All students who major in orchestral instruments are automatically enrolled in the Mannes Orchestra and are required to play a ten-minute seating audition at the beginning of each school year. A second round of auditions is scheduled for the beginning of the spring semester. Prepare carefully. This audition helps determine seating, which changes from concert to concert.

There is a mandatory orchestra meeting on TBD, in the Concert Hall.

The audition consists of

  1. Three minutes from a standard concerto (no accompaniment)
  2. The excerpts listed below (bracketed sections only)
  3. Sight reading

Audition schedule

  • New students: August 19, 20, 21
  • Returning students: September 2, 3, 4

The complete audition schedule will be posted on the orchestra bulletin board by August 15. If you have a class conflict, notify Chris Gulhaugen immediately. The audition panel will include an academic dean, a conductor, the coordinator of Instrumental Studies, and department chairs, who will also take notes for chamber music assignments.

Concertmaster and Principal String auditions are by appointment only. See the excerpts below for instructions.

2014-2015 Mannes Orchestra concert dates have been set. Review the schedule and make sure you are available for all dates. If you have a scheduling conflict, contact Beth Weisser as soon as possible by email to
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