Join Our Orchestra: Audition Process & General Information

Join Our Ensemble:  Application Process and General Information

Orchestra Auditions

Complete and submit the Online Orchestra Audition Application. We will respond to your submission.

Select a solo of your choice which can be a movement of a concerto, sonata, or something you consider adequately demonstrates your technique and musicality. Download Instrumental Audition Material, practice and prepare the excerpts as indicated.Download your instrument’s Orchestra Audition Material for the 2021-22 Season (same as 2019-20 Season).

Woodwind and Brass Applicants: Please note you will be auditioning for placement on the substitute list for your instrument.  If you are a UCSD student, you will need to be invited to join the La Jolla Symphony Orchestra to play in one or both concert series in a quarter before being cleared to register for MU134 or MU234.   Note:  There are many occasions when musicians on the substitute list are invited to play for a particular concert series

UCSD String Applicants:  If accepted to play in the La Jolla Symphony Orchestra you are encouraged to Enroll in MUSIC 134 (Undergraduates) or MUSIC 234 (Graduates).

About the La Jolla Symphony
With the American Premiere of Philip Glass’ “Cello Concerto”, performances of Mahler’s 2nd Symphony, Bernstein’s “Mass”, Stravinsky’s “Rite of Spring”, and Britten’s “War Requiem”, Berlioz and Verdi’s “Requiem” the La Jolla Symphony has established itself as one of the most elite community-based symphony orchestras in the country. The makeup of the orchestra is 10-20% UCSD students, and 80-90% community members with various occupations, which include teachers, doctors, engineers, dentists, scientists, college professors, and professional musicians who donate their time. We are a volunteer organization (unpaid), with high expectations, sharing a passion for music, who also enjoy the camaraderie, working with a great conductor, and performing cutting edge repertoire.

About Steven Schick
Percussionist, conductor, and author Steven Schick was born in Iowa and raised in a farming family. For forty years he has championed contemporary music by commissioning or premiering more than 150 new works.