In order to guarantee an honest selection for the restricted number of empty places, we organise auditions at the beginning of each academic year. Don’t let this scare you: a good basic command of your instrument is usually enough.
This year the auditions will take place on the 3rd and 4th October 2022.
For the strings, the audition takes place on 03/10 in auditorium Pieter de Somer (Charles Deberiotstraat 24).
The wind players will do their audition on 04/10 in the MTC (Sint-Michielsstraat 6).
On both days they will start at 19h45. Registration is mandatory and can be done via this form.
What is expected from you on the auditions?
Everyone is asked to perform a prepared piece of their own choice of +/- 5 minutes, as well as a short piece of sight-reading, which is handed out 15 minutes before the audition.
This piece of sight-reading is selected from the repertoire of the USO, which reflects the level of the orchestra.
Choose your own piece of music so that it shows your technical and lyrical abilities in a couple of minutes. Make sure it reflects the level of command you have over your instrument, and it fits the stylistic periods our orchestra selects their pieces from (Romanticism & later periods). That way the jury can evaluate your abilities and the required techniques for the orchestral programme more easily.
The enactments of the USO state that the auditions are held by the conductor, the concertmaster and the captain of your instrument section. At the auditions of the winds and strings, all of the captains of the respective section will be present. The president of the board is present as well, but doesn’t have an influence on the decision.
Why are we holding auditions?
We hold auditions because of two reasons.
First of all, a symphony orchestra is characterized by a specific instrumentation. The number of people we are looking for depends on which and how many instruments are needed for a certain piece of music.
Secondly, we are constantly aiming at a high level of quality. We expect the musicians that fill the empty places in the orchestra to be able to play their part to a sufficient extent. It would be a pity for both the orchestra as a whole and the musician in question, when he or she has great difficulties in playing his/her part. This is something we want to prevent by holding auditions.
Who can join?
Everyone who is a full time student at the Catholic University of Leuven and is accepted after the auditions can join the USO. As long as you stay a student at the University of Leuven, you can stay a member of the USO.
Other musicians (students of other institutions of higher education or even non-students) can be accepted for the duration of one programme or of one year. Students of the University of Leuven will always have priority.
When do I know the result of my audition?
You will hear the results of the auditions as soon as possible via e-mail or phone. If you haven’t been selected, you can always ask the conductor, the concert master or the captain of your instrument section for feedback.
Double bass players who are interested in joining, but are not able to bring their bass to the auditions, can contact us beforehand. We will provide an instrument for you. Other musicians of course bring their own instruments.
If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to contact any of the board members. Their information can be found on the page ‘Contact’. Also, feel free to contact our concertmaster at email@example.com.