Ensembles are open to all UMass Amherst students, subject to auditions held at the beginning of each semester. All ensembles appear in concert on campus several times a year. Ensembles have also been selected to represent UMass Amherst at conventions and festivals that have included Symphony Hall in Springfield, MA; the Washington, D.C. home of the Marine Band; and the Capitol Building in Boston.
WIND/BRASS/PERCUSSION Players: Click for the Spring 2017 WBP Audition schedule or Audition excerpts
1. STRING AUDITIONS for Spring 2017
Students currently in the Symphony Orchestra and All-University Orchestra, who plan to return to the same orchestra, in much the same seating, do not need to re-audition. All students are of course welcome to show off your progress by re-auditioning, usually to get a better placement within the section.
If you're currently in AUO and would like to move up to Symphony Orchestra, you'll have to re-audition. If you're moving down from Symphony Orchestra to AUO, please make sure you've emailed me to inform me about it. (email@example.com)
However, regardless of whether you're re-auditioning, all string players should complete an audition form, so that I know that you're coming back!
Brass, Percussion and Winds will follow their usual audition procedure for orchestra.
1.1. AUDITION FORM
All String players should complete this form, regardless of whether you're re-auditioning or not. New players should of course also use this form.
The form is here: http://bit.ly/2jmb2Pw
1.2 ONLINE AUDITION SIGN-UP SHEET
Please sign up for an audition spot using this online sign-up sheet: http://bit.ly/2iJMFN6
String Auditions are Wednesday, Jan. 25, 2017, 2-5pm in my office at FAC54. If you are unable to make any of the audition times, please email me separately at firstname.lastname@example.org.
1.3 PIECES TO PREPARE
All NEW String players need to audition in order to place into an ensemble. As in the past, if you are interested only in the All-University Orchestra, please bring a piece or portion of a piece that is about 3 minutes long, and reflects the full range of your abilities.
If you're interested in the Symphony Orchestra, please prepare a piece or portion of a piece that's about 5 minutes long, plus the assigned excerpt for your instrument.
String excerpts for Spring 2017:
Violins: Bruckner Symphony No. 6, mvt. 1, rehearsal B to F
Violas: Bruckner Sym No. 6, mvt, 1, rehearsal B to F
Cellos: Bruckner Sym No. 6, mvt 1, rehearsal F to H, only the 1st cello line
Double Bass: Bruckner Sym No. 6, mvt 1, rehearsal F to H
PDF parts for Bruckner are available here: http://bit.ly/2jFZ2rT
Please email me if you have any questions or if links are broken. email@example.com
2. AUDITION RESULTS, SEATINGS AND ROTATIONS FOR ALL INSTRUMENTS
I'll aim to post all results by Sunday, Jan. 29, 2017.
3. UMASO First Rehearsal, Monday Jan. 30, 2:30-4:10pm
UMAAUO First Rehearsal, Wednesday, Feb. 1, 5:30-7pm
Rehearsals remain at 2:30-4:10pm on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays for Symphony Orchestra, and Wednesdays 5:30-7pm for All-University Orchestra.
4. SEMESTER IN BRIEF
Here is an overview of important dates for Spring 2017. These are the latest dates; please point out any typos you might see!
Mon. Jan 30, 2:30-4:10pm: First rehearsal -everyone should be present at the start for announcements.
