Audition Information

Anyone interested in joining Stanford Philharmonia (SP) or Stanford Symphony Orchestra (SSO) in Spring Quarter 2021 and who hasn’t auditioned earlier this year should email Professor Paul Phillips at to set up an audition time. In Spring Quarter, SP will comprise a chamber orchestra with a maximum of about 25 strings players, 7-6-5-4-3, plus keyboard. SP will rehearse in person in Bing Concert Hall beginning Week 3. SSO Strings and SSO Winds will rehearse remotely for the entire quarter, using JackTrip and Zoom.

Auditions for SP and SSO will take place over Zoom preferably sometime during March 24-28 or else during Week 1 (March 29-April 2). Violists are especially encouraged to audition for SP. Audition requirements are listed below. Rosters for SP, SSO Strings, and SSO Winds will be finalized as early as possible during Week 1.

Undergraduate and graduate students who live on campus, plus faculty, staff, and graduate students who are cleared to be on campus, will be allowed to play in SP in Spring Quarter.


For everyone:

1) Solo piece. A work of your choice that displays your best playing such as an etude; a movement of a suite, partita, sonata, or concerto; or orchestral excerpts. Length: 2-3 minutes. A second contrasting piece is not required, but might be heard in the audition if time allows.

2) Excerpt for your instrument (strings only).

3) Scales. Play scales in the way you’ve prepared them with your private teacher or learned them at school. While there is no set requirement as to which ones you should know, knowing all the major scales is desirable, and knowing majors and minors is optimal.

4) Sight-reading. An excerpt will be provided via Zoom at the audition.

The audition will last 10-12 minutes.

Music majors and non-music majors are treated the same in the auditions, with non-music majors having the same chance of being admitted to SSO and/or SP as music majors.

Any questions concerning the auditions should be emailed to Professor Phillips at