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Kent State University Orchestra

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Welcome to the Kent State University Orchestra!

Charles Latshaw, Director


Auditions for string players will happen on Monday, January 12 and Wednesday, January 14, from 2:00-6:00 PM in Ludwig Recital Hall.  Any KSU student who plays an orchestral instrument is welcome to audition. All string players who wish to play in the orchestra need to audition -- even if you were already a member in the previous semester.

Please click this link to schedule your audition time:

Your audition will consist of two or three required excerpts and some brief sight-reading.  That's it.  You do not need to prepare any additional solos for this audition. Links to the PDF files for each instrument are listed below.

Violin Excerpts Spring 2015

Viola Excerpts Spring 2015

Cello Excerpts Spring 2015

Bass Excerpts Spring 2015

How should you prepare for this audition?

Find recordings of the piece, if you don't already know it. Learn what the whole orchestra sounds like in each excerpt. Practice musically and expressively--not just technically. You should also be aware of how these excerpts fit into the whole piece.  You can download the entire part for your instrument for this symphony here.  If you're completely unfamiliar with the idea of auditioning on orchestral excerpts, here's a brief article which offers some good preparation suggestions:

Do you have a KSU friend who plays a string instrument and isn't already in the orchestra?  Please forward this information to whomever you like--let's build up our numbers together!

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The Kent State University Orchestra is one of the major performance ensembles in the Hugh A. Glauser School of Music. It is composed of graduate and undergraduate music majors, as well as talented students in many other majors.

Each year, the orchestra performs a wide range of repertoire from the Baroque period to the present. The orchestra performs a Subscription Series of four performances, as well as the annual Evening with the Orchestra event. Soloists appearing with the orchestra include members of our performance faculty and winners of the annual Student Concerto Competition. Kent State choral ensembles often collaborate with the orchestra in the presentation of major works for chorus and orchestra. The Kent State Opera joins the orchestra in presenting a major opera each year.

Ticket Information

You can now purchase School of Music event tickets through the Performing Arts Box Office. Tickets are available Monday through Friday Noon to 5:00 p.m. in the Roe Green Center's front lobby in the Kent State Center for the Performing Arts (previously known as the Speech and Music Building), online at, by calling 330.672.ARTS (2787), or an hour before the performance at the performance's location. We accept Visa, MasterCard, Discover, Cash, and Check. Please make all checks payable to the School of Music. If you would like further information or have questions please contact the Box Office at 330.672.ARTS (2787). Please be advised all sales are final, no refunds, and no exchanges.

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