Audition for the Orchestra: Fall 2021

Our relaxed auditions include 5 to 7 minutes of playing in front of our music director and a general manager. Please prepare two contrasting selections from your instrument's standard repertoire. There are no sight-reading or scales.

Auditions will be held on Monday, August 30, and Tuesday, August 31, from 9:30am to 4:30pm in the Music Building. You can sign up for a time slot at this link: If all of the time slots have filled up, reach out to Music Director Soren Nyhus ( or email and we can try to find another time. Like every year, returning members must reaudition to rejoin the orchestra this year.

To join the BachSoc 2021-2022 mailing list, sign up here to receive the most immediate updates about auditions, competitions, and concerts.

If you have any questions, please feel free to email us at or visit us at the Activities Fair. You can also check out our FAQ page for more information.

Returning members: Returning members to the orchestra are required to re-audition in person. If accommodations are needed, email


The Bach Society Orchestra hosts two annual competitions - the Concerto competition and the Composition competition - to promote the recognition of musical excellence at Harvard.

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To learn more about the process, please click on the link below.

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