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.

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

High school string players wishing to perform as part of the Sinfonia should contact the Mason Gross Extension Division for more information and to schedule an audition. 848-932-1500 |  The Sinfonia is not open to high school brass, woodwind, or percussion players.

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

ALL STRING MAJORS must audition through the Rutgers Symphony Orchestra audition process on Thursday, September 6 from 10-7 p.m. in Schare Recital Hall.

Non-major string auditions (including high school string players) for Sinfonia will take place Wednesday, September 5, 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 or click here to sign-up for an audition. 

Syllabi, schedule, and repertoire are posted below: