If you are interested in joining the OUO or another of the OUMS orchestras, then we have a co-ordinated audition process at the start of Michaelmas term. This means that a single audition is all that is necessary to be considered for the University’s major ensembles. OUMS auditions are held on Saturday of 0th and Sunday of 1st weeks of Michaelmas Term. Details for the auditions, and sign-up sheets for times are usually available online, and will also be available at the OUMS stand at the Freshers’ Fair in Michaelmas term. If you are unable to attend these dates then contact OUMS in advance to arrange an audition.
The audition typically involves a short solo performance – this can normally be from any piece you feel will show off your abilities well, and should last 3-4 mins. This needn’t be a complete piece; excerpts are quite fine. There will then be a short piece of sightreading to tackle, and that is all. You’ll hear a result within days of the audition, and hopefully be invited to join us to make music right away!
The OUMS ensembles may consider applications from non-University members and at other times of year too. To make such an enquiry about the OUO, please contact the OUO Manager, whose details are on the Contact page.