The VCU Symphony is the premiere orchestral ensemble at VCU. The Symphony performs a variety of repertoire, with a focus on full-scale orchestral works such as Shostakovich’s First and Fifth Symphonies and Dvorak’s “New World Symphony.” The VCU Symphony performs two concerts each semester and collaborates with VCU Opera each spring on their fully staged opera production.
Recent performance highlights have included performances at the Virginia Music Educator’s Association conference and the Virginia Music Teacher’s Association conference; a collaborative performance of “Mozart’s Requiem” with VCU Choirs in November 2011; providing orchestral accompaniment for VCU Opera’s award-winning full-staged production of “Hansel and Gretel,” in April 2011 and “The Old Maid and the Thief,” in April 2012; and performing side by side in January 2012 with Ensemble Appassionata, a professional chamber ensemble based in Montreal.
The Symphony rehearses from 2 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Can be taken as a class for one credit (or 0 cr.) per semester.
For more information, contact the director: Daniel Myssyk.
Fall 2015 Audition Information
Auditions for all VCU string ensembles are open to all students, including music majors, music minors and non-majors, and take place during the first week of class each semester. String auditions for Fall 2015 will be held on Friday, Aug. 21, 1-8 p.m. Auditioning string students should sign up for a time on either the orchestra bulletin board in the Singleton Center, near the Music office (a sign-up sheet will be posted during the first week of classes). Winds, brass and percussion students wishing to audition for both the Symphonic Wind Ensemble and the VCU Symphony may do so with one audition; they should contact Dr. Patrick Smith, firstname.lastname@example.org, coordinator of that area, for further instructions.
Strings auditioning in fall 2015 will be asked to prepare the following excerpts from Debussy’s Nocturnes, No. II: Fêtes and No. III: Sirènes (except bass). In addition, string players should prepare three-octave scales in both major and minor keys.
Violin scales: Ab major and C# major; Viola scales: Db major and F# major; Cello scales: Db major and F# minor; Bass scales: F# major and G minor. Bassists also have to prepare a two-minute solo of their liking.
Please contact Daniel Myssyk, director of Orchestral Activities, for more information.
For information on auditioning for other non-major string classes, visit the Information for Non-Music Majors page.