VCU Symphony

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.

Spring 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. All auditioning students should sign up for a time on either the strings or winds/brass/percussion bulletin board in the Singleton Center, near Room 132. Winds, brass and percussion students wishing to audition for both the Symphonic Wind Ensemble and the VCU Symphony may do so with one audition. Contact the conductor, Daniel Myssyk for more information.

Audition Date for Strings: Monday, Jan. 12, 6-9 p.m., and Tuesday, Jan. 13, 6-8 p.m.
Auditioning students may sign up for a time on the bulletin board outside of Music Office in the W. E. Singleton Center. Students who have conflicts should contact Daniel Myssyk (dmyssyk@vcu.edu) to make alternative arrangements. Audition Details and Excerpts Students are expected to prepare the following:

  • Five minutes of a solo piece or part thereof.
  • One three-octave scale of your choosing (two octaves for bass)
  • Students are requested to listen to the music and prepare the excerpts from Bruckner’s Symphony No. 4 in E-flat Major.

Bruckner’s Symphony No. 4, violin (PDF)

Bruckner’s Symphony No. 4, viola (PDF)

Bruckner’s Symphony No. 4, cello (PDF)

Bruckner’s Symphony No. 4, bass (PDF)

Excerpts for winds, brass and percussion are listed under the Symphonic Wind Ensemble’s audition information.

Students may also be asked to sight read from the orchestral repertoire.

Music majors may be asked to participate in re-seating auditions at the discretion of the conductor.

For information on auditioning for other non-major string classes, visit the Information for Non-Music Majors page.

VCU Symphony Concerto and Aria Competition

The university’s Concerto and Aria Competition is open to students from the following areas:

  • Woodwinds
  • Brass
  • Percussion
  • Voice
  • Keyboard
  • Guitar
  • Strings

Students must receive a recommendation from a member of their studio’s faculty in order to audition.

The competition features two rounds – a preliminary and a final round. The preliminary round will be held from 3:40 to 6:30 p.m. in the Sonia Vlahcevic Concert Hall on January 16, 2015. The final round will start at 6:45 p.m. One winner will be determined by a panel of judges with the final results posted on the orchestra bulletin board.

Application Form
The deadline for submitting your application form is Friday, January 9, 2015 at 4 p.m. Please put your completed form in Prof. Myssyk’s mailbox.

The Rounds

Preliminary Round (3:40 p.m. in the concert hall)
A two or three-member jury will listen to candidates who will perform no more than an 8-minute excerpt from their piece before an audience.

Final Round (6:45 p.m. in the concert hall)
In the final round (again open to the general public) the jury will listen to finalists performing their entire selection. Following the final round, the jury will announce the name of the winner of the Competition.

The winner will perform his/her concerto/piece/aria (or one movement from a concerto, depending on the length) with the VCU Symphony at its 7:30 p.m., March 5, 2015 concert in the Sonia Vlahcevic Concert Hall.


Any full-time student enrolled in a private lesson for the fall 2014 semester is eligible to compete. Previous solo winners of the competition may not apply.

Solos must be MEMORIZED. The participants should provide their own accompanist.

Audition pieces must be a minimum of eight minutes and a maximum of 20 minutes. Shorter pieces should be a complete work or, in the case of longer works, one movement only.

Minimum chamber orchestra size (with possible exceptions): 2, 2, 2, 2 – 2, 2, 0, 0, str

Standard or rental. Please have knowledge of score and parts availability prior to your audition. Winner(s) must perform the same repertoire as auditioned. Ensembles of duos to quintets are not acceptable. Vocalists may perform concert arias or opera selections.

Please contact Daniel Myssyk for additional information.