The Southern Maine Symphony Orchestra is a full-sized symphony orchestra comprised of USM students and talented members of the community who audition for membership. The orchestra performs challenging, professional level repertoire from all periods. and sponsors a biennial concerto competition and frequently collaborates with choirs on large scale choral works and fully staged opera productions.
Recent highlights have included a concert featuring the Brahms Violin Concerto and Beethoven Symphony No. 8, as well as the world-premiere of graduate student Ben David Richmond’s Symphony No. 3. The upcoming season will feature Mozart’s Mass in C minor and Schubert’s “Unfinished” Symphony as well as an orchestra POPS concert Imagine - the Beatles solo years”, and a concert featuring the winners of the 2020 concerto/aria competition.
Please prepare a piece(s) that best demonstrate your ability to perform both fast/technical, as well as slow/lyrical music. (This may be a piece that contains both or two different works or excerpts.) Sight-reading may be required. Auditions are between 5-10 minutes.
Students may enroll in MUS400/500 to receive credit. Community members are not required to enroll.
Once accepted into the ensemble, it is expected that members will meet the required attendance and performance requirements contained in the syllabus. Auditions* will be held Wednesday, September 4, 2019 from 7 - 10 p.m. in Corthell Concert Hall, Gorham campus. *All non-USM wind, brass and percussion (community members) who are auditioning for orchestra only, and all strings, schedule your audition here:
Orchestra Auditions Only
*All USM wind, brass and percussion students audition once, for placement in Concert Band and/or Orchestra.
Wind/Percussion Auditions Only