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Case/University Circle Symphony Orchestra

The Case University Circle Orchestra (MUEN 385) is open to all CWRU students, faculty, and community members by audition who play a woodwind, brass, percussion or string instruments and who desire to perform in a high level ensemble.  The group rehearses twice per week for a total of 90 minutes and performs 5 to 7 concerts per academic year.  The repertoire is drawn from standard orchestral literature comprised of symphonies, overtures, suites, etc.  as well as other more contemporary genres such a Rock and Jazz.  The ensemble also works in collaboration with the Case Concert Choir, Case Jazz ensembles, and other University Circle affiliated groups. 
Performance in this group requires a high level of commitment because the repertoire demands outside practice in addition to the regular rehearsals and some of the responsibilities ( dress rehearsals and concerts ) can be outside of the regular rehearsal schedule.  
Orchestral literature requires high level solo wind players since they are usually one person on a part and this also means that there are limited wind slot.  These slots will be given to only the highest level performers.  Accordingly, in order to give as many high level wind players the opportunity to perform in this ensemble, players will rotate between Symphonic Winds MUEN 383 ( which rehearses at the same time ) and Orchestra.  This will require these performers to register for both courses ( MUEN 385 and MUEN 383)  for either 0.0, 0.5, or 1.0 credits.  There is a special second section of Orchestra for wind and percussion players to enroll in so that there is no “class conflict” in SIS.  This will all be explained in the audition.

Similarly, the string section is also very competitive and in order to maintain the highest quality performance of this kind of orchestral literature, the string section must not get to large so as to maintain section clarity.  As a result, we have strict enrollment quotas per section so most first-year students will be assigned to the Case Camerata Chamber Orchestra (MUEN 386 ) until slots are available.  

Audition Information for Academic Year 2016 – 2017


All Auditions for the Case University Circle Orchestra ( MUEN 385, Monday and Wednesday 7:00 – 8:30 pm ) and Case Camerata Chamber Orchestra ( MUEN 386, Tuesday and Thursday 7:00 – 8:30 pm ) will be held in the Denison/Wade Rehearsal Facility beginning on Monday August 29 and continue through Friday September 2, 2016.  Auditions begin each afternoon around and go through the evening.  

Required Audition Materials will be available on July 1, 2016

String Students may SIGN UP for an AUDITION TIME electronically beginning on August 15, 2016

Click on this LINK to SIGN UP:

If you are wind player, please sign up for your audition on the Symphonic Winds page

All auditions will consist of:

  • Scales ( 2 – 3 octave Major and Harmonic Minor Scales )
  • A prepared piece (not to exceed 3 minutes) that shows your level of performance (can be an etude or a solo piece)
  • Orchestra Excerpts (For String Players ONLY available on July 1, 2016 via this page. 

The weekly audition schedule is divided into blocks of time for specific individuals as follows:

Tuesday August 30, 2016 THE REMAINING MUSIC MAJOR WIND PLAYERS AS ASSIGNED as well as Non Music Major String Players
Wednesday August 31,2015 Non Music Major String, Wind and Percussion Players
Thursday August 27,2015 Non Music Major String, Wind and Percussion Players

Audition Materials

Violin Audition Materials, AY 2016-17

Viola Audition Materials, AY 2016-17

Cello Audition Materials, AY 2016-17

Bass Audition Materials, AY 2016-17

Harp Audition Materials, AY 2016-17

Wind & Percussion Audition Materials, AY 2016-17 


 Class Information

MUEN 385 – Case University Circle Symphony Orchestra Syllabus for AY 2016 – 2017

MUEN 385, CUCSO Sylb. AY 2016-17

MUEN 385 Performance Dates for AY 2016 – 2017

CUCSO Reh & Perf Dates, AY 2016-2017




Ensemble Details

Dr. Kathleen Horvath

  • Rehearsals: Denison Rehearsal Hall |, MW, 7:00-8:30 PM
  • Course Number: MUEN 385
  • Participation Requirements: Requires audition. Please email director.
Page last modified: January 18, 2017