Glasgow Chamber Orchestra

The Glasgow Chamber Orchestra is a charity registered in Scotland No SC022256

The Orchestra is affiliated to Making Music Scotland - Supporting & Championing Voluntary Music

Audition Procedure

The Glasgow Chamber Orchestra uses an audition process in order to maintain a high standard of music-making within the Orchestra.  Please be assured, however, that while the concept of an audition may be daunting, the Orchestra will make every effort to help and encourage all prospective players to play to their best!      The Procedure is laid out below:-

Example Orchestral Extracts for Auditions

Prospective members will be auditioned on the third rehearsal of attending unless there are exceptional circumstances. Prior to the audition, prospective string members will spend part of one rehearsal sitting at the front desk of the appropriate section.

Auditions will take place during a rehearsal interval, with the prospective member being advised of the outcome at the end of that rehearsal. In the event of an audition not being successful, written feedback may be obtained on request, as this may be useful for future auditions. Should a prospective member not be offered membership after audition, he or she shall be free to re-audition in any subsequent term.

Auditions will be heard by a panel comprising the Conductor, the Leader, and a relevant Section Leader.

In the event of a former member wishing to rejoin the orchestra, the Committee may, in consultation with the Conductor, extend an offer of membership to the former member without the need for further audition, however, if the time lapse is considered too great, it may be determined that an audition is necessary

All prospective members will be required to audition.

Prospective members have the choice of playing around 5 minutes of a solo piece, or playing orchestral excerpts.

Any solo piece should demonstrate a playing standard of ABRSM Grade 8 or above. Details of the piece chosen must be noted on the application for membership form. Guidance is available as to the suitability of pieces.

Orchestral excerpts have been selected for their suitability, and these may be chosen by prospective members as an alternative to a solo piece, in which case all excerpts should be prepared.  Excerpts for each instrument are available on the website; click on the button at the foot of this page.