Audition information

Photo credit: Joshua Chiang

Photo credit: Joshua Chiang


Auditions for the 2019-2020 season of the Harvard-Radcliffe Orchestra will take place between August 30 and September 3, 2019.

Where and When

August 30, 10am - 8pm @ Paine Hall

August 31, 10am - 8pm @ Paine Hall

September 1, 10am - 8pm @ Paine Hall

September 3, 10am - 7pm @ Paine Hall

What to Expect

Auditions are held once a year, a few days before classes begin in the fall. Details will be posted on our website near the end of the summer, so keep an eye out! You can also always e-mail us ( for more information. Auditions are 6 minutes long (although you should prepare at least 10 minutes of music) and you should prepare two contrasting works from your instrument's standard repertoire. Our conductor, Maestro Federico Cortese, holds all the auditions and likes to hear different elements of playing, so it's usually best to choose pieces with fast, technical spots as well as slow, lyrical sections. And relax: no scales or sight-reading.