VCU Symphony

The VCU Symphony is the premiere orchestral ensemble at VCU. The Symphony performs a wide variety of repertoire, with a focus on full-scale orchestral works such as Shostakovich’s Fifth Symphony, Brahms 1 and Dvořák’s “New World Symphony”, and regularly programs pieces by living composers. The orchestra offers three concerts each semester and collaborates with VCU Opera each spring on their fully staged opera production.

Performance highlights include presentations at the Virginia Music Educator’s Association conference and the Virginia Music Teacher’s Association conference; a recent collaborative performance of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s “Something Wonderful” with the Theater Department; providing orchestral accompaniment for VCU Opera’s award-winning full-staged productions of “Hansel and Gretel,” “The Old Maid and the Thief,” “The Gondoliers,” and “The Marriage of Figaro”.

The Symphony rehearses from 2 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays.

For more information, contact the director: Daniel Myssyk.

Fall 2018 Audition Information

Auditions for the VCU Symphony or other 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. Auditioning string students should sign up for a time on 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, psmith7@vcu.edu, coordinator of that area, for further instructions.

Schedule and location: 

Auditions will take place in Room 3014 in the James Black Music Center located at 1015 Grove Avenue. Use the building entrance facing Harrison Street – room 3014 is on the third floor, accessible by stairs and elevator.

Violins: Thursday, August 23 from 7 to 9:30 p.m.

Violas, cellos, basses: Friday, August  24 from 7 to 9:30 p.m.

Fall 2018 Audition Excerpts:

Excerpts are noted with brackets.

Winds/brass/percussion: See the Symphonic Wind Ensemble page for audition excerpts and signup links. 

Repertoire information:

All excerpts are from Brahms Symphony no 1, movements I, II and IV.

Listen to the excerpts prior to practicing.

In addition to the required repertoire, string players should prepare three-octave scales in both major and minor keys:

Violin: Ab major and C# minor

Viola: Db major and F# minor

Cello: Db major and F# minor

Bass: F# major and G minor


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.