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.









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 July 30, 2018.  See below
  • When is the first rehearsal?
    • The first rehearsal will be held on Tuesday September 4th, 2018 promptly at 7:00 PM (auditions occur during the first week)
  • How do I register for the course?
    • Request course (MUEN-386) 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.
  • 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?
    • CWRU will provide all percussion for those students enrolled in our ensembles.  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 Denison Rehearsal Facility (part of Wade Commons) during posted open hours on a first-come, first-served basis
  • Is instrument storage available?
    • Lockers are available for music majors, minors, and those non-majors who participate in a Department ensemble.
  • When does the Case Camerata Chamber Orchestra perform?
    • The Case Camerata Chamber Orchestra 2018-2019 Performance Calendar will be distributed in the first rehearsal.
  • Click here for instrument locker information

Audition Information for Academic Year 2018 – 2019


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 27, and continue through Thursday August 30, 2018.  Auditions begin each afternoon and go through the evening. Both orchestras require an audition for placement and seating. See below for more detailed information.


Students may signup for an AUDITION TIME beginning on July 30,2018

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


Tuesday August 28, 2018 Non Music Major Musicians
Wednesday August 29, 2018 Non Music Major Musicians
Thursday August 30, 2018 Non Music Major Musicians

All auditions will consist of:


  • Scales ( up to 2 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 20, 2017 via this page )

Audition Materials







Class Information


Case Camerata Chamber Orchestra Syllabus for Academic Year 2018 – 2019:


Concert and Rehearsal Schedule: