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.
Dates and auditions for the year 2019-2020
The auditions for 2019-2020 will be held on Monday September 30th for the woodwind and brass players, and on Tuesday October 1st for the string players. The auditions will take place in the Maria Theresiacollege (Sint-Michielsstraat, Leuven) at 7.45 PM. For practical reasons, the auditions for percussion, piano and harp are held at another time and place. Please contact us for more information regarding these auditions. If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to contact us at this email address.
Remark: the location and hours of the auditions can possibly be updated. Make sure you know when and where you should come!
What is expected from you on the auditions?
Everyone is asked to perform a prepared piece of their own choice, as well as a short piece of sight-reading, which is handed out fifteen 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/or lyrical abilities in a couple of minutes. Make sure it reflects the level of command you have over your instrument.
The enactments of the USO state that the auditions are held by the conductor, the concertmaster and the captain of your instrument section. The president of the board is present, but doesn’t have an influence on the decision.
Why are we holding auditions?
There are two reasons. First of all, a symphony orchestra is characterized by a certain 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 fulltime student at the 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, with a limit of 7 years maximum.
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.