Adam K. Boyles, Director

Symphony Orchestra may be taken for credit: 21M.421


T/Th, 7:30-10pm (Held in Kresge Auditorium)













The MIT Symphony Orchestra holds auditions in both fall and spring. MIT and Wellesley students may take MITSO for 6 units of credit, but one need not take MITSO for credit to fully participate. All local students, MIT community members, and non-MIT community members are welcome to audition. 

New member Fall auditions will be in-person in Dr. Boyles’ office (W18-3312) on the following days and times:

Tuesday September 3, 3-10pm

Thursday September 5, 5:30-10pm (may also consist of callbacks, if needed)


FOR NEW MEMBERS, the audition consists of the following:
- A solo of your choosing (concerto, etude, etc.) to be no longer than 1 minute (yes, only 1 minute). Pick the spot which shows off your fundamental skills the best.
- 4-5 scales of the MD's choosing (to be chosen from all major, harmonic minor, natural minor, melodic minor, chromatic). You can perform them at your own pace, articulation, bowing, etc. provided it remains steady in tempo. Do not schedule an audition if you don’t know your scales - I take these very seriously.
- Short sight reading(s), mostly focusing on rhythm.
The whole audition is approximately 10 minutes. 


FOR RETURNING MEMBERS, the audition consists of the following:

- The entirety of the audition is to be a video submission done in one take. Please state your name at the beginning.

- Perform a brief solo of your choice, no longer than 1 minute, then play the entirety of Variation 11 and the Finale from Elgar’s Variations on an Original Theme, ‘Enigma’ (parts can be found here). If there are multiple choices, play the 1st part. Account for bars of rest when there are only a few, but skip long ones. I will assume your research will lead you to generally-accepted tempi.

- Please post video privately online no later than Monday September 2, 11:59pm. Email me the link directly at


First MITSO rehearsal is Tuesday, September 10, Kresge Auditorium, 7:30-10pm.


Winds/Strings Players: Register for a MITSO Audition Here

Harpists: Please contact Dr. Boyles directly ( to arrange an audition time.

Percussionists: Please contact Dr. Boyles directly ( to arrange an audition time.

Audition Information For All Music Ensembles