Audition for the Orchestra

Due to the special circumstances, we will be accepting auditions for the 2020-21 season remotely. To audition, prepare a video featuring two contrasting excerpts, totaling between five and seven minutes of playing time. At the beginning of your video, introduce yourself and the excerpts you will be playing. Title the video file LASTNAME_CLASSYEAR_INSTRUMENT and submit it to bachsoc [at] by the end of the day on September 5, 2020 (EST). If you wish to audition on multiple instruments, (e.g. flute and piccolo, oboe and english horn, etc.), submit a seperate video as above for each additional instrument. Late submissions will be accepted on a rolling basis depending on seat availibility. We're excited to hear you!

UPDATE: Due to anticipated difficulties on-campus students may have recording, if you are unable to submit your audition by September 5, you may submit a recording of yourself in the past few months, as long as it contains significant solo material. In addition, additional auditions will be held over winter break for the spring semester; however, if you wait until then to audition, you may not participate in orchestra activities during the fall semester. If you plan to audition over winter break, we encourage you to reach out so that we can keep you updated over email.

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


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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