Rutgers Symphony Orchestra

One of the nation’s leading conservatory orchestras, the Rutgers Symphony Orchestra features some of the finest graduate and undergraduate musicians enrolled at the school. Presenting an annual concert series of six symphonic programs, a main-stage opera and two popular programs, the RSO aims to prepare students for professional careers as orchestral musicians, through tackling the major symphonic repertoire, which has included in recent seasons Mahler, Strauss, Beethoven and Brahms Symphonic cycles.

The RSO hosts each season student composition readings/recordings as well as an annual concerto competition, providing winners solo performance opportunities the following season.

The RSO has performed at Carnegie Hall, Avery Fisher Hall, Symphony Space as well as the New Jersey Performing Arts Center (NJPAC). The flagship ensemble of the Mason Gross instrumental program, the orchestra has played with many of the world’s leading conductors including Maestros James Judd, Andrea Quinn and Rossen Milanov; soloists Lara St. John, Philippe Quint, Barbara Dever, Thomas Studebaker, Nancy Gustafson, Susan Starr, Ruth Laredo, Alexander Ivashkin, Paquito D' Rivera and pop artists Ray Charles and Jay-Z. The orchestra has recorded for Naxos with all concerts broadcast nationally on 89.1 WWFM.

Audition Information

2018 auditions for the Rutgers Symphony Orchestra will be held from Tuesday, September 4 and Thursday, September 6. String Auditions will be held on Thursday, September 7 in Schare Recital Hall, Marryott Music Building from 10 a.m.–7 p.m. Please visit our audition page for links to all excerpts, audition information, and links to sign up sheets.

Audition Procedures

An online signup sheet for fall auditions is listed on the string audition excerpts list. This is an honor system. Please do not delete someone else's name already entered or edit the document in anyway. We are offering this system to make it easier for those not residing near campus over the summer break to signup for an audition time in advance.

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. Any excerpts not provided as a PDF you should source.

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

Season repertoire [PDF]
Syllabus [PDF]