University of Pittsburgh

Symphony Orchestra

Roger Zahab, Director

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Audio Excerpt: Pitt's Symphony Orchestra performing Stravinsky's Petrushka.

The University of Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra is composed mostly of non-music majors who have a strong devotion to music. Our level of performance improves substantially every year and all skilled musicians from throughout the University (students, faculty and staff) are welcome as well as people from the general community. The orchestra is offered as a 1 credit course called University Orchestra - Music 0620. Rehearsals (and most concerts) are held in Bellefield Hall Auditorium on Wednesdays from 7:30 until around 9:50 pm. Additional rehearsals will be held on Monday nights as needed. In three or four concerts per semester we play a wide range of music from the Baroque period to the very latest music, and support the activities of other areas in the Pitt Music Department, especially new music composition/performance and (increasingly) interdisciplinary studies.
 
Auditions are regularly held the week before a semester begins and the first few days of the first week of classes in Room 216 on the Mezzanine Level of the Music Building in my office. Sign-up sheets for audition times will be posted the week before each semester begins.  Auditions at other times may also be arranged by appointment. Email is best: rzahab@pitt.edu

My office is Music Building Rm. 216 and my phone number is 624 4017.  Please prepare two examples of solo music for your instrument - they don't have to be complete pieces but it is certainly OK if they are. They could also be from the same extended movement or larger work and should provide examples of both slow, lyrical  and fast, articulate music. Additionally I would like to hear a few orchestral excerpts for your instrument selected from major works by Beethoven through Copland, Debussy, Ravel and Stravinsky. There may be some sight-reading and I may request a scale or two.

Find out more about auditioning for the orchestra here.

For concert information, call 412-624-4125, or visit our Events Calendar.

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