The orchestras at Texas A&M University are comprised of students from all majors at the university. Each orchestra provides its students with outstanding musical experiences while allowing time for academics and other interests. Students in the orchestras perform the best of orchestra literature at a high level of artistic achievement in a focused and supportive environment.
Both the Chamber Orchestra and Philharmonic Orchestra are for string players only and meet for 2 1⁄2 hours per week. Typically the Chamber Orchestra will perform one string orchestra and one full orchestra concert per semester and will have 2-3 outside of class rehearsals per semester in which the string players rehearse with the winds and percussion. Wind and percussion players are drawn from members of the bands.
How to Become a Member
Membership in the Texas A&M University Orchestras is based on a live audition. Auditions are by appointment and take place in the E.V. Adams Band Building. To schedule an audition contact Mr. Travis Almany at 979-845-3529 or firstname.lastname@example.org. For incoming students, auditions should take place just prior to the student’s New Student Conference the summer before entering A&M. The afternoon before the student’s summer New Student Conference is often the most convenient date. For current students at A&M, auditions should take place the semester before enrollment in the orchestras. Orchestra auditions are for string players only. Wind and percussion players interested in playing in the full orchestra should schedule a band audition.
The audition will consist of two prepared excerpts and sight-reading. Students should prepare two excerpts, each about two minutes in length. One excerpt should be fast and technical in nature and the other slow and lyrical. Students choose their own audition material; many students use past etudes or solos. Violinists wishing to play 1st part should demonstrate their ability to play in 4th position and higher. The sight-reading material will be taken from music the orchestra will be performing in the upcoming academic year.