Orchestra@UWaterloo: Fall 2022

Orchestra

Performing largely classical music, the orchestra@uwaterloo includes strings, woodwinds, brass, and percussion players. It is re-formed each term based on auditions. Undergraduate students form the majority of the orchestra's 60–70 musicians, though faculty, staff, graduate students, and alumni also participate. The orchestra's Music Director is Daniel Warren. Members represent an academic cross-section of the university, with the Math and Engineering Faculties particularly well-represented. Every two years the orchestra holds a Concerto and Aria Competition open to UW students. 

1. Participant Form

To participate in the Orchestra you need to fill out the Participant Form every term. There is no LEARN for Ensembles, so this is a crucial step. For further questions please email Angelica Allen, Ensemble Coordinator.

2. Audition

If you have not participated in the Orchestra previously, you will need to audition. You will also need to re-audition if you have not played recently, i.e. within the last year. Open Rehearsal & Audition link. The open rehearsal is scheduled for September 14 at 7pm and auditions will take place afterwards or the afternoon of September 15. See audition information. The director will let you know if you are admitted or not. 

View Audition excerpts →

3. Credit

Register on Quest if you are taking the Ensemble for credit.  Please note that MUSIC 416 and 417 have been added to the Ensemble Course list.  Also note it is your responsibility to drop the course on Quest if you do not pass the audition or choose not to participate.  An Ensemble credit is 0.25 units AND you can add this on a normal course load or ask your advisor for permission to override your course limit.  

View credit sequence →

4. Course requirements

  • In person rehearsal Wednesday from 7:00-9:30 most weeks. September 14, 2022 will be the open rehearsal and audition date.  
  • Rehearsals start September 21 at 7pm, in the Great Hall at Conrad Grebel University College.
  • Participation in an end of term concert.
  • Read the Fall 2022 orchestra@uwaterloo Info Sheet  
  • Pay the membership fee (for those NOT Taking orchestra for credit):
    • $50 for students
      $60 for everyone else
  • We are willing to make special arrangements for those who cannot afford the fee.  Fees will be collected at a rehearsal once the orchestra has been formed, cash, credit, or cheque only

PLEASE NOTE: STUDENTS TAKING ORCHESTRA FOR CREDIT DO NOT PAY A FEE.  HOWEVER, IF YOU HAVE MORE THAN 2 ABSENCES YOU WILL NOT GET THE CREDIT.

The orchestra rehearses on Wednesday nights at Conrad Grebel University College, from 7 to 9:30 pm during the Fall, Winter and Spring terms.  

New Award: The John and Erma Stutzman String Scholarship. This award is open to string students in Music studio, both majors and non-majors. 

More Orchestra information - including previous recordings and the Concerto & Aria Competition

If you would like to provide some feedback, please visit the Orchestra@UWaterloo Fall 2022 Evaluation Form. 

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