Complete Audition List


Adam Boyles, Director (

The MIT Symphony Orchestra holds auditions, by appointment, in the fall and spring. MIT and Wellesley students may take MITSO for 6 units of credit. All local students, MIT community members, and non-MIT community members are welcome to audition.

Auditions for new and returning members will be held by appointment only during the first week in September. 

Audition Requirements

There are three parts to the audition:

1. Prepare a one-minute example of a piece of your choosing (an excerpt from a longer work, an etude, anything is fine). 

2. You will be asked for the memorized execution of scales in any key, selected from Major, Natural Minor, Melodic Minor, or Harmonic Minor. You can perform them at your own pace, articulation, bowing, etc. provided it remains steady in tempo.

3. Please choose and prepare any 2 pages of the 4th movement from Beethoven Symphony no. 9. Use the following link for access to free parts:

I’m looking to see how well you independently prepare a new piece. All matters of interpretation are up to you.

If your instrument does not participate in Beethoven 9 (i.e. Tuba, Saxes, Piano, Harp), then please prepare a longer work of your choosing.

The whole audition should be approximately 12 minutes.

*Emphasis is balanced toward execution of good fundamentals over virtuosity*

Register for Symphony Orchestra Audition Here

Register for Percussion-Symphony Orchestra Audition Here



Kenneth Amis, Acting Music Director (

Auditions will be held by appointment only. Contact Ken to schedule an audition.


There are three parts to the audition:

1. Chromatic scale through your entire range.

2. Sight-reading.

3. Two short contrasting sections of any solo(s) or etude(s) of your choice that demonstrate your musicianship. Your choices should include passages that are slow and lyrical and ones that demonstrate your technical facility.  Percussionists, NOTE: For this portion of the audition you are encouraged (but not required) to play at least two of the three major percussion instruments (timpani, mallet instrument, snare drum). Timpani auditions will include basic tuning, snare drum auditions will include basic rudiments, and mallet auditions will include scales.

The whole audition will be approximately 10-12 minutes.

Flute players who play Piccolo are welcome to play a short piccolo passage from any piece or solo or etude.

Oboe players who play English Horn are welcome to play a short English Horn passage from any piece or solo or etude.



Dr. Frederick Harris, Music Director, Festival Jazz Ensemble, and Administrator for MTA Jazz Performance (

*NOTE:  Auditions for the Festival Jazz Ensemble, CMS Jazz Combos, and Emerson Jazz Program are all combined into one audition. Your interests in any or all of these opportunities are covered by ONE jazz audition.

Auditions for new and returning members are by appointment only. 


There are four parts to the audition:  

1. Chromatic scale through your entire range.

2. Sight-reading. Rhythm Section players (Piano/Vibes/Guitar/Bass/Drums) **see note below

3. Two short stylistically contrasting pieces (a ballad and a swing/bebop composition for example). You are encouraged but not required to demonstrate your improvisational ability. Please provide your own recorded accompaniments if possible. If you need playback equipment for recorded accompaniments, please note this request in your audition form and what exactly you need.

4. Prepare the posted piece, When In Moscow, by Golovnev, appropriate to your instrument here.  You will be asked to play excerpts from this piece. In some cases, you have choices as to which part to prepare (trumpet 1 or 2, trombone 1 or 3, etc.).  Guitar and Vibraphone players use the piano part as is feasible for you (i.e. focus on the top line of the part if you wish).

Recording of When In Moscow is here.

The whole audition will be approximately 10-12 minutes.

If you have any questions/concerns or need assistance with any facet of the audition, contact Dr. Harris (

If for some reason you are not able to audition the first week of September but are interested in participating in the MIT Wind Ensemble, contact Dr. Harris (

** Note for Rhythm Section players:

Piano/Vibes/Guitar:  Sight-reading of basic chord changes will be part of your audition.  Guitar and bass players should provide their own amps. If that is not possible, please inform the Events Office in advance of your audition day.

Bass:  Sight-reading of basic swing and funk/Latin charts and chord changes will be part of your audition.

Drum Set:  Sight-reading of basic swing and Latin/funk charts and performance of four/eight bars of time followed by four/eight bars of soloing in both swing and funk/Latin styles at a medium tempo will be part of our audition.

Register for Festival Jazz Audition Here

Register for CMS Jazz Audition Here

Register for Percussion-Jazz Audition Here



William Cutter, Director (

New members should attend the first rehearsal on:

Monday, February 3, 2020 from 7:00pm - 9:30pm in Killian Hall
Auditions will be held for new members at the conclusion of the first rehearsal. Please fill out the online audition form prior to auditions.

Audition Format
Octet auditions of music just rehearsed.

Register for Audition Here



William Cutter, Director (

Auditions will be held during the first class meeting on Tuesday, February 4, 2020 from 9:30am - 12:00pm in W97-162

Audition Requirements: One solo piece of your choice and sight-reading.

To register for an audition, please contact Andy Wilds at



Directed by Lamine Touré ( with the faculty advisor, Patricia Tang ( Drums provided; no previous drumming experience necessary. 

Auditions for NEW MEMBERS only will take place on Tuesday, February 4, 2020 (first day of class) at 7pm in N52-199

Returning members need not re-audition.  Questions please email -

Register for Audition here



There is no formal audition for Gamelan Galak Tika. For participation information, contact Evan Ziporyn -



Marcus Thompson, Director (

Auditions for NEW members take place on Monday, February 3rd, 2020, beginning at 7:15pm in Killian Hall. You can register for an audition at the link below. 

Members seeking assignment or reassignment to a new or existing group for the Spring are required to attend a meeting in Killian Hall on Registration Day (January 31st, 2020) from 3:00-4:00pm.

Audition Requirements: Two solo pieces of contrasting styles and sightreading.

Register for Audition Here



Laura Grille-Jaye, Coach (

Auditions will be held by appointment only. Contact Laura to schedule an audition.

Students are expected to prepare two songs of contrasting styles.  One song must be "Smile" by Chaplin/Parsons/Turner.  Many people have recorded this song, but Nat King Cole's is easy to find online if you're learning by ear.  The second song can be from any genre and should showcase your voice.  

Register for Audition Here



Ian Hattwick, Director (

Auditions for all members will take place on Tuesday, February 4th, 2020 (first day of class) at 2pm in 14W-111 (Killian Hall). No prior experience is required.

Register for Audition Here



Auditions for the Emerson Program are not held in the spring semester. For audition information, visit Apply by August 20, 2019. Auditions will be scheduled during the first week of classes in the Fall 2019 Semester.