Case/University Circle Symphony Orchestra

Director: Dr. Kathleen Horvath
Course Number: MUEN 385
Rehearsals: Wade Rehearsal Hall | MW, 7:00-8:30 PM
Participation Requirements: Requires audition. Please email director.

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 slots.  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 and remain balances 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.

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Here is a list of repertoire that has been performed by the Orchestra since 2001 :



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?
    • Because Auditions take place during the first week of classes, the actual first rehearsal will take place on Wednesday, September 5th, 2018 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 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.  Please click on the link below to submit a locker request.  
    • Please note, due to the busy start of term, it may take us a bit to respond to all requests and we ask for your patience.
  • When does the Case University Circle Symphony Orchestra perform?
    • The Orchestra 2018-2019 Performance Calendar will be posted below by July 30

 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 around 4:00 pm and go through the evening.

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 3, 2018 via this page.

Audition Materials by Instrument







String Students may electronically SIGN UP for an AUDITION TIME beginning on July 30, 2018

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



Class Information

MUEN 385 – Case University Circle Symphony Orchestra Syllabus for AY 2018 – 2019


MUEN 385 Rehearsal and Performance Dates for AY 2017 – 2018