Case Camerata Chamber Orchestra

Director: Mr. David Ellis
Course Number: MUEN 386
Rehearsals: Spartan Rehearsal Hall | TR, 7:00-8:30 PM
Participation Requirements: Requires audition. Please email ensembles director.

The Case Camerata Chamber Orchestra ( MUEN 386 ) is open to all CWRU students, faculty, and community members by audition who play string instruments and desire to perform in an flexible but very high quality string instrumental music setting.  The group rehearses twice per week for a total of 90 minutes and performs 2 to 4 concerts per academic year.

The repertoire performed in this ensemble is wide ranging and drawn from a variety of smaller chamber genres that include pieces from the baroque, classical, romantic and contemporary stylistic periods.  Some of the pieces are conducted and others are rehearsed collaboratively by the group with coaching from the director. The group collectively decides the program and many pieces use soloists from within the group.  Additionally, there are opportunities for this group to collaborate with other ensembles in the Music Department including the Case Chorale, the Case University Circle Symphony Orchestra, and others.

CWRU MPAC | Photo by Roger Mastroianni

Here is some additional basic information about that you may be interested in: 

  • When are auditions?
    • Auditions will occur during the first week of classes.  Time slot signup will be available online by August 1, 2019.  See below
  • When is the first rehearsal?
    • Because Auditions take place during the first week of classes, the actual first rehearsal will take place on Wednesday, September 4th, 2019 promptly at 7:00 PM 
  • How do I register for the course?
    • Request course (MUEN-385) permission in the CWRU Student Information System (SIS).  Course permission will be granted after an audition has been completed during the first week of school.  Permission requests will remain pending until the end of audition week.  Once you are “granted permission” you need to go back into SIS and complete your registration.  In order to perform in the ensemble you must officially register.
  • What is the difference between registering for 0, .5, or 1 credits?
    • This is a personal choice based upon each student’s available credit load and preferences
  • Are instruments available?
    • Specialty and large instruments are available on a limited basis for use by those enrolled in our ensembles.
  • Where are practice rooms?
    • Practice rooms are available in the Wade/Denison Rehearsal Facility (part of Wade Commons) during posted open hours on a first-come, first-served basis.  During Orientation week the Wade/Denison Rehearsal facility will be open from 8:00 am to 10:00 pm.  Once the Drop/Add period is over the building will be open from 8:00 am to 5;00 pm and you will need to use your ID to get into the building.
    • Is instrument storage available?
    • When does the Case University Circle Symphony Orchestra perform?
      • The Orchestra 2019-2020 Performance Calendar is posted below in the Syllabus and in another document entitled Rehearsal and Performance Dates.

 Audition Information for Academic Year 2019 – 2020

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 26 and continue through Thursday August 29, 2019.  Auditions begin each afternoon and go through the evening.  You can sign up for a time that works in your schedule.

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 via this page.

Audition Materials by Instrument







String Students may electronically SIGN UP for an AUDITION TIME beginning on August 1, 2019

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

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

Tuesday August 27, 2019 Non Music Major Musicians
Wednesday August 28, 2019 Non Music Major Musicians
Thursday August 29, 2019 Non Music Major Musicians


Class Information

Case Camerata Chamber Orchestra Syllabus for Academic Year 2019 – 2020:


Concert and Rehearsal Schedule: