The Cal Poly Symphony is a great place to make music, keep your artistic side alive, and make some great friends in the process. Membership is open to all qualified Cal Poly students by audition. Both new and returning members must audition each year.
It is best to audition at the beginning of the year. If, however, you are unable to do so, please contact the conductor to arrange an audition to join in Winter or Spring quarter.
Step 1: Check Your Schedule
The Symphony rehearses Tuesdays and Thursdays from 4:40 - 6:30. The 80-90 members of the orchestra are able to fit this into their schedules most quarters. If you have a partial conflict with our rehearsal time, please contact the conductor to discuss possible solutions.
If you are a first-time student with a block schedule, you may need to adjust your schedule to accommodate our rehearsal time. Please visit https://advising.calpoly.edu/block-schedules for more information on block schedules. If, after visiting this site, you have further questions, please call the Mustang Success Center or your College Advising Center.
Step 2: Sign Up for an Audition Time
Before September 14: visit our Online Audition Scheduling Website. You can sign up for a time there, without creating an account. The site lists all possible individual times, but for quick reference, see the chart below that lists general audition windows.
September 14 and after: Come to the H. P. Davidson Music Building to sign up for an audition time. Sign-up sheets will be posted across from room 216 (our rehearsal room) on the Instrumental Music bulletin board for the following audition times:
|Thursday||9/14||4:40 - 6:30 pm||Building 45 Room 216|
|Friday||9/15||1:00 - 5:00 pm||Building 45 Room 126|
|Sunday||9/17||1:00 - 5:00 pm||Building 45 Room 126|
|Monday||9/18||3:00 - 5:00 pm||Building 45 Room 126|
|Tuesday||9/19||4:40 - 6:30 pm||Building 45 Room 216|
|Wednesday||9/20||3:00 - 5:00 pm||Building 45 Room 126|
Step 3: Play an Audition
Bring one or two prepared pieces of your choice. Choose music that shows you at your best, not necessarily the most difficult piece you know. You should choose a short section that is fast/technical, and a short section that is slow/lyrical, to give the conductor an idea of your playing.
Download, print, fill out and bring an Audition Information Form (pdf). This helps the conductor get to know about your experience, any repertoire you would love to play, etc.