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. The current repertoire can be found here.
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.
Orchestra Courses and Times:
Chamber Orchestra: MUSC 283, Section 500, MW 4:10-5:25 PM
Travis Almany – Conductor
Philharmonic Orchestra: MUSC 283, Section 502, MWF 9:10-10:00 AM
Travis Almany – Conductor
How to Become a Member
Auditions for the University Orchestras are for string players only. Wind and Percussion plaster interested in playing in the full orchestra should schedule a band audition. Membership in the Texas A&M University Orchestras is based on a live audition.
The Department of Music Activities is complying with all protocols required by the University. For the most current COVID-19 information, please see http://www.tamu.edu/coronavirus/
In light of the fact that New Student Conferences will be conducted online for at least part of the Summer of 2020, auditions for the concert bands, jazz bands, and string orchestras will follow suit. Auditions should be completed before your New Student Conference to enable you to register for the correct ensemble. If there is a circumstance that prohibits this, please contact Mr. Almany at email@example.com.
- Email the director your name, instrument, and contact information
- You will be contacted by the director of the ensemble to set up an audition time via Zoom.
- For the audition, you will need to select and perform material that includes two contrasting excerpts which exhibit both technical facility and lyrical qualities. Students should prepare approximately two minutes of each style. You will also receive a sight-reading selection via email very shortly before your audition time. Violinists wishing to play 1st part should demonstrate their ability to play in 4th position and higher.
- We understand that there may be circumstances where you may usually use a school instrument that you may not have access to at this time. We want everyone to have as successful audition as they can, so please communicate this with the director after you complete your audition form. We will handle these on a case by case basis.
- To speak with a director by phone, please call our regular number, 979.845.3529 and leave a message that includes your name, call back number, instrument played and what ensemble you are interested in. The appropriate director will call you back within 2 business days.