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. Auditions are by appointment and take place in the Music Activities Center.
For incoming students, auditions should take place just prior to the student’s New Student Conference the summer before entering A&M. The day before the student’s summer New Student Conference is often the most convenient date. You can request an audition by completing the audition form. Once the form is completed, you will be contacted by a director. If you have audition or other questions, you may contact Mr. Travis Almany at email@example.com or 979.845.3529.
For current students at A&M, auditions should take place prior to registering for classes for the semester you would like to join. Contact Mr. Almany at firstname.lastname@example.org or 979.845.3529
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.