All-Campus Orchestra

Under the direction of Mark Miller, the All-Campus Orchestra is a large ensemble devoted to the study and performance of orchestral music. Literature is selected from the Baroque, Classical, Romantic, and Modern periods. Recent performances have included compositions by Beethoven, Tchaikovsky, Mussorgsky, Brahms, and Dvorak.

Students learn bowing, articulation, and breathing techniques, tuning procedures, acoustics, rhythm and meter, phrasing, and ensemble principles. Students also explore why each work was created and what makes it worthy of performance.

String placement auditions are held during the first week of the Fall semester. Limited wind and percussion chairs are filled by audition, held in conjunction with the BU Concert Band auditions during the first week of the Fall semester and on an as-needed basis for the Spring semester.

The All-Campus Orchestra performs two formal concerts each semester.

Rehearsals:

Tuesdays and Thursdays 7:00-9:00pm

Registration:

Courses can be found using the Boston University StudentLink.

CFA MU 097 – Everyone must register for this 0-credit class to be on the All-Campus Orchestra roster
CFA MU 197 – If under 18 credits for the semester, register for this class in addition to CFA MU 097

General Audition Procedure:

The audition procedures and times for strings, winds, brass, and percussion are different. Please read the following instructions carefully.

Please note: A Boston University username and Kerberos password may be required to sign up for an audition time or to download audition materials. If you do not have one, click here for “Early Bird” registration to obtain one.

Step 1: Schedule your audition

Please visit this webpage to schedule your audition.

Strings

Auditions for string players for the 2017-18 season will be held on Tuesday, September 5 and Thursday, September 7  from 6:30-10:00 PM in CFA Room 167.

Each audition will last no longer than 7 minutes and will start within a 15-minute window.

If you have any questions regarding how to setup an audition, please contact Mike Barsano at mbarsano@bu.edu.

If you are able, please select times that are adjacent to each other. If you are unable to make any of these time slots, please contact the band office (bands@bu.edu).

Winds, Brass, and Percussion

Auditions for wind, brass, and percussion players are held in conjunction with the Concert Band auditions. Wind auditions will be held on Wednesday, September 7 and Friday, September 8 6:30 – 10:00 PM in the Band Room – 300 Babcock St., at the corner of Ashford St. in West Campus (entrance is 100-feet down the Ashford St. side of the building).

IMPORTANT: To be considered for All-Campus Orchestra, you should sign up for a time only on Friday, September 9. At the audition you will be able to state your preference to be considered for All-Campus Orchestra only, Concert Band only, or both. To schedule your audition, click here or go to the Concert Band auditions page. If you cannot audition on September 8, please contact the band office at bands@bu.edu.

Step 2: Prepare the required audition materials
Strings
1. Scale requirement:

Scale, in slow legato quarter-notes:

Violins, Violas, Cellos: E-flat major 3 octaves

Bass: A-flat major 2 octaves

2. Prepared selection of your choice:

Please prepare 2-3 minutes of any work of your choice that you feel demonstrates your playing at its best.

3. Prepared excerpts:

Please prepare the supplied excerpts below. Please listen to recordings to know the correct tempos – you do not need to play at full tempo but you should get as close as you can. Links to the parts are below.

ACO Violin Excerpt fall 2017

ACO Viola excerpt fall 2017

ACO Cello excerpt fall 2017

ACO Bass excerpt fall 2017

Contact the Band Office at bands@bu.edu if you have any questions.

Woodwind, Brass, Percussion

Go to the Concert Band auditions page and follow the audition requirements listed there.

Step 3: Register for the appropriate courses

Courses can be found using the Boston University StudentLink.

CFA MU 097 – Everyone must register for this 0-credit class to be on the All-Campus Orchestra roster
CFA MU 197 – If under 18 credits for the semester, register for this class in addition to CFA MU 097