonies of Beethoven, the Unfinished Symphony of Schubert, and such popular works as the Barber’s Adagio and the Rimsky-Korsakov Capriccio Espagnol.

The Rutgers Sinfonia also sponsors a concerto competition for Sinfonia performers each fall. The winner of the competition performs with the Sinfonia during the spring concert.

Audition Information

Brass and Wind placement in Sinfonia will be handled through the Wind Ensemble/Symphony Band audition process.

String majors must audition through the RSO audition process on Thursday, September 7 from 10–7 p.m. in Schare Recital Hall.

Non-major string auditions for Sinfonia will take place Wednesday, September 6, from 7:15–9 p.m. in Schare Recital Hall. Rehearsals for Rutgers Sinfonia take place Wednesday evenings 7:15–10 p.m. in Rehearsal Hall 104.

Students should prepare two pieces of their choice (one fast and one slow) to show their strengths. An audition signup form will be posted downstairs in the Marryott Music Building

Syllabi, schedule and repertoire is posted below: