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Department of Music

Fresno State Symphony Orchestra

Dr. Thomas Loewenheim, Conductor

The Fresno State Symphony Orchestra is an ensemble comprised of, and open to, Fresno State students from all areas of study.

The orchestra presents four concerts to the public each season, featuring standard as well as some neglected repertoire for symphony orchestra ranging from the Baroque period to the twenty-first century.

In addition, the orchestra also performs works in collaboration with the Fresno State Choirs, features faculty, guests, and winners from the Annual Concerto Competition as soloists, and premiers compositions written by students and faculty.

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According to university plans this semester the Fresno State Symphony Orchestra will be in-person beginning Monday, January 31, 2022.  Rehearsals will take place on Mondays and Wednesdays from 4:00-5:50 PM in the Department of Music Concert Hall.  Auditions will be virtual via video recordings similar to the Fall semester.

Enclosed, please find the audition materials.  Materials are divided into Woodwinds (flute, oboe, clarinet, bassoon), Brass (horn, trumpet, trombone, tuba), and Strings (violin, viola, cello, bass, harp).  Percussionists who are interested, please contact Dr. Matthew Darling for the percussion auditions materials and times.

Please follow the link below and complete the Google Form and submit a link to your UNEDITED video recording of all the required audition excerpts for your instrument.  Recordings should be uploaded to YouTube.  Please select the unlisted option when publishing.  Copy the link of your recording and submit.  Please dress in appropriate attire and treat the recording like a professional audition.

Audition Application

Please be sure to submit the link to your unedited audition video by Wednesday, January 26, 2022 at 6:00 PM.  No late audition videos will be accepted.  This video recording will determine which students will be admitted to the orchestra as well as the seating.

First Rehearsal:  Monday, January 31, 2022  4:00 PM  Concert Hall

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