Mon. Wed & Fri 2:30-4:10: Regular rehearsals (FAC 44)
Tues. March 7, 7-10pm: Dress rehearsal, Decasia
Wed. March 8, 7-10pm, Concert: Decasia
Fri. March 24, 2:30-4:10pm, Dress rehearsal, Saxophone Symposium Concert
Fri. March 24, 7-9:30pm, Concert: Saxophone Symposium Concert
Sat. April 29, 2-5pm, Dress rehearsal, Concerto Competition Concert
Sun. April 30, 3:30-6:30pm, Concert: Concerto Competition Concert
Wed. Feb. 1, 5:30-7pm: First Rehearsal - everyone should be present at the start of rehearsal for announcements
Wednesdays, 5:30-7pm: Regular rehearsals (FAC 36)
Wed. March 29, 5-6pm: Dress rehearsal for Spring Concert
Wed. March 29, 6-8pm: Spring Concert
Tues. April 18, 7-9pm: Dress rehearsal for Jazz Studio Orchestra Concert
Wed. April 19, 7-9:30pm: Jazz Studio Orchestra Concert
6. REPERTOIRE FOR THE SEASON
Wednesday, March 8, 2017, 7:30pm
Massachusetts Multicultural Film Festival
UMass Amherst Fine Arts Center Concert Hall
Friday, March 24, 2017, 7:30pm
New England Saxophone Symposium Concert
Bowker Auditorium, Stockbridge Hall, UMass
Bizet: Arlesienne Suite No. 1
Salles: Double Saxophone Concerto *World premiere
Sunday, April 30, 2017, 4:30pm
Concerto Competition Concert
UMass Amherst FAC Concert Hall
Yang: Dizi Concerto, with soloist Dekang Liang, flute
Lennon: Symphonic Rhapsody, with soloist Daniel Phipps, saxophone
Prokofiev: Piano Concerto No. 1, with soloist Jong-Chyi Su, piano
Bruckner: Symphony No. 6 in F Major, Op. 93
Wednesday, March 29, 2017, 6:30pm
Grace Episcopal Church, Amherst
Rossini: Overture to the Barber of Seville
Watkins: Soul of Remembrance
Mozart: Symphony No. 35 "Haffner"
7. FIRST YEARS AND OTHER NEW STUDENTS
As always, if you know anyone who's interested in our orchestras, please feel free to share this information with them! Feel free to direct them to me too at firstname.lastname@example.org
UMASS AMHERST SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA
As the top orchestral ensemble on campus, students are required to practice in preparation for sectionals, rehearsals and performances.
Ng Tian Hui, conductor
Click for 2016-17 Concerts/Repertoire (pdf); Rehearsal Schedule (pdf); Syllabus/Description (pdf)
Consists of the most advanced instrumentalists at the University. Although the ensemble typically consists mostly of graduate students in music performance and seniors in performance studies and music education, all instrumentalists at the University and the Five Colleges, including staff and faculty, are welcome to audition for a place in the orchestra at the start of each term.
The orchestra presents two full programs each academic term, with additional appearances at the annual Multibands Pops concerts, performing canonic works for orchestra from the 18th century to the present day, and works with world-famous soloists such as Ayano Kataoka (percussion), Greg Spiridopoulos (trombone) and Gilles Vonsattel (piano).
Orchestra members receive additional opportunities to work with renowned visiting artists such as the Shanghai Quartet, Wu Man and members of the Munich Philharmonic Orchestra.
The orchestra performs a one-hour program of music each term. In addition, the orchestra does a mini Christmas carol concert in the fall term and a collaboration with Jeffrey Holmes, for the Jazz Ensemble and Studio Orchestra concert each spring. The orchestra rehearses once a week on Wednesday evenings.
Ng Tian Hui, conductor
Click for Fall 2016 Concert/Repertoire or 2016-17 Rehearsal Schedule (pdf); Syllabus/Description (pdf)
The All-University Orchestra's members reflect the diversity of the University community, with representation from many departments other than music. The orchestra is a valuable resource for less experienced musicians seeking to expand their musical horizons with orchestral repertoire, and for skilled musicians who have chosen other courses of study at the University.
OPUS ONE CHAMBER ORCHESTRA (Link to Opus One website)
Elizabeth Chang, faculty coordinator & coach
A conductorless Chamber Orchestra, featuring varied repertoire from Baroque through Contemporary periods.
Click to listen to and watch Opus One on YouTube